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Windows 10 Will Have Screen Recording Tool 203

Mark Wilson writes: Windows 10 has not even been released yet, but that's a perfect reason to start unearthing a few secrets. Over the coming weeks and months there will undoubtedly be an endless stream of tips, tricks, and tweaks to try out, but how's this for starters? Windows 10 has a secret screen recording tool that can be used to capture on-screen activity as a video file. Taking a static screenshot is very simple. You can either hit the Print Screen key, use the Snipping Tool, or turn to one of the countless screen capture tools out there — many of which are free. When it comes to capturing video, however, it's something of a different story. Before you splash out on a dedicated tool such as Camtasia, you might want to try out Windows 10's hidden tool. It's designed for gamers really, but anyone can use it. The Game bar is a toolbar which Microsoft meant for gamers to use to capture screenshots of their high scores, as well as video footage of their gaming skills. Despite the name, it is not limited to use within games
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  • by PhrostyMcByte ( 589271 ) <phrosty@gmail.com> on Sunday July 19, 2015 @08:37PM (#50142049) Homepage

    Both NVIDIA and AMD have methods of capturing directly on the GPU, making for a blissfully lag-free experience compared to, say, FRAPS.

    Hopefully Windows has created a standard interface for these, and not just reimplemented FRAPS.

    • Both NVIDIA and AMD have methods of capturing directly on the GPU, making for a blissfully lag-free experience compared to, say, FRAPS.

      Hopefully Windows has created a standard interface for these, and not just reimplemented FRAPS.

      Nope, it's a service that is required to be running to stream video (NIVIDA), one of four I disable, making FRAPS the program of choice.

      EVGA has PrecisionX which will do screen captures or snapshots, I've found disabling PrecisionX stops a lot of video problems, including screen freezings and games just going away, leaving one staring at the desktop.

      • Both NVIDIA and AMD have methods of capturing directly on the GPU, making for a blissfully lag-free experience compared to, say, FRAPS.

        Hopefully Windows has created a standard interface for these, and not just reimplemented FRAPS.

        Nope, it's a service that is required to be running to stream video (NIVIDA), one of four I disable,

        Actually two services, forgot the one required for networking, letting one stream to Geforce and TwitchTV.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 19, 2015 @08:44PM (#50142087)

    Ah crystal clear recordings of my favorite movies and shows. Soon I can just drop my subscription.

    Not really, but I did just run it with Netflix and it makes a perfect copy. I'm sure the copyright police are going to mash it with a banhammer soon enough.

    • That's actually a bit surprising. Microsoft sure went to a lot of trouble with their precious 'protected media path', so if their own application is merrily recording a DRMed stream(as I believe Netflix is on all supported platforms); either they've screwed up or Netflix couldn't be bothered to use the feature. I imagine that re-compressed copies of streams aren't terribly high priority; but I would have imagined that they'd be contractually obligated to at least pretend to care.
      • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

        Netflix probably didn't enable the full retard mode, because it would break things for a lot of people. Want to watch on a DVI monitor? Sorry, it doesn't support HDCP encryption like HDMI does. They will have just used the standard windows D3D surface method that foils normal screen capture apps.

        Unfortunately for them Microsoft have created a tool that can capture D3D surfaces and encode them on the GPU, much like the XBone and PS4 do. Netflix appear to be stuck between a rock and a hard place until Microso

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Blue Stone ( 582566 )

      It's OK, there'll be a fix for that.

      The Windows 10 mandatory updates that you won't be able to deny permission for, will take care of it.

    • With DRM in HTML5 it has secure endpoints on both ends between a monitor and video card handshake. No it won't work on any copyright protected content

  • by Aryeh Goretsky ( 129230 ) on Sunday July 19, 2015 @08:52PM (#50142135) Homepage

    Hello,

    It will be somewhat useful for troubleshooting, but Windows 7 has had the Problem Steps Recorder (filename: PSR.EXE) for years now, and Microsoft has offered a screen recording tool since at least 2009 for download via TechNet [microsoft.com].

    Regards,

    Aryeh Goretsky

    • by mjwx ( 966435 )

      Hello,

      It will be somewhat useful for troubleshooting, but Windows 7 has had the Problem Steps Recorder (filename: PSR.EXE) for years now, and Microsoft has offered a screen recording tool since at least 2009 for download via TechNet [microsoft.com].

      Regards,

      Aryeh Goretsky

      The Problem Steps Recorder is a boon to anyone who hates doing doco. One of the best new features of Server 2008.

      But the PSR doesn't take videos.

      • Yeah, but PSR takes screenshots at every screen interaction, along with keystrokes and mouse clicks. It works good enough when people are too stupid to tell me exactly what they are doing.
  • Welcome to 2009 (Score:5, Informative)

    by Dan B. ( 20610 ) <slashdot@brya[ ]om.au ['r.c' in gap]> on Sunday July 19, 2015 @09:58PM (#50142413)

    Not to create a Mac vs Windows argument, but Quicktime X has had screen recording for OS X since Snow Leopard [wikipedia.org]

    Normally it is Apple who are the laggards [imgur.com]

  • by Rooked_One ( 591287 ) on Sunday July 19, 2015 @10:34PM (#50142577) Journal
    Works for everything... a little complex, but it has tons of features and you can customize it quite a bit for your needs.
  • Some of my essential audio tools have already been reported not to work properly on Windows 10, so I'll be damned sure not to upgrade anytime soon. I have already removed the upgrade notification. [lmgtfy.com]

    • Are they legacy products or is there a chance the developers will update them to work?

      This brings up an interesting question - what is the mechanism for people who are eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade but want to hold off on the install (potentially past the free upgrade period?)

  • Windows 10 Will Have...

    Jarvis-like artificial intelligence? Multi-spectral facial recognition? Interial dampeners?

    ...Screen Recording Tool

    Wow. I don't think that could have been less exciting.

  • They already have by far the best remote-desktop service. [1]

    A screen-recording tool just needs to be able to serialize the stream that RDP uses to disk - very efficient, very conservative of space. I can't believe that the Linux RDP tools don't already do this.

    [1] "Best" as in - works, works well, has low latency and the tools are easy to get hold of and set up.

    NX or whatever it has evolved into was very good in terms of performance, raw X11 blows over a network (which is ironic given that's part of it's d

  • I really hope Lync screen sharing, WebEx and the like provide a way for those sharing their screens to know when the peer enables recording. I know there are still holes in that, but it scares me to think of the potential leaks that could be created in tech support scenarios.

  • This reminded me of a tool in Windows that's been around for a while. If you run "psr" from the Start menu or a Command Prompt, it opens up Problem Steps Recorder, a tool that can record where you click and type, what you type, and various comments. I've occasionally used it to record a series of steps to reproduce a bug so that I can send detailed instructions to the people who need to fix the bug.

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