5 Practical Ways to Record CSGO Gameplay on Computer

By Karen Nelson Last updated : June 7, 2022

Since its launch in 2012, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, alias CSGO, has long been a leading shooting game in the world and amassed millions of fans. With the development of esports, an increasing number of gamers like to upload their recorded CSGO gameplay onto YouTube to share the highlight reels of some triumphant moments or instructional techniques.


However, in the process of recording, the gamers will encounter many problems. For example, the screen goes black when recording; some recorder can’t lock the window, resulting in interference in the recording process; some aren’t allowed to note and without high output quality and so on. If you are a CSGO player who has just started recording gameplay videos, or if you are already a CSGO player who has encountered the above mentioned problems, and you are looking for a better software to record. You all can read this article and you'll find it very helpful.


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Record CSGO Gameplay in A Professional Way

VideoSolo Screen Recorder can be the best recording software for CSGO gameplay for its ease of use. It is equipped with extensive features for recording CSGO gameplay on an intuitive and simple interface, which is totally distinguished from OBS (Sure, we cannot deny that OBS is also a good choice, and we will talk about it in the latter part). Because of the simplicity, VideoSolo Screen Recorder is in particular suitable for recording beginners or those who want to pursue better recording effect.

For gamers, this recording tool is bound to fulfill your need. In the first place, the Game Recorder mode enables the recording software to focus only on your game window and exclude all distracting elements. That is to say, you can lock the window to be recorded. Even you receive a message during gaming, it will not appear on your output recording video. If you minimize or exit the game program, your recording will also end automatically.


As for other features, you can freely add the webcam and adjust its position at will so that your audience can clearly see your reactions while watching the gameplay. Meanwhile, you can turn on the system sound coupled with the microphone sound so that you can give real-time commentaries in the gameplay. You would love to highlight the mouse cursor during recording in order to better guide the audience's attention, since 3-D CSGO gaming involves the dazzling movement of the cursor.


Furthermore, as you can image, VideoSolo Screen Recorder is able to deliver high-quality CSGO gameplay footage to your utmost satisfaction within the simplest steps. The game videos can be recorded in HD quality at up to 60 fps, lag-free, and with no watermark (except that you customize to add one).

Now let’s take it into use. Look at this video tutorial, or learn how to record CSGO gameplay on your computer with the text tutorials below.

Step 1. Free Download the CSGO Gameplay Recorder

Step 2. Fire It up and Choose "Game Recorder"

Once you have launched VideoSolo Screen Recorder, on its main interface, press the "Game Recorder" button to capture the CSGO gameplay videos.

VideoSolo Game Recorder

Step 3. Select the Gameplay Window

Launch CSGO on your Steam. Click on the arrow beside the first game button and drop down a list of operating windows. Find out CSGO and select it as the game window. The recording software will lock capturing it.

Game Recorder Modules

Step 4. Set up Your Webcam and Sound Effect

Webcam is available on the second button for you to capture your own face during playing CSGO. Once you have turned it on, make some adjustments as you need.


You should click on the third and fourth button to green because they respectively represent your system audio and microphone audio. Turning on the latter can capture your own voice during recording. Don’t forget to do a sound check at “Preferences > Sound” to make sure it works well.

Step 5. Specify Settings

Head to "More settings" on the interface, and tick the corresponding boxes to your preferences. We suggest hiding the floating bar and highlighting your cursor during recording CSGO for a better video-watching experience. It’s also highly advised to remember hotkeys for stopping recording after the event.

More Settings for CSGO Recording

Step 6. Start and Finish Recording

Hit the red “REC” button or use hotkeys to begin recording.


Having captured the exciting gaming moments in CSGO, use "Stop" hotkey or "Show the float bar" hotkey and then press the stop button to end your recording. Save to the directory of your computer according to the simple instructions within a few clicks.

Record CSGO Gameplay

You can check your recorded CSGO clips conveniently at recording history. Now click the “Share” button, and you are able to share your recorded CSGO gameplay with your friends via YouTube or Facebook.

Share Recorded Videos

How to Record CSGO Gameplay with OBS – Free Way

Having long been a household name for gamers, OBS Studio, short for Open Broadcaster Software, is an exceptionally powerful screen recorder and streaming tool for free. It is strongly valued for its screen and webcam recording feature and high-performance recording facility. As an open-source broadcaster studio, it can incorporate clips from games and integrate them into the existing videos. Images and texts are also supported. In addition, users are able to add all these files together with other effects, like audio mixers.


Yet, inevitably, such versatile features cannot come without comparatively complicated operations and configurations, which pay off as long as you spend some time exploring its interface. Nevertheless, we will not elaborate on all the detailed settings in this passage. Instead, a quick start setup is our focus to provide you the guidance about how to record CSGO gameplay with OBS Studio.

Step 1. Open OBS Studio

First, after download, boot up OBS Studio on your computer before getting down to record.

Step 2. Add a New Source

Go for the box of "Sources" at the bottom of the main interface and right click the blank within the box, select "Game Capture" mode to specifically record CSGO window. You can name it after "CSGO" to your convenience.

OBS Create A Game Capture

Step 3. Launch CSGO and Select CSGO Window

Next up, launch CSGO to get it ready for recording. Then turn to OBS Studio interface, select the mode “Capture specific window”. and choose CSGO window as your targeted capture window. Once clicked, the CSGO window will immediately pop up within your recording region.

OBS Select CSGO Window

Step 4. Define Video and Output Settings

Find "Video" and "Output" tab by clicking "File" > "Settings" at the upper left corner of the interface and make your preferences according to your computer configuration. You may also want to check "Hotkeys" and "Audio" sections in order to make full preparation for capturing.

