Last updated: January 9, 2023

OBS Studio

If you’re a streamer or a gamer, you’ll likely have heard of OBS throughout your time on the internet. It’s a nifty little multi-purpose platform that’s highly customisable to your own needs. The best part of this software is that it’s completely free, and there’s no catch. Once you get used to the sheer amount of features it has and learn how to use it best to suit your recording, and feel okay with the fact you cannot pause once you’ve started recording, OBS is a smooth user experience.

Pros:

  • Multi-purpose platform
  • Highly customisable experience
  • Completely free to use

Cons:

  • Can be learning curve to use all features
  • No pause function

EaseUS RecExperts for Windows/Mac

EaseUS RecExperts is a video recording software that can record portions of your screen as well as fullscreen no matter if you’re using an app or simply recording your desktop and camera. You can record streaming audio, and the format is changeable to a number of different options such as MP4, MOV, AVI, saving you time and data if you plan on posting it to a certain platform after you’re done. The downside to this is that some of the features you use may be limited behind a paywall.

Pros:

  • Can record portions of screen as well as full
  • Can record streaming audio
  • Multiple recording formats

Cons:

  • Some features behind paywall

VideoProc Converter

Videoproc Converter has the ability to convert audio and video formats, and on top of this has the unique ability to convert DVDs as well. Beyond this, however, you can also record portions of the screen along with fullscreen sessions, record over green screens and edit this, and it’ll give you the option to record in multiple different formats. The downside to this is that the trial version contains a watermark- your free experience of the software will not be a permanent experience, and you’ll need to pay in order to continue using it.

Pros:

  • Can record portions of screen as well as full
  • Green screen recording available
  • Multiple recording formats

Cons:

  • Trial version contains watermark

Xbox Game bar

The Xbox Game bar is built into most Windows OS, and has a unique overlay which pops up once you open up any software it deems to be a game. It has an incredibly easy user interface to get used to and navigate, and it won’t limit the amount of time your sessions can be when you record. There are a few disadvantages, however, as with this simple interface, there aren’t as many features as there could be, and for the ones that do exist, you won’t be able to customise them that well. You also can’t record portions or full screens when you haven’t got an app running.

Pros:

  • Built-in to most Windows OS
  • Easy UI
  • No time limit to record

Cons:

  • Can’t customise as many features
  • Apps only, can’t record portions or fullscreen

Flashback Express

Flashback Express is a free video recording software that won’t give you a watermark when you’re recording on its free tier. You can record both screen and webcam simultaneously, and there’s no time limit to record what you need to. The interface is quite slick and visually appealing, too. Some features are somewhat limited since they’re behind a paywall, and if you want to have a software that doesn’t require you to convert the output after, you may want to look elsewhere since Flashback Express has limited video formats.

Pros:

  • No watermark
  • Can record screen and webcam
  • No time limit to record

Cons:

  • some features behind paywall
  • Limited video formats

CamStudio

As the name suggests, CamStudio records your video with ease, allowing you to both record screen objects and audio activity on your computer. You can record full or portions of the screen with this easy to use interface. CamStudio also has a unique feature which allows you to annotate as you record, pointing your viewers to certain parts of your screen as you go. However, post production is weak as you can’t edit once you’ve recorded, and you can only use this if you’re a Windows OS user since it’s not available for MacOS.

Pros:

  • Unique annotation feature
  • Completely free
  • Easy UI

Cons:

  • No editing feature
  • Not available for MacOS

ShareX

ShareX enables you to record video in a wide range of recording formats, and won’t test your patience with a watermark after it’s done so. It also exports in various formats, meaning it’ll convert your recorded format to whatever you need it to be if you forgot to do so while recording. Sadly, it doesn’t have an editing feature, making it somewhat less appealing, and it won’t support games in fullscreen mode- so if you’re looking for videos wholly focused on gameplay, you may want to steer clear of this one.

Pros:

  • Multiple recording formats
  • No watermark
  • Exports in various formats

Cons:

  • No editing feature
  • Doesn’t support games in fullscreen mode

Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic allows you to record portions of the screen as well as full, and has a large number of different editing features for you to enjoy. It’s also cross-platform, so you’ll be able to enjoy using it on most different devices you have. It will leave a watermark on what you do, though, and some features can be locked behind a paywall. This software also only gives you a limited amount of time to record each session, meaning if you’re aiming for longer video outputs, it may not fit the bill.

Pros:

  • Can record portions of screen as well as full
  • Variety of editing features
  • Cross-platform

Cons:

  • Watermark
  • Limited recording
  • Some features behind paywall

QuickTime Player

Since this is a default software on MacOS, it won’t be optimised for other OSes; QuickTime Player enables the user to record both the screen and their webcam, save videos from the web, and provides a fully set up post production studio with its range of editing features. However, it’ll limit your recording time, and won’t allow you to record system audio. Besides that, though, it’ll convert the recorded video into a variety of formats and won’t put a watermark on what you end up creating.

Pros:

  • Can record screen and webcam
  • Can save videos from the web
  • Variety of editing features

Cons:

  • Limited recording 
  • System audio recording unavailable
  • Not optimised for Windows OS

Monosnap

Monosnap has been heralded as one of the best video recording softwares that you can get for Mac. It’s a completely free software, so you won’t have to worry about being charged or running into a paywall. Monosnap is integrated with the cloud and therefore will back up your data automatically. With this software comes a unique mark-up feature meaning you can doodle, crop, use arrows and diagrams to illustrate your point. One downside this has is that there are no editing features, and it won’t be able to record mobile devices.

Pros:

  • Completely free
  • Integration with cloud
  • Unique mark-up feature

Cons:

  • No editing features

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