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How to record screen with audio on Windows 10

Screencast apps have become incredibly common. You will find both free and paid apps that offer basic to advanced features. A paid screencast tool can include a voiceover feature and a video editor. If you’re looking to record the screen with audio, whether its a voiceover or audio from your system, you have plenty of choice on Windows 10.

record screen with audio

Record screen with audio on Windows 10

If you have a video editor, you can use it to add audio to a video. The audio can be recorded separately with an audio recording tool like Audacity however, it adds an extra layer of work to everything. For many users, it’s easier to record the audio while they record video. To that end, OBS is a great tool for the job. It can record audio from a mic or from the desktop.

Record screen with audio – OBS

OBS is a free, and easy to use tool. Download and install OBS and then follow the steps below to record the screen with audio.

  1. Open OBS.
  2. In the scenes column, click the plus button.
  3. Select Window capture.
  4. Select the window you want to record or the desktop you want to record.
  5. Add it as a source.

  1. In the panel to the right of the Source column, mute the mic and unmute desktop audio if you want to record audio that is being output from your system’s speakers.
  2. In the panel to the right of the Source column, mute the desktop audio and unmute the mic if you want to record a voiceover while you record the desktop.
  3. Click Start recording.
  4. Record the audio as you record the screen.
  5. Click Stop recording when you’re finished.

Note: OBS adds the audio directly to the video and does not save it as a stand-alone audio file. The next section details how you isolate the audio if you need to edit it.

Isolate audio from recording

If, after recording the screencast, you want to isolate the audio and edit it, you can use Audacity. 

  1. Open Audacity.
  2. Drag & drop the video file onto Audacity.
  3. The audio will be isolated.
  4. You can edit it and add it to the audio with a video editor.


OBS outputs video files in the MKV format. If you want to output an MP4 file, you can change the format from OBS’ settings under the Advanced tab. There is an Automatically remux to mp4 option that will output the recording as an MP4 file. The MP4 file will work with most video editors, and you’ll be able to isolate the audio from it using Audacity. 

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