The Best Free Screen Recorder 2018

Screen recorder – Free screen recorder- Windows & Mac screen recorder – Review and Download guide. The best tools for capture video and image from your Desktop. Ideal software for recording video with audio to make screencast – Low cost screen recorders for 2018.

Video is still an effective way to share educators’ knowledge and experiences. It is really easy to create a video from recording your computer’s screen with audio and shows your audiences what you are doing or teaching them how to use your products. It is especially convenient when you want to make tutorial videos, product demos or software simulation.

In 2017, I have created some articles about the best free screen recorder for Windows, Mac as well as some other specific topics to recommend useful tools and tips in screen recording process. It is nearly end of 2017 now. It’s time for us to review all the available free screen recorders and create a new list of the best ones for 2018.

In today post, I will introduce to you the best free screen recorder that you can try in 2018. This year, I pay special attention to the software with outstanding features such as: record full high definition quality video, lightweight tool, no watermark, no recording time limitation, built-in annotation tools and various output format options. This list does not include software that simply has only screen recording function, even if it’s totally free. Only the most powerful, multifunctional software is listed here.

The best free screen recorders 2018

1. ActivePresenter – Best free screen recorder for making tutorial videos 

With the breakthrough updates in ActivePresenter 7 version, announced last September, ActivePresenter deserves to be considered one of the best free screen recorders in 2018. There are still features such as full HD quality video recording tool plus a built-in professional and easy to use video editor. In addition, its new features such as webcam recording, Chroma key, advanced audio features, more interactive timeline, Stylable check box, radio button and many other features make ActivePresenter the most expected free screen recorder now.

The best features of ActivePresenter

  • Record computer’s screen in full high definition quality with audio and system sound.
  • Taking screenshot on computer quickly with hotkeys and edit it.
  • Record full screen, a window, locked application or a part of the screen in full motion at 30 fps, 32 bit rate.
  • Record integrated webcam (In ActivePresenter 7).
  • Built-in video editor with basic and advanced video editing features. You can cut, trim, crop, blur video; add annotations, quizzes, closed captions to your video.
  • Export recorded video into AVI, MKV, WebM, Mp4, and HTML5 without quality loss.
  • No watermark, no video length limitation.
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac.


2. Apowersoft – Best free online screen recorder

In 2017, I have tried Apowersoft free online screen recorder to grab my Desktop many times. It didn’t make me disappointed. Whatever I want to do from recording full screen or region, with or without audio as well as webcam recording, Apowersoft often gives great quality. From my point of view, Apowersoft can be the best free online screen recorder in 2018 at no doubt. Although there isn’t any major upgrades in this software so far, but its existing features seem to be enough for creating screencast video for tutorial and product demos purposes.

Apowersoft provides a no watermark or time limit recording tools plus a simple video editor where to can cut, crop video, adjust brightness, add text to video and share it directly on YouTube or Vimeo as well as save video in various formats.

The best features of Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder

  • Record screen at full HD quality in full screen mode or customized area without audio.
  • Possible to record webcam, cursor path, cursor overlay.
  • Built-in drawing tools.
  • Built-in simple video editing tools.
  • Sharing directly online.
  • No Java is required.
  • No watermark, no time limit.
apowersoft free online screen recorder
Apowersoft access page

3. OBS Studio – The best free screen recorder for games and live streaming

OBS Studio is the most professional, powerful free and open source screen recording software in 2018 with possibility to capture high quality games and performs as a free live streaming platform for YouTube and Twitch. Although it is still complicated to use at the first time, but its amazing features help it keep one position in the best free screen recorder lineup. For newbie to OBS Studio, it can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux. Don’t hesitate to try this software if you need a no watermark, no time limit, and high quality screen capture software.

The best features of OBS Studio

  • Capture screenshot from your desktop computer.
  • Record games in full screen and window mode.
  • Add watermark, picture into the video.
  • Record webcam, audio without watermark or video length limitation.
  • Broadcast live on YouTube, Twitch for free.
OBS Studio interface
OBS Studio Interface

Low Cost Screen Recorders

1. Aiseesoft screen recorder – $27.30

Aiseesoft screen recorder is one of the most easy-to-use software for capturing videos and audios on your computer at high quality. Although its free version allows 2 minutes only.  Aiseesoft free screen recorder deserves to stand high in the best screen recorders lineup.

2. Mirillis Action Screen Recorder – $29.95

Mirillis Action is a powerful, simple to use screen recording software you can trust. It has full functionality from recording screen video, record gameplay, take screenshot, record video from external device via USB or HDMI cable. Besides the basic features of a video-recording software, Mirillis Action offers more advanced features like Chroma key, live streaming and sharing features directly to YouTube and FaceBook.

3. Snagit 2018 – $49.95

Snagit lets you share what can’t be put into words. Easily create custom images and videos for demos, feedback, reviews, and more. Snag any image and enhance it with effects or create a quick video of your computer screen with no time restrictions. Then share your creations instantly with anyone. No matter what you’re working on, Snagit helps you eliminate confusion and provide people with personal, meaningful content.

Free screen capture software for Windows

1. Snipping tool

Snipping Tool is a built-in screen capture apps on Microsoft Windows ( 7/ 8x and 10). It is really simple to use it and take screenshot without any learning effort even in the first time you use it.

2. Icecream screen recorder – No watermark – 10 minutes limitation

Icecream Free Screen Recorder is an easy to use screen recording software with almost everything you need for making a screencast video, take screen shot, record mouse movements and annotate directly on the screen. You can download and install this software within few minutes. >>Read more…

Bottom line

In 2018, I will continue to check other free screen recorders to put it in this list if it can meet the above mentioned criteria. I hope to give you some more suggestions by early 2018. Until now, please make use of the above options. You are welcome to share with me your suggestions in the comment area. Don’t forget to follow us to receive more valuable post notifications in the future.

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