Record desktop footage (Tool: Expression Encoder)

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Advantages and disadvantages of the feeling used

There are many recording tools, but the advantages and disadvantages of using "Expression Encoder" are as follows. (I see it in my personal subjectivity.)


  • You can use all the basic recording functions.
  • Can be output as standard to a WMV format with a good balance of cost and quality
  • Can record cleanly without falling frames
  • Automatically set the recording range to fit the selected pane


  • It is no longer available and cannot be expected to be enhanced or supported in the future.
  • Occasionally recording data is broken (audio is not recorded or only the first half can be recorded (Windows 8.1 environment))


Go to theDownload page for Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 Service Pack 2 and click the download link to download the file.

Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 Service Pack 2 のダウンロード

Run the downloaded file "Encoder_ja.exe" to start the installation.

Encoder_ja.exe を実行

Select Yes if you are prompted for administrator rights.


Read the license agreement and click Accept.


If you have a product key, enter it. If you click the "Next" button without entering the product key, it will work as a free version. The free version doesn't have a few codecs, and you can use the basic recording features.

プロダクト キーの入力

Select No if you do not want to send usage.

カスタマー エクスペリエンス向上プログラムへの参加

Make sure Expression Encoder 4 is checked and click the Install button if you are satisfied with the installation location.


Wait for the installation to complete.


When the installation is complete, click the Finish button.


Step-by-step instructions

Start Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 Screen Capture from the Start menu. Don't make a mistake because the regular "Microsoft Expression Encoder 4" that is not Screen Capture is just an encoder, editing tool.

スタートメニューから Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 Screen Capture 起動

A small window, such as a toolbar, appears. Open Options before recording.


When the Options dialog opens, set the Frame Rate value to about 30 from the Display tab. The initial value is 15, but if it is 15, I think that about 30 is just right because it becomes a slightly clicked video even if the frame does not fall. The quality is good at 95. At 100, the recording may become heavy and the frame may fall. If you also want to record the mouse cursor, set the mouse cursor capture to Yes.

Other items should be set as needed.

オプション - 画面

When you're done setting options, click the Record button. (Recording does not start yet)


Switch to the mode in which you want to set the recording range. Select "Specify the area to capture" on the far left, and you can automatically set the recording area for the window or control with the mouse cursor.


After you select Specify the area to capture, a red border appears around the window or control that you want to capture as you move the mouse cursor. Click the mouse at the appropriate location to confirm the recording area.


Click the "Record" button to start the countdown and start recording.


When recording starts, operate the screen. To complete the recording, click the "End Capture" button.


When the recording is complete, the recorded file appears in the list. This file is an Expression Encoder file, so you can export it to another video file based on this file. Click the play button on the left to play the video in a simple player.


With the recording file selected from the list, click the "Send to Encoder" button below to launch expression encoder and edit the recorded file. You can use CTRL+SHIFT to select multiple files and send them at once.

Encoder に送信

The screen where the Encoder is launched. There are so many features available, but we'll only provide a brief description for outputting to a video file. If necessary, try using other features.

Expression Encoder

First, you'll set the destination for the video file. Select the Output tab on the right and specify the destination folder for the video file in the Directory section of the job output.


Since you can format and set the output video in the "Encoding" tab, select the format you want to output. When you're done, make sure the video list at the bottom left is selected, then click the Encode button.


The display of the screen changes and the encoding starts, so wait for it to complete.


When encoding is complete, you can verify that the video file is output to the destination folder.