The need for tutorial programs is higher than ever before, whether you’re showing people how to play your favorite game or making a course. These recording software can help to arm you with the tools you need to make a brilliant tutorial every time.
|Movavi Screen Recorder||Screen recording and editing|
|ActivePresenter||Creating game-based learning|
|FlashBack Pro||Multiple screen recording on Windows|
|Ashampoo Snap||Affordable HD screen recordings|
|iSpring Suite||PowerPoint integration|
|Joyoshare VidiKit||Editing watermarks and “repairing” videos|
|Icecream Screen Recorder||Fast control|
|OBS Studio||Live broadcast|
|CamStudio||Free video capture|
|Bandicam||Chromakey and overlays|
|Free Cam||Free audio editing|
|Renderforest||Full graphic suite|
|Ezvid||Freeware with Speech Synthesis|
|Hippo Video||Exporting to Google Classroom|
|Animoto||Storyboard tutorial videos|
|Screen-O-Matic||Affordable screencast software|
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Best video tutorial software
Movavi Screen Recorder
Best for: Screen recording and editing
Price: Free trial, full version from $42.95 per year
G2 rating: 4.5 out of 5, 50 reviews
Movavi Screen Recorder is a versatile software for tutorials that is incredibly easy to use, and gives you a brilliant method of making screen recordings. These can be set up in a variety of configurations with both video sources from webcams and from the screen itself, there’s also a choice of audio sources so you can use your microphone. Movavi Screen Recorder is simple to install and get to grips with but it also has a brilliant set of features including basic editing features, making it excellent tutorial making software.
- Annotation functionality
- Records from multiple sources
- Simple layout for Mac or Windows
- Draw on recordings
- A choice of different recording settings and cropping
- Easy to edit and annotate videos
- Full HD recording
- Not free of charge, though it does have a free trial option
Best for: Creating game-based learning
Price: $199 or $399 per license
Capterra rating: 4.7 out of 5, 31 reviews
ActivePresenter is a brilliant piece of software for creating a variety of types of tutorials. This tutorial creations software does far more than just allowing you to create videos and annotate them with explanations and descriptions, it actually lets you create games and quizzes to go along with the tutorial, which you can export and upload online to let people learn in a variety of different ways.
- HD screen recording options
- Comes with a variety of different templates to start creating quickly
- Loads of import and export options to embed the tutorials anywhere
- Advanced recording and editing functionality
- Create content in a variety of ways to suit every learning style
- Export and embed in video files as well as HTML files
- Expensive compared to many other options
Best for: Multiple screen recording on Windows
Price: Starts at $49 per license
TechRadar rating: 5 out of 5
This Windows software can be downloaded and tested for free before you part with any of your hard-earned money. It allows you to record in a variety of different ways including timed and scheduled recordings, and this video tutorial app is one of the options to record from multiple screen inputs which you might need for some recordings. There is an editing suite to allow you to polish, trim, and improve your videos.
- Editing suite included
- Record from multiple audio and video sources
- Easy integration with YouTube
- Really simple interface, even if you are doing advanced editing
- Easy to add narration, voice-over, and annotation
- Record multiple sources
- Only works on Windows
- A “maintenance plan” including updates costs extra
Best for: Affordable HD screen recordings
PCMag rating: 3.5 out of 5
This video software is designed to allow people to record or screenshot images and video from their screen, and has some extra features like HD recording and optical character recognition for screenshots. It’s not specifically designed to make software recording or create interactive tutorials, but it can be put to great effect making a variety of types of video content.
- HD recording
- Support for high bitrate audio
- Capture gameplay and other footage in high definition
- Easy to use
- Lightweight software
- Install on three different devices on the same license
- Limited editing and annotation features
- Only works on Windows
Best for: PowerPoint integration
Price: From $770 per year
G2 rating: 4.7 out of 5, 356 reviews
Though iSpring Suite is some of the most expensive software on the list, and as well as being some of the best video tutorial software it also integrates with PowerPoint and offers a lot of the same functionality. If you are comfortable using PowerPoint, you will be able to create some excellent video tutorials as well as slideshows and interactive presentations using iSpring Suite.
