How To Choose The Best Screen Recorders


Learn how to choose the best screen recorders in this article. Top 5 best screen recorders for Windows and Mac.

Choosing a good screen recorder is really a touch issue for beginners in screencast and tutorial video creation. Nowadays, there are many options to record your computer screen with audio, system sound and edit recorded videos effectively from simple, free recording software to advanced recording software plus built-in editor you can choose like ActivePresenter, Snagit, Camtasia or Apowersoft. In order to save your time, I am going to show you “how to choose the best screen recorders in this article”.

On this page, there are 5 criteria you should consider when choosing a screen recorder and my recommendation about top 5 best screen recorders you should use for Windows and Mac.

5 things you must consider in choosing the best screen recorder

1. Consider the quality of recorded video

Quality of recorded video must be the first thing you have to consider when choosing a screen recorder. While many screen recorders provide high quality video ouput up to 4K now. There are still many others using old technology which only allow you to record video up to 480p or 720p quality. No matter free or paid screen recorder, you alwasy have to check what the maximum video quality is to be 100% sure it meets your requirements.

2. Consider the ease of use

In my opinion, the best screen recorder has to be very easy to use. In other words, you should easily learn how to use the program at a short time including all necessary setting for video and audio. I know a very powerful free screen recorder which has almost everything you need in recording capability, named OBS STUDIO. However, I have never voted it as the best screen recorder because of its complicated pre-recording settings. I will show you the most easy-to-use software in the next part.

3. Consider the price

If you only need a free screen recorder, then off course, you don’t need to know this thing. But, if you want to buy a software, you should always make a comparison about the price among the best software. As far as I know, a good, simple to use screen recorder cost around $30- $50 per license. Not to mentioned some 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 screen recorder like Snagit or ActivePresenter which will cost much more than that price. So, don’t be rush to purchase a screen recorder after using it for a short time. There are always good alternatives out there.

4. Consider its features

The best screen recorders often comes with following capabilities:

  • Recording video in full screen or part with or without audio/ system sound.
  • Recording webcam or at least has Picture in picture feature.
  • Record mouse cursor with overlay.
  • Record locked Windows or applications.
  • Allow to record full HD quality, 2K, 4K quality.
  • Built-in drawing tools or a video editor to edit video.
  • Various output format options.
  • Possible to  take screenshot easily.

Those are not all the features of a screen recorder but the must-have features you should consider.

5. Consider the price

Finally, after checking all the features, you should always discover carefully the price of the software. I don’t mean the number you see on the website of the publishers but the completed package you will get from the price. For example, a publisher puts their price tag at $10 per lifetime license and also put a very, very small notice that “this price is only for student”. So, be smart! Don’t let them fool you.

Okay, those are all the things I recommend you to consider in choosing your screen recorder. Below list container the best screen recorder you should try or buy from my point of view.

Top 5 best screen recorders you should buy

1. Movavi Screen Recorder – $39.95/ PC

Movavi screen recorder is a powerful, professional screen recorder which you can use to record your screen, webinar, Skype call or any other on going activities on your computer screen. It is simple to use and has all necessary features of the best screen recorder. Movavi screen recorder has Windows and Mac version which you can try them in 30 days before purchasing it.

Movavi screen capture software

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2. Snagit 2018 – $49.95

Snagit 2018 is absolutely the best screen capture and video recording software you should by if you are a professional tutorial creator. It provides you many things more than just a simple recording software. For example: the most up-to-date screen capture technology and a beautiful video editor and more. In a few words, it is not easy for me to describe all the amazing things about Snagit 2018. But, you can take a look at my full review about it here. Like Movavi, Snagit has two different version for Windows and Mac too.

Snagit-13-Capturing Window
Snagit 13 Capturing options

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3. Aiseesoft Screen Recorder – $27.30

Aiseesoft Screen Recorder is an easy-to-use screen capture tool to record any video or audio on your computer and save them in high quality. This powerful video screen recording app can help you grab online movies and radio, capture games, make video tutorials, record webcam videos, take screenshot, etc. on Windows 10/8/7.

Aiseesoft capturing tool
Aiseesoft capturing tool

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4. Bandicam – $39

Bandicam is a lightweight screen recorder for windows that can capture anything on your PC screen as high-quality video. Also, it makes it possible to record a certain area on a PC screen, or capture a game that uses the DirectX/OpenGL/Vulkan graphic technologies. Bandicam will help you carry out a game capture with high compression ratio, while keeping the video quality closer to the original work, and provides performance far superior to other recording softwares that provide similar functions.

Bandicam-screen-recorder-interface
Bandicam interface

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5. Apowersoft free screen recorder

This free screen recorder is web-based, meaning you don’t have to download screencast software to your computer to do the recording. Instead, you just open this free online screen recorder in your web.

apowersoft free screen recorder interface
Apowersoft free screen recorder interface

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Bottom line

I hope you get all necessary information in this post. If you need a professional screen recorder, don’t hesitate to download and try one of the above recommendations. If you don’t want to purchase a license, you can try some great free software like ActivePresenter, VSDC, OBS Studio or Screencast O Matic and so on. These no watermark screen recorders are in our other review – Top 5 free screen recorder no watermark.

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Good luck!

Editor’s notice: When buying anything from the links on this website, we can earn a small commission from the publisher but it does not affect our evaluation of those software.

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