If you’re looking for the best free screen recording software, you have many choices whether it’s creating a presentation for your business or recording your latest gaming session for YouTube or twitch, there’s a free program for you. Coming up I will count down the top five best free screen recording software to capture high-quality video of what is happening on your computer. Let’s get started.
1. OBS STUDIO
OBS STUDIO once again takes the crown as the best free screen recording software, it’s available for the three major platforms Windows Mac and Linux there are no forced watermarks time limits or ads and includes a ton of features for HD recording or streaming. It’s especially great if you have multiple monitors allowing you to switch between different scenes with ease. OBS won’t be for everyone it has a high learning curve the interface can be confusing and many become frustrated just going through the process to set it up, you should also be aware that OBS is resource-intensive so it’s not recommended on older or low spec computers. In addition to what is listed on their system requirements page, I’d recommend a PC with a dual or quad-core processor and at least 4 gigabytes of RAM, so if your computer can handle it and you can make it pass the setup process you’ll find that there is no better screen recording software than OBS studio.
2. FLASHBACK EXPRESS
This is a Windows-only program I highly recommend for those people just starting out learning how to use the screen recording software, not only is it easy to use it lets you adjust the frames per second capture any part of your screen and uploading directly to YouTube is a breeze. What’s nice about flashback Express is that there are no nasty watermarks added and no time limits on your recordings, if you upgrade to flashback Pro they give you additional features including the ability to edit your own videos but if you already have a video editor that you use there should be no need to upgrade, they also have another program designed for gamers called FBX in a prior video on this channel a couple years back at that time FBX was completely free with no restrictions while they still have a free plan with most of the features included you now must upgrade to the pro plan to remove the FBX watermark. If you’re a serious gamer you may want to consider upgrading especially if you plan to stream to twitch mixer or YouTube.
nvidia shadowplay which is also known as nvidia share is for people that own a computer with a GeForce GTX or artax class graphics card, it lets you record almost anything on your computer or broadcast live to twitch Facebook and YouTube.
also coming in at number three is AMD relive if your PC has an AMD Radeon graphics card the read live software may already be installed the features are similar to shadowplay for recording and broadcasting live but unlike shadowplay Reliv does not support OpenGL games at this time.
4. SHARE X
Share X, thus free and open-source program is only available for Windows as many of you know it’s one of the best for taking screenshots and includes an excellent screen recorder with no time limits or watermarks, it’s also light on system resources so if you have an older computer or have low memory this one might be perfect for you. In addition to the numerous screen capturing options and the standard screen recording method it also allows you to save your recordings as a gift to be shared on social media sites, if you want to share your videos or screen captures they can be uploaded directly to dozens of websites including YouTube and made your con for gamers is that share X does not support full screen captures or recordings from video games. I’ll point this out real quickly share X does not have a start or stop recording button the keyboard shortcuts are listed here in the main window to start or stop a recording you can use the keyboard hotkeys Shift + print screen or you could go to the left pane select capture then screen recording from the menu.
This program is packed full of tools that are useful for businesses, while intended for business use you could also use this program for other purposes, in addition to the screen recorder you can capture screenshots with annotation tools included to point out important information, your recordings are saved to a dedicated encrypted cloud account which is useful to easily manage company training videos and other presentations. One downside is that the free cloud storage has a limit of two gigabytes if you want more you’ll need to upgrade. In addition to the cloud storage, your recordings and screenshots can also be saved to your computer recording so saved as an mp4 and screenshots are saved as a PNG file, at this time screen rec is only available for Windows with support for Mac and Linux coming soon.
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