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10 Best Full Screen Recorders for Windows and Mac

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Jun 24, 2021• Proven solutions

Either you are a YouTuber, entertainer, gamer, speaker, teacher, or an employee...somehow, somewhere... you will end up in a need of a full-screen recorder. It can be a Skype call or a webinar, lecture or game, presentation or review, tutorial, or video streaming. Digging on the Internet for a 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. Wondershare DemoCreator

Wondershare DemoCreator is an outstanding full-screen recorder. Good for videos, tutorials, reviews, walkthroughs, gameplay, and whatever you might be planning. It's simple yet efficient in what it does. Wondershare Software Ltd's product has

Features:

  • 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 customization all are available

Pros

  • 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 recorders 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.

Features:

  • The simple user interface, good for beginners even
  • Capture multiple windows and objects including multi-level menus as well as internal/external sounds

Pros

  • A number of formats are supported
  • Users can record the screen while using annotations

Cons

  • Lacks of advanced editing tools like PIP mode

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3. Apowersoft pro

Created by a HongKong based enterprise, Apowersoft Ltd, it is a browser-based tool. Still, it has the most dynamic set of screen recording options. Compatible with Windows as well as Mac, this full-screen recorder has some solid features including

Features:

  • 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

Pros

  • Allow MP4 format to AVI, WMV, and FLV
  • Scheduler for recording your screen

Cons

  • In-browser recording so not that suitable for games

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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 here, please go back and check every option in case if something is wrong.

Features:

  • Advanced annotations tool like adding own texts, drawings, watermarks, etc.
  • Capture full screen, active window, or customized window
  • Variety of cursor options including shapes, highlight, and sizes

Pros

  • Place webcam video within video capture
  • Supports numerous Codec because of the open-source feature
  • Unlimited length of the recording

Cons

  • Very limited export options(SWF and AVI)
  • No built-in zooming ability
  • The exported file size can be huge without compression

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5. Bandicam

Developed by Bandicam Company, it has 4K UHD and some other outstanding features. More importantly, 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.

Features:

    • 3 recording modes including game recording, screen recording, and device recording
    • Customized settings for recordings
    • Real-time voice recording and live drawing while recording

Pros

      • Integrated with H.264 encoder

Cons

      • The free version can't get rid of the watermark
      • Lacks of live streaming like Twitch and YouTube

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Part 2: Full-screen recorders for Mac

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.

Features:

      • Compatible well with Mac system
      • The built-in full-screen recorder save your storage space

Pros

      • Some basic editing features including trimming, splitting, and adding video to the file

Cons

      • Output video only in MOV format
      • Can't record system sounds along with the screen recording

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2. VLC

There are times when you are feeling lazy and don't want to dig in some groundbreaking, revolutionary recording application. VLC as we all call it, is just that perfect call. Developed by VideoLAN project, It is a 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.

Features:

      • Quick recording with desktop capturing option
      • Customized frame rate to set

Pros

        • Users can customize their favorite interface skin

Cons

        • Lack of in-depth and advanced recording features
        • There is no way to screencast your Voice along with the video. So audio file has to be recorded separately and then streamed along with the video
        • The size of the file will be very large unless compressed

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3. Fraps

Derived its 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.

Features:

        • Benchmark frame rate especially good for fast-paced games
        • Customize 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

Cons

          • Uncompressed videos will be too large
          • Needs high-end computers
          • Only saves as AVI format
          • Editing, conversion as well as compression options are missing

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4. OBS

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

Features:

          • Real-time audio/video mixing
          • Filters, effects, transitions, theme selection, switching between scenes options, and many more edit options
          • Customize settings for recordings

Pros

            • Optimized gameplay recording
            • Cross-platform compatible

Cons

            • The video editor is missing
            • It's not easy for beginners to learn
            • Streaming to multiple services simultaneously not possible

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5. Snagit

As a sister software of Camtasia, being an image capture and editor is the high point of Snagit. Users edit 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

Features:

            • 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 windows

Pros

            • Great image editing tools for you to choose
            • Social sharing integration makes video seen by your friends

Cons

            • Limited video editing tools without advanced video settings

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Conclusion

Each, in the above list, is a basic full-screen recorder, equipped with great utilities and solid features. You can call them ANTI-anxiety pills. Well now take with water and enjoy your fruit salad while recording the screen.

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Max Wales
Max Wales is a writer and a lover of all things video.