Introduction: How to Record Game Footage for PC Games Without Downloading a Program!

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Ever needed some game footage for a movie or project you're working on and just couldn't find what you wanted on YouTube? If you have, you may be in that scenario where you're looking for a program to record your footage, but the thousands of programs available cost money. Some possibly even have viruses. What can you do? With my help, you don't even need to download a program! This is how to record game footage without downloading a program! 

Step 1: Make Sure Your Java Is Up to Date

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For this to work, we do need to have one thing. We need the latest version of Java for your browser. 

http://www.java.com/en/

Here, just hit download and it will automatically take you to the version you need for your browser, whether it may be Chrome or FireFox. 


Step 2: Boot Up Your Game! (Optional)

Before we go to the site to screen capture our game, it is recommended that you boot up your game first. Booting up the game once should decrease the wait time for it to load when you have Screencast-O-Matic. For our example, I will be filming my MUGEN, something I explained in a previous Instructable. Boot up the game, let it load, then exit out. Now it's time to start filming! 

Step 3: Setting Up Screencast-O-Matic

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Now it's time to record! The site we are going to use is Screencast-O-Matic, to start, simply hit the big blue "Start Recording" button. It will ask if Java can trust this program, allow it and Screencast-O-Matic will boot up. For my game, because it is full screen, I will need to make SOM full screen. To do this, hit the button highlighted below and set it to "Fullscreen". Simple! 

Step 4: Start Gaming!

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With the free version of Screencast-O-Matic, you can record up to 15 minutes of footage, so keep an eye on how long you go! All you need to do now is hit the record button, and start gaming! When you're done, there will be SOM balloon in your task bar. Just hit that, and hit the "done" button. Your video is now complete with three options available to you right away; publish your video to their site, to YouTube, or save it as a video on your computer.

Step 5: The Ending Options

Once you've finished your video and chosen what to do with it, you get a few basic options to play with. You can turn off the Mouse, the Mouse clicks, the Mouse Halo (a yellow circle around your mouse, usually used in How-To videos) and even remove audio. And your done! Congrats! Here is my finished product from this

Comments

owentaylor63654 (author)2017-02-08

Screencast-O-Matic used to be my favorite screen recording software, but it cannot record some special games. I swithcd to another online app call acethinker screen recorder, It is a web-based tool that lets you record your screen right from your browser. You don't have to install any additional plug-ins or add-ons. Share it here as an alternative to Screencast-O-Matic.

new_roser (author)2016-11-16

Right

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