How to Record a Video Playing in Windows Media Player


Windows Media Player does not have a "record" function. If you'd like to record video from Windows Media Player, however, you can get around this pesky issue by using the freely available video screen capture software CamStudio. This software simply records whatever section of your screen you'd like and outputs it to an avi video file on your file system.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Media Player
  • CamStudio
  • Download and install CamStudio using the link in the Resources section below.

  • Open CamStudio by double-clicking the link on your desktop or going to "Start," "Programs," "CamStudio."

  • Open the video you'd like to record in Windows Media Player.

  • In CamStudio, click "Region" and change the selection from "Fixed Region" to "Region."

  • Click the "ToggleView" button twice (next to the blue square) to make the CamStudio window as small as possible. Move the CamStudio window out of the frame of the video that will be played in Windows Media Player.

  • Hit the red "Record" button in CamStudio. Your cursor will then turn into a pencil. Click and drag from the top left corner of the video in Windows Media Player to the bottom right corner of the video. CamStudio will then begin recording.

  • Click "Play" in Windows Media Player. While the video plays, do not change the screen or move the cursor into the video frame. When the video is finished, click the blue "Stop" button on CamStudio. Choose a name for your recorded video and where you'd like to save it and click "OK."

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