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10 Best Full Screen Recorders for Windows and Mac

Apr 03,2020• Proven solutions

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.

Part 1: Full screen recorders for Windows

1. Filmora Scrn

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
  • No lagging while HD recording
  • Game mode to meet your game desire
  • Range of options for import/export files

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2. Free Screen Video Recorder

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
  • A number of formats are supported
  • Users can record screen while using annotations
  • Lacks of advanced editing tools like PIP mode


3. Apowersoft pro

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


4. CamStudio

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


5. Bandicam

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
  • Pros
    • Integrated with H.264 encoder
    • Free version can't get rid of watermark
    • Lacks of live streaming like Twitch and YouTube


    Part 2: Full screen recorders for Macv

    1. QuickTime

    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


    2. VLC

    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
    • Pros
      • 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


      3. Fraps

      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
      • Pros
        • 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


        4. OBS

        With multiple integration options, OBS, developed by Open broadcaster Software, is an excellent option for game play recording and video live streaming. This free full screen recorder has

        • Real time audio/video mixing
        • Filters, effects, transitions, theme selection, switching between scenes options and many more edit options
        • Customise settings for recordings
        • Pros
          • Optimised game play recording
          • Cross platform compatible
          • Video editor is missing
          • It's not easy for beginners to learn
          • Streaming to multiple services simultaneously not possible


          5. Snagit

          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.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.