How to Use RecMaster on Windows

RecMaster is an easy-to-use and feature-packed screencasting software that gives customers one-click solution for recording everything on the virtual desktop. With it, you can capture video for gameplay, webinar, online movie, live streaming, instructive course, webcam and similar. More than a video recorder, RecMaster also enables you to annotate video recording, add effects to video recording, edit video recording, record audio only, and share whatever recording to YouTube and Google Drive.

Just follow this guide to get everything you need to know about how to use RecMaster on Windows-based computer.

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1.1 System Requirements

Supported OS: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8(.1) and Windows 10 (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions included).

Processor: 1 GHz Intel® / AMD® processor or above.

RAM: 1GB RAM (2GB or above is recommended).

Hard Disk Space: 200MB of hard-disk space for installation.

1.2 Download

You can download the installation package of RecMaster from homepage or below:

Free Download

1.3 Installation

Double click recmaster.exe and follow the wizard to complete the setup. Then you can launch it to a trial version like this:

1.4 Trial Limits

The free trial version has some limitations on recording.

RecMaster Free/Trial Version Pro Version
Recording time 2 minutes at most Unlimited
No RecMaster branded watermark by default N Y
Schedule recording N Y
Seven recording modes Y Y
Lifetime free upgrade and support N Y

If you want to remove limits and enjoy the full feature of RecMaster, you can upgrade to RecMaster’s Pro version by purchasing an activation code here or from the software interface by clicking “Purchase” option.

Buy License Code

When the purchase is completed, you will receive a valid activation code in your e-mail soon.

1.5 Registration and Activation

Open up or go back to the RecMaster’s main window. Then click Register on the tool right toolbar to input your license code to complete the activation. When you have done this successfully, you can enjoy the full Pro version of RecMaster with no limit.

Main Window

2.1 Seven Capture Modes

RecMaster offers seven capture modes on the main interface – “Game Mode”, “Full Screen”, “Custom Area”, “Webcam”, “Follow Cursor”, “Program Window” and “Audio Only”, among which Custom Area gives an access to “Mobile Phone Mode” for mobile-friendly vertical video capture. Users need to choose a desired recording mode and then start the recording. Below are the details.

2.1.1 Game Mode

Game mode goes for recording the gaming clips. And RecMaster can take SD, 1080p HD and even 4K 60fps high quality recordings with in-game audio if you have a 4K monitor. You can click here for more about the features of Game Mode.

2.1.2 Full Screen

Full Screen feature helps grab the whole desktop including everything displayed on it. You can click here to know more about the usage of Full Screen Mode.

2.1.3 Custom Area

As the name suggests, this mode allows you to select any region of the screen to record. Also, several PC and mobile size options are preloaded for one-click recording. If you want to know more about how to use Custom Area Mode, you can click here.

2.1.4 Webcam

Webcam mode enables you to film yourself from the front camera with sound or not. Please click here to find more features about Webcam Mode.

2.1.5 Follow Cursor

Follow Cursor mode enables you to select a suitable size and only record the screen within a limited range around the cursor.

2.1.6 Program Window

In this mode, you can select any running program to record. Other programs cannot cover it. If the recording screen size changes during the recording process, the recording will stop automatically.

2.1.7 Audio Only

Besides on-screen actions, any microphone voice input and system audio like music, podcasts, lecture and lesson can be recorded independently. It makes RecMaster more powerful, because many screen recorders don’t have this function.You can click here to find more about Audio Only Mode.

2.2 Register

As is mentioned above, you will get a license code in your email after you completed your order. And here Register option is the place where you should input your license code to become a registered user. Below is the UI after registration.

2.3 Support

By clicking the “Support” button, you will be lead to our support page.

2.4 Menu

By clicking the drop down of Menu, you can directly visit RecMaster’s official website, check for software updates, write and send feedback, export software log file, check your subscription status and more information about RecMaster.

2.5 Recording List

By clicking the list icon in the bottom-left corner, you can see the recording list where you can play or edit the recorded videos.

Settings on Main Window

3.1 Full Screen/Custom Area/Audio Only Mode

In Full Screen mode and Custom Area mode, the main window has the three settings of System Sound, Microphone and Webcam, while Audio Only mode only has System Sound and Microphone settings. Enabling System Sound, you will be able to record all sounds from the computer. If you enable the Microphone, you can record your own voice during the recording.

3.1.1 Select Recording Mode

If you want to switch recording mode, you can do the change here directly and don’t need to go back to the main interface to re-select.

3.1.2 System Sound

To screen record with system sound, such as browser and app sound, you need to turn it on here. The volume is adjustable, too.

