When it comes to making instructional videos on Windows, you may think it’s only the game of professional and expensive programs. However, with the rapid development of the information technology, there are more and more powerful and cost-effective tools you can use to create and edit your instructional videos now. In today’s article, we are going to share with you 5 best tools you can use on Windows computer to create stand-out instructional videos for free (or at very low budget).
Instructional videos (educational videos) refers to any kind of videos that is created for the purpose of teaching other people on an issue. It can be a how-to tutorial, an online training video, a product demos video or a lesson in video format. Normally, such kind of video often comes along with texts, images explanations (or annotations). To create an instructional video, you can use either a video editing program or a professional screencast software (often has a built-in screen recorder). They are both good to go.
Among more than 30 free and paid programs we’ve reviewed, here are top 5 best tools to create and edit your instructional videos to make it stand-out of the crowd on the market now.
Top 5 Best Tools To Create And Edit Your Instructional Videos On Windows
When it comes to create and edit instructional videos on Windows, ActivePresenter is not doubt one of the best options to go. There are many reasons you must try ActivePresenter for such purposes. Firstly, ActivePresenter provides an high quality and simple to use free screen recorder which is capable of recording what’s happening on your computer’s screen with webcam, audios and system sound. Secondly, ActivePresenter gives you the chance to edit recorded videos with their video editing and annotation tools. Finally, it allows you to export your project into popular video formats such as MP4, MKV, AVI, WebM in full HD resolution. If you want to upload your project into an LMS, it has the HTML5 export option to use. Read our detail review of ActivePresenter here!
VSDC has been always the name after ActivePresenter in many of our rating article. It’s also one of the most powerful and professional screencast software for creating and editing instructional videos on Windows computer. Like ActivePresenter, VSDC is completely free to download and use without any limitation. In VSDC, you are able to capture video from the screen, edit and annotate it like what you can do with ActivePresenter. Added to that, VSDC also lets you export videos in various output without watermarks (an annoying issue you often meet in freeware on the market now). VSDC review is available in this post!
Movavi screen capture studio is another great tool for creating and editing instructional videos on Windows computer we’ve reviewed. This program has a simple-to-use yet decent screen recording utility plus a professional video editor with dozen of annotation tools you can try to make your educational videos stand-out. It’s not a free software, but worth to buy. Movavi screen capture studio lets you try in 7 days as trial and the license price comes in at $59.99 per license for lifetime version. If you don’t know about Movavi screen capture studio before, don’t worry! There are many useful tutorials you can watch on YouTube to get started. Our detail review of this tool is here to read!
4. OBS Studio
How about a free and open source tool for making instructional videos? OBS Studio (or Open Broadcaster Software) is the name I recommend you to use. It is not only compatible to Windows but also Mac and Linux. This free tool has everything you need to create, edit and share your videos on popular platforms such as YouTube, Twitch or Vimeo. Thanks to a huge open source community, OBS Studio become more and more popular in screencasting industry now. By the way, you’ll need to be patient to overcome the learning curve. It’s a little bit hard to use for the first time. Learn how to use OBS in this tutorial from Tech Gumbo to be sure that it is the right tool for you.
Finally, if you don’t want to risk your time with low cost programs, take a look at the industry standard all-in-one tool to create and edit your instructional videos, TechSmith Camtasia 2018. This is an expensive but most powerful educational video maker we’ve tested. Compare to above mentioned programs, Camtasia 2018 has much higher license price ($249 lifetime). In return, you’ll get what you need in one package, delivered from the most trusted name in the industry. Read our latest review of Camtasia 2018 here to know about its stand-out features before you go.
So you got all necessary information now. It’s your turn to choose a program that suite your need. If you have any question about these programs, don’t hesitate to drop us an email or comment at the end of this post. Don’t forget to follow us to receive more valuable post notifications in the future!