Screen Recording Software

Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice has helped hundreds of companies choose the right screen recording software to create and share tutorials, training, and product demo videos.

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Adobe Captivate Prime

Adobe Captivate Prime is a learning management system that enables users to set up and measure students’ training. Its features include auto-assigning activities, recurring certification training, reports and notifications, user... Read more

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OBS Studio

OBS Studio is an on-premise video recording and live-streaming solution that is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. With OBS Studio, users can capture real-time audio and video content. The editing tools allow users to... Read more

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CloudApp

CloudApp is an on-premise screen capture and recording solution that can be used to create, edit, and share videos. It can be used by various teams including marketing, product development, project management, customer experience,... Read more

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Loom

Loom is a video recording and screen sharing solution that allows teams to communicate with ease, without wasting hours of productivity from non-productive meetings. Loom includes fast recording, screen sharing, link sharing, video... Read more

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Screencastify

Screencastify is a Chrome extension that allows users to record, edit, and share screen recordings. This solution can be used by schools, customer support, sales teams, plus more. With Screencastify, users can create videos such as... Read more

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ActivePresenter

ActivePresenter is an on-premise video creation solution for educational organizations and corporate training teams. With this solution, users can record/capture desktop screens, edit screencast videos, and create interactive eLearning... Read more

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Bandicam Screen Recorder

Bandicam Screen Recorder is an on-premise screen recording solution for PCs. It can be used by professionals needing to record online content, capture screenshots, and create screencasts. This solution includes editing features such... Read more

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Camtasia

Camtasia is a screen recording and video making solution designed to create, edit, and share videos. It can help users create content for lessons, tutorials, product demos, plus more. Users can record desktop screens or use webcams... Read more

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Icecream Screen Recorder

Icecream Screen Recorder is a solution that allows businesses to record and edit videos using screen recording tools. With Icecream Screen Recorder, users can record online content including tutorials, online meetings, games, plus... Read more

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YuJa

YuJa is a cloud-based video solution designed for higher education and K-12 organizations as well as enterprises of all sizes. The YuJa platform includes digital conferencing, virtual classroom, video management, desktop recording,... Read more

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TinyTake

TinyTake by MangoApps is a screen capture and recording solution that can be used on Windows and  Mac devices. With this solution, users can add annotations, captions, shapes, and watermarks to screen captures and recordings. TinyTake... Read more

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FlashBack Express

FlashBack Express is an on-premise screen recording and editing tool for PCs. This solution can be used to capture screenshots, record short clips, and create instructional videos. Videos can be shared directly to YouTube. FlashBack... Read more

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Screen Recorder Pro

Screen Recorder Pro is an on-premise recording solution that allows users to create screencasts and record online content. The solution can be used by business professionals looking to create instructional videos, such as demos and... Read more

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Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic is a video recording and editing solution built for schools and workplace teams of all sizes. This solution can be used by schools with distant/blended learning environments. Educators can use Screencast-O-Matic to... Read more

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ScreenFlow

Telestream's Screenflow is a screen recording and video editing solution. It can be used by marketing, product, and training teams to create video content that engages viewers. Screenflow is also suited for freelance vloggers and gamers... Read more

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Buyers guide

People in the sales, customer service, and teaching professions often have to repeatedly explain a process, such as how to customize a module or solve an equation. Text-based tutorials or support documents that explain these steps can help avoid repetition, but they may not always be easy to understand for readers.

Screen recording software records the screen activity on a device to help create video tutorials that can replace text-based documents. The software is extensively used by businesses, educational institutes, and media professionals to create and share how-to videos, training guides, and product demos.

A wide range of screen recording apps is available on the market, and choosing the one that best meets your needs and budget is important. This guide will help you understand the different factors you must keep in mind when shortlisting a software solution.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What is screen recording software?

