Windows 10's Game DVR is probably the easiest and most universal way of recording footage, as this is pre-baked into Windows 10.
- A Relatively recent version of Windows 10 (2017 or later)
- Intel: HD Graphics 4200 or later/Iris Graphics 5100 or later
- AMD: Radeon HD 7700(M) Series, HD 8500(M) Series, R9 Series, R7 Series or later
- NVIDIA: GeForce 600 Series or later/Quadro K Series or later
Don't worry if your head is spinning reading these requirements, Windows 10 will let you know if your GPU is unsupported or not.
To summon the controls, you can use Win+G or just search up "Xbox Game Bar" in the start menu.
Look for the "capture" window. [circled in blue] (if you can't find it, go to the horizontal bar, hit the hamburger menu [circled in green], select capture)
Game DVR records your actively selected window.
To tweak the settings, you can go to your Windows settings app > Gaming > Captures. Here you can change the following:
- audio quality (128kbps is recommended, and it's good enough tbh. increase this for increased file size but better audio)
- recording fps (30 for smaller file size but not as smooth, 60 for buttery smoothness but chunky file size)
- Maximum recording length allowed (so you don't bloat your hard drive/SSD)
- Turn on/off background recording for "Record last 30 sec" feature
- Change recording directory
Useful keyboard shortcuts (Win = Windows key)
- Win-G --> Open Xbox Game Bar (and Game DVR)
- Win-Alt-R --> Toggle recording
- Win-Alt-Print Screen (PrtSc) --> Screenshot
- Win-Alt-G --> Record last 30 sec (MUST ENABLE BACKGROUND RECORDING FIRST)
- Win-Alt-M --> Toggle recording microphone during screen recording.