Either you are a You Tuber, entertainer, gamer, speaker, teacher or an employee...somehow, somewhere... you will end up in a need for a full screen recorder. It can be a Skype call or a webinar, lecture or game, presentation or review, tutorial or video streaming. Digging in the Internet for free full screen recorder (free of course!), sometimes will be like mere anxiety. So my aim here is to rescue you from all this by enlisting some trustworthy full screen recorders.
Filmora Scrn is an outstanding full screen recorder. Good for videos , tutorials, reviews, walkthroughs, game plays and whatever you might be planning. It's simple yet efficient in what it does. A Wondershare Software Ltd's product, it has
Simple, intuitive design, easy to understand and use
Built-in editor for annotations, effects, cursor settings
PIP feature to make your video more vivid
Frame rate, recording resolution, recording window and audio settings customisation all are available
One of the best free full screen recorder comes from DVD VideoSoft, named Free Screen Video recorder. It can capture video as well as screenshots and has a built-in editing tool with basic functions including resizing, cropping and rotation.
Simple user interface, good for beginners even
Capture multiple windows and objects including multi-level menus as well as internal/external sounds
Created by a Hong Kong based enterprise, Apowersoft Ltd, it is a browser based tool. Still it has most dynamic set of screen recording options. Compatible with windows as well as Mac, this full screen recorder has some solid features including
Annotations (shapes, texts, drawings, pointers, markings etc) in real time as well as later
Recording screen options included full screen, specific region or around mouse area
Save video in multiple formats and even convert video to various formats
Add various recoding sources like webcam/ second monitor screen
Audio recording from external and internal systems
Allow MP4 format to AVI, WMV and FLV
Scheduler for recording your screen
In-browser recording so not that suitable for games
CamStudio is the most basic full screen recorder. It's an open source, free application. You can configure your desired settings like quality ratio and compressor. However, if your setting is too complicated and you are new to here, please go back and check every options in case of somethhing is wrong.
Advanced annotations tool like adding own texts, drawings, watermarks etc.
Capture full screen, active window or customised window
Variety of cursor options including shapes, highlight and sizes
Place webcam video within video capture
Supports numerous Codec because of the open source feature
Unlimited length of recording
Very limited export options(SWF and AVI)
No built-in zooming ability
The exported file size can be huge without compression
Developed by Bandicam Comapny, it has 4K UHD and some other outstanding features. More importanly, Bnadicam supports device recording like Xbox, PlayStation and phones. For the aspect of full screen recording, Bandicam can help you record a selected area or your full screen.
3 recording modes including game recording, screen recording and device recording
Customised settings for recordings
Real time voice recording and live drawing while recording
Yes, you have read right. Being an extensible multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc, it is capable of handling various digital formats. Amongst its hidden utilities is the full screen recording feature. Basic yet efficient.
Compatible well with Mac system
The built-in full screen recorder save your storage space
Some basic editing features including trimming, splitting and adding video to the file
Output video only in MOV format
Can't record system sounds along the screen recording
There are times when you are feeling lazy and don't want to dig in some ground breaking, revolutionary recording application. VLC as we all call it, is just that perfect call. Developed by VideoLAN project, It is free, open source, full screen, cross-platform media player as well as streaming media server. It is available for desktop Operating systems, Mobile platforms as well as digital distribution platforms. And it can also be used as a free full screen recorder.
Quick recording with desktop capturing option
Customised frame rate to set
Users can customize their favirote interface skin
Lack in-depth and advanced recording features
There is no way to screen cast your Voice along the video. So audio file has to be recorded separately and then streamed along the video
The size of file will be very large unless compressed
Derived it name from Frames per second, Frpas no doubt stands tall in generous features and solid performance. Developed by Beepa, it can record from software using DirectX and OpenGL. Although it's a commercial product it is free to use for frame rate display, benchmarking and some limited video capturing options.
Benchmark frame rate especially good for fast paced games
Customise Video capturing and sound capturing settings
Works best with NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics card
Record most of the games
Game lags are minimum and quality is outstanding
Uncompressed videos will be too large
Needs high end computers
Only saves as AVI format
Editing, conversion as well as compression options are missing
As a sister software of Camtasia, being an image capture and editor is the high point of Snagit. Users eidt the screenshot with only a few clicks. In some way, you don't even need a designer to help you create a new image, and it also serves as a reliable video capturing tool with
3 modes of capturing. Image, Video and All-in-One (screenshots along with video capture)
Annotation can be added in still images as well as video formats
Extensive cross platform compatibility with import/export file options
Scrolling window capture mode can easily capture all of your window
Great image editing tools for you to choose
Social sharing integration makes video seen by your friends
Limited video editing tools without advanced video settings
Each, in the above list is a basic full screen recorder, equipped with great utilities and solid features. You can call them ANTI-anxiety pill. Well now take with water and enjoy your fruit salad while recording the screen.
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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