Windows 10's game DVR tool capture video in any app

Microsoft introduced the Game bar to Windows 10 as a means for recording gameplay sessions on PCs. But that’s not all it’s good for, as it turns out: you can also use the new Game bar recording function as a quick and dirty screen video recorder for other apps. In fact, this could work as a basic alternative to third-party options like Camtasia, as BetaNews first discovered.

The new feature only works in more recent updates to the Windows 10 insider preview or the latest Windows 10 RTM build 10240.

You can call up the Game bar by hitting the Windows logo key + G. However, you can’t call it up anywhere. In our tests, for example, you wouldn’t see it on the bare desktop, File explorer, or Notepad. Try it out in anything else—such as a modern UI app or the Steam dashboard—and it should work. In other words, this feature appears to be limited to apps and won’t work for system level activities.

Once you hit the Game bar shortcut, a pop-up window will appear as seen above that says Do you want to open Game bar? The only option is a checkbox that says Yes, this is a game.

Click that checkbox and the Game bar will appear. Now you can just hit the red record button to start your recording session, or you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Alt + R. 

That’s about all there is to this feature. You can find your saved videos in the Game DVR section of the Xbox app, or inside your user folder under Video > Captures.  

Your PC needs to have one of these video cards to run Game DVR:
AMD: AMD Radeon HD 7000 series, HD 7000M series, HD 8000 series, HD 8000M series, R9 series, and R7 series.
NVIDIA: GeForce 600 series or later, GeForce 800M series or later, Quadro Kxxx series or later.

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