3.1.3 Microphone

To capture external microphone sound during recording as voice over or so, please turn it on and tweak its volume to a proper level.

3.1.4 Webcam

When webcam is turned on, the front camera video will show up so that you can create a picture-in-picture video. You can select the cameras if there are multiple ones.

3.1.5 Start/Pause/End Recording

Generally, you can tap the red circle button to start and end the recording. Alternatively, you can use the hotkeys to start, pause and end, Alt+1 is for start/pause and Alt + 2 is for end by default. Note all hotkeys are adjustable under Menu >> Settings >> Hotkeys.

3.1.6 Recording list

When the recording is finished, it will be shown in the recording list, where you can rename, play, merge, edit, show in folder and delete any recording clips. Also, you can one-click import video or upload video to YouTube and Google Drive.

3.1.7 Settings

It covers many other minor settings including saving path,file, video, audio, cursor effects, hotkeys, advances, capture and general. You can check the details in the following Settings part.

3.1.8 Task Schedule

By clicking “Task Schedule” icon, you will enter into another window where you can create future recording task for any live streaming, webinars, sports event and similar automatically. This feature is only available when RecMaster runs in the background. So do set an auto startup under settings.

3.2 Program Window Mode

With the program window mode, you can record operations on a specific program window. And as you are recording, you can use other programs in meanwhile without disturbing the recording task. If you want to know more about how to use Program Window mode, please click here.

3.2.1 Choose Program

You can select a program to be recorded here.

3.2.2 Refresh

If you don't find the program you need, you can click the Refresh button on the top-right corner to find the target program again after refreshing.

3.2.3 Reset

Click the Reset button, you can re-select the target program to record.

3.2.4 Sound

You can choose to turn on or off the system sound. Once disabled, you will not record any sound from the computer. It’s useful if you hope to make your recording mute or only record your voices without the system sounds.

3.2.5 Microphone

You can choose to turn on or off the microphone.

3.2.6 Sound Settings

Click the “...” icon here and a new window will pop up. You can test whether the system sound and microphone are normal in the sound settings. If you want the microphone sound to be clearer, you can enable the microphone noise reduction.

3.3 Webcam Mode

Recording with webcam is a brilliant way to make videos more intuitive. Please click here to know more about how to use Webcam mode.

3.3.1 Spin

Clicking the Spin icon, you can spin the recording screen. There are four different angles to choose from. With this feature, you can easily Rotate the camera 90° on each click.

3.3.2 Flip

Clicking the Flip icon, you can flip the recording screen.

3.3.3 Properties

Clicking the Properties icon, you can set the properties and effects of the camera, such as brightness, contrast, sharpness, backlignt camp, etc. This is only available when your webcam supports to set the properties.

3.3.4 Webcam Selection

If you have multiple webcams on your computer, you can select a target webcam to record. If you cannot find the target, you can click the Refresh icon on the right to refresh and try again.

3.3.5 Parameters

You can choose the appropriate recording size and FPS (frames per second).

3.4 Follow Cursor Mode

You can use Follow Cursor mode to record the screen within a limited size around the cursor, and the recording range will move with the cursor. For more details about Follow Cursor mode, please click here.

3.4.1 Screen Size

In this setting menu, you can choose four common sizes, you can also customize the size or use the historical size.

3.5 Game Mode

The most recommended way to record game videos is to record in Game mode since it will take fewer resources with steadier and better quality. You can click here for more usage of Game Mode.

3.5.1 Choose Game

Launch your game and RecMaster, swiching between the two programs. RecMaster will detect and choose the game exe automatically.

Settings

Apart from the obvious functional settings located on the main window, there are some more you can customize on Settings control which you can access by clicking Settings icon on the main Window.

4.1 Save to

Here in the screenshot, the recording files are saved to C: \RecMaster recording folder. You can click Destination Folder icon to select and change the saving path you prefer.

4.2 File

Here you can choose the video or audio saving formats.

4.2.1 Video Format

RecMaster enables to capture video as MP4, FLV, AVI, and GIF. MP4 is recommended for its better compatibility with devices and streaming services.

4.2.2 Audio Format

When recording audio only, the output audio format can be set as MP3 or WAV.

4.3 Video

Here are some settings related to the video, such as Resolution, Frame Rate, Encoder and Output Resolution.

4.3.1 Resolution

Three video quality levels are available here to choose: SD, HD(Recommended) and Original modes.

