What are the best screen recorders?

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  1. 73

    #1Camstudio

    Camstudio

    CamStudio is a free and open source app screen recorder which can record all audio and screen activity on a Windows computer. Recorded screens are available for download as SWF and AVI formats only.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    James Medina
    Written on January 7, 2017
    "I like how this software is free, so I got to download it and test it out without paying. I think the software gets the job done, in terms of making a recorded video of your computer screen activity. I would like more it if it let you use it for video streaming, like on Twitch, which I don't think it supports yet."
  2. 58

    #2Screencastify

    Screencastify

    Screencastify is a Google Chrome extension that enables users to record everything going on in one of their browser tabs or on their whole PC desktop. It records professional quality videos which can also be shared on YouTube.

    Software

    Chrome

    Free

    Jeremy Bryant
    Written on February 16, 2017
    "Screencastify makes a pretty good screen recorder if you use a Chromebook or if you use Chrome as your internet browser. I especially liked that it can save your recording to google drive, or even upload it directly to youtube if you want. I don't really use the direct-to-youtube feature as I'd rather edit my video first, but the google drive upload is pretty convenient."
  3. 53

    #3Screencast-O-Matic

    Screencast-O-Matic

    Screencast-O-Matic is a free screen recorder which is used by many educators as a tool for creating instructive demos or tutorials on PC. Users can also add narration using a microphone.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Patrick Hall
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "I am sold on the new Screencast-O-Matic. This app is so easy to understand and use. I am not technically adept and I always have a hard time using the apps that I download but NOT Screencast-O-Matic. This app is a screen recorder which conveniently works on both my desktop and Macbook. I was able to pick any area of my screen and I could narrate from my microphone and even video from my webcam. The Screencast-O-Matic helped me record my school lectures and I was able to save them and share them on Skype and YouTube. I must say that I LOVE this app."

DID YOU KNOW?

With the abundance of screen recorders online, it's easy to think that they're all alike. Sure, they may all be identical in essence and function. But when you look beyond the surface level, you would know that they all have varied differences. That's because digital advancements have allowed developers to pile in a few features to make their own programs distinct from the rest of the pack. So, what should you be looking for in this type of software, you might ask. Well, that depends on what you need it for.

Do you need to record a PowerPoint presentation for a video conference? Or you just want to capture your gameplay for your YouTube channel? Whatever your answer is, the first thing you should remember is that the frame rate matters. The faster the frame rate, the better the output looks. You don't want to watch a recording that runs choppy, right? Another thing you should consider is your software's ability to record multiple screens. This comes in handy when you have several important details that you don't wanna miss out. Of course, you should also look for the ones that can broadcast your screens live. In this day and age, everything moves so fast and is always in demand. Lastly, it's important to choose screen recorders without watermark and even no time limit. After all, you want your video to be complete and in high quality in case you're gonna share it with others. So, the next time you're in search of the best screen recorder for Mac or Windows, keep these things in mind!

  1. 51

    #4Loom

    Loom
    Loom is a minimalistic recorder that captures your screen, mic and even, if you want, the front-facing camera (a good option if you want to be a YouTuber). Oh, and unlimited recording time.
    Software

    Chrome

    Free

    David Weber
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "I have been uploading how-to videos to YouTube for several months now and am always on the lookout for a screen recording program that will suit my needs and help me earn more money. This program helped me streamline my screen recording and editing and allowed me to create high quality videos that brought in the viewers. My subscribers are up and the income is rolling in. This is a must have!"
  2. 49

    #5FlashBack Express

    FlashBack Express
    Schedule recording is the main attraction of this app. You can start capturing your screen at a certain time or even when you open a particular program. FlashBack Express is free to use but you need to ask the developer for a registration key
    Software

    Windows

    Free- pro version available

    Enrique Beltrán
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "FlashBack Express is amazing. It is the newest free screen recorder that I could find anywhere on the internet. I like it because I have multiple versions of Windows on several of my devices, but FlashBack Express is compatible with all versions of Windows. Also, my computers are not high-spec but Flashback Express works wonders at creating clear movies and demos on all of my computers. I have to say that, for me, Flashback Express is so futuristic."
  3. 46

