Q:"I want to make lecture videos on my Surface Pro, but I see no app on Windows Store for screen recording. How can I record my screen?" - Reddit
Admittedly, Surface Pro is best known as the first generation two-in-one detachable tablet in Microsoft's Surface series. Equipped with Windows operating system, it's also popular and used by a large number of users. However, it doesn't have the same compatibility as a regular laptop, and many apps don't fit it completely. Can you screen record on a Surface Pro like the post requested? To make it an easy thing, we've selected three tools that are right for you here.
- Part 1. How to Record Screen on Surface Pro Using Xbox DVR
- Part 2. How to Record Screen on Surface Pro Using Joyoshare Screen Recorder
- Part 3. How to Record Screen on Surface Pro Using OBS
#1 How to Screen Record on Surface Pro - Xbox DVR
Though Surface Pro is originally developed with Windows 8 Pro, it is upgradeable to Windows 10 for free. That is, when you happen to be running Windows 10, you'll have a chance to try out its built-in screen recording software, the familiar Xbox DVR. The steps to record video on Surface Pro are simple and you can check out them here.
Step 1 Complete Setup Process for Xbox DVR
If you've never used Xbox DVR to record on your Surface Pro, you'll need to set it up first. Simply type Xbox to search and open it on your Surface Pro. Find Settings and switch the toggle "Record gaming clips and screenshots using Game DVR" on. Then setup or confirm other settings, like shortcuts, in your own way.
Step 2 Record Surface Pro Screen with Xbox DVR
Open a window or a program that you'd like to record. Now press Win+G on your keyboard to activate Xbox DVR. When you're asked whether it's a game, just check "Yes, this is a game." Next, click on the REC button or use "Win+Alt+R" to start recording screen on Windows 10. Note that your mouse clicks cannot be captured.
Step 3 Finish Recording on Surface Pro
Once the video or screen activity on your Surface Pro has been recorded, you can use shortcut or press stop icon to end it. The recording file can be checked later in Settings > Gaming > Captures.
#2 How to Screen Record on Surface Pro - Joyoshare Screen Recorder
Joyoshare Screen Recorder is an ideal tool to record both video and audio on Windows XP and later, including Windows 7/8/10. It captures videos on Surface Pro in either full screen or customized size. Also, it's possible to grab audio from microphone and system, preset shortcuts, specify watermark and spotlight the cursor. Handily, you can do basic editing operations on your Surface with ease.
- Record video on Surface Pro with audio in high quality
- Save recording to Vimeo, YouTube, MP4, MOV, iPhone, Smart TV, etc.
- Support selecting Surface Pro screen area to capture with
- Stunning options to watermark, change parameters, highlight clicks, schedule task and trim
Step 1 Open Joyoshare Screen Recorder
Launch the program of Joyoshare Screen Recorder on your Surface Pro and make sure you are in the "Record video and audio" mode next to the "REC" button.
Step 2 Set Recording Options
Enable System Audio and Microphone sound as you like and tap on the gear-shaped "Options" button in the lower right corner to expand all settings. You can now change storage location, select output format, customize shortcuts, add watermark, create a task and show cursor movements.
Step 3 Start to Record Screen on Surface Pro
Get everything you need to record on your Surface Pro ready and designate recording region in "Capture Area". Now you can click the red REC icon to start recording. This program enables you to cut the video into small segments with its icon and skip any content you dislike with "Pause" icon.
Step 4 Save and Edit Surface Pro Screen Recording
You can end the recording process by clicking the Stop button. Soon after, a pop-up History window will appear to let you play the video, rename it, edit ID3 tag and trim unwanted content out.
#3 How to Screen Record on Surface Pro - OBS
Of all the recommendations, OBS is the most sought-after one. Many Surface Pro users have proved that they have used this freeware to record well on the screen. It's a typical cross-platform tool, so you can have a try. Here's how to record with OBS.
Go to the bottom-right corner of this program to click "Start Recording" option. It will begin capturing screen on your Surface Pro right away. When you complete recording, just tap on "Stop Recording" to save it in your Videos folder.
Step 1 Run OBS on Surface Pro
Download and install the Windows version of OBS on your Surface Pro. Get it started and you'll see "Scenes" to display your final recorded video as well as "Sources" to show where your video comes from.
Step 2 Set Recording Functions in OBS
There are lots of settings to confirm before recording. You can check them one by one.
Click "+" under "Sources" and press "Display Capture" to Create/Select Source;
Choose display from "Display" to record from different monitor (optional);
Adjust Desktop Audio and Mic/Aux under "Mixer".