Though most people have heard of XSplit due to its live-streaming capabilities, with many streamers on Twitch opting to use it for that purpose, the software actually offers screen recording features as well.
Just like with OBS, recording your screen with XSplit is incredibly easy. Just read our guide and you’ll be an expert in no time.
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Note: XSplit Broadcaster and Gamecaster are extremely similar and work in the same way, they are simply geared towards difference audiences (the hint is in their names). Here, we will be using Broadcaster as the example software.
Step 1: Get prepared
Before you actually start recording, you need to ensure that all of your settings are up to par so you won’t have to deal with issues later on.
On the top right-hand corner, you will find the Resolution menu. Here, you will be able to select from a number of different options. If your hardware supports it, make sure to select the highest resolution possible (1920 x 1080 aka 1080p).
With that said, the free version will restrict you to 1280 x 720, aka 720p.
This will depend on what you are recording mostly. For an instructional video, 30FPS is just fine. For a video game recording, however, you should opt for 60FPS recordings as they will look much better and all the popular sites support it.
Note that the free version restricts you to 30FPS.
Audio is incredibly important, so head over to Tools > Settings > Audio and make sure that XSplit has configured everything correctly.
If you are using the paid version, you will also be able to monitor audio output as your audience will hear it.
Go to Tools > Settings > Hotkeys and set up every feature that you will use right away. You will definitely want to set up buttons to trigger recordings as well as to change scenes.
Just make sure that your hotkeys will not interfere with other programs or with the game you’ll be recording.
Step 2: Start recording
Now that the background settings are all finished, you need to set up your recording scenes and sources.
On the bottom left-hand corner, click on the Add button to include your sources. These can be anything from a game to your webcam to a logo image to everything in between.
With the scenes feature, you will be able to combine all of the sources into one neat video. XSplit makes it very easy to resize and refit each window to suit your purposes.
When everything is ready, just press the hotkey you previously set up to start the recording. Remember that the same hotkey will also stop the recording.
Step 3: Locate your recordings
In case you don’t know where your recordings are stored, finding them is very easy. Go to Tools > Recordings > Location and click on the Open Folder button to locate them.
By default, the videos will be saved in the MP4 format, and you can share them pretty much anywhere including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and so forth.
In case you need to change something in the recordings, you will need a video editing software like Wondershare Filmora. With that, you can cut and trim the video, add transitions, background music, and more.
If you want a simple alternative to XSplit, we would recommend that you take a look at DemoCreator. The software allows you to both capture and edit your videos and is specifically aimed at tutorial makers and video gamers.
DemoCreator is possibly the easiest video capturing/editing suite to use in the market. In fact, you will be able to start recording within a few seconds of launching the application. And with the simple video editor bundled in, you will be able to make quick changes on the spot.
Max Wales is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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