Create a screen recording

Screenshots work great, but sometimes a quick how-to video can create a more powerful message. Using Microsoft Stream, you can create short screen recordings of up to 15 minutes, including your camera and microphone, without any additional software.

Get started

Important

To record your screen, you must use the latest Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome on Windows 10 or macOS. Learn about supported browsers and limitations.

  1. Select Create > Record screen in Microsoft Stream. Record screen

  2. When prompted by your browser, select Allow Microsoft Stream to use your camera and microphone.

  3. If you select Block, your camera and microphone will be disabled. To enable them, click lock icon in your browser's address bar and select Allow next to the appropriate device. Camera and microphone permissions

  4. Select Webcam icon or Microphone icon to set up your camera and microphone. If you're using a USB camera or microphone, make sure it's plugged in and select it from the menu. You can also turn off your camera and microphone if you don't wish to include them in your recording.

    Start recording screen

  5. You're now ready to start recording!

Record the screen

  1. Select Record button to start recording.

  2. Select which content from your screen you wish to share—your entire screen, an application window, or browser tab—then click Share. To include audio from your computer in the recording, select the checkbox Share audio.

  3. If you're using macOS Catalina, you may need to set up screen recording permissions in System Preferences. Learn more about macOS Catalina permissions. Share screen

  4. Wait until the countdown for the recording to begin. Once you begin, you'll see a timer and the time limit.

  5. You can now switch to the application or window you wish to record.

  6. When you're finished recording, or if you want to take a break, switch back to the Microsoft Stream screen recorder tab in your browser. Recording countdown

  7. Select Pause icon to pause recording the screen, audio, and camera at any time. Select Play icon to Resume.

  8. When you're finished, select Next to review your recording.

Review the recording

  1. On this page, select the Play Play button to review the recording. Select Record again if you're not satisfied and want to try again.

  2. When you're satisfied with your recording, select Upload to Stream to continue to the next step. Upload stream

Important

If you want to trim the video, you can do so after uploading and processing the recording.

Upload screen recording

Upload stream

  1. On this page, your video will start uploading to Stream. While you wait, you can:

    • Monitor the uploading progress

    • Fill in the video name, description, and language in the details section

    • When published, everyone in your company will have permission to view your video. To make the video visible only to yourself, deselect this checkbox: Allow everyone in your company to watch this video

    • To set custom permissions, groups, channels, and other options, click Update video details

  2. After the upload is complete, you can either publish or save, as follows:

    a. Click Publish. Your video is now ready! Select Go to Video to go to the video page on Stream and watch or share your video. After processing is complete, you can also trim your video by selecting the More actions menu More menu icon, then click Trim video.

    b. Click Save as draft if you're not yet ready to publish your video. Your video will be saved to My Content > Videos in Stream, from where you can publish it at any time.

Supported browsers and limitations

Screen Recorder works on the following browsers:

Other limitations

  • Recording system audio is available only on Windows, not macOS

  • Including the camera in the recording is available only when recording the entire screen, not when recording an application window or browser tab.

  • Screen recordings are limited to a maximum length of 15 minutes. For longer content, break up your video into shorter segments.

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See also

Screen recording permissions on macOS Catalina