As you’re probably aware, High Definition (HD) has become the de facto ‘standard’ for video quality, and it is a good idea to record videos in HD whenever possible. However, when it comes to screen recording, this can be a bit more involved than you might think.

If you want to know how to capture HD videos using screen recording, you need to know what HD is – and how to set up the screen recording parameters accordingly.

“What Are High Definition (HD) Videos?”

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Without getting too technical, HD video is a standard that encompasses several key specifications:


  • Resolution of 1280×720 (720p) or 1920×1080 (1080p).
  • An aspect ratio of 16:9.
  • Scanning method that is progressive or interlaced.
  • Frame rate that is between 24 and 60.

For a video to be considered HD, it needs to follow those specifications. That being said the quality of HD videos can vary due to the compression that they use, and typically online HD videos tend to have a lower quality than Blu-ray discs or broadcast HD.

How To Set Up Screen Recording To Capture HD Videos

Based on the specifications above, you should be starting to understand what you need to do, to set up screen recording to record in HD: Record at the resolution, aspect ratio, and frame rate mentioned above.

However, the main problem you may encounter is the fact that when you’re using screen recording, the resolution of the video that you record (and its aspect ratio) will be based on the frame that you record from your screen.

In general, you’ll have three options that you can use:


  • Record the video in full screen which will give you a 720p or 1080p HD video, assuming you’re using a monitor in that resolution. If your screen resolution and aspect ratio is non-HD but higher than 720p at least, you can set it to record in a frame of that size.


  • Record the highest resolution 16:9 frame that is possible depending on your monitor resolution. Technically this will not be an HD video, but as long as the resolution is above 1280x720p it will be comparable in practical terms.


  • Record in a 16:9 frame and resize the resolution post-recording and resample it to a higher resolution. Increasing the resolution in this way will not increase the video quality; however, which makes it a ‘fake’ type of HD at best.

Overall the best option is to record naturally in an HD resolution. However aside from that, you will need a video recorder that lets you set the frame rate to at least 24 if not higher. For example, you could use Movavi Screen Recorder Studio for that.

To record actual HD videos, it is essential that you record in 720p or 1080p. However that may not always be an option using screen recording, and if it isn’t – at least you know what else you can do to capture videos that are as close to HD quality as possible.