Visualizing keystrokes is a great way to learn keyboard shortcuts for an app. Outside of that, if you need to record a screencast, it’s a good idea to show keystrokes on your screen and save yourself a lot of work during editing. If you need a good, customizable tool to show keystrokes on Windows 10, you should give Carnac a try.
Download and run Carnac. The app is open source and doesn’t need to be installed. When you run it, to goes straight to the system tray. By default it will show keystrokes as well as mouse clicks, highlighting which mouse button was clicked. The first thing you want to do after running the app is customize it. Double-click the app’s icon in the system tray to open its settings.
On the General Tab, you can select where the keystroke shows on your screen. Use the top, bottom, left, and right offset sliders to position the visual. Carnac supports multiple monitors so you can choose which monitor the keystroke should be displayed on. Be careful with this setting because if you offset it too much from all sides, it might cut the visual off.
Once you’ve positioned the app’s visual, go to the Keyboard tab. Here you can customize whether the app will show all keystrokes or just those that include modifier keys. You can also customize the visual, its font size, opacity, and the color.
The Mouse tab is where you can customize how mouse clicks are shown on your screen. If you don’t want the mouse clicks to show, uncheck the ‘Show mouse clicks’ option. This option is a bit buggy though so if it doesn’t apply, set the value of the Stop Opacity slider to 1, exit the app, and run it again. That should do the trick.
Here’s how the keystrokes appear on your screen.
The app doesn’t show keystrokes on both monitors which might be a shortcoming for some users but it does everything else flawlessly. If the visual isn’t easy to see on your desktop, you can customize it to suit any background and you can also change how long it remains visible on your screen. It should be recorded on any screencasting tool so there’s not much to worry about. It works with the OBS tool and with Snagit.
The app isn’t in active development however we tested it on Windows 10 1809 and it works without any problems.
If you’re on a Mac, and you need to show keystrokes, there’s a pretty great app that can do that for you.
Showing keystrokes on computer while making screen recordings
Postby Fred Grover »
Not sure if this is the place to post this or not. But while I was on the User Group Meeting Live Streams for 2020 there was a presentation being made and it showed the Keystrokes the creator/presenter was using. Someone asked Beki from Vectric about it and she said she would ask so not sure if she let anyone know how the presenter was doing this. I use Camtasia 2020 to record any videos I create and SnagIt too. I know while using Camtasia during a Live Stream that you cannot show the Keystrokes Live. OBS has an option but it has to be setup in order to make it work and it shows the whole keyboard instead of just the keystrokes being used for showing what keys were used for shortcuts etc. So I was doing a little research and found a free software that does not take up any space on your hard drive that would work with some adjustments. It is called Carnac and I have provided a ink to this below for anyone who creates videos is interested in it.
It is a good app in my opinion if you do a little tweaking and get used to it. Like I said I am not sure if this post is allowed here or not but just trying to help for those who were asking about it. I hope it helps and if it is not allowed accept my apologies and delete this.
Do you want to show your chat exactly what keys you’re pressing while in them intense close quarter battles that seem impossible to pull off?
Showing of your keyboard and mouse button presses on screen is a great way to ward off hackusations, showcase certain button combinations for a tactic or just to showcase your mad skills.
Let’s show you exactly how you can set up on screen keyboard and mouse to show up on your twitch stream.
How To Set Up On Screen Keyboard & Mouse
Step 1 – Download Nohboard (Keyboard Visualization Program)
Nohboard is the tool we are going to be using to showcase our keyboard and mouse on the screen.
Click here to download Nohboard
When downloading select to download the zip folder to your desktop. Once downloaded you can unzip the folder to see multiple files. Click on the application file to boot up Nohboard.
When the application opens up it will display a small blue square. Right-click in the square and select Load Keyboard.
It will display 8 different keyboard types you can use. The one that you will want to use is called joao7yt. This keyboard style shows the left hand side of your keyboard (your gaming keys) and your mouse.
Some of the keyboard layouts may be useful for your specific use, however for gamers the joao7yt is the one you will want to use.
Once you have selected the keyboard you can customise the theme of the keyboard to your liking. I recommend choosing a style similar to your stream overlays.
If you click some keys or move your mouse you will see these keys lighting up on the Nohboard program.
Now we need to add this display to our Streamlabs/OBS so we can showcase it on stream.
Step 2 – Add The Keyboard and Mouse Display To Streamlabs/OBS
To add the keyboard and mouse display to OBS/Streamlabs we need to add it as a new source and chromakey out the green in the background.
Streamlabs Tutorial – How to Add NohBoard to Streamlabs
Open up your Streamlabs and navigate to the scene you want to add the display to.
Then go to Sources –> + (Add Source) –> Window Capture
Give your new source a name (Keyboard & Mouse Capture). Select done and a menu will appear to select you settings for Window Capture.
For Window select: Nohboard as your source and leave everything else as default.
