Introduction to Active desktop / screen region recording mode


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Introduction

Welcome to basic introduction to Mirillis Action! Active desktop region recording mode. Active desktop region recording mode is dedicated to capture only selected screen area of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 desktop. The ultimate Action! video recording performance makes it a perfect tool for recording videos, web videos, games and any other screen activity.

Examples of what you can use Action! desktop region recording for:

  • Record selected desktop area of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Record online games in web browser or windowed mode
  • Capture all web videos
  • Create video tutorials
  • Capture videos played in media players in windowed mode
  • Record all applications, games and websites
  • Capture screenshots of selected desktop area

Follow this tutorial to learn basics about Windows desktop region recording.

Active desktop region recording mode

Select "Active desktop region" recording mode.

Mirillis Action! - active desktop region recording mode

Main Action! application window will hide and Action! will switch to desktop region recording view. Use mouse to adjust your region size and position. You can precisely control region size and position with keyboard: use arrows to move region, use SHIFT + arrows to resize region.

Green region frame indicates that region is accepted and Action! is ready to start recording. Gray frame indicates that current region cannot be recorded. Region cannot be recorded when it includes area of 2 different desktops.

Mirillis Action! - selecting desktop area in active desktop region recording mode

Action! HUD should be visible in top right (default position) corner of your screen showing that Action! is connected to your Windows desktop and ready to start desktop region recording.

Mirillis Action! - HUD in active desktop region recording mode

Active desktop region recording

Press "Start/stop recording" button or F9 hotkey to start Windows desktop recording.

Mirillis Action! - record button

Selected region frame turns red showing that Windows desktop region recording is in progress.

Mirillis Action! - red frame shows desktop region recording in progress

HUD status also changes showing that Windows desktop region recording is in progress.

Mirillis Action! - HUD shows desktop region recording in progress

Press "Start/stop recording" button or F9 hotkey to stop desktop region recording. Region frame color and HUD status will change showing that Windows desktop region recording has finished.

Desktop region recordings playback

Open main Action! window and check video recordings list. Video recordings list shows all your desktop recordings, gameplay recordings and any other screen recordings available in selected output folder.

Mirillis Action! - desktop region recording thumbnail

Action! includes internal fast player dedicated for video recordings playback. Select your new desktop region recording and use mouse double click on a thumbnail to start video recording playback.

Mirillis Action! - desktop region recording playback with Action! player

To playback raw Action! video recordings you can also use one of Splash media players.
Splash PRO and Splash PRO EX provide additional features like SmartSeek, Audio boost, Screen capture and more. All Splash products are available for download at Mirillis website:
http://mirillis.com/en/downloads/

Action! HUD on desktop region video recordings

Please note that when selected desktop region includes Action! HUD it will be also included on your desktop region recording. If you do not want to include HUD in recorded desktop region video you must keep HUD outside recording region, hide HUD manually with F6 hotkey before recording start or select an option to "Automatically hide HUD during desktop recording".

Mirillis Action! - settings - hide HUD during desktop recording