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 Trial Version Pro Version
Recording time 2 minutes at most Unlimited
No RecMaster branded watermark by default N Y
Schedule recording N Y
Five 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 Five Capture Modes

RecMaster offers five capture modes on the main interface – “Game Mode”, “Full Screen”, “Custom Area”, “Webcam” 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.

2.1.2 Full Screen

Full Screen feature helps grab the whole desktop including everything displayed on it.

2.1.3 Custom

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.

2.1.4 Webcam

Webcam mode enables you to film yourself from the front camera with sound or not.

2.1.5 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.

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.

Settings on Main Window

3.1 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.

3.2 Select Monitor

When you are using two or more monitors, you are free to choose any one to record.

3.3 Video/Audio Format

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

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

3.4 Video Quality

Three video quality levels are available here to choose: high, standard and original.

3.5 Frame Rate

By clicking the down arrow right near frame rate icon, you can set frame rate to Constant frame rate (CFR) or Variable frame rate (VFR).

Several frame rate options are also given below to meet different requirements: 20, 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 and 60. To understand those numbers better, you are suggested to learn about analog TV color systems of NTSC and PAL, as well as the relationship between fps and video quality.

3.6 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.

3.7 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.

3.8 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.

3.9 Task Schedule

By clicking “Task Schedule”, 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.

3.10 Settings

It covers many other minor settings including saving path, mouse cursor effects, hotkeys and watermark. You can check the details in the following Settings part

3.11 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 Settings -> Hotkey.

3.12 Recording list

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


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 General Settings

4.1.1 Saving path

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

4.1.2 Mouse cursor effects

You can not only decide whether to show your mouse cursor (sound/track) or not, but also determine its clicking effects.

4.1.3 Countdown

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

4.1.4 Floating bar

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

4.1.5 Exit

This is a default setting on what you will see every time you close the program.

4.2 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.

Start/Pause: Alt + 1

Stop Recording: Alt + 2

Display Main Window: Alt + 3

Hide/Display Webcam: Alt + 4

4.3 Watermark

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 “No watermark”.

4.4 Auto-start

You can define whether to run RecMaster automatically when Windows starts, and whether to start full-screen recording when software is launched. There’s no limit on maximum recording length, so you can customize the auto-record duration.

Edit Recording

By clicking Edit icon from 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, as well as merge and export remain content after deleting. If the video is too long or too short, just tweak the time axis to do more precise editing.

Note: The edit feature is only available for video recording 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 -> Floating Toolbar, 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.


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/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.