You will now be able to see the keyboard and mouse in your scene however the green background is still there. We need to remove this and make the background transparent using the chroma key filter.
Right click on the Nohboard window and select filters. Click on the + button and select Chroma key as your filter type.
Select done and leave all the settings as default. You will now have the keyboard and mouse on your screen with a transparent background.
You’re now ready to show off your keyboard and mouse skills on screen to your audience.
OBS Tutorial – How To Add Nohboard To OBS Studio
Open up your OBS and navigate to the scene you want to add the Keyboard and Mouse overlay to.
Then go to Sources –> + (Add source) –> Window Capture
Name your window capture (Keyboard & Mouse Overlay) and click OK.
Select your window as Nohboard and leave the other settings as default then click OK.
You will now see the keyboard and mouse in your scene however the background will still appear as green. We want to chroma key this out.
To do this right click on the keyboard and mouse and select filters.
Click the + and select chroma key then click OK.
You will now see the green background has been removed. You can no click close and position the keyboard and mouse wherever you choose in your scene.
Now you can show off your keyboard and mouse skills on stream with this overlay.
You can now show of your expert skills or teach people how to perform certain moves in games using this overlay. The program from Nohboard is an awesome way for certain streamers to show off their skills on stream while helping their audience to improve in game.
James is a marketer by day and gamer by night. He loves sharing his Marketing background in the world of streaming. When he's not working on campaigns he's likely to be spotted in Verdansk.
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Applications, which detect and display keystrokes in real-time, can be very useful for those who do screencasts or screen recordings. Here is a quick look at three such applications.
NohBoard is a keyboard visualization software. It displays a full keyboard on the screen and shows animations on key presses. The first time you launch NohBoard, you will see only a blank window. It will start showing the keyboard only after you have loaded a keyboard layout. Load Keyboard option is available from the right-click context menu.
Layout us_intlmousemove worked perfectly for me.
There are many layouts meant for gamers as well; here is a sample.
Many of the keyboard layouts visualizes mouse actions as well. If none of the keyboard layouts which ship with NohBoard work for you, it is possible to create your own layout. You may also be able to find user created keyboard layouts on the internet.
Modify Keyboard Style
To modify the keyboard-style, choose start editing from the right-click context menu. This would put you in edit mode.
Now right click again, you will see that your context menu now has more options. Choose keyboard style.
In the Keyboard Style window, double click on whichever color/colors you want to change
Choose Save Style ➾ save as
Click stop editing from the context menu. Here is the result, after some customizations.
Modify Keyboard Layout
The most advanced feature of NohBoard is its ability to customize the keyboard layout. To do this right-click ➾ start editing. As mentioned earlier this makes more options available to you. You can drag the edge of the window to resize it.
You can add a new element.
In order to modify the properties of an element, you need to right-click on the element while you are in edit mode.
As you can see in the picture, right-clicking on an element while you are not in edit-mode will not give you the options necessary to edit it. This is one thing you need to remember when trying to configure NohBoard. Many options like the one in this example, are available only in edit-mode. So the steps usually needed are: right-click and select Start Editing to enter edit mode, right click again to select the options you want, save changes to the style or definition as the case may be, and then select stop editing to exit the edit mode.
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OBS Chapter 2: Installing and Configuring the App
In the first installment of this series, we introduced you to Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and provided reasons why you might want to use this powerful and free Mac application for video streaming and recording. Today, we’ll show you how to download, install, and do an initial configuration of the app.
Download and Install OBS
To start with, you’ll need to download the OBS app. Unless you’re planning to tweak the app with your own code and compile it, we recommend downloading the pre-compiled installer from Download | OBS. Be sure to click the big Apple logo in the middle (see image below) so you don’t accidentally download the Windows or Linux versions of the app.
Once the file download is complete, double-click the obs-mac-25.0.8.dmg file (the number may vary depending on the current release). That opens the OBS installer:
Drag the OBS icon on the left to the Applications folder icon on the right, and the app is installed into the Applications folder of your Mac. At this point, you can eject the OBS disk image icon by dragging it to Trash or right-clicking it and selecting Eject “OBS”.
Configuring the OBS App
So far, so good. The first time you launch the OBS app, you’ll see a dialog similar to this:
Click Open to continue launching the app. Next, OBS displays a dialog requesting access to “receive keystrokes from any application”. Click the Open System Preferences button, then click the Lock icon and enter your password.
Check the box next to OBS. You’ll be asked to quit OBS now or later, and since we need to make some other changes, I’d suggest clicking the Later button. Close out of System Preferences.
Another dialog asks for permission to access the microphone on your Mac to enable audio input. Click OK.
Finally, you’ll see another dialog over the OBS window, asking if you would like to run the auto-configuration wizard.
Since you can change settings later as you add more sources to your new video studio, go ahead and click Yes.
