iTop Screen Recorder User Manual

About iTop Screen Recorder

iTop Screen Recorder is an all-in-one screen recorder, video editor, and screenshot tool. It helps capture anything on your PC screen to be a high-quality video or screenshot, and edit both the recorded videos and local videos to create unique masterpieces.

The following guide will help you get familiar with iTop Screen Recorder quickly.

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported

Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 (64-bit system only)

Hardware Requirements

1 GHz processor or faster processor

2 GB of RAM

1,000 MB of free hard disk space

1024*768 screen resolution and above

Download and Installation

1) Click here to download the latest iTop Screen Recorder.

2) Double-click the downloaded itop-screen-recorder-setup.exe to start the installation. Then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.


You can uninstall iTop Screen Recorder by following the Uninstall Instruction.


Pro version users can always enjoy the latest version automatically with Update automatically option ticked by default in Settings.

Free version users can manually update iTop Screen Recorder as below:

Click updates-options at the top left of the main screen and select Check for Updates to update.


Note: A valid license code is required to activate the Pro version. If you do not have a license code, please click here to purchase one.

Click the Register key icon register at the top right corner of iTop Screen Recorder main screen, enter your license code, and click the Register button to activate the Pro version. Visit here for step-by-step activation instructions.


Record Screen/Video

Click the Record tab on the left panel, and then you can see 4 main record options: Screen, Webcam, Only Audio, and Game.

Screen record mode allows you to record everything on your PC screen.

Step 1: Select the region to record it into a video.

There are various recording types to choose from: Full Screen, Select Region, Select Window, Lock Window, commonly used Fixed Ratios, and Recently Used.


Aftrer choosing a recording type, you will get a corresponding screen. E.g.: If you choose Full Screen, you will get a screen as below:


Step 2: Set whether to record Speaker, Microphone, Webcam, and Mouse together with your video by clicking the toggle button.

If you see red "x" for some features, it means you don't have the related devices installed or connected to your computer.

You can also click the Settings button to set your mouse effects here.


Step 3: Click REC to start the recording.

It will start recording after counting down 3 seconds by default. You can remove the countdown timer in Settings or press the preset hotkeys to quickly start/pause/resume/stop recording.

Step 4: Click the Done button red-button2 or press Ctrl+F9 (default hotkey) to complete the recording.

Record Webcam

iTop Screen Recorder allows you to record webcam only or together with your other contents as per your needs.

Step 1: Click Webcam tab in the Record screen.

Step 2: Configure your settings for webcam recording including Speaker, Mic, Brightneess, and Background.

Note: You can set webcam frame shape under Wecam in Settings.


Step 3: Click REC to start the recording.

Clicking REC under Webcam tab will only record the webcam window. When you start to record under Screen with webcam on, it will record the selected region and webcam together.

Step 4: Click the Done button red-button2to complete the recording.

Record Only Audio

When you need to record a separate audio file for music or your voice, you can try Only Audio recording.

Step 1: Click Only Audio tab in the Record screen.

Step 2: Configure the settings for Speaker, Mic, and change your voice as picture below:


Step 3: Click the red REC button to start audio recording.

Step 4: Click the Done buttonred-button1 to finish the recording.

Record Game

Game recording helps record gameplay without lag and display the FPS while the recording is in progress.

Step 1: Click Game tab in the Record screen.

Step 2: Set the settings for Speaker, Microphone, Webcam, HUD, and Boost as per your needs.

Note: Boost can help optimize your system and hardware for smoother game recording.


Step 3: Play the game you want to record and then click the red REC button to start the recording.

If your game was not detected automatically, please click the add icon to add the game manually and start your game recording.

Step 4: Click the Done buttonred-button2 to finish the recording.

Advanced Recording

Hovering the mouse on the Advanced icon, then you can see High-performance recording and Enhanced Mode recording.

High-performance recording can help record high FPS videos smoothly without dropping FPS.

Enhanced Mode can record the videos that can not be recorded in normal record mode. If you record a video but only audio recorded with a black screen, you can try Enhanced Mode recording to solve the issue.


Recording Schedule

You can automatically start recording at a specific time on a daily/weekly schedule or run an Auto-ending Recording as per your needs.

Step 1: Click Recording Schedule icon under REC.


Step 2: Click the Add button to create your recording schedule by settings its name, start and end time, record region, and what you want your PC to do after the scheduled recording.