- HTML5/SCORM course support
- Support for video lectures as well as screencasts
- Text to speech for 42 languages
- Online collaborative editing
- Great for those who are used to PowerPoint
- Powerful for creating video tutorials, quizzes, and more
- Very expensive
Best for: Editing watermarks and “repairing” videos
Price: From $39.99 a year
Joyoshare VidiKit is very much focused on the video side of creating tutorials and as well as offering screen recordings, it serves as a good way to manage all of your videos. It recognizes ID3 tags, and incorporates lots of other functionality for video and audio such as “repairing” which works to varying degrees.
- Support for a variety of audio and video files
- Watermark manager for adding or removing watermarks
- Easily cut and merge videos
- Simple to use with virtually any file type
- Simple merging and editing features included
- Works on Mac or Windows
- Not many features for creating interactive tutorials
Best for: Cloud-based recordings
Price: From $9.95/month
G2 rating: 4.7 out of 5, 1,127 reviews
This tutorial making software functions totally online. This means that recordings and edits are all cloud based, backing up the presentations as well as making it easy to share everything in the process. CloudApp is reasonably priced and is about far more than just video production as it has a variety of presentation functions and customizations: “use CloudApp to promote your own brand, including logos, customized redirect URLs, custom domains, webhooks, comments, and more.”
- Works totally via the cloud
- Easily create CTAs and other customizations
- Totally safe and secure
- Simple cloud sharing and collaborating
- Capture video from a variety of sources
- Affordable monthly price
- Some features not available offline
Best for: Enhanced editing
Price: From $149
TechRadar rating: 4.5 out of 5
ScreenFlow is some of the best video software if you want to make advanced edits to your screen captures and create a really slick and professional video presentation. The ScreenFlow software allows you to capture video from different sources, add a lot of different motion graphics, add stock videos and recordings and capture from your phone or mobile device.
- Powerful editing suite
- Motion graphics and text animations included
- Record online training with ease
- Loads of different editing options
- Relatively simple UI doesn’t take much getting used to
- No Windows version, this only works on Mac
Icecream Screen Recorder
Best for: Fast control
Capterra rating: 4.2 out of 5, 25 reviews
Icecream Screen Recorder provides you with a basic screen recording option but also has a variety of simple functions so that you can trim the videos and upload them wherever you want. You can use a lot of controls to edit and trim the video, as well as simple hotkeys to start recordings.
This can be purchased as Freemium software, or it also has the option to be purchased as part of the full suite of Icecream software.
- Easy trimming
- Control with hotkeys
- Scheduled screen recordings
- Easy annotations
- Very simple to get to grips with the software
- Simple hotkey controls
- Slightly limited functionality
- Free version limited to five minute recordings
Best for: Virtual characters
Price: From $199
G2 rating: 4.5 out 5, 3 reviews
DemoBuilder is a great way to create tutorials that you don’t even have to be in! The simple suite of virtual characters allows you to make a simple and engaging video using a character animation, and you don’t even have to be very good at editing. You can add balloons, notes, and other annotations to help explain your point and to make your tutorial very engaging and fun.
DemoBuilder is great for Windows users but doesn’t have a Mac version. There are some advanced editing features and the UI is not too difficult to get to grips with.
- Capture video from a variety of different sources
- Import media or create video animations
- 3D effects and other advanced editing functionality
- Lots of advanced functions for Windows users
- The simplest way to create animated tutorial videos
- No Mac version
- Not cheap compared to some other options
Best for: Live broadcast
G2 rating: 4.6 out of 5, 102 reviews
OBS Studio is a totally free and open-source piece of software used by a lot of Twitch streamers and other live streamers but it also has its uses as tutorial creation software. OBS allows you to use a variety of different video sources as well as audio sources and effects to create a detailed broadcast or video.
Unfortunately, it can take some getting used to, it is important to practice a lot to get to grips with the functionality of OBS Studio.
