Top 5 Best Free/ Paid Screencast Software For Windows/ Mac

Free screencast software for Windows/ Mac. Best screencast software that helps you capture video and narration on the screen.

Screencast software is a handy useful computer program for educators, teachers or trainers to create engaging lessons in video formats. It is especially useful when someone want to teach the others about how to use a software, a product or any kind of complicated services. Normally, a screencast software often includes a screen recorder, a video editor and a set of annotation tools for decorating captured images or videos.

ActivePresenter Recording Toolbar
ActivePresenter Recording Toolbar

In today’s article, I am going to share with you 5 best screencast software for Windows and Mac that you can use to make stunning screencast videos effortlessly. These are the software that I’ve reviewed carefully in recent months. This list consists of the most easy-to-use and professional programs only. Whether you want to record a video from your desktop monitor, a game-play or what’s happening on your computer’s screen, these programs can help.

Let dive into the detail now!

As time flies, 2019 is around the corner. It’s time to update our post to give your more precise information of the best screencast software you can use in 2019. This is our updated list this year.

5 Best Screencast Software Free & Paid For Creating High Quality Screencast Videos

1. ActivePresenter- Best Free Screencast software for Windows/Mac

ActivePresenter is an all-in-one screencasting software for creating how-to videos, product demos or tutorials. It is built with a full high definition screen recorder and professional video editing features plus dozen for annotation tools for training purposes. All these features are free to use for non-commercial purposes. Beside basic screencasting features, ActivePresenter also provides advanced tools for professional use such as Chroma key, Blur moving objects, customize Java Script, text-to-speech, picture picture, adjust audio and so on. Take a look at this introduction video to understand more about this software. You can also read our detail review of ActivePresenter here!

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Record full screen or customized area.
  • No watermark, no time limit.
  • Built-in editing tools
  • Export file to various formats.
  • Full HD quality result.
  • Add annotations, text, sub title, transitions.

Cons

  • Sharing directly online is not possible.

Price

  • Free for non-commercial purposes.
  • $199 for Standard edition.
  • $399 for professional edition.

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 2. Camtasia 2018 – Best professional screencasting software for trainers

No wonder that Camtasia, created by TechSmith, is one of the best screencast software for making professional and nice looking videos. It has all tools you need for making screencast such as: a powerful and full HD screen recorder, an easy-to-use and logical video editor with tons of basic and advanced editing options. Adding effects, callouts and annotations in Camtasia is as easy as a piece of cake. For those of you who don’t know about Camtasia, please read our latest review of Camtasia in this post.

Camtasia 2018 Review
Camtasia 2018 provides a New Library, higher video rendering speed, edit 60 fps recording and free assets of videos and audios.

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Great built-in video editing tools.
  • Record full screen or a part.
  • Record webcam.
  • Import and edit images, audio and video up to 4K resolution.
  • Add annotations, transitions, animations as well as audio, visual effects.
  • Add quizzes to the video easily.

Cons

  • No Free version. Only free trial in 30 days.

Price

  • $249 per lifetime license.

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3. Apowersoft Screen Recorder Pro – $39.95

A powerful screencast software for creating tutorial video on Windows, Mac and iOS.

Apowersoft Screen Recorder Pro Recording Options
Recording Options

Apowersoft Screen Recorder Pro is a simple yet powerful screencast software for recording video and audio from your computer’s monitor. You can also record webcam, edit recorded video and upload it directly to YouTube, FTP or Google Drive quickly. Like ActivePresenter and Camtasia, it is simple to record video in full screen or part of screen, switch between screen options, schedule tasks.. and so on. Its free video editor has  basic editing features for cutting, trimming and adjusting video speed, contrast, shapes as well as converting the file into various formats such as: MP4, WMV, AVI, MOV, FLV, MPEG, VOB, ASF, GIF.

Pros

  • User-friendly interface.
  • Record full screen or regional.
  • Record around mouse area.
  • Record on iOS.
  • Record Webcam, 2nd monitor screen.
  • Support more than 20 languages in the tool.
  • Allow video output settings, mouse style setting, audio input setting, output format setting.
  • Take screenshot easily.
  • Customize hotkey, video quality, audio codec.
  • Convert recorded video to MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, MPEG, VOB, ASF and GIF

Price

  • Free for online tool
  • $39.95 for personal license.

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4. Movavi Screen Capture Studio

As time gone by, we’ve found that Movavi Screen Capture Studio has become more and more powerful in making screencast. This program includes a high quality screen recorder, powerful video editor and dozen of annotation tools you can use to create instructional videos. It’s great for making either tutorial videos or product demos. Read our detail review of Movavi Screen Capture Studio here to learn more.

Movavi Screen Capture Studio is available on both Windows and Mac. It offers 14 days trial and the license price is very affordable i.e $59.95 only. This is a lifetime license and you can use all its features.

Movavi Screen Capture Studio 9 interface
Movavi Screen Capture Studio 9 interface

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Record screen and edit recorded video quickly.
  • Recording full screen, regional, webcam or audio simultaneously or separately.
  • Built-in video editor with capture info effect.
  • Shapes and Annotation tools available in editor.
  • Adding stamp, call out, transition or workflow.
  • Export and share video easily.

Cons

  • No free version. Free trial in 14 days only.

Download Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Windows

Download Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac

5. Bandicam – Free

A great free screencast software for recording games and how-to videos for Windows.

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Bandicam is an easy-to-use and powerful screencast software for recording game-play whether it is OpenGL or Console. Bandicam makes it possible to record various 2D/3D games with 4K UHD Video and capture up to 144 FPS Video; Bandicam can record everything on your computer screen and save it as video files(AVI, MP4) or image files; Bandicam can record everything on your computer screen and save it as video files(AVI, MP4) or image files.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Record video in various options, record webcam.
  • Record high quality games in 4K Ultra HD video at resolution up to 3840×2160 and HD video with max 144fps.
  • Real-time drawing: Draw and outline you video or screenshot in real time is possible.
  • Mix your voice in is the recording is a unique function of Bandicam.
  • Add logo to video.
  • Add mouse effects and animation while recording.

Cons

  • Lack of video editing tools.
  • Output file is limited to only AVI and MP4.

Price

  • Free (unregistered version)
  • Pro version price is 29$/ 1 PC.

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Bottom Line

With a professional screencast software, you are able to create amazing tutorial videos, product demonstration or amazing marketing videos that can help you earn a lot of money. Therefore, We suggest you pick up one of the above mentioned tool and start creating wonderful things. Remember to follow us to receive more valuable post notifications in the future.

Good luck!

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24 thoughts on “Top 5 Best Free/ Paid Screencast Software For Windows/ Mac

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  1. Hey There,I like the helpful info you provide in your article. Ill bookmark your this page and check back again here frequently. I am quite certain I will learn a lot of great things, here! Good luck! Thanks.

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  2. Hey there I am so thrilled I found your website, I really foundyou by accident, while I was browsing on Google for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a marvelous post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love thetheme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the moment but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds,so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the superbwork.

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  3. Hi Susan. Yes. You are right. Apowersoft is a good tool too. The reason we put Screencast O Matic here is its ease of use and stability. I will take a look at Acethinker too. Cheer!

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  4. I sorry to say that Screencast O Matic should not in the list because of the limitation of time limit and video quality. There are some other similiar online tool that don’t have any limitation like Apowersoft and Acethinker. You should put them here. Just a few words.

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