4.3.2 Frame Rate

In Frame Rate menu, you can choose 20fps, 23.976fps, 24fps(Recommended), 25fps, 29.97fps, 30fps or 60fps. You can also select CFR(Constant Frame Rate) or VFR(Variable Frame Rate) here.

4.3.3 Encoder

Here you can choose MPEG4(For computers with lower performance), H.264(Recommended - occupies less performance) or H.264(For smaller file size).

4.3.4 Output Resolution

In Output Resolution menu, you can select the size of the output recording screen: Same as computer screen, 1/2 computer screen, 480*360, 640*480, 800*600, 1024*768 etc.

4.4 Audio

Here are some settings related to the Audio, such as Sample Rate, Bit Rate and Enable Microphone Noise Reduction.

4.4.1 Sample Rate

In Sample Rate menu, you can choose 8000Hz, 11025Hz, 22050Hz, 44100Hz or 48000Hz.

4.4.2 Bit Rate

Here you can set audio bit rate such as 64Kbps, 1218Kbps, 192Kbps, 256Kbps and 320Kbps.

4.5 Cursor

You can decide whether to show your mouse cursor or not, enable click sound and determine its clicking effects (Left click & Right click).The color of Moving track and Highlight can also be selected.

4.6 Hotkeys

Using hotkeys is much more convenient than using mouse during recording. Below are some default hotkeys for general operations. You can keep using them or reset to others. You can click here for more information about hotkeys.

The hotkeys of RecMaster (Default)

Start/ Pause: Alt+1

End recording: Alt+2

Show main window: Alt+3

Boss key: Alt+d

Hide/ Show webcam: Alt+4

Open/Close webcam: Alt+5

Enable/Disable Annotation: Alt+h

Capture: Alt+f1

4.7 Advanced

Recmaster has some advanced settings such as Record in Segments, Game Recording, Watermarks, Countdown and Status Bar.

4.7.1 Record in Segments

You can record in segments by duration, size or save to one file.

4.7.2 Game Recording

When you are recording with Game Mode, you can choose whether to show FPS. If checked to show FPS, once the game is detected and ready to record, there will be FPS numbers in green. And during the recording, the FPS numbers will turn red.

4.7.3 Watermarks

RecMaster enables you to add text watermark or image watermark into recordings whose transparency and position are adjustable. If you don’t need it, just check “None”. If you want to know more about watermark settings, please click here.

4.7.4 Countdown

Only by checking the countdown option can you enjoy a 3-second countdown before recording.

4.7.5 Status Bar

When you need to capture screen with no sign of the recorder, you can tick this “Hide” option.

4.8 Capture

From RecMaster 2.0, you can capture screenshots from the recording window. RecMaster enables you to decide weather to show border and start the shutter sound during recording. The captured pictures will be saved to the same location as the videos.

4.9 General

Here are some general settings: Boot, Complete Recording and Close the Program.

4.9.1 Boot

You can define whether to run RecMaster automatically when Windows starts, and whether to start full-screen recording when software is launched. The limitation on maximum of recording length is 99H99Min and you can customize the auto-record duration.

4.9.2 Complete Recording

Here you can decide whether to show the recording list automatically after the recording ends.

4.9.3 Close The Program

When you want to close RecMaster, you can choose to minimize it to the system tray without exiting the program or exiting the program.

Edit Recording

By clicking Edit icon from the recording list, you will see an editor control pop up. In this control, you can cut video into pieces, select and delete any piece of them, select and export any piece of them, remove the logo (delogo), add subtitle, as well as export remain content after deleting. If the video is too long or too short, just tweak the time axis to do more precise editing.

To merge videos, you can go back to the main interface of RecMaster, press the list icon on the bottom-left to expend the recording list, select the right videos and press Merge.

If you hope to add watermarks, you need to set it in Settings before the recording.

Note: The edit feature is only available for videos now. If you want to edit your audio recording, you should turn to a third-party audio editor.

Floating Toolbar

If you don’t tick the option “Hide during recording” under Settings>>Advanced>>Status Bar, you will see the floating toolbar during recording process. It’s actually a small panel which offers pause and stop recording buttons, shows recording duration, and allows you enter into main window or annotation panel.

Annotation

It’s actually a drawing panel which helps you create a more demonstrable and engaging video. You can utilize it to do real-time annotation by selecting content, adding lines/texts/number arrow or drawing some marks by yourself. Make sure you don’t hide the floating bar under settings, because you can only navigate to draw panel from floating bar.

If you still have any question on RecMaster or how to use RecMaster on your Windows desktop computer/laptop, please check our FAQ page or feel free to contact our support team for more help.

Thanks to all RecMaster users who trust our product and motivate us to make our software better and better.