    #6Rylstim Screen Recorder

    Rylstim Screen Recorder
    Rylstim Screen Recorder is a perfect tool if you want to make a simple recording: select codec, frame rate and storage location and the app will record until you say so. It is also available in portable version.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    James Torres
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "Rylstim Screen Recorder allows recording events happening on the monitor, including the mouse pointer and the visualization of the regular and right clicks of the mouse buttons. The initial setup doesn't require any special skills; you can get started with video recording as soon as you have selected the required video codec."
  4. 44

    #7AZ Screen Recorder

    AZ Screen Recorder
    AZ Screen Recorder is a screen recording app for Android. You open it up, start recording and it will save the recording when you've finished. No ads, no time limits and it works perfectly.
    Apps

    Android

    Free- Includes micropayments

    Bryan Walsh
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "If you need a screen recorder AZ Screen Recorder - No Root is a very good one. It is very user friendly and doesn't take all day to install it and learn how to use it. You can get done what you need to get done by using this program. I think it is a good bargain, and is a great solution if you are needing a screen recorder."
  5. 43

    #8FilmSlesh

    FilmSlesh
    FilmSesh is a platform that enables you to quickly create, share and track video recordings on a SaaS platform. You'll see who viewed your videos and also see the videos that your team has shared. You need to sign up with your Google account
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Gilberto Domínguez
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "I love the interface. Very simple and easy to use. If you need to record your screen for any reason I really recommend FilmSlesh. Only negative is there isn't a ton of features but most people don't need those anyway."
  6. 39

    #9Google Play Games

    Google Play Games

    Google Play Games allows you to play games with your friends, compete with them and track your achievements. You can also record the game and share it to YouTube.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Thomas Perkins
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "This app is awesome for recording my gameplay and makes it easy to upload and share my video for my friends to see. I really like that it's built into Google Play so I don't have to have an additional third party app running to capture my screen. This makes it very simple and convenient with options for video quality and an easy way to just set it and forget it."
  7. 36

    #10QuickTime Player

    QuickTime Player

    QuickTime Player is a program that you can use to watch different video files, DVDs, and more. If you need to make a quick recording on your Mac, QuickTime is your cost-free solution, ready to record whatever you need.

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Nicholas Warren
    Written on January 26, 2017
    "QuickTime Player is a great tool for those who want to screen record. It not only can do screen caps, but also features some very basic editing tools which will help to make the screen cap movies better. It also has lots of output options. "
  8. 35

    #11ScreenFlow

    ScreenFlow

    ScreenFlow is a software for Mac which allows users to take screen recordings as well as edit recorded videos. The software also offers a free trial for those who want to get a feel for its layout and convenience.

    Software

    Mac

    Varies by plan

    Danielle Dunn
    Written on April 5, 2019
    "Mac user here. Had a rlly hard time finding a compatible screen recorder due to OS restrictions. Good thing I stumbled across this on an ad tho, it really helped and works well on my laptop. Its fun to use and has good quality."
  9. 28

    #12Snagit

    Snagit

    Snagit is a software which allows users to record screen activities, take screenshots, and edit images. The software is considered by many to be the best screen-capture tool in the market and even offers a free trial.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $49.95

    Leonardo Andrade
    Written on April 4, 2019
    "I've been using this screen recorder ever since it was released. Its easy to use and rather convenient, fast for taking quick screencaps."
  10. 27

    #13HYFY Screen Recorder

    HYFY Screen Recorder
    A screen recorder made especially for businesses. There is a free version but it is really limited: 1 minute videos only during a 30 days trial
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- There's two paid pro versions

    Stephen Andrews
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "I used an expensive piece of software to do this before. But this is something so much more simple. I like that it has a place within the browser and it already is connected to a mic. It's incredibly simple to start recording at the click of a button. And the timer is a nice touch to get in place before the recording starts. "
  11. 24

    #14Ezvid

    Ezvid

    Record, annotate and upload directly to Youtube without having to leave the app. Although that is pretty cool, compared to other screen records, Ezvid is light on features. Available on Windows only.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Tyler Thomas
    Written on February 5, 2017
    "This simple program was the right thing I needed to record my screen to my workplace for a presentation. It is easy to use and made recording my screen fun. The quality of the image was good and the people viewing the recording could see everything I was doing clearly."
  12. 24