OBS Output Setting for Recording CSGO

Step 5. Start Recording

Turn back to the main interface after presetting the configuration, and press the “Start Recording” button to initiate CSGO gameplay recording.

OBS Starting Recording CSGO

It’s not difficult to do the basic settings on OBS. For official recording, you may need to take some time to explore more features.


Yet, OBS is not so satisfactory for newbies. It has a complicated interface with much more features and customization options catering to advanced gamers in order to output high-quality clips.


Moreover, many OBS Studio users have experienced lags or stutters in using it to record CSGO gameplay, game commentaries, or other tutorials due to its high demand for CPU.


Therefore, for beginners, it is more recommended to use a less sophisticated screen recorder to create your gaming tutorial, such as VideoSolo Screen Recorder.

Bonus Tips: How to Record CSGO with OBS no Log

When you’re streaming with OBS, and there is network latency happening, you can try the following ways to solve it.

  1. Stop other activities that occupy memory

  2. Use the “flushdns” command

  3. Reboot router and modem

  4. Change WiFi to Ethernet connection

  5. Update network adapter drivers

If your OBS lags when your are recording, the main reason may be the overloaded GPU. Below you will find some solutions that do work for many OBS users:

  1. Close other programs

  2. Adjust OBS settings

  3. Update graphics card drivers

  4. Lower in-game graphics settings

Record CSGO Clips with Windows Built-in Xbox Game Bar

The Game Bar is a built-in tool in Windows 10 that is installed on your computer's hard drive. Many CSGO gamers use it directly to record games. If you want to use it, all you need to do is to sign up with your Microsoft account to get access to the program and install it. But it can't capture the whole screen or specific parts of the screen. The steps to using it are as follows.


Step 1. First, you need to make sure the Game Bar is activated. Press Windows key to open the Start menu, then choose: Settings > Gaming > Game Bar. Here you can turn it on.

Setting Gaming Xbox Game Bar

Step 2. Tap on the Record button to start recording the CSGO gameplay.

Record CSGO Xbox Game Bar

Step 3. If your recording is finished, you can press Windows + Alt+ G to stop and the video will be saved.

Steps to Record CSGO Videos Using QuickTime

If you like to play CSGO on Mac, you can use QuickTime to record your game videos. QuickTime is a multimedia program for recording games that only Mac users can use. It is relatively simple and convenient to use. However, if you want to upload the recorded video to TikTok or other platforms, you need to upload it manually.


Step 1. Launch QuickTime on your Mac and click Files > New Screen Recording.

Start Video Recording Quicktime

Step 2. Open your CSGO game and click the circle Record button to enter the CSGO recording mode and then tap on the Start Recording button to start your gameplay.


Step 3. Tap on the Stop button and save your recorded clips.

Steps to Use the CSGO Game Clip Recorder Online

Apowersoft is a free online screen recording tool. The distinguishing feature of Apowersoft is that you can use it online without downloading. But due to its online feature, it can be somewhat limited if you don't have a great Internet connection and stability.


Step 1. Open the CSGO game and visit Apowersoft Screen Recorder.


Step 2. Click on Start Recording to start record your game and you can add preferences while recording the video.

Start Recording Apowersoft Screen Recorder

Step 3. Tap on Stop recording to end the process and save it.

FAQs About Recording CSGO Clips

FAQ: Game Recorder is Not Capturing CSGO Gameplay, How to Fix?

This problem arises more frequently after CSGO’s update in July 2020. Most commonly, it’s because CSGO has launched a trusted mode that forbids third-party programs to interact with the gameplay. That is why the recording mode which selects the CSGO game as a specific window doesn’t work and shows you a black screen.

CSGO Trusted Mode

A quick fix is to try an alternative way to record the CSGO gameplay videos. It doesn’t literally ask you to change your recording program, but just try another way to record instead of “Game Recorder” or “Game Capture”.


For VideoSolo Screen Recorder, turn to the “Video Recorder” feature, which helps you record videos more flexibly from recording the full screen to capturing a customized area.


You can also make some changes to the CSGO game part. That is, open your Steam, right-click “CSGO > Properties > SET LAUNCH OPTION”, and then enter “-untrusted” at the input box and save the changes. This way is to run your game in an untrusted mode to empower the third-party programs to record the gameplay.

Which is the Best Software for CSGO on Computer?

Personally, VideoSolo Screen Recorder is the best software for CSGO on computer. VideoSolo Screen Recorder is a screen recorder that has relatively impeccable function. It can record video and audio with high quality, no watermarking and no delay. It also supports a video quality at up to 60fps and 10-bit H.265 codec so that it can occupy less space and export fast. What’s more, if you are worried about the interference in the recording process and the recording process is not highlighted, then it has window locking function and annotation function to solve your concerns. It can also support the webcam, so you can actually interact with people during the recording process without embarrassment.

Conclusion

There are five ways to record CSGO gameplay, including VideoSolo Video Recorder, OBS, Windows Xbox Game Bar , QuickTime Player, and Apowersoft. You can choose any of them to use. However, if you use OBS, you need to be aware of its latency; if you choose Game Bar, it won't be able to record full screen or specific areas; if you choose QuickTime, you'll be limited by the type of computer because it only supports Mac. Although online tool is convenient, it is easy to be affected by network factors. Taking all these elements into consideration, I think VideoSolo Screen Recorder is your best choice. Because none of the above concerns will appear on it, you can use it with complete confidence. And, most importantly, it has window locking and annotation capabilities. You don't have to worry about distractions while you're recording, and you can highlight and enhance the recording in real time where you think it's great.