First, Mac’s Notification Center will ask if you wish to Allow notifications from the app. Click Allow. Next, you’ll be asked whether you wish to optimize the app for streaming or recording video. If you’ll be using it more for streaming than recording, click the “Optimize for streaming, recording is secondary” button. For those who are just going to record video, the “Optimize just for recording, I will not be streaming” button is more appropriate. Once you’ve clicked the correct button, click Next.
Now you’re asked to specify the desired video settings you would like to use. As noted, the canvas resolution isn’t the resolution you’ll stream or record at. OBS suggested a 1792 x 1120 canvas size for my 16-inch MacBook Pro, but I bumped that up to 1920 x 1080 resolution (1080p).
OBS also asks for a default frames per second (fps) setting. I selected “Either 60 or 30, but prefer 60 when possible.” For those with older underpowered Macs, an fps setting of 30 might be more realistic.
Now we get into the fun part — setting up the stream if you selected “Optimize for streaming” earlier. Want to see just how many streams OBS supports? Select “Show all” from the Service pop-up menu and you’ll see something similar to what you see at right.
For the purposes of this example, I’m selecting Facebook Live, but the stream setup for other services is similar. We need to enter a Stream Key, which is basically the “code” that ties your OBS stream to Facebook Live and allows your stream to take place. To get a stream key, click the Get Stream Key button and in this case, you’ll be sent to Facebook Live.
On this page, click the Create Live Stream button, which takes you to the Facebook Live Producer page. You’re asked if you wish to use a Stream Key, use a camera built into your phone, tablet or computer, or use a paired encoder. For OBS, click Use Stream Key. Once that’s done, a small dialog explains that you can use the Live Producer to see how your live video is performing, moderate comments, and create highlights of your stream. Click Done.
On the left side of the Facebook Live Producer page is a sidebar with buttons that let you go live immediately or schedule a live video. You can also choose your own user profile or a page or group you manage as the recipient of the stream.
Since we are using OBS to create the slick-looking video stream, Facebook Live Producer also displays the server URL (what OBS connects to) and the unique stream key. Should you decide that you want to do livestreams on a regular basis on Facebook, check the “Use a Persistent Stream Key” box so that the same stream key can be used every time you go live.
Copy the stream key, then head back to OBS and paste it into the Stream Key field on the Auto-Configuration Wizard. Make sure the “Estimate bitrate with bandwidth test” checkbox is checked, then click Next.
At this point, the bandwidth test streams randomized video data and no audio to your channel. After a minute or so, testing is completed and you’ll see results similar to this:
In this case, OBS found that the resolution and frames per second that were selected were optimum, so clicking the Apply Settings button saves those settings into the app.
We’ve set up our streaming and tested the connection, but we need to set up scenes and sources before we can impress the world with our livestream. We’ll cover these important topics in the next chapter of this OBS series.
• Video Production with OBS: What It Is and Why You Should Use It
• OBS Chapter 2: Installing and Configuring the App
• OBS Chapter 3: Sources and Scenes
• OBS Chapter 4: Recordings and Streams
• OBS Chapter 5: Hotkeys, More Sources, and Resources
• OBS Chapter 6: Open Broadcaster Software Limitations and Alternatives
I'm trying to record a video tutorial about using Keyboard Shortcuts. To do this, I want to record my screen while also visually displaying my keyboard inputs.
I've been able to find OBS options for "Capture mouse cursor" and "Inverse cursor on click", but I haven't been able to find anything related to displaying keystrokes.
I've considered using Windows 10's built-in screen recording, but it doesn't seem to have an option for visually displaying keyboard input. (It also isn't available for Windows 7, which is what my main laptop is using.)
How can I visually display keystrokes while recording my computer screen?
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I couldn't really think of anything so I thought I'd show something that I've been putting most of my time in for the last week: A plugin for OBS Studio which displays inputs on screen.
It's useful for tutorials so people can follow your instructions easier or for streaming games the visualize your inputs (Although that's probably more a fancy accessory than actual useful). The plugin adds two new source types to OBS: Input History and Input Overlay.
The input history, as you might have guessed displays keys you pressed in a chronological order and formats them into key combinations (for example CTRL + V).
It offers a bunch of options to modify it to your need:
- Use any installed font
- Change size of history
- Include mouse input
- Fix cut-off letters for italic fonts
- Rename keys (and exclude any keys that aren't named)
- Automatically clear history after inactivity
- Use icons instead of text
Then there's also the Input Overlay, which takes a config file and a texture with all keys.
The config defines the look of the overlay and therefore allows you to completely customize which
keys are displayed and how they are positioned.
You can show game-pad, mouse and keyboard input:
That's all there's to it. The plugin depends on a third-party library for input detection, which means it's technically
cross-platform. You'll have to compile the linux/mac version yourself, though because I haven't had the time to look
into that too much.
For windows user's you can get it on github and if you need more info you can look at the OBS forums.