Bandicam is a screen-recording platform for Windows. It gives users the ability to capture videos from a part or all of their screens, and it includes specific modes to record the user’s full screen, an individual application or window, or an external device, like a webcam or gaming system. Its biggest user demographic is made up of gamers and gaming streamers who want to capture their gameplay live without lag. Along with the ability to record your PC, Bandicam makes it easy to capture gameplay on Xbox and PlayStation systems. Users can choose to purchase a one-PC license for $39.95, a two-PC license for $79.90, or you can pay a bit more for a five- or 10-PC license. All licenses come with the same features and abilities.
Supports multiple video file formats
Allows users to schedule and automate screen recordings
Comes with a freeware program to repair broken videos recorded with Bandicam
As we compare OBS Studio vs. Bandicam, it’s worth noting that Bandicam has a fairly intuitive interface. Downloading the software is relatively quick and easy, and users can take screenshots or capture videos from their full screen, a custom area of their screen, an application, or on their Xbox or PlayStation. With that said, some users have reported difficulties using Game Recording Mode. Typically, if Bandicam isn’t working with Game Recording Mode, it's because the DirectX/OpenGL/Vulkan app isn’t running. If you come across this issue, try activating DirectX on your PC.
Bandicam records at a relatively high frame rate, but it may still create some lag when recording videos and newer games with high resolution and high FPS (frames per second). To record at a higher FPS in Bandicam, users must change their video settings to a lower resolution. This will allow you to record a video with decent quality, but you likely won’t be able to record in 4K. You may also want to close other applications and reduce the load on your CPU while recording to avoid lag.
Unlike a lot of screen recorders, Bandicam doesn’t include multiple tiers with different features. Pricing starts at $39.95 for a single-PC license and increases based on how many PCs you want to add to the license. With that said, Bandicam does offer a bundle with Bandicut, which allows users to cut, split, trim, and join videos. Some other screen-recording programs include trimming and cutting features, though. So, you may want to shop around before you commit to the bundle. Likewise, the base prices for the Bandicam licenses do not include upgrades. An upgrade license can be purchased as an add-on for $27.79 per computer.
Bandicam is generally fairly feature-rich. It includes live drawing and annotations, a feature that’s very popular with users recording live presentations and tutorials. It also includes a feature to schedule and automate screen recordings. So, if you want to record a live presentation or a livestreaming event at a given time, you can set Bandicam up to do this for you. It also supports multiple video export formats, which increases its utility for a lot of users.