Taking Your First Video Capture (Video Capture)

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2014 02:15PM PDT

Select the Video Recording Area

Snagit offers the flexibility to record a video of anything on your screen. Select to record the entire screen, a specific region or window, or at standard video dimensions. Learn how to adjust the recording area to get exactly what you need.

  1. Open or set up what you want to capture on the screen.
  2. Move the cursor over the Capture window. The Capture window expands.
  3. Click the Capture button or press the global capture hotkey, Print Screen.
  4. The orange crosshairs appears.
  • Capture a Region or Area of the Screen: Click and drag to select the desired area on the screen.
  • Capture a Window: Move the cursor over the window to capture. When an orange dashed border appears around the window, click to select the highlighted area.
  • Capture the Entire Screen: Move the cursor until an orange dashed border appears around the entire screen. Click to select the highlighted area.
  • Capture a Standard Size: The video guides show standard or recommended dimensions for common video sharing destinations. As you drag the cursor near one of the standard dimensions when selecting an area, the guide dimly appears. Continue to drag the cursor until the border highlights to match the guide.
        5. Click the Capture Video button.

Adjust the Selection Before Recording

Before recording, the video recording area is highlighted on the screen. The current dimensions display in the center of the recording toolbar.

To resize the video recording area, drag the handles in or out.

To enter a specific size, double-click the current dimensions and enter a custom width and height in pixels.

To move the video recording area, click within the highlighted area and drag the selection to a new location.

Start and Stop a Video Capture

After selecting the recording area, you are ready to record. After recording, the video opens in Snagit Editor where you can preview, cut out mistakes or unwanted sections, or share the video capture.

Action Button or Hotkey

Start the Recording

Are you ready to begin recording? Click the Start button to start the 3-second video countdown. 

Start button or press SHIFT+F9
Record button

Restart the Recording

Did you make a mistake and want to start over? Click the Restart button to delete the current recording and start over using the same recording settings.

Restart button
Restart button

Pause the Recording

Do you need to collect your thoughts or did an interruption occur? Click the Pause button to take a break. Click the Resume button to continue the recording.

Pause button or press SHIFT+F9
Pause button

Stop the Recording

Are you done recording and ready to preview your video? Click the Stop button to end the recording.

Stop button or press SHIFT+F10
Stop button