Top 3 Free Screencast Software To Create High-Quality Videos For Your E-Learning Courses

Free screencast software is a useful computer program you can use to record video and narration on your computer. There are many good programs available on the market now. However, only few of them are powerful enough to use for your eLearning courses.

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Top Free Screencast Software To Create High-Quality Videos For E-Learning Courses

When it comes to eLearning, screencast software plays an important role in your time-consuming eLearning development. Professional screencast software often comes in with a very expensive license price that you can’t afford.

In this article, I will share with you the top 3 free screencast software you can use now to create high-quality videos for your eLearning courses at no cost at all. All these programs are completely free to download, no watermark and no feature limitation, and so on. Let’s dive into the details right away.

1. ActivePresenter

ActivePresenter is an all-in-one free screencast software you can use to create high-quality videos for your eLearning courses. It lets you record full high definition video from your computer in various modes, i.e full screen, customized area or a locked application. You can also record from your webcam, and capture audio from your microphone or HDMI devices. Once you finish recording, the program will let you edit recorded video with its feature-rich video editing tools. You can also add texts, annotations to the video and finally export it into MP4, MKV or AVI without watermark or time limit.

Frankly speaking, what I like most in ActivePresenter is not its screen recording tools but its free video editor, plus hundred types of interactions and assessments in the program. If you are a teacher or trainer who wants to create completely responsive, interactive eLearning courses, you can also use ActivePresenter. However, the HTML5 output will be watermarked in the free version. You’ll need to upgrade to the paid edition to remove it.

Key Features

  • Record screen in full HD quality with your webcam and audio.
  • Built-in video editing tools such as cut, trim, crop, blur video, remove green screen, text-to-speech, zoom and pan, and so on.
  • Export videos into MP4, AVI, MKV, and WebM.

Plans And Pricing

  • Free Edition is available.
  • $199 for Standard Edition
  • $399 for Professional Edition.

2. OBS Studio

OBS Studio is another great option to use after ActivePresenter. It is a free and open-source screencast software for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This program is very useful when you want to develop a training course that is related to the gaming industry. With OBS Studio, you are able to record high fps games such as Minecraft, PUPG, or similar game articles.

Beside its recording tools, OBS Studio also allows you to live stream on YouTube or Twitch. So, if you want to host a webinar or broadcast a live tutorial on YouTube, you can also use OBS Studio. If you don’t have prior experience using OBS Studio, I suggest you search and watch some beginner video tutorials before downloading it. Remember to carefully check the download package for virus to protect yourself.

Key Features

  • Record video, audio, your webcam, and broadcast live on YouTube and Twitch.
  • Capture screenshot, add your own watermark to video.
  • Add low-third image or existing videos to the recordings.
  • Create scenes made up of multiple sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, capture cards, and more.

Plan And Pricing

  • Free

3. Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder

If you are worrying about the installation of an offline program like ActivePresenter and OBS, there is another great alternative: use a web-based application like Apowersoft. This free screencast tool lets you capture anything on your computer screen without download requirements. You can also add annotations like shapes, texts, and number to the video, and export or share directly online to Google Drive, YouTube or Vimeo.

Key features

  • Record screen, audio, and webcam without watermark or time limit.
  • No download is needed.
  • Annotate the video with real-time drawing tools.
  • Export videos into MP4, MKV, AVI and share directly on the cloud.

Plan And Pricing

  • Free

Though I’ve reviewed many other free and paid screencast software, these are my best picks for developing eLearning courses. If you have any further questions about these programs, don’t hesitate to ask me any time. I hope this piece of information is helpful for you!

Editor notice: As a contributor on Elearningindustry.com, I have published this article on this site few weeks ago. I decided to re-published it here so that my readers know it. Added to that, it’s easier for me to modify the content to keep it up-to-date!

Good luck!

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