    #15Bandicam

    Bandicam

    Bandicam is a free screen recorder for computers with Windows operating system. It is can record only a specific part of a user's PC screen. Although the software has a free version, a license can also be bought to open more features.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Eric Jiang
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "I love using Bandicam when I need to record what it is I'm doing on My screen. All I do is click record and I have a perfect recording of whats on my screen."
  13. 16

    #16ActivePresenter

    ActivePresenter

    ActivePresenter is a free screen recorder software without time limit and watermark. It is applicable to Windows 7, 8, 10 and MacOS X. It can be converted into any video format like AVI, MP4, MKV, and WebM. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Phillip Brown
    Written on February 11, 2017
    "I have needed to record my screen for work presentations, or just showing someone how to do something really quickly. I came across this program and it has been very easy to use and quick. Many of times have I needed the ability to record my screen to show a friend how to do something or set something up and using Active Presenter was the best for that. "
  14. 13

    #17Fraps

    Fraps

    Although not the most modern screen recorder it still has its uses for gamers interested in recording short clips. It also allows you to take screenshots.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- $33

    Anthony Gordon
    Written on January 30, 2017
    "Excellent products and very novel idea. I love the functionality of it and think it has lots of applications beyond just gaming. Definitely am excited to see this available. "
  15. 10

    #18Fotofriend - Video Booth

    Fotofriend - Video Booth
    Now it's easy to record a short video online with our webcam video booth. Capture video from your webcam with over 55 special effects. Make a short movie, download it, or upload it to YouTube.
    Software

    Web

    Free

    Bruce Chen
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "I can use Fotofriend to record videos online and upload them directly to my usual forum or even to Youtube with little effort! The software also allows me to make cool video edits like I have a professional (expensive) program. Highly recommended!"
  16. 10

    #19Icecream Screen Recorder

    Icecream Screen Recorder

    A superbly designed screen recorder that, unfortunately, has most of its interesting features locked behind a paywall. It also allows you to take screenshots.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- $29.95

    Tian Ye
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "This tool that enabled me to capture any area of my screen either as a screenshot or a video file. I found the intuitive and easy-to-use software offers a complete suite of tools and options for professional screen capture with audio. With this screen recording software I can record webinars, games and Skype videos in HD, and much more in a quick and hassle-free way."
  17. 7

    #20eLecta Screen Recorder

    eLecta Screen Recorder
    On one hand, eLecta Screen recorder has a powerful feature called picture-in-picture recording that is perfect for being a youtuber or an online instructor. On the other hand, however, it doesn't have too many other functions. For example, there are few expert setting and no choice of enconding options
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Donald Burke
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "The eLecta Screen Recorder is a convenient tool for anyone who wants to monitor every action that they do so that they can go back and rewatch it. All you have to do is hit record and let it run in the background. "
  18. 6

    #21Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder

    Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder

    Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder is a free online screen recorder without time limit and watermark. It converts the video file and uploads it to YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Vimeo. 

    Websites

    Free

    Dylan Bates
    Written on April 11, 2017
    "The Apowersoft screen recorder is very hard and confusing to use. It uses a one button to start recording, so you can't easily customize the format and other options. The edit is also too complicated to use so I can't recommend the software."
  19. 6

    #22Video Recorder

    Video Recorder

    Video Recorder is a free and secure online app with flexible settings for recording videos and taking pictures with your webcam. All you need is a web camera and a good internet connection. 

