With the introduction of video calls and video conferencing, the recording of videos has definitely taken a back seat. That being said, if you wish to preserve a moment or maybe a set of instructions for training purposes for a long time, recording a video is your best bet as it can be relatively more nuanced than a written manual and also allows the receiver the convenience of audio/visual stimulation which makes things interesting.
You can easily record video on your Windows 11 PC by either using the built-in camera or using an external camera depending on your preference. The complete process is simple, hassle-free, and effortless. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Record Video Using the Camera App
Recording a video on your Windows camera is no different than recording it on any other camera. However, Windows does provide you with several options to help you record the video better.
First, head to the Start Menu and open the Camera app either from the pinned apps or by searching for it.
Next, in the camera app, switch to the video mode either by clicking on the ‘camcorder icon’ or by clicking on the little chevron present on the right edge of the window.
Then, click on the ‘Videorecorder’ icon to start recording the video.
You can also pause the video by clicking on the ‘Pause’ icon if you wish to do so. Otherwise, you can click on the ‘Stop’ button to stop recording the video.
Tweaking Camera Settings for Better Recording
No matter how much perfectly lit room you are sitting in or how perfect of an angle you have set, the need for exposure adjustment and grid lines is forever present. Thankfully, the Camera app on Windows 11 lets you tweak these settings and some more.
Firstly, to enable adjustment for exposure, in the Camera app click on the ‘Settings’ icon present on the top left corner.
Then, locate the ‘Pro Mode’ option and click on the toggle switch present right underneath to bring it to the ‘on’ position.
You will now be able to spot the exposure settings on the left edge of the Camera app window. Click on it to reveal a slider bar, then click-hold and move it vertically to adjust the level of exposure as required.
To bring up the grid lines, again click on the ‘Settings’ icon to reveal the settings section.
Then, locate the ‘Framing grid’ option and click on the drop-down menu present right below it. Next, select the option of grid line most suitable for your use case. Gridlines will appear immediately as you select the option.
To adjust video quality, locate the ‘Videos’ section on the ‘Settings’ side panel.
Then, click on the drop-down present under the ‘Video quality’ option. You can then choose any one of the resolutions from the list as per your requirement.
Note: The options in the list may vary depending on the type of camera being used for capturing the video.
If you wish to record your video under fluorescent lights, you can also adjust the camera flicker.
To do so, locate the ‘flicker reduction’ option present right beneath the ‘Video quality’ option on the ‘Settings’ side panel. Then, click on the drop-down menu to reveal the list of options supported by your camera, and click to choose one. The setting will apply immediately.
If you feel your camera is not either too bright or too dim, otherwise not displaying the contrast of the colors well, you can tweak these settings as well.
To adjust the default brightness and contrast of the camera, open the Settings app either from the pinned apps in the Start Menu or by searching for it.
Then, click on the ‘Bluetooth & devices’ tab from the left sidebar of the Settings window.
After that, scroll down till you locate the ‘Camera’ tile and then click on it to continue.
Now, click on the tile present under the ‘Connected cameras’ section. If you’re using the built-in webcam, it will be listed as ‘Integrated Webcam’.
Then, locate the ‘Default image settings’ section. Under that, drag the sliders horizontally to increase or decrease the brightness and/or contrast as per your requirement.