Best free tutorial video makers

Best free tutorial video makers for creating product demonstration, how-to videos for Windows and Mac computer.


Making tutorial videos to describe product features and how to use it has been an important part of your digital marketing campaign. People are often go on YouTube or Vimeo to search for product instruction instead of reading a printed operation manual if they want to learn your products. That’s why you need to make as many tutorial videos as possible.

A free tutorial video maker is what you need to get started on this job. It can be either a web-based app or an offline software for running on your computer. In both cases, they have to be capable of:

  • Capturing raw footage for editing.
  • Basic editing tools are MUST features: cut, crop, trim, split, join video and more.
  • Advanced editing tools for making tutorial such as: Zoom and Pan, Annotate video, Add text, shapes or highlight are necessary features.
  • Exporting features are MUST-HAVE features too.
  • It would be great to have a built-in screen recorder.

In consideration of the above mentioned criteria, we have reviewed the most popular freeware in the world within few months period and come up with our below suggestions:

Best free tutorial video makers – For Windows and Mac

These tools are 100% free to download and use, free from virus or ads. All of them had been tested carefully by our team. You can go directly to the product description page from the developer of each software at the links we put under their name.

1. ActivePresenter

ActivePresenter is one of the best free tutorial video maker that you can use for Windows and Mac. It is simple to use with built-in screen recorder and video editor for making tutorial video easily. You can capture almost any type of footage for editing in ActivePresenter and off course, it has either basic or advanced video editing features for making tutorial video.

ActivePresenter Editing tools

2. Vsdc free video editor

VSDC free video editor is also a great free tutorial video maker. It has all necessary tools for making professional tutorial videos such as: screen recorder, cut, crop, split, join video and video annotation tools: add shapes, text, music, audio and so on to the video. If you are using a Windows computer, VSDC is a good choice to start creating tutorial video.

Edit Your Videos in multiple Scenes

3. Apowersoft online screen recorder

Apowersoft online screen recorder is a web-based screencast software that you can use to make tutorial video for free. It is suitable for making short, simple tutorial videos and share directly online. A built-in, no time limit, no watermark screen recorder and a basic video editor are included in this program.

apowersoft save output file
Apowersoft file convert option

4. Ezvid

Another free tutorial maker we suggest you to use is Ezvid. It is optimized for making product demonstration and tutorial videos. It can not compare with ActivePresenter or VSDC that we mentioned above. But, it is another good choice for beginners.

Ezvid Free Screen Recorder Review
Ezvid user interface is simplified and easy to use.

 5. Icecream screen recorder

Last but not least is Icecream screen recorder. This is a free video recorder and screen capture software for making tutorial videos quickly. Icecream allows users to record desktop monitor, webcam along with narration with a built-in drawings tool. Although you can only create a tutorial video by recording computer screen (no editing tools) in Icecream within 10 minutes, but that’s all you need to make a software demonstration , i guess. Icecream can work on both Windows and Mac. In free version, you will be limited to 10 minutes recording and it will be removed when you go Pro for $15/ year.

icecream screen recorder
Icecream interface

Bottom line

If you want to create professional tutorial videos for free, i suggest you choose ActivePresenter or VSDC. Other suggestions are great for making quick tutorial videos that don’t need complex editing work. I hope you got necessary information here. Remember to follow us to receive valuable post notifications in the future.

Good luck!


5 thoughts on “Best free tutorial video makers

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  1. Hi Maria, you are wlc. Yes, ActivePresenter is exactly a great tool for making tutorial videos. There is no watermark in the outputs (at least at the time i tested it). See you.

  2. Great post. Thanks. I prefer ActivePresenter. It is really lightweight and has great free version. Can you tell me if the exported video has watermark or not?

  3. Wow. Very nice post. I especially love ActivePresenter and VSDC. Their free version is so amazing. Thanks.

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