Video Mill : User's Guide
Recording Video Mill Media Screens With Xbox Game Bar (free)
There may be cases when you want to record a Video Mill Media Screen output. Once recorded and saved as a standard media file (ie MP4), it can be uploaded to social media (ex YouTube), or played on another computer with a standard player (ex in-store customer promotion videos, etc).
Xbox Game Bar
Xbox Game Bar provides a free way to record a video that is playing on your computer. It is not limited to recording
. It comes installed as a free feature on Windows 10/11. An Xbox game console (hardware) is NOT required. You can of course use your own professional recording software if it allows recording screens.
Possible reasons to record
How to - Recording Steps
Follow these steps to record the Media Screen.
Load the Media Screen to Record - In
, select the video then Load it (key F12). This opens the video in a Media Screen on frame-1 ready to play. Video Mill
Start Xbox Game Bar - Click Windows logo key + G. The Xbox Game Bar control panels will popup in front of the Media Screen.
Start Recording - Click the Xbox Game Bar 'Record' button on the Broadcast & Capture panel. (Figure 1)
Play the Media Screen - Quickly mouse click anywhere on the Media Screen and hit the F7 key to begin playback.
Stop Recording - When Media Screen playback completes, click the Stop button (blue) on the Capture Status panel.(Figure 2)
Check the Recording - The Recorded MP4 file is saved in the 'Save-To Folder' specified in the Xbox Game Bar setting (see below). Drag/drop the file into
and play it to inspect the quality. Video Mill
Figure 1. Xbox Game Bar - Record (Capture)
Figure 2. Xbox Game Bar - Stop
Close Unnecessary Apps - Recording is CPU intensive. The fewer apps running while recording will produce better recordings.
Windows background tasks - Windows background tasks can take significant CPU cycles and Disk IO. Wait for them to complete before recording. Watch performance with Windows Task Manager.
Xbox Game Bar settings
Windows Settings > Gaming > Captures.
Xbox Game Bar settings
Save-To Folder - Folder location where videos are saved. Default: This_PC \Videos\Captures
Audio Quality - 192kbps (maximum, recommended especially for music videos).
Frame Rate - 30 fps (recommended) or 60 fps. (fps frames per second)
Video Quality - Use 'High' unless your computer has trouble keeping up.
Capture mouse cursor in recordings - Uncheck recommended unless you want to see the cursor.