Can anyone recommend a good screen capture utility for Windows 10?
Posted on 2016-10-10
I have a Dell Mobile Precision model M4700 which I connect to dual 24-inch HD monitors by way of the DVI ports in the port aggregator (i.e., the docking station). On occasion, I extend the Windows desktop onto my 60-inch television by way of a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. Once the desktop has been extended to the television, I can drag content to that screen where I can view it at 2 1/2 times the size! Lately, I have been using the extended desktop to display a computer game on the large television. I'd like to be able to record my gaming sessions in real time. Ideally, I'm looking for an application that can record those sessions while I'm running them on the wireless display. Since I'm running Windows 10, the Game Bar is included. I also have Corel's ScreenCap and what appears to be the same product from PinnacleSys. I believe those companies are one and the same. Additionally, I've looked at OBS Studio.
When I invoke the Windows 10 Game Bar using the Windows-G combination, the bar opens for a few seconds while awaiting my response. This is particularly frustrating, because I have a handicap which prevents me from responding in a timely manner. It's a real crapshoot. When I use Corel's screen capture to record the session, it reports the resolution at 1366 by 768 – despite the fact that the television reports the resolution at a full 1920 by 1080. And OBS Studio doesn't "see" my wireless display. Apparently, neither does VLC! I've even downloaded and installed Nvidia's GeForce Experience. Unfortunately, my Nvidia Quadro K1000 adapter is not compatible.
One of the most frustrating aspects of these applications is how easily they are "distracted." If I inadvertently click in one of the other screens, the game screen closes! The same thing seems to happen when a notification pops up on the primary display. Fixing the former is easy, as for the latter…
I'm open to suggestions anyone might have about products I haven't tried, or better ways to use the products I have. I'm not averse to paying for screen capture software, as long as it meets my requirements and is reliable.