How to Record from your HoloLens TWO different ways

In this brief tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can record from your HoloLens. In fact, I’m going to show you two different ways you can do it.

Above is a video explaining everything in detail. Enjoy!


Option 1

1. Live stream from your HoloLens to a Windows 10 PC and then have a screen capture program like XSplit, OBS, or Camtasia to record the live stream.

To record from your computer, you need to have some kind of screen capturing software like XSplit, Open Broadcast Software (OBS), or Camtasia. You will also need the “Microsoft HoloLens” app from the Windows Store. This app lets you manage the HoloLens and is a must have app. Besides letting you manage the HoloLens, it will let you stream what the HoloLens is seeing to the app. You can then run the app in fullscreen and have your screen capturing software like XSplit actually record the stream.

Option 2

2. Ask Cortana to take a video for you. She will record what the HoloLens sees (real and augmented reality … also known as mixed reality).

To record directly from the HoloLens, all you need to do is ask Cortana to “Take a Video”. She will start recording and to exit, you just have to do the “Bloom” gesture. That bringing up your whole hand in front of you and opening your fingers, mimicking a flower blooming. This will stop the recording. Once the video is completed, you need to use the “Microsoft HoloLens” Windows Store app to connect to the HoloLens and select Photos and Videos. Then select the Video you recorded and click the “Download” button at the bottom.

6 thoughts on “How to Record from your HoloLens TWO different ways

  • Posted on 2016-09-13 at 6:00 pm

    Nice video Chad 🙂 I have a question about the HoloLens. How are you able to see what you’re seeing on HoloLens on your laptop? I want to exactly do that. I tried to download the HoloLens app from Store but didn’t find any.

    It would be of great help if you can let me know how to do it.

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  • Posted on 2017-09-20 at 4:01 am

    Thank you for this sharing, really helpful. As for recording on computer, I’d also recommend Acethinker Screen Recorder which I have been using for many years. It’s a free web-based application to record computer screen right from the browser, you don’t have to download or install anything. Share it here as an alternative to OBS.

  • Posted on 2017-10-15 at 10:27 am

    Hi Chad,

    Thanks for publishing this and It has been very helpful.
    Current recording is 3 or 5 mins by default, do you know how to increase this?


    • Posted on 2017-10-26 at 5:09 pm

      Hey Vishal, Unfortunately, I don’t believe it can be increased. I prefer to record via streaming when doing something that will be longer than 5 minutes.


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