[2021] Best Guide on How to Screen Record on Laptop with Internal or External Audio

If your laptop is running Windows XP/7/8/10, no matter what laptop model you are using, e.g. HP Spectre, ASUS laptop, and Lenovo ThinkPad, you can screen record your gameplay footage, instructional operation, interesting/educational online sources and anything displaying on the screen in a breeze following this guide on how to screen record on laptop.

How to screen record on laptop

Due to the breakout of coronavirus, a large number of common people are forced to stay at home for isolation. It makes remote work and learning via a notebook like Macbook Pro a “smarsh hit”. Maybe you often attend some online meetings or courses and want to keep a recording of them to local space. At this time, you may wonder how to screen record on laptop in an efficient way.

With hardware being upgraded in more recent years, the laptop is not just a lightweight and portable eye candy, but a more powerful tool that can do the same things as a desktop computer does, including running some mainstream games. So here come many (Windows) PC gamers who want to start their gaming channels on YouTube with just a laptop, well, of course, plus a decent laptop screen recorder.

Watching online streaming is an indispensable part of modern people’s daily life. We can not only be entertained, inspired, or eased during the viewing, but also learn something new or find something interesting to keep us spiritually rich. For a video nerd, it’s so common to have an idea of downloading or recording some videos online on a laptop for a collection.

As a branch of the video industry, online teaching is welcomed and joined by more and more homebodies. From an audience to a teacher, as long as you are skilled in something, you can make tutor of your style with a screen recorder easily.

We can’t list all the situations in which people would like to record their laptop screen even from morning to night, but whatever the reason is, it’s theoretically the same stuff. And the recording solution below can meet all of those needs perfectly.

How to Screen Record on Laptop or Macbook

Here we set how Democreator (a simple yet versatile screen recorder) captures laptop screen as a demonstration. You can work on any kind of recording out with it by following this guide. Now please free download it on your laptop and finish the setup.

Step 1 – Plan Your Recording Type or Find the Recording Source

If you are going to make instructive video tutorial on a certain program (gameplay included), close all of the irrelevant tasks on your laptop and check the app’s performance in advance to ensure a smooth recording. If you plan to capture an online video, open the page and set a proper resolution to standby. If necessary, do test the system sound, microphone, and webcam in case some error occurs when using them during recording.

Democreator Main UI

Choose recording size of your laptop screen

Choose the recording sound source

Open the settings window

Step 2 – Choose Related Recording Parameters on DemoCreator

From its main window, you may see there are many options for the recording area and the sound source you would like to to record which you can choose according to your need.


wondershare democreator fps setting

You can also go to its settings which you can adjust the recording parameters including, recording frame rate(up to 120 fps), front camera resolution and frame rate, saving location, encode format,GPS acceleration and so on.

democreator main window

Click to start to record

Annotation tools

Step 3 – Start Recording and Do Annotation 

When you get ready to begin the recording. During the recording process, Democreator can also have the function to annotate the video including spotlight, text marker, drawing, etc. Thus, you can make your recording video more instructive. 

Step 4 – End Recording

Click the stop button on the floating toolbar or red round on the main window when you’ve finished the recording. Then a recording list window will pop up, delivering you the video editor allowing you to rename, play, edit, delete, add effects, etc.

How to Select An All-in-one Laptop Screen Recorder?

There are tons of screen recording tools on the internet. Here several tips on how to judge and select the most suitable recorder are shared for your reference.

● Firstly and also basically, it must be workable for your system. So check its compatible systems and hardware requirement at first.

● The second thing you should pay attention to is whether the program has features that allow you to capture what you want, for example, whether it supports manually select a specific area to capture if there’s an option to enable system sound, microphone or webcam (a must for picture-in-picture video production).

● The third thing is to check its advanced settings or additional tools, because more settings the software offers, more flexibly video creators could control their recording clips. Specifically, take a look at output video/audio settings, a drawing tool for annotation tool and video editor.

● The last thing is, of course, the simplicity of the software operation. Software with a complicated and unclean interface is not recommended for those newbies.

Special Notes for Asus, Lenovo Laptops

It is good to know that some of the laptops have a built-in screen recorder. Take the Lenovo laptop as an example, some models of them have a recorder called Nerve Center Sense which we have shared the details in our guide on how to screen record on Lenovo laptop. As for Asus laptop, you can also check the guide on how to screen record on Asus laptop for the specific details.

Wrapping Up on Recording Laptop Screen

Creating your own video channel is much easier than starting a personal site. And taking screen recording with an existing laptop or computer is the most convenient way to start your journey with no extra cost at all. For most online courses, they are also the outcomes of a laptop plus a recorder program. For video collectors, recording is the only workaround when it comes to any undownloadable or unconvertable online videos. Hopefully you can follow this guide on how to screen record on laptop to make the best screen recording videos.



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