PC Screen Recording with HitPaw Screen Recorder (Review)

Virtual working is pretty common these days. From office work to teaching and learning, a good number of people are working virtually. So in order to work seamlessly in a virtual environment, you need a good screen recording tool to share your screen with others.

In this regard, HitPaw Screen Recorder would be an ideal screen recording tool. It’s a simple yet feature-rich desktop screen recorder that enables you to capture your screen using different modes i.e. you can record games, record screen, record webcam, or do picture-in-picture recording.

Moreover, the tool offers some additional features like segment recording, zoom recording, real-time monitoring, selecting a custom resolution, applying different effects to your recordings, and editing your recorded videos in seconds.

You can also choose from an array of different languages, give an output location of your choice, set a frame rate and resolution for your videos, and customize the hotkeys according to your choice among many other things.

For now, HitPaw Screen Recorder is available only for Windows, however, a macOS version is being developed and will be released in the market soon. Plus there’s comprehensive documentation as tutorials and a user guide on their website. And if you’re stuck with something, you can always rely on their efficient customer support.

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Why should this be your go-to screen recorder?

You’d be wondering that there are hundreds of screen recording tools out there then why should one opt for HitPaw Screen Recorder. Well, the answer lies in the many interesting features that the tool has to offer.

Here’s a list of some of HitPaw’s main features.

1. Easy to use

You’ll find HitPaw Screen Recorder to be one of the simplest tools to use. It has an intuitive interface that’s so easy to navigate that even the first-time users won’t need any user guide. Additionally, the app is pretty lightweight and doesn’t affect the working of other apps when used.

2. Picture-in-Picture recording

For presenters and content creators, HitPaw offers an amazing picture-in-picture (PIP) function. It enables you to record your screen as well as webcam simultaneously. This function is especially useful for recording presentations or virtual meetings.

The PIP feature gives you 4 different options or recording modes to apply. You can go for big screen and small camera mode (ideal for presentation), big camera and small screen mode (ideal for virtual meetings), a quick switch to webcam recording, and one-click screen recording mode.

3. Game Recording

Game recording feature is one of the three main recording modes that you see on the menu as soon as you launch the HitPaw app. It is a boon for the gamers who want to show their hacks or moves when creating gaming tutorials.

Just start the Game Recording feature before starting your game and everything will be captured as you require. Once the recording is done, you can trim the video’s length and do some other editing and then save it in the output folder.

4. Real-time Monitoring

Either you’re doing screen recording, PIP recording, or recording through webcam, HitPaw gives you a tiny preview of your recording in the menu bar at the top.

This real-time monitoring feature is quite helpful when you’re recording a specific segment of the screen and want to see how it looks in the preview so as to make improvements if required. You can also check the level of mic and speaker volume through the real-time monitoring feature.

5. Hardware Acceleration

When you’re recording or editing videos, your system needs extra power and speed. This can be achieved by using HitPaw’s hardware acceleration feature. It enables your computer to run faster and export much quicker when it is activated.

6. Capture Keyboard and Mouse

The capture keyboard and mouse feature in HitPaw is a great one for creating tutorials and demonstrative videos. Through this feature, you can demonstrate what actions you are performing on your keyboard and mouse. You can also change the effect of the mouse and keyboards.

7. Segment Recording

During screen recording, if a power outage happens or your system gets stuck, there is a great risk of losing the recorded data. HitPaw takes this risk out of screen recording with the segment recording feature.

With the segment recording function, you can save your recordings at predetermined intervals to make sure that you don't lose your data if an unexpected event happens.

8. Schedule Recording

HitPaw Screen Recorder allows you to schedule your recording by setting a start time so the recording on your screen starts automatically without you having to turn it on.

You can schedule a desired date and time when you want the recording to start automatically. There’s also an option to select the recording area as the full screen or a selected area.

9. Timed Recording

Just like schedule recording, you can time your screen recording to stop automatically after a specified period. You can either choose from the given 30 or 60 minutes or set a customized limit according to your requirement.

10. Draw function

During a recording session, this app gives you a great feature to draw on the screen when you want to put emphasis on something. You can draw an arrow, highlight, or draw through a pen. There are also different colors and thickness levels to choose from.

Is this app free to use?

We all know that the best things in life don't come for free – and the same goes for the HitPaw Screen Recorderr. You can choose from any of the following pricing plans:

  • 1 month plan for $14.99 – No watermark, no ads, unlimited usage, and can be cancelled any time. You can use it on only 1 PC.
  • 1 year plan for $29.99 – No watermark, no ads, unlimited usage, and can be cancelled any time. You can use it on only 1 PC.
  • Lifetime plan for $49.99 – No watermark, no ads, and unlimited usage. You can use it on only 1 PC.

You can also get a whole 30% off at any of these subscription packages by using the code YT-30OFF at the time of purchase.

If you want to explore the tool before you make a buying decision, you can opt for their free trial version and experience HitPaw’s feature yourself.

Also, the users who want to use the tool for free, can check out HitPaw Online Screen Recorder.

How to use different HitPaw Screen Recorder modes?

As I’ve mentioned before, this app is pretty user-friendly, however, to help you explore its different features and sub-features, I am going to show you how to use three of the tool’s main screen recording modes.

Note: Before we start, please make sure you have the HitPaw screen recorder downloaded and installed in your Windows computer. The macOS version is coming soon but the users have to wait a little more.

Screen Recording

In the following steps, I am going to highlight the steps for conducting screen recording with HitPaw. Let’s take a look.

  1. Launch HitPaw and go to Record Screen in the menu that appears.
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  3. To capture the entire screen click once. If you want to capture a specific area, move the mouse to select that area.
  4. Once you choose any of these options, you’ll see a menu bar at the top. Here click on the red Record button to start your screen recording.
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  6. From the menu bar you can also take screenshots through the camera icon, or draw on your selected area through the pen icon.
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  8. Once you’re done, you can click the Record button again to stop the recording.
  9. The recorded video will open up in an editor window from where you can edit or save it in the output folder.
Picture in Picture Recording

Picture in picture recording is one of the most interesting features of the HitPaw tool. You can do the PIP recording by following the below steps.

  1. Launch HitPaw and go to Record Screen in the menu that appears.
  2. From the menu bar that appears, click on the PIP icon to start picture in picture recording.
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  4. From a sub-menu, you can select which PIP mode would you like – big camera small screen or big screen small camera etc. You can also select the position and size of your PIP recording and tinker with some webcam settings.
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  6. Once you select the desired option, the recording will automatically start. You can stop or pause this recording with their respective button in the menu bar.
  7. The recorded video will open up in an editor window from where you can edit or save it in the output folder.
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How to Record Webcam

If you want to create webcam recording using HitPaw, here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Launch HitPaw and go to Record Webcam in the menu that appears.
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  3. You will see a window with the webcam on. By clicking on the webcam icon, you can modify different settings like the resolution and frames per second.
  4. You can also take screenshots clicking on the camera icon and even flip the video using the Mirror switch.
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  6. Once you’re done, you can click the red Record button again to stop the recording.
  7. The recorded video will open up in an editor window from where you can edit or save it in the output folder.
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To wrap up

In today’s day and age, a feature-rich and reliable screen recorder is a must when you’re engaged in virtual work. Even though there’s a whole gamut of screen recording tools in the market, HitPaw stands out from the rest due to its ease of use and the many useful features that it offers.

I would recommend you to take the free trial and experience for yourself all the features I’ve mentioned here. And if you do, don’t forget to share your experience with the readers in the comment section below.