Top 10 Game Video Recorders for YouTube Gamers

By Jul 26,2017 19:18 pm

There is no doubt that gaming is one of the largest entertainment sources for most of the people. The advanced technology has led to development of game recorders by which you can record the video of your favorite game and share it with your friends and viewers on YouTube.


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10 Best Game Screen Recorders for recording game videos

1. ShadowPlay

It is free video game capture software created by the Nvidia GetForce for streaming game videos. There are two modes of this video recording tool i.e. Manual mode and Shadow mode.

Features:

  • Instant replay and record
  • Excellent hardware i.e. a GPU-accelerated H.264 video encoder
  • It has minimal performance impact
  • Records up to 4K resolution at the speed of 130 Mbps

Compatibility: Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10

Pros:

  • Unlimited recording time in manual mode
  • Allow it users to capture full desktop screen

Cons:

  • Geforce GTX 600 and above is required to operate this software.

Price: It is available free of cost.

2. Camtasia

It is one of the best game recorders for recording professional videos on your PC. You can also import HD videos from an external source. The interactive videos can also be created by using this software.

Features:

  • Stunning graphics
  • Direct link to social media
  • Effective recording option
  • Drag and drop editing
  • Google drive integration

Compatibility: Windows 10, 8 and 7 SP1

Pros:

  • You can easily include animated items
  • Video, audio and cursor tracks can be edited individually
  • Provides panning and zooming options
  • Incorporates webcam
  • You can also use green screen effect

Cons:

  • Free trail for only 30 days.
  • The users cannot record videos for commercial use in free version
  • Very expensive
  • Works slowly on large projects

Price: $299.00 USD but it can be reduced if you buy 5-9 licenses

3. Open Broadcast Software

It is an open source game recording tool having unlimited customization options. You can get idea about this software by its name i.e. the game streams can be broadcasted on various websites such as Twitch, YouTube, Hitbox etc.

Features:

  • Simple interface
  • H.264 and AAC Encoder
  • Limitless scenes and sources
  • It has file output to FLV or MP4
  • GPU-based video game capture

Compatibility: Windows 10, 8, 8.1, Vista and 7, Version for Linux and Mac OS X is also in the pipeline

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • High speed performance
  • Keyboard shortcuts

Cons:

  • A sharp learning curve
  • Difficult to construct scenes

Price: Free

4. Bandicam

It is a perfect choice for beginners as it is easy to understand. You can also record a video game that utilizes the Direct X or OpenGL technology and share on YouTube with a single click. The size of the window can also be adjusted according to your need.

Features:

  • Built-in compression feature ensuring high quality videos
  • Recording can be done for more than 24 hours
  • You can record videos at 4k Ultra HD resolution

Compatibility: Windows XP, 10, 8.1, 8, and 7

Pros:

  • Maximum frame rate i.e. 120 fps
  • Two different audio inputs can be recorded at the same time

Cons:

  • It does not proffer live streaming

Price: Free trial, $59 for two licenses, $39 for one license

5. EpicRewind

This software is developed recently introducing a unique feature i.e. RAM Rolling Buffer mode. It enables the user to replay the recording instantly. The buffer contents can also be saved by pressing hotkey.

Features:

  • You can conveniently capture screenshot and video from browser games or flash games.
  • Direct-To-Disk capture mode
  • Video Output Format and Codec can be configured with great ease.

Compatibility: It does not support windows

Pros:

  • Videos are not encoded all the time.

Cons:

  • It cannot be run on windows operating system.

Price: Free trial of base version

6.D3DGear

It is very simple and light recorder. This software compresses the recorded files in real time mode i.e. you are able to record screen activity even if there is less space in your storage drive. The videos can be shared over any social networking website.

Features:

  • User friendly interface
  • Built-in compression system

Compatibility: Windows XP, 7, 10, 8, 8.1 and Vista

Pros:

  • You can do live video streaming
  • The audio files can be saved separately.

Cons:

  • Pro version is very costly

Price: 15 day free trial otherwise it costs $34.95.

7. Fraps

It is one of the most famous game screen recorders having superb features. The average performance rate can also be measured by using this recorder. You can also save these statistics in a different file. It is also very light software similar to D3DGear.

Features:

  • It can be used as a benchmark tool.
  • Capture high quality footage

Compatibility: Windows Vista, XP, 7, 10, 8.1 and 8

Pros:

  • You can record videos at 7680×4800 resolution
  • Frames can be adjusted up to 120fps

Cons:

  • It does not have streaming options

Price: Free version with few features, full version at $37

8. Microsoft Screen Encoder 4

It is an advanced version of Microsoft screen encoder 3. It has wonderful graphics and live IIS (Internet Information Services) smooth streaming option. The Windows Media video as well as audio files can be produced with the help of this software.

Features:

  • Screen capture
  • GUI interface
  • Live template support

Compatibility: Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP service pack2

Pros:

  • High quality playback
  • Enables encoding using H.261Intuitive interface

Cons:

  • Less editing tools in comparison to other software
  • You cannot export your recordings to Sony Vegas11

Price: Pro version costs $199.95 while standard version is free having limited features

9. Tinytake

This game recorder is an ideal choice for making commercial presentations. This software allows its users to capture video from the selected region and upload it directly on YouTube or any other social media.

Features:

  • Drag and drop option
  • You can conveniently annotate the videos
  • Inbuilt online file viewer

Compatibility: It can work with Windows as well as Mac operating system

Pros:

  • You can develop custom shortcut keys
  • Bulk files sharing
  • You can run this software on mobile devices

Cons:

  • Files are saved only in MP4 format
  • Video recording can be done up to 2 hours
  • No free version is available for business purpose


Price: It ranges between $29.95 and $199.95 for yearly plan. You will also get storage memory space up to 2TB with business plan.


10. Ezvid

This screen software is specially designed for saving time of the users. It also increases the recording speed and video editing capabilities. You can also add text and watermark to the videos.

Features:-

  • Videos are uploaded on YouTube in a fast manner.
  • It provides computer speech for narrative purposes.
  • Modern and sleek interface

Compatibility: Windows XP SP3, 7 and Vista

Pros:

  • High quality video resolution
  • You can also select the most popular music tracks
  • It also has facecam and a video editor
  • You can also drag and drop videos
  • Professional videos can be created in few minutes

Cons:

  • It is glitch and leggy.
  • It requires 10GB free space
  • Less features as compared to Camtasia software

Price: Free


What to look for game screen recorder

There are many people who do not have any knowledge regarding game capture software. You must look for the following things before choosing a game screen recorder.

  • Option of personalizing the hotkeys
  • Number of built-in tools
  • How to begin and pause recording
  • Number of codes offered by it
  • Recording time
  • Editing feature like cut and paste
  • Custom-made Recording Resolution
  • Adjustable video frames

In addition to this, some game recorders also affects your in-game fps (Frame per second). You should also check whether it is compatible with large-sized files or not. The quality of video also depends upon the file size. The larger is file size, the higher is video quality. However, you can face problem while uploading huge size videos as online content distributors hardly support such files. So you must compress your video before sharing anywhere. There are also some recorders which provide a direct link to social networking sites. Thus you should consider these factors also before purchasing recording software.

You can easily run this recorder on your computer if it is updated and has 8GB of RAM. PC should also have two storage drives so as to install gaming software on one drive and record videos on another drive. It is also advisable to use computer than laptops for recording screen activities because laptops rarely have two storage drives.

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