Best Free Screen Recorders for Mac or PC
As technology keeps getting better and better, we have more opportunities to use it in interesting ways. In the early days of the internet, that meant we could create and write our own blogs about virtually anything we wanted. We could share our thoughts to virtually anyone around the world.
Now, that same teaching and communication ability has shifted from the written word to video. And there is one new technology that can provide massive value to users – regardless of whether you are using your computer for business or pleasure.
That is the screen recorder.
Simply put, screen recorders are pieces of software that allow you to record your screen – whether your device runs Windows, Mac OS X, or even Linux. There are so many use cases. You can use a screen recorder to record a walkthrough of some repetitive work task so that you don’t have to repeat yourself for your colleagues. You can use a screen recorder to record yourself playing a video game so that you can show off your skills to your friends. You can even use a screen recorder to create a course which you can sell on websites like Udemy or Teachable.
There are some paid screen recorders on the internet and often offer a massive amount of features that you can leverage in your recordings. Having said that, there are also free versions. While the free versions may not have as much functionality as the paid versions, they are of good quality and can usually get the job done.
Because of this, we have canvassed the internet and have curated the best free screen recorders for your Mac or PC. The following screen recorders are not listed in order of rank. Rather, this list is a collection of some of the best free screen recording software that we have found on the internet. Because all of these screen recorders are easy to use, we are confident that you will experience fewer headaches when working on your current or future projects.
The Best Free Screen Recording Software
OBS Studio is a free, open source screen recorder with audio that is available for Windows, MacOS 10.11+ or Linux. For free software, OBS Studio prides itself on the vast number of features available to users. Some of those features include high performance, real-time video and audio capturing and mixing, the ability to set up unlimited scenes and custom transitions, and an intuitive audio mixer that lets you use per-source filters like noise gate, noise suppression, and gain. If you’re looking for a screen recorder with a facecam recording option, this one may be just down your road. OBS Studio also supports many of the major video streaming platforms, including YouTube, Mixer, and Twitch.
If you want to dig more into the technical capabilities of the platform, OBS Studio offers a powerful API, allowing you to provide further customization and functionality so that the platform works for your specific needs. OBS Studio also has a robust developer community, which has created many plugins, themes, and scripts for your projects. The Wiki for OBS Studio is also robust if you are seeking answers to a specific technical question.
iSpring Free Cam is another free tool to capture your display and create excellent screencasts. Like other screen recording software, iSpring Free Cam lets you record certain (or all) areas of your screen, record your voiceover using your computer audio or an external microphone, and highlight your mouse cursor to emphasize certain parts of your screen. iSpring Free Cam also offers a comprehensive video editor, where you can delete unnecessary parts of your recording, remove background noise, adjust audio levels, or even add fade-in or fade-out effects.
iSpring Free Cam emphasizes ease of sharing, as users can quickly share their videos on YouTube with a single click. The software only works on computers running Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP 32 and 64-bit editions. There is also a pro edition, which unlocks certain additional features for a fee.
Created by NCH Software, Debut Video Capture Software allows you to record video from your device. The software works on computers running Mac OS X (10.5 and above) or Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10). Like other screen recorders, Debut Video Capture Software has a wide array of screen capture features. Users can select which parts of their screen to record, record video with sound, record audio from an external microphone, and create a time-lapse video recording. You can use Debut Video Capture’s webcam overlay feature to simultaneously record your face and your laptop screen.
Ultimately, Debut Video Capture Software is proud of its ease of use. You can record your screen in three simple steps, as outlined on its website. There is also a bevy of tutorial videos to help you get started. The free version of Debut Video Capture Software is for non-commercial use only.
ApowerREC is a screen recorder for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. ApowerREC supports screen recording activities (including audio) not only from your desktop but from your Apple or Android mobile devices. iOS users can add their voice or webcam to their videos after recording is finished. Android users can also easily control screen recording with ApowerREC’s unique overlay icon. Beyond this emphasis on mobile, ApowerREC has your standard screen recording features like the ability to simultaneously record your webcam with your screen, edit videos, or schedule recordings in the future.
ApowerREC has a wealth of guides to help you with your recording needs, whether you want to record a Zoom meeting with your colleagues or record a game of Fortnite on PC or mobile. The software isn’t created for one specific use; rather, it prides itself on its flexibility, as you can use ApowerREC for business uses, gaming, studying, training, and beyond.
Finally, Free Screen Recorder, created by DVDVideoSoft, is a screen video recorder for PC (specifically, devices running Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP SP3). Compared to others, Free Screen Recorder is a lighter, more trimmed down screen recorder. That said, its lightweight nature doesn’t mean it is absent of features. With Free Screen Recorder, you can record any or all parts of your screen, edit images taken from your screen recording, highlight your cursor path, and record video with sound (including from an external microphone).
The software contains no spyware or adware. Compared to other screen recorders, however, Free Screen Recorder does not contain as much documentation or as robust of a community to solve technical issues. If you would like to learn more about how to use Free Screen Recorder, you can view DVDVideoSoft’s brief explainer, which you can find here.
Start Recording Today
There are a vast array of free screen recorders on the internet that you can use. That said, we believe that the list above contains the best free video capture software with high-quality capturing.
Along with the screen recorders listed above, we at Movavi wanted to share our own screen recorder. Called Screen Capture Studio, our software is both powerful and versatile. It is both a screen recorder and editor. You can not only capture your screen and audio, but you can edit your videos in Screen Capture Studio’s built-in video editing module. To learn more (and perhaps give the free version of Screen Capture Studio a try), click here.
By Drusilla Thornsson
October 31, 2018
Movavi Screen Capture Studio
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