Top 5 Best Alternatives To OBS To Record High Quality Video

These are top 5 best alternatives to OBS, the most popular screen recording software in the world. Try these software to record high quality video from your screen.

OBS Studio (Open Broadcaster Software Studio) has been known as one of the most popular screen recording software in the world at present time. Many YouTubers, Facebookers and Gamers are using it to record video with audio from their desktop to broadcast it live on these channel or save it on their computer. OBS is professional and powerful software at no doubt. However, learning how to use it is really a difficult struggle for most users. It requires so many initial set up action that a beginner can not catch up with. Here are what you need to know about OBS.

In today post, I will introduce to you top 5 best alternatives of OBS Studio for recording high quality video with audio from your Windows PCs and Mac. These software are much more simple-to-use than OBS and in some ways, more powerful than OBS too.

Top 5 best alternatives to OBS Studio

1. Bandicam

Bandicam is one of the most famous screen recorder that many gamers are using now. It deserves to be the best alternative to OBS studio regardless of the lack of live streaming video option. While OBS Studio is very hard to use at the first time, Bandicam is much more simple to learn when you use it at the first time. In terms of recording screen, Bandicam offers 3 recording modes i.e: Recording screen, Game recording mode and Device recording mode. You can easily find these functions at the navigation tool bar in the interface. The best part of Bandicam we can see is the possibility to record screen at max 60 fps and more lightweight program than OBS Studio. This software provides a free option with a small watermark on top of the video and no time limit on your recording. Take a look at the interface below or read our full review about Bandicam here.

Bandicam interface

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2. ActivePresenter

Another great alternative to OBS studio is ActivePresenter, an all-in-one screen recording software for Windows and macOS X. ActivePresenter allows you to record video and audio from your computer at full HD quality without watermark or time limit. You are able to edit recorded video in its built-in video editor which includes image and video annotation tools as well as the possibility to export video into various formats after finish editing. ActivePresenter is totally free to download and use for personal purpose while their paid version will cost $149 with more advanced features for elearning content development. Take a look at the interface below and read our full review of this software here.

ActivePresenter Interface
ActivePresenter provides simple interface with white and blue color and well arranged tools bar on top.

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3. xSplit Broadcaster

xSplit Broadcaster has been well-known all over the world as one of the most popular live streaming platform next to Wire Cast and OBS Studio. It is also a professional, free screen recorder for video quality lower than 720p for Windows users.  You need to register a license to use full features of their live streaming functions which cost around $5/ monthly. As a free user, you can use xSplit Broadcaster for your screen recording purpose without time limit and no watermark for video quality up to 720p and 30fps. It is possible to save video locally or share online directly to YouTube or Facebook. Once you have registered and activate your account, you can start using xSplit broadcaster. We must say that this is not an easy to use free screen recorder since you need to figure out how to start/stop recording at the first time. We suggest you spend sometimes watching YouTube tutorial before you go. Take a look at the interface and read our full review of xSplit Broadcaster here.

xSplit starting screen
xSplit Broadcaster starting screen

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4. Ezvid

Ezvid is a free screen recorder which has the same features with OBS Studio despite the fact that it lack of live streaming option. If you want a free alternative to OBS, Ezvid should be the first choice. By using Ezvid, you are not only able to record screen but also games and edit video, add images or video into the editor. A ready to use free background music and annotation tools suite are in the the program to use for free. Take a look at some screenshots of Ezvid and read our full review here.

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

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5. Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder

Last but not least, a great alternative to OBS studio is Apowersoft online free screen recorder. This is a super simple to use screen recorder with built-in free editor where you can cut, trim unwanted part, add text, title to the video as well as adjust brightness of the video. There are also various options to save your video and upload it directly on sharing channels like YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook. Few more words, this screen recorder will not leave a watermark or time limitation on your recordings too. You can use it where ever you are so long as you have a internet connection. Take a look at some screenshots and read our full review on Apowersoft here.

apowersoft free screen recorder interface
Apowersoft free screen recorder interface

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Bottom line

OBS Studio has a long standing history and being trusted by millions of users on Windows, Mac and Linux. As far as I can see, the new updates often come with some small improvement and many sprinkles. Therefore, it is now time to re-consider about if we should continue to use this software for find a better alternative for it.

Have you used OBS Studio before? Do you use any other better alternative to OBS Studio? Share with us your comment and don’t forget to follow us to receive more valuable post notifications in the future.

Good luck!


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