Note: You can set to Do nothing, Sleep PC, or Shut down PC after performing the scheduled recording.


Step 3: Click the red Add button to apply the settings finally.

Run an Auto-ending Recording

Step 1: Click Recording Schedule icon under REC.

Step 2: Click Run an auto-ending recording and set the recording duration, recording region, and what you want your PC to do after the scheduled recording.


Step 3: Click Run Now to start an auto-ending recording.

Note: Recording Schedule is only available to Pro version users.


It enables you to make your explainer videos more efficiently with prewritten scripts.

Step 1: Click Teleprompter icon under REC.

Step 2: Select a prewritten script for your recording or edit your personal script.



To protect your videos from being copied, it allows you to customize your own watermark with images and texts for your videos. You can click the On/Off switch of Watermark under REC to customize your watermark or record without a watermark. It is also available to preview your customized watermark before recording.

Note: The features No watermark and Customize are only available to Pro version users.


Customize Screenshot

Click the Screenshot tab on the left panel, and it will display the 4 main screenshot features Customize, Full Screen, Active Windows, and Scrolling Window to meet your daily screenshot requirements. Customize screnshot allows you to take screenshots for any selected region.


Step 1: Click Customize.

Step 2: Click the blue Screenshot icon on the right screen.

Step 3: Select the region you want to take a screenshot.

Step 4: Add necessary annotations to your screenshot and click Save to save your screenshot.


Full Screen Screenshot

You can click Full Screen and click the blue Screenshot icon to take a full screen screenshot easily.

Active Windows Screenshot

You can captue the current active window with just one click.

Scrolling Window Screenshot

To capture a scrolling window, please take the steps as below:

Step 1: Click Scrolling Window.

Step 2: Click the blue Screenshot icon.

Step 3: Click on the region you are going to capture and then slide the mouse scroll to select and capture the scrolling window.

Step 4: Click Save to save the scrolling window.

You can pin the screenshot on the desktop, share the screenshot to Facebook, Twitter, and Imgur, or search similar images on Google.

Mini Window: Click Mini Window under the Screenshot button to create a mini window on your desktop to take screenshots more easily.


Video files

Click Files on the left panel of the main screen, then you can see Video, Audio, and Screenshot.

At the top right corner, you can see the following 3 icons: Open File Location, Refresh, and Order by (which can order your recording files by their recording time, duration, name, and file size.)


When you move your mouse to each recorded video, you can see the following icons:

playicon: click to play the video.

editicon: click to edit your video by Quick Editor or Advanced Editor directly.

deleteicon: click to delete the recorded video directly.

moreicon: click to preview, edit, compress, denoise, upload, rename, delete, and open file location.


Audio files

Click Audio under Files, then you can see all your recorded audio files here. It also has similar options to your Video files.


Screenshot files

Click Screenshot under Files, then you can see all your screenshot files here. You can preview, delete, rename, or share your screenshot here.


Quick Editor

iTop Screen Recorder provides 2 video editor tools (Quick Editor and Advanced Editor) to meet different users' needs. Quick Editor allows you to edit videos quickly and easily with basic features.

Step 1: Click Tools in the main screen and click Quick Editor icon to open the quick editor.


Step 2: Click the Add icon to add videos or drag and drop your videos here.


Step 3: Drag the red sliding bar to trim your video and add filters, stickers, BGM, subtitles, etc.


Step 4: Click Export to export the edited video.

Advanced Editor

To make your video more attractive, Advanced Editor adds more professional editing features. After clicking Advanced Editor under Tools tab, you can see options: Start a new creation to edit a new media, or Open an existing one to continue your previous unfinished editing. Let's take "Start a new creation" for example to get familiar with how the Video Editor works.


Step 1: Click Start a new creation to enter the edit screen as below.


Step 2: Add media to the library.

You can click the add icon addicon to add the media (hover your mouse on the plus icon plus to get the adding window when you already added one or more videos) or drag & drop the media here for editing.



After adding media, your video editor should look like below.


Step3: Add media to your timeline to start editing.

You can click editorplus1 (Add to timeline) at the right corner of the video or drag and drop the video to the timeline.

After adding media to the timeline, your video editor should look like below.


Step 4: Edit your videos by adding Stickers, Text, Effects, Transitions, Filters, music, etc.

How to add stickers to your videos?

1. Click the Stickers icon on the left panel.


2. Scroll the sliding bar to choose the stickers you want to add and click editorplus1 (Add to timeline)or drag and drop the stickers to add it to the video.


