If you're a video creator, there's a good chance you record and edit footage in different places. Social media influencers, for example, produce a high volume of content and use different tools to record and edit videos before sharing the final post online.

But for quick, efficient video production, recording and editing your videos in the same place is a huge boost. Social platforms like TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram have shown that this type of video creation, even with very limited, platform-specific editing tools, is a fun & popular way to create quick and flashy content.

Even though some platforms like YouTube have started implementing their own in-house editing suites, long-form or in-depth video content tends to use different programs for recording, editing, and sharing. Here’s how to do all of your recording, editing, and production in the same place using the free computer screen recorder in Kapwing Studio. I’ll go over three main topics:

  1. Recording Video
    Using a camera
    Recording your screen
    Recording using both your screen and camera
  2. Recording Audio
    Recording with a mic
    Recording audio with a video
    Recording system audio
  3. Editing Your Recordings

1. Recording Video

Using a camera

In the Kapwing Studio, you can use any camera input that you’re able to connect to from a Mac or Windows computer and a Chrome browser. Using this online screen recorder will save space on your computer, and gives you features built-in screen capture tools like QuickTime can't provide.

When you select the Record tool from the toolbar on the left side, you’ll see three options: Record screen, Record camera only, and Record audio. If you only want to record video using a camera input, choose Record Camera and take a look at the camera preview to make sure your screen is framed correctly.

A screenshot from the Kapwing Studio demonstrating how to record using a camera input.

Use the red recording button in the lower left to take your video. Click once to start recording and again to stop. When you stop your recording, the clip will immediately be added to the Studio as an editable video layer.

Recording your screen

Using the same Record tool, you’ll see an option labeled “Record Screen.” When you select this option, you’ll see a lot of options for what inputs you would like to record your screen for free. If you want to record only your screen, don’t select any additional inputs. If you want to record audio in addition, you can select the microphone option and make sure you’re using the input you want. If you’re recording a browser tab, you can even select “Include tab audio” to record the system audio that’s playing in that tab while you record.

A screenshot from the Kapwing Studio demonstrating how to record the screen.

When you select “Start Recording,” you’ll be able to choose the portion of your screen you want to record. You can record your entire screen, an application tab, or a browser tab. For the first two options, you can only record audio through microphone inputs, but if you’re recording a browser tab, you can also record its system audio.

Back in the Kapwing Studio, you’ll see a button labeled “Stop Recording” where the Record button used to be. Click on this and your recorded clip will immediately be added to the Studio as an editable video layer.

Recording using both your screen and camera

For more complex video projects like tutorials, gaming clips, or reaction videos, you need to record video from your screen and a camera input simultaneously. When you select the Record Screen option in the Record menu, you have several additional inputs you can toggle on and off. Toggle the “Include Camera” option and select the correct input from the camera dropdown.

A screenshot from the Kapwing Studio, showing how to record the screen and a camera simultaneously.

Choose the audio inputs you want to include and hit the Start Recording button. Now, select the screen recording option you want to use and all your inputs will start recording simultaneously. When you’re done, choose the Stop Recording option either in the Studio or in the tab you’re recording and both video files will be uploaded immediately to the Studio separate, editable video layers.

2. Recording Audio

Recording with a mic

In the Kapwing Studio, select the Record option in the upper toolbar. Here, select the button that says Record Audio Only. In the Audio Recorder popup, press the red button to start your recording, then press it again to stop. When your recording is stopped, your audio recording will automatically be uploaded to the Studio as an audio layer that can be selected and edited in the Timeline or the layer list on the right side of the Studio.

A screenshot from the Kapwing Studio, demonstrating how to record audio from a microphone input.

Recording audio with a video

You can also record audio along with your video recordings. When you record using a camera input, your audio will be recorded at the same time using your default audio input.

Recording system audio

If you’re creating screen recordings of a browser tab, you can capture system audio by enabling the “Tab audio” toggle in the screen recorder. This will record the audio that’s playing in the tab you select for recording, but won’t pick up audio from any other apps or tabs.

A screenshot from the Kapwing Studio, showing how to record system audio from your browser.

3. Editing your recordings

Any recording you create in the Kapwing Studio is automatically added to the canvas as a separate, editable layer. The Studio is a full-service online multimedia editor for video creators producing all levels of content – I’m going to introduce the most important edits you can make to the videos you capture using Kapwing.

If you don't have anything selected on the canvas, you'll see all your background editing options on the right side of the screen: canvas size, padding options, and background color.

A screenshot showing all the basic video edits one can make in the Kapwing Studio.

When you click on one of the video layers you recorded, you'll see far more editing options in the right-hand toolbar. Here's what you can do to every layer you select:
Trim and cut sections out using the Trim tool
Add animations to the layer's entrance or movement
• Change the layer's brightness, contrast, saturation, and blur with the Adjust tool
• Remove the background from the video of a person or remove any color from the video using the Effects tab
• Crop any layer using the Crop tool
Rotate or flip the video using the buttons under "Rotate"
Change the video speed with the plus and minus buttons under "Speed"• Add an outline with any color and width

I hope this article helps you get started with video recording in the Kapwing Studio! If you’re interested in more content on social video production, check out our YouTube channel Kapwing App. And while you’re here, take a look at some related articles on reaction videos, YouTube content creation, and video recording techniques:

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