Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Active desktop region recording mode [Screen Recording 101 by Mirillis]

Active desktop region recording mode is dedicated for recording only selected screen area of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 & 8.1 and Windows 10 desktop. The ultimate performance of Action! Screen Recorder makes it a perfect tool for recording videos, web videos, games, and any other screen activity.


Examples of what you can use Action! desktop region recording for:

  • recording selected desktop area of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 & 8.1 and Windows 10
  • recording selected area of Windows 8 and 8.1 Modern UI applications and games
  • recording online games in a web browser or windowed mode
  • capturing all web videos
  • creating video tutorials
  • recording videos played in media players in windowed mode
  • recording all applications, games, and websites
  • capture screenshots of selected desktop area


1. Select "Active desktop region" recording mode.


The main window of Action! will hide and Action! will switch to the desktop region recording mode. Use mouse to select your region size and position. You can precisely control region size and position with the keyboard: use arrows to move a region, use SHIFT + arrows to resize a region.

The green frame indicates that region is accepted and Action! is ready to start recording. Gray frame indicates that current region cannot be recorded. 

The region cannot be recorded when it includes the area of 2 different desktops.



The Action! HUD should be visible in the top right (the default position) corner of your screen showing that Action! is connected to your Windows desktop and ready to start recording the region of desktop you have previously selected.




2. Active desktop region recording

Press "Start/stop recording" button or F9 hotkey to start Windows desktop recording.


When you start recording the frame turns red showing that the recording of your selected region is in progress.



HUD status also changes showing that Windows desktop region recording is in progress.



Press "Start/stop recording" button or F9 hotkey to stop recording. The region frame color and HUD status will change showing that Windows desktop region recording has finished.

3. Desktop region recordings playback

Open main window of Action! Screen Recorder and check the list video recordings. The video recordings list shows all your desktop recordings, gameplay recordings and any other screen recordings available in selected output folder.


Action! features internal fast player dedicated for the playback video recordings. Select your new desktop recording and use mouse double click on a thumbnail to start video recording playback.


To play Action! video recordings you can use Splash 2.0 media player.

Splash 2.0 provide you with additional features like SmartSeek, Audio boost, Screen capture and more. All Splash products are available for download at Mirillis website:

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