2017-2018 has been our busy years to publish our review of the best screen recorders. It’s time to recap what we’ve found. Here are our roundup of the best free and paid screen recorder we published on Elearning Supporter.
10 Best Free/ Paid Screen Recorders We’ve Reviewed In 2017-2018
ActivePresenter free edition allows you to record video from your computer’s screen with webcam, audio and system sound; edit video with professional features like cut, trim, crop, merge, split videos, and add annotations to videos and so on. All these features are free to use. Your recording will not be watermarked or time limit. You can export the video into MP4, AVI, MKV, WebM for uploading to YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook. There are minor limitations in this edition which is the HTML5 output will be watermarked and you are not able to use your project for commercial purposes. If you usually create how-to tutorials for your YouTube channel, they offer ActivePresenter Standard Edition at $199 lifetime. There is no difference between free and standard edition except the purpose of use, stated in their license terms and conditions.
For commercial use like creating complete e-learning courses, you’ll need to use ActivePresenter Professional Edition which is $399 per lifetime license. This license can be used for all purposes, no watermark, lifetime free update and 1 year upgrade guarantee.
2. OBS Studio
OBS Studio (Open Broadcaster Software Studio) is perfect screen recorder for games recording and streaming which can produce high quality results with all necessary features for capturing your desktop and webcam without watermark and time limit. It is 100% Free and Open Source.
Recording games has never been an easy task for most of free screen recorders nowadays, except Open Broadcaster Software. It is an open source, free program. You don’t need to pay anything to download and install it on your computer. It works on Windows, Mac and Linux. While many other professional screen recorders are quite pricey and lack of necessary features, OBS is totally free to use and has everything you need for games recording and live streaming.
3. VSDC Free Screen Recorder
VSDC Free Screen Recorder can be one of the best options for long screencast video, tutorial videos and presentation. Although the interface doesn’t look flashy like many others, but its features are above our expectations from a free software. Flash Intergo LLC is recieving the praise from Users around the world not only from this free screen recorder but also another great Free Video Editor that we reviewed last week.
4. Apowersoft Online Screen Recorder
Apowersoft free online screen recorder is really a professional, easy to use recorder in its lineup of the tools we tested. Like Screencast-O-Matic, Apowersoft require user to download a launcher before starting the record. It will take few seconds because the launcher size is only ~800kb. From our point of view, this free screen recorder is better than any other free online tool because it does not either put a recording time limit or a watermark on the output. The built-in converter allow you to create a video file in MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, MPEG, VOB, ASF and GIF or upload the file directly to YouTube or Vimeo, google drive, Dropbox. We have tested this tools and see that you can record on screen video, from webcam and audio from microphone or external devices.
5. Screencast O Matic
creencast O Matic is a web-based free screen recorder. It has almost the same features with Icecream screen recorder such as: Webcam recording, draw outline during recording. Allow to record videos & audios without editing. Screencast O Maticis really simple to use and best for short screencast video. (less than 10 minutes).
6. Camtasia 2018
First thing first, Camtasia is one of the most professional video editing softwarenowadays. It is designed primarily for creating training videos, product demos or software simulations. The program is packed with a high definition screen recorder and a built-in video editor. It’s available for Windows and Mac. Camtasia is not a free software. TechSmith allows you to test Camtasia in 30 days as trial only. Camtasia license price is $249 per license for new user and $99.50 for upgrading from Camtasia 9 to this 2018 edition.
7. Movavi Screen Recorder
Movavi screen recorder is one of the most simple to use software for recording desktop computer to create high quality raw footage and transform it into interactive tutorial videos with a user friendly interface and simple editing features.
8. Aiseesoft Screen Recorder
Aiseesoft Screen Recorder impressed us by logical and clear user’s interface and really like this software. However, the limitation on recording time at only 2 minutes make it get lower point from our reviewers. Added to that, it lacks of video editing features also make us disappointed. However, if you want to record short videos, this tool maybe the best choice for you. The interface is so easy that you only need a minutes to learn and start making your recording. When looking at paid version, the price for 1 license will be $39 at the time we wrote this review.
9. Mirillis Action Screen Recorder
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.
If money is not your matter, check out this professional live streaming software –MotionCaster if you need more powerful features for professional streaming works!
The major drawbacks of Mirillis Action is the lack of either real-time drawing tools or a built-in video editor for polishing recorded videos. In addition, Mirillis only allows 30-day trial. There is a watermark on exported video as always. If you want to buy this software, its price is $29.95 per license/lifetime.
As we mentioned about this tool in our previous post which we stated that “Bandicam has been famous all over the world as a favorite screen recorder for game players and screencast creators. Although it does not include powerful editing tools like ActivePresenter but its’ recording capabilities is really fantastic.” Truly it is! In free version, you only have 10 minutes recording time. In our opinion, “10 minutes” is a very long time for a shot footage in the procedure of creating screencast videos. Normally, a video on YouTube will last about 5-10 minutes only. When purchasing pro version, the time limitation will be removed. See the comparison down here.
With the aim of providing honest reviews about screen recording software (free and paid), we’ll keep updating our reviews in 2019 for the software we’ve found. If you know any good screen recorder, don’t hesitate to share with us in the comment section. Don’t forget to follow us to receive more valuable post notifications in the future!