What Factors Affect the Quality of Screen Recording Videos?

Are you’re probably aware, screen recording videos are different from other types of videos due to the fact that they are captured directly from the screen of computers (or other devices). Because of that the factors that affect their quality are slightly different as well – although there are a few common threads.

It is important that you know and understand the factors that affect the quality of screen recording videos – so that you know what to focus on if you want to improve it. In particular there are three factors that have an important part to play:

  • Resolution

The resolution of the screen recording video will affect how well-defined and clear it looks, and the higher it is the better the definition of your video will be. However at the same time it isn’t possible to record at a resolution that is higher than your display.

In short if you’re using a 1080p Full HD display then the highest resolution you can record at is the full screen – 1080p. If you record a smaller part of the screen, the resolution of the video will be lower.

  • Frame rate

Videos with a higher frame rate (i.e. more frames per second) look smoother and more fluid, and as such their quality is much better. While a frame rate of 30 or higher is acceptable, for truly high quality screen recording videos it is best to shoot for 60 frames per second.

In most cases you should be able to set the frame rate that you record at in the screen recorder for PC that you use. For example in Movavi Screen Capture Studio it is under the settings.

  • Audio quality

The audio that you record is part and parcel of your video, and its quality reflects on the overall video’s quality as well. If you’re just recording the system audio (i.e. audio from your speakers) there shouldn’t be any issues with its quality, however if you’re also recording audio via a microphone then there may be cause for concern.

To improve the audio quality from a microphone, you should try to minimize background noise, prevent the microphone from moving, and maybe even invest in a high quality microphone.

  • System performance

Recording video footage from your screen while running apps and playing games can be demanding in terms of system resources, and it could affect its performance and the quality of your video. If your system starts to run slowly and is sluggish and ‘lags’ a lot then the video that you record will look fairly bad.

As a rule you should close any programs and background processes that aren’t needed while recording to reduce the load on your system.

At this point you should have a solid understanding of the factors that affect the quality of screen recording videos. In fact you should know enough that the next time you record a video – you’ll be able to improve its quality and ensure that it lives up to your expectations.


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