It is very easy to record screen on desktop computers running Windows or Mac OS. Even some video players like VLC allow users to record screen. Usually screen recording feature is needed to demonstrate something and to show other people how it is done. The alternate is screenshots that could work in a limited sense but when you want to create a video like gameplay tutorial or something similar, you definitely need a screen recording tool.
There are many screen recording tools available for mobile platforms like Android but they need rooted devices to work properly. Google introduced this feature in Android Lollipop and now users running Android 5.0 or above can use this feature without rooting their devices. AZ Screen Recorder is one of the best and most popular screen recorders available for Android devices. It is mainly known for its simple and easy to use menus and settings.
AZ Screen Recorder has freemium model where you can get the basic version of the app for free while the premium version is available for $3. Let’s talk about this app in details.
One of the best things in AZ Screen Recorder is its performance; even screen recording tools in desktop computers make a difference and sometimes create lagging. AZ Screen Recorder is known for not using excessive amount of system resources. It uses minimum RAM and processor as well as storage space. After installing the app from Google Play Store, you can start using it instantly without configuration because it automatically selects the optimize settings according to your device.
The floating window of AZ Screen Recorder shows four buttons; the recording button starts screen recording, settings button allows users to change the configuration (frame rate and the quality of video), gallery button navigates to the gallery and shows existing images and videos while the close button terminates the app. The settings menu shows encoder that you can select to “advanced” if that is stable on your device, resolution that goes to high as your device’s screen and low as less than 1 MP.
For example, if you have a Galaxy Note 4 then it would show highest resolution of 2560 X 1440 which is the screen resolution of that phone. However, you don’t necessarily have to record videos in that high quality; you can choose 1920 X 1080 which is FHD or 1280 X 720 which is HD and works the best. The frame rate is an important thing that can affect the overall quality of the video drastically.
Usually the 24 FPS works the best and you can go as high as 60 FPS. The bit-rate defines the quality of video and you can choose from 1-24 Mbps. Most of the time, you won’t even feel a difference between 2-5 Mbps so it is totally up to you what bit-rate you select. Orientation refers to the video orientation; you can either select portrait, landscape or auto. For example, if a game runs in portrait mode then you can select portrait orientation to make the video in the right orientation.