- Capture audio and video from a variety of sources
- Powerful streaming software
- Windows, Linux, and Mac compatible
- Very powerful software
- Totally free
- Create scenes and switch between these at ease
- The UI can take some getting used to
- Not as much support as some other options
Best for: Free video capture
TechRadar rating: 4.5 out of 5
This software is totally free for personal use, and though its features aren't amazing, it can allow you to create really quick and easy video tutorials without having to spend any money, this is perfect for users to make simple videos that can be captured from multiple sources.
- Add captions and annotations easily
- Capture from browser or camera sources
- Compress videos to small files for streaming
- Totally free
- Easy to get to grips with
- Small files and lightweight software
- Limited editing functions
- Not great support due to the freeware license.
Best for: Chroma key and overlays
Price: From $39.95
G2 rating: 4.3 out of 5, 32 reviews
Bandicam is very affordable software that can allow you a lot of the different features and functions of more expensive software. It has the option to Chroma key, so if you want to make green screen videos and then overlay it onto an image, it is really easy to edit these Bandicam videos or add webcam overlays. There are mouse effects and simple annotations, too.
- Simple Chroma keying
- Easy audio mixing
- Real time video drawing
- Good value for money
- Simple UI
- No Mac support
- Limited 4K functions
Best for: Free audio editing
G2 rating: 4 out of 5, 16 reviews
Free Cam is another freeware option to create tutorial videos with simple functionality, and some really great audio editing. You can remove some background noise from the videos, as well as add effects like fade in and fade out. Combine this with the video editing for some slick results and professional video presentations.
- Simple editing suite, including audio editing
- Record your screen with annotations
- Record parts of the screen rather than the full screen
- Totally free
- Good video editing functions and excellent audio
- Limited effects
- HD capped at 720p
Best for: Full graphic suite
Price: Freemium (prices from $10/month)
G2 rating: 4.7 out of 5, 344 reviews
You can get started on Renderforest totally free of charge. On top of having a really great set of features for creating video and presentations, this also gives you access to the design suite of graphics so you can create logos, images, and more, all of which can help with your tutorial.
- HD video support
- SVG and PNG logo support
- Cloud storage included
- Simple interface with online editing
- Easy to create graphics as well as create tutorial videos
- Great for making social media videos from templates
- Limited HD support unless you pay for the top tier
- Videos from templates can look samey
Best for: Freeware with speech synthesis
TechRadar rating: 3 out of 5
If you are the sort of person who doesn’t want to speak on a video, for instance, if you are using your second language, you can make use of the reliable yet free speech synthesis functions of Ezvid. This is totally free of charge, and though the video and capture features are a little basic, you can make simple tutorial videos without having too much technical knowledge.
- Speech synthesis
- Some free audio included
- Simple editing functionality
- Annotate your videos
- Great for those who don’t want to make their own voice-over recording
- Instant slideshow maker
- Editing functions are a bit basic for some users
- No Mac or Linux support
Best for: Analytics
G2 rating: 4.2 out of 5, 84 reviews
Panopto is a great option for those who want to see the effects of their videos and broadcasts. Analytics are collected for each of the videos so you can see the impact they have had and if people have actually watched. It is secure to share these videos online.
You can try it with limited storage for free before opting for the paid plans and unlocking more storage and support.
- Analytics to observe the viewer behavior
- Capture and stream from a variety of sources
- Edit via web browser
- Search functionality
- Easy to organize and sort your videos
- Share and edit online
- Capture from a variety of sources
- Editing is not as intuitive as some other options
- Enterprise plans can work out expensive
Best for: Browser-based editing
Price: $299 billed yearly
G2 rating: 4.5 out of 5, 64 reviews
This gives you powerful browser-based editing and allows you to either use your own video footage or choose from over one million different assets, great for making corporate videos and simple screen capture videos as well as presentations. There is also a huge number of preset templates for you to use. The fact that you can edit everything in the cloud on your browser is a huge bonus for both security and ease.