Screen recording software is a tool that records the screen activity of your computer, laptop, or mobile device and saves the output in the video format. It captures cursor movements and page clicks as well as records the device audio. Screen recording software is widely used to create support and training videos, educational content, product demo videos, and more.

Screen, webcam, and audio recording options in Loom (Source)

Common features of screen recording software

In this section, we’ll discuss the common features offered by screen recording software.

Record/capture Lets you record the full screen or a specific area of your device. You can pause and resume the recording. Some solutions also offer timer controls.
Video formats Allows you to record videos in multiple formats, such as WMV, MP3, MP4, and MOV.
Export options Helps export the recorded videos to your device or file storage apps, such as Google Drive. You can also publish them on video sharing platforms, such as YouTube and Vimeo.
Microphone and audio recording Assists in recording your narration and the system audio simultaneously or separately.
Editing Allows you to edit the recorded videos. You can trim them, remove background colors, or add closed captions.
Annotations Lets you add notes to the recorded videos. You can highlight parts of the screen, add text, draw arrows and callout boxes, and even blur parts of the screen to hide sensitive/copyright content.
Hotkeys Offers customizable keyboard shortcuts that allow you to capture screenshots, pause/resume recording, etc.
Webcam recording Helps toggle between screen and webcam recording so that the presenter can also be included in the recorded videos.

What type of buyer are you?

Before you start evaluating software options, you'll want to know which buyer category you belong to so that you pick the right software. Most buyers fall into one of the following categories:

  • Enterprises: These buyers require screen recording software to create and share product demo, training, and customer support videos, among others. Enterprises should ensure that the screen recording software they choose supports long duration videos, offers strong editing capabilities, supports multiple video formats, and allows videos to be exported directly to platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo.
  • Educational institutions: These buyers are generally professionals in the education industry. Educators are increasingly using screen recording software to facilitate digital learning and create video lessons. Such buyers should opt for a tool that offers webcam recording, annotation, and microphone and audio recording features to create interactive video lessons that help supplement classroom learning.
  • Hobbyists: These buyers include hobbyists who like to upload do-it-yourself (DIY) videos, answer other users’ queries about products, and review gadgets and video games, among others. They can opt for a free screen recording tool that offers basic features such as annotation, video export, and support for multiple video formats.

Benefits of screen recording software

Screen recording software is an underrated yet highly useful tool. In this section, we’ll walk you through some of its key benefits.

  • Cost effective and easy to use: Creating content that explains “how to do” something through videos often requires the help of professional videographers. By helping you self-record such videos, screen recording software eliminates the need to hire professionals and thus saves you money. Many screen recording apps also offer a free version, which you can use to try out features before purchasing any tool.
  • Helps convey instructions better: Text is not always the best means to share instructions. In many cases, video output is more effective and helpful in explaining the steps users need to follow to complete a task. Screen recording software captures screen activities to help create video tutorials that are easier to understand than written instructions.

Key considerations when selecting screen recording software

When exploring software options, be sure to take the following factors into consideration:

  • Features versus price: Most screen recording tools offer free as well as paid versions. Free versions will allow you to try software features for free, but the recorded videos will be of a limited length and may even be embedded with the vendor’s name or logo. Paid versions will offer a plethora of features, many of which you may not even require. Thus, understand your business requirements, and opt for a tool that allows you to customize features and select only those modules that you need.
  • Quality of output videos: Before zeroing in on any tool, opt for free trials and attend product demos to check the quality of the output videos. If you require high-definition (HD) videos, you’ll have to select a tool that supports HD recording, which will involve a higher price tag. Also, check if the tool allows you to adjust video quality levels to create smaller or larger-sized video files.
  • Mobile support: Ensure that the software you choose offers mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows devices as well as lets you record videos for mobile and tablet screens of all sizes. Look for compatibility with different versions of mobile operating systems. Also, ensure that the vendor provides frequent software updates for the app.

Note: The application selected in this article is an example to show a feature in context and is not intended as an endorsement or a recommendation. It has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable at the time of publication.