February 25, 2021

Free Screen Recorders for Windows 8

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It's getting harder to find decent software that runs on Windows 8, but there are still plenty of perfectly usable computers out there that are running the operating system. In today's video-heavy world, being able to record your screen is a useful tool. Thankfully, there are several good screen recording solutions available for Windows 8.1.

In this post, we'll take a look at the best of those options. We'll cover screen recorders that work as standalone applications, browser extensions, and even some that are entirely web-based. We'll also provide you with a quick tutorial on using Movavi Screen Recorder to capture your computer screen's video and audio output.

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Desktop Programs to Record Screen on Windows 8

When you want to record your screen on Windows 8, the first option you'll probably think of is software that you can download and run natively on your machine. When you download a desktop recorder, you can use it offline without opening your browser or navigating to a website. There are several good programs available for download on Windows 8 computers, depending on your preferences. Whether you want to record video only, video with audio, or even have access to basic editing features, there's an option for you. Let's now take a look at the most popular screen-recording software for Windows 8.

Capable of more than just basic screen recording, Movavi Screen Recorder is one of the best programs available for Windows 8. With this software, you can easily record your computer screen on your desktop computer or on a laptop. After recording a clip, you'll be able to save it in Full HD or stunning 4K resolution. The software was designed to be both easy to use and powerful. Setting up recording parameters, recording both video and audio, editing videos, and saving the results are all a breeze thanks to the intuitive interface of the Movavi screen-recording tool.

Although an excellent option for basic needs, the free version of Movavi Screen Recorder has some limitations. However, when you upgrade to the paid version, you get features that go above and beyond a basic screen recording. You'll be able to create screencasts, capture a webcam, pull from multiple streams at the same time, schedule recordings to start and stop at a particular time, share videos quickly, or even take simple screenshots.

For more advanced editing features, Movavi Screen Recorder integrates nicely with Movavi Video Editor Plus, a professional-quality video editor that also features an easy-to-use and intuitive interface.

Pros

  • Intuitive, easy-to-use interface
  • Useful screen capture features

Cons

  • Requires additional software for editing captured videos

Follow the link below to read the review of Movavi Screen Recorder on G2.

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Movavi Screen Recorder

The perfect way to record from your screen

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

Open Broadcaster Software Studio, or OBS, is another popular screen recorder for Windows 8. YouTubers and Twitch streamers often use the software because of its focus on production quality. Besides high-performance real-time video and audio capture, OBS lets you add options such as text or graphic overlays, webcam footage, and other media, all while streaming live to your favorite video platform.

The power of the software comes from the ability to set up scenes, which are made up of a mixture of video and audio streams arranged on the screen with graphic elements. For example, a podcaster may have one scene with all the guests at once and a separate scene for each guest individually. During the stream or recording session, scenes can be easily switched between using custom transitions. Because it allows multiple sources, OBS also features a basic audio mixer to ensure that various audio sources play nicely together.

All of this power is nice, but it can be overkill for most needs and comes at the cost of a steep learning curve.

Pros

  • Lots of customization options

Cons

  • Difficult learning curve
  • Only basic editing features

Follow the link below to read the review of OBS on TechRadar.

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Perfect for users who are interested in a simple and reliable method to record their screens and share the results, Screencast-O-Matic is another solid option on the list. With this software, you'll be able to record your computer screen or use it for video capture of your webcam. It also allows you to record audio so that you can add voice-overs to your screen capture.

The free version of the software is somewhat limited. The deluxe version includes some basic editing abilities, such as adding text, overlays, or basic animations along with transitions to move between scenes seamlessly. However, if you want to upload videos longer than 15 minutes, you'll need to purchase the premier edition. The premier addition also gives you access to a stock library to make the most of the software.

Pros

  • Simple interface for easy recording and sharing
  • Basic editing features included

Cons

  • Most features require the paid version

Follow the link below to read the review of Screencast-O-Matic on G2.

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If you've watched many YouTube videos, you've likely seen the logo from the free version of Bandicam on some of them. It is a popular option for screen recording on Windows 8 due to its longevity and dependability. The software is top-rated among users who record video game footage, partly because it markets itself to that audience. If you have a capture card, you can even record footage from your Xbox or Playstation video game console. Other supported external devices include USB cameras. Bandicam lets you record the entire screen or only a portion of it and capture both system audio and audio from a microphone.

In addition to just screen recording, the software lets you draw and outline your video or screenshot in real-time, add a webcam overlay to your screen capture, complete with Chroma Key support, and schedule recording for a specific time and date.

For basic editing, cutting, and splicing of the recorded video, Bandicam integrates with another product by the same company called Bandicut.

Pros

  • Well established brand
  • Drawing features

Cons

  • Editing features require a separate program

Follow the link below to read the review of Bandicam on Trustpilot.

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For a Windows 8 program that allows you to capture video from various sources, including your screen, webcam, or recording devices such as IP cameras, Debut Video Capture is an excellent option. It allows you to record either your entire screen or just a portion of it. You'll be able to adjust the colors, add simple effects or captions, and save the videos in several different file formats. The software can capture audio as well, from either your microphone or the computer's speakers. Debut Video Capture is easy-to-use and offers several excellent features, but it does have an interface that looks dated even on a Windows 8 computer.

