When you need to create a tutorial or share your gameplay with friends and followers, a screen recording app is an excellent option. Some applications might ask you to pay for full access, but it’s rarely worth it to pull out your wallet.
The good news is that you’ve still got plenty of great free choices to look at, and we’ve found the best of the best.
OBS Studio (Windows, Mac, Linux)
As an open-source project with a lot of work put into it, OBS Studio is packed with features. You can customize real-time video and audio recording with highly detailed options for editing and mixing, making the software ideal for creating some very professional productions. The Modular UI allows you to focus on the tools you use most while bringing in video or audio from multiple sources to work with, and the studio mode lets you preview everything before you publish live video.
It’s an excellent choice for the most demanding projects, but if you haven’t worked with video editing software much in the past, then OBS can be a little overwhelming to learn, and may take some time to master. You may also have to do some research to find the right plugins for your specific needs, which will take up even more time. For simple projects, a simpler tool may be a better choice.
Bandicam Free (Windows)
Bandicam’s slick app allows for speedy screen recording with easy-to-use professional features. That includes screen selection for recording, real-time drawing while recording, real-time mic use when recording, and webcam overlays. You can even add your own logo to the video and, if you want, manage a mouse-based soundboard of noises. There are also many settings specifications for recording from various devices, or certain modes, or for certain types of games. Obviously, this is great when paired with a streaming service that you want to keep updated with recorded videos.
Bandicam also provides some more specific features for gamers, including a game FPS overlay and control that streamers may especially appreciate if they want to spice up their streams.
However, it’s important to note that the free version of Bandicam, while quite versatile, does impose a watermark on all your recordings. To get rid of the watermark, you will have to pay the full $40 price to buy the app.
Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder (web)
Apowersoft’s solution to free screen recording is unique: A web-based app that lets you instantly start recording whatever you want. Oh, you can download the app too, but the web version is particularly handy for those who need fast results for a particular project and don’t want an app hanging around their computer afterward.
That makes this software sound simple, and in many ways it is. You simply pick the type of video you want to record, the region of your screen, and off you go. But there are also options for exporting in a variety of formats, including GIFs, and the capture function is versatile enough to add your webcam, capture any audio source you want, and edit the screencast in real time. You may be so impressed that you’ll never need another capture app again.
ScreenRec (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Maybe you’re in the market for a screen recorder, but you are looking for something geared toward businesses and not so much for personal use. If that’s the case, ScreenRec may be what you need—it’s meant for businesses with expansive screen recording needs. It quickly records and saves videos in a designated cloud account that is protected with encryption. The UI is simple but well made, so it’s a great option for training videos, presentations, and tutorials. It’s also fairly organized as well thanks to the file management system that is used to organize large quantities of videos as they get saved.
There’s also great administrator tracking to see who in the system has watched the videos, including both clients and colleagues. There are only two downsides for businesses. First, you may have to upgrade to pay for more cloud storage space because you only get 2GB of free cloud storage through the Screenrec system. You also can’t delete videos yourself, you have to contact customer service.
FlashBack Express (Windows)
FlashBack Express is a straightforward, free app that is easy to use, even for beginners. The UI is clean and user-friendly with dedicated gaming settings. Additionally, FlashBack Express allows you to record video and audio, capture webcam footage, and add commentary via text, images, or effects. That’s it! But this app gets plenty of points for having no limits on recording times and no watermarks included. Uploading to YouTube is easy, but your exporting options are limited to MP4, AVI, and WMV with the free version.
Be aware that some features are only available if you pay for the upgrades. However, it’s a solid option for gamers hoping to capture and share footage.