How to record your screen with Dropbox Capture

Dropbox Capture is currently in alpha and is subject to additional terms.

With Dropbox Capture, you can record your screen, camera, and microphone at the same time. Using the Capture control panel, you are able to pause and resume, re-record, draw on, or delete your recordings.

Notes

  • Recordings are limited to 5 minutes in length.
  • Mac users will need to give Dropbox Capture access to screen recording, camera, and microphone through their System Preferences.

How to record with Dropbox Capture

To record only your screen:

  1. Open Dropbox Capture.
  2. Click Screen recording.
  3. Choose which part of your screen you’d like to capture:
    • Click once to record of your entire screen.
    • Click and drag to record a desired area of your screen.
    • Press the spacebar to record a specific window.
  4. Click the red circle icon in the side panel to start recording, click it again to stop recording.
    • Click the Pause icon in the side panel while recording to pause/resume recording.
    • Click the Draw icon in the side panel while recording to draw on your recording.

To record your screen and microphone:

  1. Open Dropbox Capture.
  2. Click Screen recording.
  3. Choose which part of your screen you’d like to capture:
    • Click once to record of your entire screen.
    • Click and drag to record a desired area of your screen.
    • Press the spacebar to record a specific window.
  4. Click the red circle icon in the left-side panel to start recording, click it again to stop recording.
    • Click the Pause icon in the side panel while recording to pause/resume recording.
    • Click the Draw icon in the side panel while recording to draw on your recording.

Note: To mute your microphone, click the microphone icon in the side panel.

To record your screen, microphone, and camera:

  1. Open Dropbox Capture.
  2. Click Screen recording & camera.
  3. Choose which part of your screen you’d like to capture:
    • Click once to record of your entire screen.
    • Click and drag to record a desired area of your screen.
    • Press the spacebar to record a specific window.
  4. Click the red circle icon in the left-side panel to start recording, click it again to stop recording.
    • Click the Pause icon in the side panel while recording to pause/resume recording.
    • Click the Draw icon in the side panel while recording to draw on your recording.

Note: You can click and drag the camera to move it around your screen before and during recording.

Note: To mute your microphone, click the microphone icon in the side panel.

To record your microphone:

  1. Open Dropbox Capture.
  2. Click Audio recording.
  3. Click the red circle icon in the left-side panel to start recording, click it again to stop recording.

To record your camera:

  1. Open Dropbox Capture.
  2. Click Camera.
  3. Click the red circle icon in the left-side panel to start recording, click it again to stop recording.
    • Click the Pause icon in the side panel while recording to pause/resume recording.
    • Click the Draw icon in the side panel while recording to draw on your recording.

Note: To mute your microphone, click the microphone icon in the side panel.

To record your screen as a GIF file:

Note: This feature is exclusive to Mac users and GIFs are limited to 30 seconds.

  1. Open Dropbox Capture.
  2. Click GIF.
  3. Choose which part of your screen you’d like to capture:
    • Click once to record of your entire screen.
    • Click and drag to record a desired area of your screen.
    • Press the spacebar to record a specific window.
  4. Click the red circle icon in the left-side panel to start recording, click it again to stop recording.
    • Click the Pause icon in the side panel while recording to pause/resume recording.
    • Click the Draw icon in the side panel while recording to draw on your recording.

A link to your recording will be copied to your clipboard and a copy of your recording will be saved to the Capture folder of your Dropbox account.

How to use an external microphone or camera

To use an external microphone or camera while recording, plug in the device and open the Preferences menu in Dropbox Capture. Then, select the device you want to use from the dropdown next to Camera and Microphone.

FAQs

My recording has no audio. What should I do?

If you’re having issues recording audio, try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Click “ (vertical ellipsis) in the top right corner, select Preferences, and make sure the correct recording device is selected under Microphone.
  • Close Dropbox Capture and reopen it.
  • Make sure Capture is up to date.
  • Make sure your microphone is not muted while recording.
    • The audio level over the microphone icon should be moving as you speak.

If you’re still unable to resolve the issue, contact customer support.

How do I change video resolution?

To change the recording resolution, click “” (vertical ellipsis) in the top right corner of your screen, select Preferences, and make a selection using the dropdown next to Video quality.

Learn more about Dropbox Capture

How to set up Dropbox Capture

How to take screenshots with Dropbox Capture

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