Debut Video Capture makes it easy to get your video in the right size for your target device by having built-in presets for the most popular options. It also gives you some control over the final output size by letting you adjust the frame rate. If you have more than one monitor, you can record all of them at once.

Pros

  • Simple to use and free
  • Basic editing features included

Cons

  • Outdated interface

Follow the link below to read the review of Debut Video Capture on TechRadar.

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Another excellent program for Windows 8.1 that offers both screen recording capabilities and simple editing features is Flashback Express. With the editing features and the fact that the software puts no limitations on how long your recordings can be, it's easy to create short videos but also easy to create longer videos such as tutorials and podcast episodes. The editing tools allow you to trim videos, add text captions, create graphics overlays and add audio such as music or narration recorded from your microphone. After you've finished recording, you can upload your video to YouTube or save it in one of many popular video formats.

The free version of the software has no time limits or watermarks but is limited in other ways. There are no editing features available, and while you can record commentary from your microphone, you can't add external audio to the project. The pro version of the software also saves to more formats than the free version, which is limited to just three popular options.

Pros

  • No time limits or watermarks on the free version

Cons

  • Editing features require the paid edition

Follow the link below to read the review of Flashback Express on TechRadar.

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Online Services to Record a Video on Windows 8

Desktop software is great if you plan on recording a lot of videos, but what if your needs are much less frequent? Do you really need to download and install software just to capture your screen? If you're wondering how to record your screen on Windows 8 with no download, the answer is to use online screen recorders. There are several options available that will let you record your screen on Windows 8 or any other Internet-enabled devices by merely visiting a website and performing a few simple steps. Depending on the features, though, some of these options may still require you to download and install a small helper application that will serve as a communication layer between your computer and the website.

Like all web-based options, ApowerSoft Free Online Screen Recorder makes for a quick and effective tool for recording your screen. Using the tool is as easy as pointing your favorite web browser to the site and clicking a single button to start the recording process. You can record for an unlimited amount of time and capture an unlimited amount of screencasts. When you are done, the site will give you the option to download the finished file to your computer's hard drive or upload it to popular video sites such as YouTube or the cloud storage service, RecCloud.

Despite being web-based, the tool has many of the same features you'd find in simple desktop screen recorders. You can record your entire screen, a hand-drawn portion of the screen, or select a particular window to record. You can even capture your webcam to overlay on top of the screen capture. ApowerSoft Free Online Screen Recorder allows you to record audio and video at the same time.

Editing features in the software are quite limited, and this is one of the web-based tools that require you to download a helper application before you can use it.

Pros

  • Can record with a single click

Cons

  • Requires a helper application to use

Follow the link below to read the review of ApowerSoft Free Online Screen Recorder on TechRadar.

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With Screencapture.com, the limitations of both the previous web-based options are gone. When you record a video from this site, you'll be able to capture the audio from your computer's speakers as well as from its microphone. You also won't need to download any external helper applications to use Screencapture.com, simply click on the record button, and you are ready to go. Like the other options, you'll be able to add footage from your webcam to your recording session. The tools will record your videos securely and privately and allow you to download them in full HD resolution.

From the website, you'll also find a bonus Screenshot extension that you can add to Firefox or Chrome. With this extension, you'll be able to quickly grab a screenshot of an entire webpage without the need for scrolling.

The video capture portion of the site is free and unlimited, although you'll need to pay a small monthly fee if you'd like to remove the watermark from the recording.

Pros

  • Can record system audio
  • Doesn't require a helper download

Cons

  • No editing features

If you were put off by the need to download a launcher to use ApowerSoft Free Online Screen Recorder, you might want to give Screenapp.io a try instead. This web-based tool is completely free without limits and requires no additional downloads to work. With Screenapp.io, you'll be able to record your entire screen, choose a particular application window to capture or record a browser tab. After recording, you will be given the option to make very simple edits, such as trimming the unwanted sections from your captured file.

For audio, Screenapp.io allows you to record audio from the browser or the microphone. This means if you are recording an application window and want to capture the audio for it, you'll likely want to look for another tool instead. To avoid patent fees, the developers have also restricted the output formats only to support WebM files at the moment. This may be a problem if other software in your toolchain doesn't support that format.

Pros

  • Includes basic editing features
  • No download required

Cons

  • Only one output format and a watermark on the free version

Chrome Extensions (No-Download Options)

Screencapture.com featured a browser extension that lets you capture screenshots from your browser, but there are also Chrome extensions that will let you record a video on Windows 8. These tools require downloading and installing the plugin, but doing so is much quicker and more convenient than downloading a desktop app. Since most people keep a web browser open at all times, it makes for a fast and convenient way to capture your Windows 8 screen. Currently, there are three primary options for turning your Chrome browser into a screen capturing program.

Loom is as easy-to-use as nearly any browser extension. It is marketed mainly towards business users who will use it to create video messages for coworkers, presentations for management, or perhaps training videos for new hires. Despite the marketing, it makes for a useful tool regardless of your reason for recording a screen capture. With Loom, you'll have all the features you'd expect from a tool marketed to working professionals, such as the ability to add your webcam to the screen capture, audio capture through the microphone so that you can add voice-overs, and the ability to quickly share your recordings with others.