Note: You can adjust the size, position, duration, etc. of the added sticker as below:


How to add text to your videos?

1. Click the Text icon on the left panel.

2. Choose the text style you like and click editorplus1 (Add to timeline) to add it.

3. Edit the words and set their font, style, color, size, position, etc.


How to add effects to your videos?

1. Click the Effects icon on the left panel.

2. Choose the effects you like and click editorplus1 (Add to timeline) to add it.

Note: You can use the similar ways to add Transitions and Filters to your videos.


How to split the video and delete the unwanted parts?

To split a video, you need to select the clip in the timeline, and then move the scrubber to the position where you want to split, then click the scissor icon to split.

To delete the unwanted parts, please split them with other parts first and then click the unwanted parts and click the Delete button to remove them.


Step 5: Save or Export your edited videos.

You can click Save to save the edited video. Then you can see it in My Creations of the editor and edit it again if needed. Or you can click Export to export the edited video. Before export, you can set the Aspect Ratio, Video Resolution, and Video Format.



The tool Compressor helps compress video files to a smaller size without losing quality.

Step 1: Click Tools in the main screen and click Compressor to open it.

Step 2: Click the Add icon or drag & drop the videos you want to compress.


Step 3: Select the compress level as per your needs and click the Compress button to compress the video to smaller size.



To bring you the best audio quality than ever, the Denoiser tool eliminates any noise including background noise and current noise in your video and audio.

Step 1: Click Tools in the main screen and click Denoiser.

Step 2: Click Browse or drag & drop the files you want to denoise.


Step 3: Click Denoise Now to denoise and improve the audio quality.


General Settings

Click the top left options icon options on the main screen and select Settings to open the settings for this program. You can configure each function as per your needs, and never forget to click Save to save the changes. Clicking Recommended can restore to default settings.



Here you can configure several recording-related settings, including whether recording with watermark, countdown, floating toolbar, etc., whether to show or hide the toolbar, taskbar, and desktop icons, and some other record settings. Countdown and Floating Toolbar will be introduced with more details later.

With the option "Save an extra copy of the recording file in real time for recovery in case of damages" ticked, you can restore files in case of damages including system crashes, insufficient space, or power failure.



By default, there is a countdown timer of 3 seconds before the recording to notify you to be prepared for the recording. If you do not want the countdown, you can untick "Countdown before recording" under Record in Settings.


Floating Toolbar

A floating toolbar as below will appear on the screen when the recording starts if you have "Show floating toolbar" enabled under Record in Settings. It provids you with various options including Doodle, Pause, Done, Take a screenshot, Mute Microphone, Magnifier, Spotlight, and Teleprompter to meet your requirements. If you do not want to see this floating toolbar, please tick "Remove floating toolbar in the recorded video" in the Settings.




iTop Screen Recorder also supports recording webcam overlay to your video, which brings you a better recording experience especially for recording gameplay or video conferences.



Here you can set whether to record with mouse actions. You can also choose whether to add highlight effects & click animation and set the colors for them. You can also record sound effect of the mouse as per your needs.



For easier operations, iTop Screen Recorder provides hotkeys to operate the most frequently used functions. Although the program has already set default hotkeys, you can still change them according to your own preferences.

Note: Do not forget to click the Save button to save your changes.



Multiple output video formats (MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, FLV, TS, GIF, etc.) and audio formats (MP3, AAC, AC3, FLAC, WMAV2, etc.) are available to you.

For video, it offers options for you to set Size, Format, Frame Rate, Bitrate, and Quality. For Audio, you can also set its Format, Bitrate, Frequency, and Channels here.

formatvideo formataudio


Here you can check the directory where you save your videos, audios, screenshots, and the edited videos (for Advanced Editor).



Here you can check and customize your proxy. You can also set preferred update method for this program here.


Technical Support

Every feedback from you is valued. To ensure you can reach us in time, we provide several feedback channels:

It's recommended to read our FAQs before looking in the other sections for help. Because sometimes, the questions have already been answered before you ask them here!

Online Feedback

If you can't find the answers on our FAQs page, please don't hesitate to contact us for email support. We will reply to you ASAP.

Thank You

Thanks to all iTop Screen Recorder users and beta testers who help us to make this product better and better.

Thanks to the following volunteer translators who greatly help improve iTop Screen Recorder user experience and introduce it to more users worldwide:

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