Record video from Preview window on Windows (like existing Mac feature)
I'd like to record videos in Windows.
Please note that you can launch a recorder by using the Windows+G shortcut key.
I would like to see an overhaul of the Desktop Preview recording function in Adobe XD on PC. The request, in short, is to bring in the same functionality the iOS version has.
If you are already familiar with it then by all means, you are free to stop reading here. At your leisure however I will describe where I am coming from and why a change in XD is needed to meet market standards.
I work at a design firm with a history in product design, which is leaning more and more into digital integration and display interfaces. We supply GUI (graphic user interface) design and UX (user experience) through flowcharts to our costumers. With recent trends in mind, more effort is expected in terms of GUI movement and transitions. As such we turned to:
Upon evaluating the three we choose to go with XD. Workflow and Adobe CC integration fits our model and while Figma does a good job of rapid prototyping and might win out in the long run, we felt Adobe was the place to go to for now. Jumping in with both feet at this point.
However, as we began making prototypes it turned out there was no handy way to export a file-based presentation of the workflow. Live demos through Desktop Preview (DP) - no problem. But for exporting and saving a file for later review or for presenting in our portfolio there is simply no reasonable solution.
In the Windows version you cannot export your actions in the DP. Instead you are encouraged to use Win+G to run an external capture software supplied through Windows 10. Here is a short list of drawbacks for us:
-Standard windows cursor, with no 'click' animation
-Status bar appears on the top part of the video file
The workaround is obviously to import the video file into Adobe After Effects and crop out the status bar. Only, the file is mp4 - a format which results in a black screen in AE and needs to be converted in Adobe Bridge before you can even begin tinkering with it. I would claim that some quality of the video is lost there, but it is hard to tell since it lacked quality to begin with.
As a design firm this is simply not workable for us and the fact that the easiest solution seems to be to purchase an Apple product - a platform with support for in-app video capture (paired with intuitive cursor visualization etc.) - feels backwards, to say the least.
While looking for a reasonable solution to this I found there is input on this lack of functionality dating back to 2018, yet nothing has been done in the past two years to meet these requests.
In the end the time we might save working with XD in regards to its overall nice workflow and design does not justify the time it takes to export visualizations.
Surely the market standard demands more? Is there a solution in the works?
Jithin Roy commented
I think adobe has got a waste team for the adobe xd
Marcelo Strappini commented
The Win+G functionality include the title bar of the window in the video and is in low resolution. It is not good for making a quality presentation. :(
You can record the prototype as a video using the preview window. More details here - https://helpx.adobe.com/xd/help/preview-designs-and-prototypes.html
Hemachand Kodali commented
Give a option to export the whole prototype to animated gif -without user going to after effects and working on it ,User can directly link the screens in prototype mode and animate it and convert to video or gif file
Mac Zafarana commented
I would love a built in feature for this. I'm trying to use Windows+G and it lags so much and automatically ends the clip when my animations load, which is the exact thing I'm trying to capture.
It's so seamless on Mac.
Sandra D.M. commented
The feature looks amazing and simple in tutorials... And then I try it on my PC and get the message that "this pc doesn't meet the hardware requirements to record for recording clips". Talk about misleading the user by adding a button that looks easy, but just launches something completely different. I really hope you implement this for Windows!
Please please please allow us to not use windows game record when recording prototypes. It no longer allows us to use the circular cursor when recording, and it makes starting the recording exceedingly difficult, especially if we have timed transitions at the beginning. I'm having to prototype on my windows computer then moving over to my mac to record. It's such a severe pain.
Daniel Lerman commented
Currently, XD cannot by in full-screen mode, so the window header remains visible in the screen video recording.
Mikkel Rask commented
Windows + G is such a BS non-solution. Why did Adobe even put the button there on Windows? Like just to taunt people? "Oh yeah, we know we implemented this awesome feature on another OS - would you like to use a sucky version of that?"
Well I tried on 3 different laptops (to verify if it wasn't block by my work interface). I can't use Windows + G on any of my laptop. :) . I surely deactivated something / or not activated something, but impossible to know what.... O my side Windows + G option is not a reliable option
There are many issues with Windows + G I found this article to solve them:
Unfortunately for me all these solutions didn't work on my side. Maybe I need to create a Windows account, I don't know anyway I do not want to have one.
There are other software’s to record your screen but it really less efficient than the solution implemented on Mac.
This feature is really requested to share your work, please add it.
I hope to support full screen preview when previewing
1. When you are doing long web pages, you can't preview them in full screen. It's hard to accept.
2. I want to record the screen when I am doing a prototype preview. Found that does not support full-screen preview, more uncomfortable!
would love to have a native record button with a decent dot cursor!
Your game bar may have been disabled.
Go to the control panel and game bar then Enable the game record.
Nikhil Johnson commented
3 Reasons why the Win+G recorder is trash-
1. The cursor instead of circular tap
2. The title bar of the window coming in the video
3. The low resolution
i can't record my prototype using (windows + G ) .. it tells me that "sorry , this pc doesn't meet the hardware requirements to record for recording clips" !!!
Anders JPG commented
yeah we really need a better way to do it on windows. just like on mac simple and easy and the neat lille dot as a mouse works so well
Please include this feature to be built into the app like on Mac! Not Windows+G (I don't want to have to go through the process of logging into my Xbox account that I don't even have?) I don't understand why Mac's version supports this and Windows doesn't. I use XD because I want to be on Windows, not Mac. Supporting equal features between both platforms will seriously put Adobe at an advantage because many other apps (Sketch, Invision studio) are /only/ on Mac, or not yet released Windows. So far, XD has been a win in my book except this feature....
Vinicius Jorge Munhoz commented
Windows+G is disabled on my computer because of some issues with games performance. So... I can't record.