Pros

  • Includes basic editing features
  • Easy to share recordings

Cons

  • Processes videos slowly

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Capable of taking both screenshots and screencasts, Nimbus Capture has unique features that make it worth checking out. For screenshots, the software features optical character recognition (OCR) that will turn the image into editable text. Because it's designed for work, it also features collaboration via workspace and decent annotation and editing features. The software can upload to standard video services, including Nimbus Note, a cloud-based storage service designed to help you bring information from multiple places into a single cohesive place that you can use to build better documents.

Pros

  • Useful editing tools
  • OCR for screenshots

Cons

  • Slow file saving

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Screencastify is another Chrome-based extension that is popular and easy to use. It has basic editing features that allow you to create interactive lectures or tutorials quickly. Despite being a browser plugin, the software doesn't require you to be online to use it. Once you are done creating and editing your video, it is easy to upload it to various popular video hosting sites.

There are some meaningful limitations in the free version of the plugin. Unless you pay for the premium version, you'll be limited to record for only 10 minutes at a time and will have a watermark on the final video file.

Pros

  • Has basic editing features
  • Comes with essential drawing tools

Cons

  • For editing and unlimited recording time, the paid version is required

Follow the link below to learn more about Screencastify.

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How to Record Your Screen on Windows 8

Movavi Screen Recorder is an excellent option for screen capturing. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to record your screen on Windows 8 with this program.

Step 1. Download and Install the Software

Once you have downloaded and installed the software, launch it like any other Windows 8 app.

Step 2. Bring Up the Software You Want to Record

The software records whatever is on the screen. To adequately capture the software you want to record, make sure it is the frontmost window.

Click on the Screen recording button. The icon with a picture of a movie camera on it is the button that tells Movavi Screen Recorder to start recording a video. Click that.

Drag the box where you want to record. You will now be presented with the option to drag a box over the area of the screen you'd like to capture. If you want, you can fill the whole screen.

Step 3. Set the Audio and Display Options

Next to the red REC button are Microphone and System Audio icons. Enable or disable these to enable or disable recording audio from your computer's microphone and its speakers.

Near the REC button are some more options. These allow you to show when you click the mouse, make the mouse location visible as you move around, or display keystrokes as you type.

Finally, you can press the record button to start the process. A countdown timer will let you get things ready before the recording begins. The recording will continue until you press the Stop button.

Step 4. Edit and Convert the Video (Optional)

By default, the video will be saved in MKV format, but you can also tweak your video by removing unwanted parts and save the file in another format. To remove a segment, click the Cut button, place the markers on the timeline at the edges of the piece you want to delete, and click the Trash Can icon. Once you're happy with the result, click Export.

In the new export window, choose the output format and click Save.

Screen Recorders: Comparison

Now that we've told you how to screen-record on Windows 8 by using some of the most popular software, we’ll give one more quick overview of the pros and cons of each application.

Program

Type

Pros

Cons

Movavi Screen RecorderDesktopIntuitive interface with useful screen capture featuresRequires additional software for editing captured videos
OBS StudioDesktopOffers a great deal of customization options for the recorded videoComes with a difficult learning curve and little documentation
Screencast-O-MaticDesktopSimple interface makes recording, editing, and sharing videos easyMost of the features are available only in the paid version
BandicamDesktopEstablished brand with useful editing featuresNot as powerful as some of the other options on the list
Debut Video CaptureDesktopSimple, free software with basic editing features includedLack of a modern interface
Flashback ExpressDesktopNo watermarks on the free versionEditing features require upgrading to the paid edition
ApowerSoft Online RecorderWeb-basedConvenient web-based tool can record with a single clickRequires a helper application to use
Screen­capture.comWeb-basedCan record system audio and doesn't require a helper downloadDoesn't have any editing features
Screenapp.ioWeb-basedSimple tool with basic editing featuresOnly one output format and a watermark on the free version
LoomChrome extensionIncludes basic editing featuresProcesses videos slowly
Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video RecorderChrome extensionUseful editing toolsSlow file saving
ScreencastifyChrome extensionComes with basic drawing toolsEditing tools are restricted in the free version

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best screen recorder for Windows 8?

When picking a screen recorder, Windows 8 users have many options. The best choice will depend on what your exact needs and preferences are. Each of the products on this page has a reputation for being great at what it does. Users just need to match the capabilities of the software with their own requirements.

How do I record my screen on Windows 8 without downloading software?

Two of the web-based screen capture tools on this page allow you to capture your screen without downloading anything or installing any helper applications or browser extensions. If you need to record a screen with no download, we recommend Screencapture.com and Screenapp.io, depending on your needs.

How do I screen-record on Windows 8?

Try Movavi Screen Recorder:

  1. Download the installation file and follow the instructions.
  2. You can adjust the settings by clicking Screen recording. Choose the area you would like to record.
  3. Click the REC button to start recording the screen.
  4. Edit the recording if needed. Once you're done, click Export and save the video in the desired format.