Settings

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General Settings

Startup

To make Screenbits launch on Windows startup:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. Check Launch on startup check box under General tab.
  3. Click OK to close Settings view.

Task Bar

To make Screenbits minimize automatically when recording starts:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. Check Minimize when recording starts check box from General tab.
  3. Click OK to close Settings view.

Note: While Screenbits is minimized, you can still interact with it through Notification Area icon.

To make Screenbits minimize to notification area:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. Check Minimize to notification area check box from General tab.
  3. Click OK to close Settings view.

Recorder Settings

Output Folder

Recorded videos are saved in Screenbits folder under the Videos folder by default.

To change the output folder:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. Click Browse... button from General tab under Output section.
  3. Select the folder you want to save videos into.
  4. Click OK to close Settings view.

Note: Make sure your user account has write access to the selected folder and also the folder is in a storage device/drive with enough free space.

Output File

You can enter file name for the output file that is created by Screenbits. File name may include one or more of the following placeholders:

Symbol Meaning Example
$Y Year 2017
$M Month 05
$D Day 10
$H Hour 03
$N Minute 55
$S Second 20

Default file name is $Y-$M-$D_$H$N$S. When a recording process starts, Screenbits will replace the placeholders in the file name with their actual values so using the default file name, output file name for a recording process that started at 14/05/2017 00:48:49 will be 2017-05-14_004849.mp4. If a file with the same name already exist, an underscore followed by a number will be added to the end of the name to make it unique. (e.g. 2017-05-14_004849_0001.mp4)

To use a different name for output files:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open the Settings view.
  2. Enter the desired name in front of File Name field. Optionally you can use one or more placeholders in the file name.
  3. Click OK to close Settings view.

Hotkeys

Hotkeys allow you to control recording process using keyboard shortcuts when Screenbits is minimized or not in foreground. This helps you use Screenbits without having its user interface included in the recorded video.

Default hot keys for recording actions are defined in the following table:

Action Default Shortcut
Record/Stop F10
Pause/Resume Shift+F10

Custom hotkeys

In order to choose a different shortcut for an action:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. Under Hotkeys section in Recording tab, click one of the boxes to change its shortcut.
  3. Hold the desired keys so it appears in the box.
  4. Click OK to close Settings view.

Note: you need to enter a valid key combination for each action to work.

Display Settings

Screenbits can add mouse cursor and watermark text to the output video.

Mouse Pointer

To render pointer over the output video:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. From Pointer section under the Display tab, check Show mouse pointer' check box.
  3. Click OK to close Settings view.

Note: Cursor can also be highlighted by selecting Highlight check box.

Watermark

To add a watermark text to the output video:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. From Watermark section under the Display tab, check Show watermark check box.
  3. Enter the desired text in the text box under the Show watermark check box.
  4. Click Preview to see a preview of the watermark.
  5. Click OK to close Settings view.

Note: You can also customize the font, color, outline color, alignment and direction from Watermark section.

Audio Settings

To change format of the output audio:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. From Output section under the Audio tab, select desired bit-rate, sample-rate and number of channels.
  3. Click OK to close Settings view.

Video Settings

To change frame-rate of the output video:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. From Output section under the Video tab, select desired frame-rate from Framerate selector.
  3. Click OK to close Settings view.

Note: You can also enter a custom frame-rate up to 120 in the selector.

To change resolution of the output video:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. From Output section under the Video tab, select output resolution from Resolution selector.
  3. Click OK to close Settings view.

To change quality of the output video:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. From Output section under the Video tab, move Quality slider to increase or decrease quality.
  3. Click OK to close Settings view.

To force recording in variable frame-rate:

  1. Select Settings from Recording menu to open Settings view.
  2. From Output section under the Video tab, check Prefer variable frame-rate check box.
  3. Click OK to close Settings view.

Note: Not preferring variable frame-rate does not mean that the video will be recorded in constant frame-rate. Depending on your system performance, recorder may fall back to variable frame-rate to be able to work properly.