Capturing the action on your computer screen can be very helpful in making tutorials for a project, or when you have to create training materials. A helpful program that you can utilize is the Windows Media Encoder. Here is how to make a video of your computer screen action.

1. Pull up Windows Media Encoder on your computer.
Open Windows Media Encoder by clicking on its icon on your desktop or by going on the Start Menu. When it opens you will see the ‘New Session’ dialog box. Under the ‘Wizards’ tab, select ‘Capture Screen’ and then click ‘OK’.

2. Choose what you will be capturing for this project.
Windows Media Encoder gives you these options to capture:

* ‘Specific Window’ – If you are to capture only a specific window for your project, make sure that the program is already open before starting screen capture, because you will be choosing the program from the ‘Window Selection’ dialog box that will appear if you choose this option.
* ‘Region of the Screen’ -  The ‘Screen Region’ dialog box that will appear after you choose this option will allow you to click on the ‘Screen Region Selection Button’ so you can drag the pointer on the part of the screen that you will capture, or you can also enter the specific coordinates of the screen.
* ‘Entire Screen’
* After you have made your choice, click on ‘Next’.

3. Specify the path where the video will be saved.
The ‘Output file’ dialog box will appear asking you to specify a name and location for your project. Click ‘Next’ after entering the file name and destination.

4. Choose the encoding settings for your project.
Choose one from the encoding settings options: Low, Medium or High and then click ‘Next’.

5. Enter the information you want to appear on the video.
Make sure that you enable ‘captions’ if you want details such as the title or author to appear on the video. Enter such details under the ‘Display Information’ dialog box and click ‘Next’.

6. Choose when the screen-capture session will start.
Under the ‘Settings Review’ dialog box, you have the ‘Begin capturing screens when I click Finish’ checkbox. If you will leave it unchecked, you have to click on ‘Start Encoding’ from the toolbar when you are ready for your screen-capture project. Click ‘Finish’ once you are done choosing.

Windows Media Encoder is minimized during the screen-capture process. Clicking on the icon in the taskbar will automatically pause the screen-capture so you have time to make adjustments to your desktop, and just hit ‘Start Encoding’ to resume the screen capture. Once you’re done with the screen-capture, click on the Windows Media Encoder icon again and click ‘Stop’ on the toolbar.

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