Record Mp4 On Windows
There is a reason why MP4 videos are perhaps the most common types of videos in the market today, ideal for downloading and streaming videos from the internet. The MP4 video format allows videos to be shared in a much smaller size as compared to other video fie formats. It is also much easier to open MP4 files, as most default players will automatically play MP4 files on both desktop and mobile devices.
So, it makes sense that you may want to record a video in MP4 format. But is there a simple way to do that? With the right tool, you can easily record MP4 files on your computer in a few simple steps. In this article, we will share with you some of the best ways to record MP4 videos on your PC.
Part 1 Use Windows 10 Game Bar
Windows comes with a built-in video recorder that you can use to record the screen on your computer. This feature is known as the Windows 10 Game Bar and even though it is designed to record gameplay, it can also record screen videos complete with audio. Every video that you record using the Game Bar will be in MP4 format.
Follow these simple steps to use Game Bar to record an MP4 format on your computer;
Step 1: Open the application or game that you would like to record and ensure that it is set to the full screen as the Game Bar will not give you the option to do that once the recording starts.
Step 2: Then, open the Game Bar on your computer. The easiest way to do that is to use the “Windows Key + G” on your keyboard.
But if the “Windows Key + G” combination doesn’t work, it may be because Windows 10 Game Bar has not yet been enabled. To enable it, search for the “Game Bar Settings” and open it. The, turn on the switch next to “Enable Xbox Game Bar.”
Step 3: When the Game Bar opens, you should see a number of recording tools on the left in a window labeled “Capture.”
Step 4: To start the recording, click on the white circle icon and a small bar will appear on the right-side of the screen, showing the duration of the recording. To include audio in the recording, click on the microphone icon.
Step 5: When you’re done, simply click on the stop icon or the recording timer and the recording will stop.
Part 2 Use Wondershare DemoCreator
Another great way to record MP4 videos on your Windows PC is using Wondershare DemoCreator. This program has a lot of features, making it an ideal solution for several types of videos including gameplay, product demos, presentations and how-to videos. The video you record can include audio, screen and webcam and you can choose to save the recorded video in MP4 format or a number of other formats.
DemoCreator is also very easy to use.
1. Simple steps show you how to use DemoCreator
Step 1: Install the Program and Configure the Settings
Download and install DemoCreator on to your computer. After installation, run the program and then click “Capture” in the next window to begin the process.
In the next window, you will see a number of settings that you can configure according to your needs.
The “Screen” section is the most important in this sense as it will allow you to choose if you want to record the whole screen or a customized section of the screen.
The “Audio” section is also important if you want to capture the sound of the streaming video that you want to record. If you would like to add your own voice to the recording, you can set the “Microphone” option to “Capture.”
The “Camera” tab is only important if you want to capture webcam footage as well.
Step 2: Start the Recording
When all your settings are as you need them to be, click on “Start Capturing” to begin the recording. You can also use the “F10” hotkey to begin the recording.
You will see a 3-second countdown appear on the screen, after which DemoCreator will begin recording both the screen both the webcam and the screen at the same time.
During the recording, you can press the “F9” key to pause or resume the recording as required.
When you’re done with the recording, press the “F10” key again to finish the recording.
You can then open the video in the editing suite to trim or edit the video in numerous different ways.
2. Use Movavi Screen Recorder
This is an easy-to-use screen capture tool that can be used to record video and images on the screen. It can also capture webcam footage; audio and you can also choose to save the screen recordings as GIFS. All recordings can be uploaded to YouTube and Google Drive from directly within the tool. The videos that you record using Movavi can be saved in MP4 format or a variety of other formats that the program supports.
Follow these simple steps to record an MP4 video of your screen using the Movavi Screen Recorder;
Step 1: Set up the Capture Area
Begin by installing the program on to your computer. You can download the free trial version from its main website.
Open the program after installation and then click on the camera icon in the control panel. You can also use the “F10” key to begin the recording session.
Now, you will need to choose the area of the screen you would like to record. Click and drag on the screen to choose the recording area.
If you want to record a certain window or panel, hover the mouse pointer over it and then click one the frame appears around it.
If you want to record the whole screen, make sure no windows are selected and then press the space bar on your keyboard and click on any part of the screen.
Step 2: Set up Sound and Webcam
The next step is to select and enable the webcam and microphone you will be using, assuming that you want to include audio and webcam footage into the recording.
Just click on the webcam icon to turn on the webcam and Movavi will detect the in-built webcam or any other external webcam that may be connected to the device.
Click on the microphone icon to enable audio recording from any connected microphones and then bell icon to include system audio into the recording.
If you would like to turn off any of these options, simply click on the icon again.
Step 3: Start the Recording
Once all your settings are configured to your liking and you are ready to begin the recording, click on “REC” to start the recording. A 3-second countdown will appear on the screen and the recoding will begin soon after.
During the recording, you can use the following keys to control the recording;
- F9 - pause the recording
- F10 - end capture and save the recording
- F8 - take a snapshot of the capture area
The Movavi Screen recorder does come with a limited-functionality editor that can allow you to make simple changes to the video. if you want to make significant edits to the recorded video, you will have to purchase a separate editing tool.
3. Video Recorder Comparison
The following is a table to show you how the three options we have outlined above compare to one another;
Additional Supported Formats
Windows 10 Game Bar
Windows 10 Only
Free (Built-in to Windows 10)
Windows and Mac
$39.99 yearly plan and $59.99 for a lifetime license
It can record video in HD quality
Extensive editing capabilities available
Yes, including MOV, AVI, MP3 and more
Movavi Screen Recorder
Windows and Mac
$49.99 for a business license and $39.95 for a personal license
It can record video in HD quality
A Limited editing capability
Yes, including AVI, MOV and more
MP4 is the most ideal video format to choose if you are looking to create videos that you can share quickly and on any platform. The three tools above can help you create an MP4 video on PC very easily. The Windows Game Bar is a good solution if you don’t want to spend money on a third-party solution, but you will find that it is relatively limited in terms of functionality as compared to DemoCreator and Movavi. The latter two options are ideal when you need to create a professional-quality video for marketing purposes.
Select the tool that best suits your needs and then follow the instructions we have outlined above to use your selected solution. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below.