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3 Methods to Capture Video in Windows 10 without Restrictions

Microsoft has provided a built-in tool to help you capture video in Windows 10. Learn how to use it and 2 more alternatives just in case your PC is not compatible.

Whether you want to capture a streaming video for offline viewing or record your screen for creating a tutorial, you can use a Windows built-in feature or a free third-party application to capture video in Windows 10. In this article, I will show you how to do that in both ways step by step. 

Capture Video Windows 10 

Record Video on Windows 10 with Came Bar

Most people don’t know that Microsoft has implemented a native feature to record videos on Windows 10, Xbox Game Bar. As its name suggested, the tool focus on recording games. Luckily, it can be used in basically any open window on your computer. And the whole process is extremely simple and convenient. You can use keyboard shortcuts to start or end a record and hotkeys are customizable. 

However, Game Bar Screen Recorder is not compatible with all Windows 10 computers. To be able to record screen in Windows 10, your PC’s video card must support one of these encoders, Intel Quick Sync H.264, NVidia NVENC, or AMD VCE. If your computer hardware meets the requirements, you can follow the steps below to get started with Game Bar:

Step 1. Open the Xbox app and wait for it to load on your screen. You may need to log in with your Microsoft account if you haven’t. 

Game Bar Capture Video

Step 2. After opening the Xbox program, you can press the shortcut Windows key + G to launch Game Bar. You can also search for “Game Bar” in the Windows search bar to find it. In a few moments, a small bar will be loaded at the bottom of the screen, then click on “Yes, that it's a game” to confirm its execution even if you are not trying to record a game.

Step 3. To start a video recording, just click on the red button. When the recording starts, the bar is minimized on one side of the screen, and just click on it again to stop recording. You can also use the Windows key + Alt + R shortcut to stop recording without having to use the mouse cursor. 

Game Bar Captures

In the program settings, you can customize the shortcuts and also change some settings related to the quality of the recording, audio capture, and more.

To check the recorded video, you can go through the Xbox app, click on the Captures icon from the left menu and all the recorded videos and screenshots will be listed here. You can watch any of them, make a brief edit, delete, rename or share each item, as well as open the system folder in which they are located. By default, all the recordings will be saved to the “Capture” folder, in the operating system's video directory. 

Capture Video on Windows 10 with Online Screen Recorder

The Apowersoft Online Screen Recorder is free and compatible with Windows and other operating systems. However, before you can use it online, you need to download and install a launcher. After that, it is quite practical. 

Apowersoft Screen Recorder offers simple controls for adjusting the screen size, resolution, use of a microphone. The free version only allows you to record three minutes and the watermark cannot be removed, which is a reserved feature only for the Pro version. If that works for you, you refer to the steps below to see how it works. 

Step 1. Go to the Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder web page. Click the Start recording button. You will be asked to install a launcher for the online screen recorder in advance. Install it to proceed.  

Online Screen Recorder

Step 2. Once the launcher is installed, click on the custom option to customize the recording mode if needed. Then select the screen area to record and adjust the switches for the microphone and audio of the system according to your need.

 Step 3. Click on the REC to start recording your computer screen. While recording, you can click on the pencil icon to add text, line, callouts, and other elements in different colors. When you want to end the recording, just click on the Stop option to save the recorded video.

Free Screen Recorder for Windows 10 without Watermark

The previous methods both have some limitations for capturing videos in Windows 10. You probably want something more advanced without restrictions. If that is the case, you should try  iTop Screen Recorder, which can help you record video in Windows 10/8//7. You can capture videos with high definition as long as you want for free. No watermark in the output video. 

With a concise interface, iTop Screen Recorder makes it easy to record videos. Let’s take a quick look at how it works. 

Step 1. Free download iTop Screen Recorder and install it. The installation file size is small, so you won’t feel burdened to install it on your PC. 

Step 2. Once installed, you can see the quick controls for speaker, mic, and mouse. You can turn these switches on and off based on your needs. For more options, you can go to Settings to customize the video frame, audio bit rate, video format, etc. 

Select Recording Region

Step 3. By default, it will record the full screen. You can also select a specific window or custom region to record. After you specify the recording area, click the red 'REC' button to record videos on your Windows PC. Alternatively, you can press hotkey F9 to start the recording. 

End Recording

Step 4.  When you decide to end the recording, just click on the Stop button or press F9. Then you can check and edit your captured video on Windows 10. Besides some basic editing functions, iTop Screen Recorder also allows you to convert video to another video format for compatible purposes. 

Edit Recording


These are the 3 methods to capture video in Windows 10. If your computer hardware meets the requirements, the built-in Game Bar is the most convenient. iTop Screen Recorder is the best free alternative if the Game Bar does not work for you or you want something with more features. 

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