- Secure browser editing
- Templates and millions of assets
- Powerful editing for screen captures
- Good for beginners
- Lots of media included so you don’t have to create too much of your own footage
- Good support and tutorials
- Can take a while to learn the software
- Expensive yearly billing
Best for: Flexible pricing
Price: Freemium (plans from $9/month)
PCMag rating: 3.5 out of 5
Clipchamp was originally built around its huge selection of stock video and audio but it has a very good set of features and functions for capturing from your webcam or from your screen, proving some of the best tutorial programs can be used in your browser to great effect, and can remain totally secure and simple to use.
- Record audio and video from a variety of sources
- Flexible pricing
- HD video support
- Loads of stock footage and assets
- Really simple interface with online editing
- HD videos even on the free plan
- Free plan watermarks all the videos you export
Best for: Exporting to Google Classroom
Price: From $15/month
G2 rating: 4.5 out of 5, 504 reviews
Hippo Video is a simple option for tutorial making software, and it has many different facets, including the option for educators to make learning videos, you can select your video source including either a webcam or just your screen, and combine this with stock footage if required.
- Free trial
- Great integration with Google Classroom and other online platforms
- Easy to add text such as subtitles
- Simple to use
- Chrome extension makes it easy to capture videos
- Choose from a variety of video and audio sources
- Many features are designed more for sales videos
- Not the cheapest option for monthly payment
Best for: Storyboard tutorial videos
Price: Freemium (From $8/month)
Capterra rating: 4.3 out of 5, 160 reviews
Animoto has a fantastic set of features and templates if you want to easily create storyboard style videos. You do also have the option to use video you have captured, such as screen recordings or webcam recordings. It is easy to click and drag into the video editing platform, keeping things really simple. You can also add a variety of different annotations and text.
- Loads of video templates
- Free audio and other assets to use
- Create anywhere via the Animoto app
- Simple to create pro videos
- Create on your iPhone as well as laptop
- Not as much stock footage as some competing options
- Free trial gives watermarked videos
Best for: Affordable screencast software
Price: From $4/monthly
Screencast-O-Matic is a fantastic option for those who don’t want to spend a lot on their tutorial app or software. It allows you to capture video recordings, edit these to some level of detail, and annotate as well as share videos securely on the cloud. It’s easy to get to grips with the very basics of the software and start creating.
- Make unlimited videos
- Create on your mobile tutorial app as well as desktop
- Publish directly to video platforms
- Simple to use
- Secure and private
- Need to download and install a launcher
How to choose a video tutorial app
- Price. You need to decide on a budget for your video tutorial program, as you can get some options that are totally free and others that cost a lot of money for individuals.
- Features. Which features do you need? For instance, do you need the ability to edit your videos in detail or make complex trims and edits to the videos? You need to make sure the app is capable of making the tutorial you have in mind, such as grabbing audio and video from multiple sources.
- Stock footage and templates. Many tutorial programs give you the option to use stock video and audio, as well as simple templates to start making videos.
- Support. A lot of companies will provide you with free support if you have any questions or issues with the software, but some freeware companies don’t provide this.
- Ease of use. If you aren’t a professional, then you might need to find a tutorial app that is more simple and straightforward to use. Many are aimed at beginners.
This completes our list of the best tutorial video software, with something for everyone, based on your needs as an individual or company. Tutorial software comes in many different forms, and this list shows some top options.
Frequently asked questions
What is a video tutorial?
A video tutorial is usually a short and simple demonstration, often showing on screen exactly how to carry out an action or activity, explained via an animated video or a voice-over, plus slides and other learning resources.
What are the benefits of video tutorials?
Video tutorials are a great way to keep employees engaged, and to show them exactly how something is done. It encourages learning and improves the level of competence among your staff or students.
What is the best tutorial software?
Here are the top 7 programs:
- Movavi Screen Recorder
- FlashBack Screen Recorder
- Ashampoo Snap
- iSpring Suite
- Joyoshare VidiKit
Read the article above in full to explore more about each of the tutorial program options.
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