4 Best Screen Recorder For Windows

Windows Screen Recorder can help you record what’s happening on your computer screen with audio from microphone, system sound or capture your webcam simultaneously. The best Windows screen recorder even offers advanced video editing features that let you cut and trim your recording, add text annotations to your video easily. It’s an ideal solution for making how-to videos, product demonstrations or marketing videos.

In today’s post, I am going to share with you my best picks: top 4 the best Windows screen recorders for creating how-to videos available on the market now.

Read also: Top 5 free screen recorder no watermark, no time limit for Windows and Mac in this article.

Let’s dive into the detail now!

1. ActivePresenter – Best free screen recorder for Windows

ActivePresenter is a powerful yet decent screen recording software you can use on any version of Windows operating system. The program lets you record video on your computer screen in full screen, a fixed area or a locked application with your audio from the mic and system sound. It also allows you to cut, trim, crop video, add text and animation to the video easily. I found it’s very helpful for making how-to tutorial videos for uploading to YouTube. To learn more about this software, read our full review here!

Launch Recording Toolbar in ActivePresenter
Launch Recording Toolbar in ActivePresenter

Key features of ActivePresenter

  • Simple to use with intuitive user interface.
  • Possible to record video in full screen, fixed area or a locked application with audio from microphone, system sound and your webcam.
  • Taking screenshots in full screen, window or customized area.
  • Edit recorded videos with a bunch of advanced features such as green screen effect, blur moving object, closed caption, audio adjustment and so on.
  • Exporting video into AVI, MP4, WebM, MKV, PDF, Excel, Word or HTML5 content.

How to record video with ActivePresenter?

Watch this tutorial video to learn how to record video with ActivePresenter.

Download ActivePresenter here

2. Camtasia – Best professional screen recorder for Windows

Our next suggestion of the best screen recorder for Windows is TechSmith Camtasia. This is one of the most professional screen recorders for Windows we’ve reviewed. It also lets you record your computer screen in various modes and edit your recording in its timeline video editor like ActivePresenter. Added to that, Camtasia offers a wide array of ready-to-use callouts and templates to help you create video faster.

The only downside of Camtasia is that it has no free version. You can only try it within 30 days as trial. All of your recording will be watermarked during this period. To remove the watermark, you’ll have to purchase a license, which is $249 per lifetime for 1 computer. To learn more about this powerful all-in-one program, read our full review of Camtasia here.

Camtasia screen recording toolbar
Camtasia screen recording toolbar

Key features of Camtasia

  • High quality screen recorder which is capable of recording high fps games.
  • Powerful built-in video editor for making marketing and training videos.
  • Simple to use with intuitive user interface.

How to use Camtasia?

Let’s watch this tutorial video.

View Camtasia Pricing plan

3. Apowersoft – Best free online screen recorder for Windows

If you don’t want to download and install a screen recorder for Windows on your computer, there is a great option to record video and audio from your PCs is Apowersoft online free screen recorder. This is a powerful and high quality recording software with real-time drawing tools for Windows 7, 8x and Windows 10. Read our full review here!

apowersoft free screen recorder interface
Apowersoft free screen recorder is one of the best online video recording tool for Windows now.

Key features of Apowersoft

  • Easy to use interface.
  • No Java script requirements.
  • Record full screen or specific region with easy-adjust frame.
  • Record video from webcam.
  • Set up hotkey, video quality, audio codec.
  • Convert recorded video to MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, MPEG, VOB, ASF and GIF
  • Built-in drawing tool for annotations on screen.
  • Upload recorded video directly to YouTube, Vimeo, Google drive, dropbox.
  • Built-in basic video editing tools.
  • No watermark, no time limit.

4. OBS Studio – Best free and open source screen recorder for Windows

For recording games, we suggest you take a look at OBS Studio. This is a free and open source screen recording software for Windows you can try now. Beside screen recording capabilities, OBS Studio also lets you live stream your video on some popular platforms such as YouTube, Facebook or Twitch. To learn more about this program, read our full review here.

OBS Studio is powerful enough for recording any kind of high fps games.
OBS Studio is powerful enough for recording any kind of high fps games.

Key features of OBS Studio

  • Easy to use. Safe to download and install.
  • Record full screen, multiple screen opts.
  • Record audio from external devices, system sound.
  • Record webcam.
  • Add and adjust text, images into recording.
  • Customize video quality and resolution.
  • Various output formats: MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, ts, m3u8
  • Record games in Windows mode and full screen.
  • Support multiple languages
  • Possible to customize hotkeys.
  • No watermark, no time limit.
  • Support many live streaming platforms: YouTube/ YouTube Gaming, Facebook, Dailymotion, Mixer..and so on.

Bottom line

Choosing the best screen recorder for Windows can help you save lots of working time to finish your stuff. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any question about these programs. I am here to help. Don’t forget to follow us to receive more valuable post notifications in the future.

Good luck!

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