    Software

    Chrome

    Free

    Carl Ramos
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "I always look for screen recorders because I do a lot of recording for many different things. Video Recorder works really well and I think you will enjoy using it. Check it out. No harm in that."
  20. 5

    #23Mobizen

    Mobizen
    Mobizen is the most easy-to-use, convenient screen recorder that allows you to record, capture and edit straight from your Android mobile device.
    Apps

    Web, Android

    David Griffin
    Written on March 10, 2017
    "Sure, the camera function on my Android phone is great, very useful even! I get tons of usage out of it, yet, once I came into this problem of wanting to find something new, or better, I came into this program that certainly changed how I can use my camera."
  21. 4

    #24Open Broadcaster Software

    Open Broadcaster Software
    Open Broadcaster Software, also known as OBS, is a free and open-source program for video recording and live streaming. It supports YouTube, Mixer, and Twitch platforms. It is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Paul Ray
    Written on September 30, 2018
    "OBS was easy to learn and had great tutorials. After only a few tries I was able to make some pretty decent captures which I was later able to make into some great videos. I was really happy with the results. This was my first time using a screen recorder for this kind of project and I was pleasantly surprised to have such an easy outcome for my first try."
  22. 3

    #25Clipchamp

    Clipchamp

    Clipchamp is a Google Chrome extension and an online video editor that allows users to easily convert, compress, record, edit, and upload various video file types. It is instantly compatible with Gmail and Google Drive as well. 

    Software

    Web, Chrome

    Free

    Frances Obrien
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "I like to use this recorder when I'm doing user testing online for work. It makes a super high quality video, visually and audibly."
  23. 0

    #26Jing

    Jing

    Jing is a free software that enables users to easily capture images and video frames and directly edit it on screen with its built-in advanced features. The final output can be uploaded to the website, computer, or clipboard.

    Software

    Web

    Free

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  24. 0

    #27SCR Screen Recorder

    SCR Screen Recorder
    SCR Screen Recorder is a free recording app of your Android device screen. It is free but donation is available. It is downloadable in APK file format.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Joe Green
    Written on March 30, 2017
    "SCR Screen Recorder is a functional contender if you need to record the screen on your Android device. It's simple to use but it is not at all simple to install. It was removed from the Google Play Store and therefore requires a bit of a workaround to get installed. Once installed, it works in a very straightforward way."
  25. 0

    #28Rec. (Screen Recorder)

    Rec. (Screen Recorder)
    Untethered, flexible and fully configurable screen recording application for your Android device. Thanks to an intuitive user interface, you can record your screen and your audio via the mic.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Amber Hicks
    Written on July 11, 2017
    "I'd be interested in a screen recorder for my phone, but "root required"? Yikes, no thanks. I'm surprised you can eve get his at the play store."
  26. 0

    #29AirShou Screen Recorder

    AirShou Screen Recorder
    AirShou lets you record your screen to HD and FullHD videos without affecting your device's performance.
    Apps

    Web, Android

    Free

    Tyler Olson
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "AirShou records your android screen with minimal impact on performance which is fantastic, but unfortunately it does not record audio along with that. For me that is a complete deal breaker as Almost any time I would want to record my screen, I would need audio for that too."
  27. 0

    #30Free Screen Video Recorder

    Free Screen Video Recorder

    Free Screen Video Recorder is a software developed by 7thShare. This software allows users to record screen video with audio via microphone. It captures online videos, calls, or even games in HD.

    Software

    Windows

    $49- Free trial available

    burnell chasel
    Written on November 20, 2018
    "7thShare Free Screen Recorder makes it easier and more intuitive to capture your screen or record video. It has the capable of recording screen video, audio and also microphone sound at the same time. It is useful when you need record your desktop, make video tutorials, create software demos or record game video. With a intuitive UI design, you can record video easily, and save as HD video files to share with friends."
  28. 0

    #31EveryCord

    EveryCord

    EveryCord is a powerful app for Android and iOS devices. The app allows you record your screen mobile. EveryCord used to be called iRec. 

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Harry Young
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "I really want to like this app but something about it feels really sketchy to me. Legitimate app developers do not like IPA's and APK's on their main website for instance so I can only imagine what types of horribleness are hiding in here. Download at your own risk."

Summary

Best What are the best screen recorders
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1CamstudioSoftware 73 Free
2ScreencastifySoftware 58 Free
3Screencast-O-MaticSoftware 53 Free
4LoomSoftware 51 Free
5FlashBack ExpressSoftware 49 Free
6Rylstim Screen RecorderSoftware 46 Free
7AZ Screen RecorderApps 44 Free
8FilmSleshSoftware 43 Free
9Google Play GamesApps 39 Free
10QuickTime PlayerSoftware 36 Free
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