5 Best Recorders for Drawing on a Screen

Ben Jacklin Edited by Ben Jacklin

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  • Draw on videos during recording

  • Record videos in HD

  • Capture system sounds and mic

To keep videos dynamic, many screen recorders offer an on-screen drawing tool. If you're looking for this feature, you're in luck! We've rounded up the best recorders with a drawing capability.

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Best programs to record drawing on a screen

Movavi Screen Recorder

Best for: beginners at screen recording

Compatibility: Windows, macOS

G2 rating: 4.5 out of 5, 50 reviews

Movavi Screen Recorder stands out among the best recorders with drawing tools. It is an easy-to-use screen recorder with an intuitive user interface, making it an ideal choice for users new to screen recording. You can record your screen and webcam footage at the same time and save your output in HD or 4K.

The drawing tool is simple and straightforward, allowing you to quickly add notes, highlights, or scribbles while recording. It helps turn your video content into something more engaging and interactive. There's also an option to add customizable mouse effects, such as click animations, making it easier to demonstrate your recordings.

Key features:

  • Record screen, webcam, and microphone

  • Draw on your screen while recording

  • Save in full HD or 4K

  • Show keystrokes and mouse

Pros:

  • Easy-to-use drawing feature

  • Intuitive user interface

  • Capture area can be adjusted

Cons:

  • Free trial version comes with a watermark

Screencast-O-Matic

Best for: various drawing functions

Compatibility: Windows, macOS

G2 rating: 4.3 out of 5, 65 reviews

Screencast-O-Matic is another excellent choice for Windows 10 to draw on a screen. It has an array of features, and you can record your screen or webcam footage in HD and 4K quality. The drawing tool allows you to annotate your recordings with shapes, colors, text, and more. You can also zoom in while recording to emphasize important points.

Key features:

  • Add shapes, text, and colors to videos

  • Zoom in while recording

  • Record an area, a window, or your full screen

  • Has trimming tools

Pros:

  • Various drawing tool options

  • Additional tools, like virtual backgrounds and green screen effects

  • Basic editing capabilities

Cons:

  • Free version has limited features

  • Can’t record system audio in the free version

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Bandicam

Best for: easy drawing on a Windows PC

Compatibility: Windows

If you want to write on a screen on Windows 10 while recording, Bandicam is an excellent option. It offers real-time drawing tools and the ability to add text to your video. You can also change the font size, color, and opacity of your annotations, or draw lines in different colors.

The annotation overlays are saved automatically with your recordings so that you don't have to re-enter them each time you replay a video. A big plus for this software is that each drawing tool has a corresponding keyboard shortcut for quick access and uninterrupted recording.

Key features:

  • Draw lines, boxes, or highlights while recording

  • Include your webcam and microphone to the recording

  • Capture in 4K

Pros:

  • Each drawing tool has keyboard shortcuts

  • Low system requirements

Cons:

  • Only available for Windows PCs

  • Free version allows up to 10 minutes of recording

  • Free version adds a watermark

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EaseUS RecExperts

Best for: drawing on a screen on a Windows PC while gaming

Compatibility: Windows, macOS

EaseUS RecExperts is a decent screen recorder with drawing capabilities. It allows you to record any region of your screen and draw arrows, lines, or text on a video. You can save your recordings in multiple formats as well. The software is one of the few that has a dedicated game-recording mode that allows you to capture gameplay in the 4K resolution. 

Key features:

  • Draw on a computer screen using lines or text

  • Add watermarks to your video

  • Schedule your recording tasks

Pros:

  • 4K video capture

  • Special mode for recording gaming videos

  • Basic editing tools

Cons:

  • Free version only allows 1-minute recordings

  • Most features are not available in the free version

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Icecream Screen Recorder

Best for: simple recordings with drawing

Compatibility: Windows, macOS

Icecream Screen Recorder is a comprehensive yet user-friendly screen-recording tool. It allows you to capture your desktop screen, edit recorded videos, and save them in various formats.

The drawing tool makes it easy to annotate areas right on your recordings. You can draw with different colors and brush sizes and add shapes, such as arrows or boxes.

Key features:

  • Easy-to-use drawing feature

  • Customizable recording area

  • Trimming feature

Pros:

  • Can edit videos after recording

  • Record drawing on a screen

  • Share videos instantly

Cons:

  • Free version restricts videos to 5 minutes

  • Watermark on the free version

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How to record drawing on your screen on Windows 10 or Mac

With Movavi Screen Recorder, you can quickly learn how to record drawing on your screen on Windows 10 and Mac. What’s more, you can also cut out any unwanted part and easily share your video after recording. Follow the steps below to find out how to record yourself drawing on a computer.

Step 1. Download and install Movavi Screen Recorder

First, download the installation file for your OS and install the program following the on-screen instructions.

Step 2. Set your recording parameters

Click the Screen recording button to set the recording area. To capture your webcam, microphone, or system audio, make sure that the corresponding icons are highlighted in green.

Step 3. Start recording

On the control panel of the screen recorder, you will see the red REC button. Click it to begin. You can pause the video at any time by clicking the Pause button. The next step will detail how to record yourself drawing.

Step 4. Draw on the screen while recording

While recording, click the pencil icon to access the drawing tool. A menu will pop up to set the drawing preferences. You can select to draw arrows, lines, and other shapes. Additionally, choose a color and a size of the brush. Pick your preferred settings, then hold the left mouse button and start drawing. Your drawings will be added to the video as you record it.

Step 5. Save your video

To finish recording, click the Stop button. In the new window that opens, trim your video if needed and hit the Export button to save it on your computer.

Summary

Drawing while screen recording can make your videos more engaging. Fortunately, many screen recorders have a built-in drawing tool. However, some offer straightforward annotating capabilities while others provide more variety, like shapes, colors, text, and brush sizes. Hopefully, this guide helped you choose a screen recorder with drawing tools that's right for you.

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Disclaimer: please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

Frequently asked questions

Can I draw on a screen recording?

Yes, you can draw on a recording using Movavi Screen Recorder. It is an easy-to-use screen recorder with a straightforward drawing tool for making annotations while recording. Simply click on the pencil tool on the control panel to activate it.

Can you draw on PowerPoint while recording?

Yes, you can draw on PowerPoint while recording using a third-party app. With Movavi Screen Recorder, you can capture multiple windows and draw on them simultaneously. They only need to be within the capture area you've set. Access the drawing tool by clicking the pencil icon on the control panel.

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