How to capture any clip, movie or video on your PC

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Mirillis Action! allows you to capture/record any video that you are playing on your PC. With the best recording performance on the market you can capture any video played on your PC (including all media players videos, web players, live streamed videos etc.) in superb and smooth quality.

To capture a video, you can use two different methods.

  • The Active Screen Recording mode
  • The Active Desktop Region Recording mode

Capture Desktop Video using the Active Screen Recording mode

To capture video played in fullscreen mode it is the best to use the Active Screen Recording mode. Run Mirillis Action! video capturing application and make sure that the Active Screen Recording mode is selected.

Mirillis Action! - Select Active screen recording mode

Start video playback with your media player in fullscreen mode and start video capturing by pressing a hotkey (default hotkey to start and stop video capturing is F9). Press F9 hotkey again when you want to finish video capturing.

Capture Desktop Video using the Active Desktop Region Recording mode

Active Desktop region recording mode is dedicated to capture videos played in a windowed mode, when video picture is displayed only on a part of your screen.

Mirillis Action! - Select Active desktop region recording mode

To use this method run Action! Application and make click the Active Desktop region mode. This will display an active desktop region window with possibility to select desired part of your screen.

Mirillis Action! - Selecting desktop region to record

You can adjust selected region size and position using mouse and keyboard arrows but you can also click the “snap to window” button to adjust the active desktop display region automatically to your media player window size.

Mirillis Action! - Snap to window

Once the active desktop region is selected, start video playback and press the red recording button or F9 key to start capturing your desktop video.

Capture Video using the Games and applications recording mode

When you are using a media player that displays a video using DirectX or OpenGL engine then it is possible to capture video using also Games & applications recording mode. Capturing with this mode is very easy, you just need to select Games & applications recording mode, run media player , start video playback and press F9 hotkey to start video capturing.

Please note that this recording mode may not work for web browser based media players. In such case use Active screen recording mode or Active desktop region recording mode.