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[Solved] How to Record Windows Media Player Effortlessly

Vanessa Chiang Updated on Aug 25, 2021| min read

How to record Windows Media Player (hereinafter WMP)? This is a question most likely raised by those who would like to replay or stream videos on their Windows 7/8 or XP. With this software, you can do things like replaying videos, audio, and pictures on your PC, as well as speeding up/reversing videos. But how to find a proper way to record these events on Windows Media Player?

This passage will guide you through this problem by introducing 3 pragmatic methods to you. Let's look at the content navigation below.

How to Record Windows Media Player with the Game Bar Recorder

Xbox Game Bar is the default game recorder on Windows 10, and it's said the inspiration for this software came from Xbox One S or X, which allows players to record their game clips during games. Xbox Game Bar gradually becomes a good choice for Non-gamer groups due to its stable and satisfying performance in recording ordinary activities on their desktop. So for us, we can rely on it to record Windows Media Player on Windows 10, too

Xbox Game Bar Features:

  • Record the last 30 seconds of your gameplay
  • Record with the game bar on the background
  • A 60 FPS parameter to help you record games fluently
  • 4 hours recording length
  • Not CPU-intensive at all

How to Record WMP with Xbox Game Bar:

Step 1. Call out your target videos or games in advance.

Step 2. Then press W + G to open the Xbox game bar on your PC. If it doesn't open, the troubleshooting function could be helpful.

xbox game bar records screen

Step 3. Configure the options for screen recording by clicking Start > Settings > Gaming > Game Bar, or Captures, or Game Mode.

xbox game bar settings for wmp

Step 4. Start and end the record with buttons or shortcuts. 

Step 5. When the whole process is done, you can click the Gallery on the control bar to check your recordings in MP4 format. 

Xbox Game Bar is a free, convenient screen recorder, but it is not a perfect solution for users. Reasons for this could be some of its deficiencies like, it can't record in full screen, can't record more than 4 hours, and it could frequently break down or grey out its recording button, which could cause problems in recording Windows Media Player's events. But the deficiencies, on the other side, reveal what an excellent screen recorder should be like. Now let's look at another recorder that is good enough to substitute Xbox Game Bar.

How to Record Windows Media Player with EaseUS RecExperts for Windows

EaseUS RecExperts for Windows is definitely the right WMP video/audio recorder if you want to capture any content from your Windows media player. Unlike the Game Bar, which is mentioned just now, RecExperts's got better performance thanks to its various merits.

First of all, this software can help you record high-quality videos. The resolution of its output videos can reach 1080P or 4K. And you can select the audio source freely, including desktop audio, microphone, and both of them.

Briefly speaking, if you don't mind the download and installation of this recorder, it will provide you with more unexpected functions. 


  • Record streaming video and audio
  • Offer a Task Scheduler that allows automatic recording
  • Dozens of formats to output, including GIF
  • Support trimming recordings with simple clicks

How to Record Windows Media Player Videos with EaseUS RecExperts:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts. There are two different options for screen recording, i.e., "Full Screen" and "Region". If you select "Full Screen", you will capture the whole screen.

mainscreen of EaseUS RecExperts

Step 2. If you select the "Region" option, this software will ask you to customize the recording area. Make sure that everything you want to capture is within the bounds of the select box.

record part of screen

Step 3.  Tap on the button at the bottom left side of the main interface, and there will be many options you can select. This recorder supports recording microphone and system sound separately or simultaneously. The "Options" button is for you to adjust the volume and microphone device.

full screen mode sound souce

Step 4. If you want to record the webcam simultaneously, click on the "Webcam" icon at the bottom of the interface. Tap on the button to enable the webcam recording, and there will be a drop-down menu to select the recording device. Click on "OK" to confirm your settings.

full screen mode and webcam

Step 5. When you turn back to the main interface, click on the "REC" button to start recording. A floating toolbar offers you buttons to pause or stop the recording during the recording process. In addition, the camera icon can be used to take screenshots, and the timer icon can help you stop recording automatically.

video list of EaseUS RecExperts

Step 6. The recorded video clips will be saved on your computer. When the media player appears, you will see a set of tools you can use to trim the recordings, extract audio, and add opening title & closing credits to the recorded video.

edit recorded video

How to Record Windows Media Player with OBS Studio

OBS Studio is an open-source screen recorder, which means it is accessible without any concerns about money. The reason cited for this software's winning flavor of users is that it is free and professional - you may take this adjective carefully since one of OBS's biggest problems is that it's too professional to get handled.

Some users of OBS clearly express their inclinations of not trying it a second time, which is reasonable since it is not an easy recorder with out-of-box functions. You have to self-design all the features using resources, which in other words, is another long journey for you to proceed.

OBS Studio Features:

  • High-quality video capture
  • Low impact on budget systems
  • The broadcasting features
  • Multiple places are supported to share
  • The picture-in-picture recording mode

obs records wmp videos and audios

How to Record WMP with OBS Studio:

Step 1. Add a scene, and name the scene.

Step 2. Add sources. Right-click the blackboard at the center area and hover your cursor at 'add', then choose 'display capture'.

Step 3. Now call out your target videos and hit 'start recording' to record Windows Media Player.

Step 4. Stop Recording and click on Files on the left-top corner and select 'show the recordings', then you will find your recordings in a local folder.

It does earn welcome from the most advanced users, but if you are less in need of professional features or you see for effectiveness and straightforward methods, OBS Studio may not fit you.

The Bottom Line

This post writes about how to record Windows Media Player in a hassle-free way. Our choices involve two free recorders - Xbox Game Bar, OBS Studio, and a more integrated recorder - EaseUS RecExperts. If you desire a fully-equipped recorder with easy-to-learn operations, EaseUS RecExperts should be the ideal one for you.

How to Record Windows Media Player FAQs

Can I record with a Windows Media Player?

No, WMP has no relevant functions.

How to record windows media player videos with sound?

To record with intact system sound along with the videos, a capable screen recorder must be considered. Here I think EaseUS RecExperts is the optimum one, and it delivers smooth videos that have perfect cohesion with its audios.

What's worth recording in WMP?

You can record videos/audio that are already on your PC with WMP.

You can also record the playback of online streaming videos/audios with WMP.

Last but not least, you can record audio CDs, audio files, DVDs, and videos.

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author Vanessa Chiang

Vanessa Chiang

With the interest in English writing and computer technology, Vanessa chose to be an editor in EaseUS. She is professional in video and audio topics, including video & audio editing, converting, and recording. Vanessa will keep writing to help people solve problems.

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