The 4 best (and free!) screen recording tools

13.07.2018

Have you ever wanted to give your clients a step-by-step walkthrough for something they want to do? Explaining every single mouse click can be tedious and time-consuming for both sides. Luckily for you, there are some great screen recording tools out there which will absolutely make the lives of both you and your clients easier.

What is a screen recorder and how it can help you

Screen recording software are programs which can be utilized to make a video of your own computer screen, providing your clients with a walkthrough which they can pause or replay as many times as they like. So you don’t have to spend time spelling out every single action.

Furthermore, you can use the recording for all of your clients, making a screen recorder a must-have for any freelancer who wants to create video tutorials.

Finding the right tool in a sea of possibilities is not exactly easy, but that’s what we’re here for! Here’s a list of the best free screen recording tools out there:


The best free screen recorder


1) Ezvid


Ezvid is pretty much what its name says. It’s easy and intuitive to use, allowing you to do almost anything with just a couple of clicks. It has an in-built video recorder, which allows you to split recordings and add text in between actions.

Ezvid is one of the most feature-rich screen recording tools out there, at least among the free ones.

There are a few drawbacks as well. For one, you can’t export the video directly to your computer, but have the option to upload it directly onto YouTube instead. Furthermore, Ezvid actually forces you to use one of their 65 tracks as background music. There is a track named “Silent machine”, but it still gives off a faint sound, which could get on your nerves.

 

2) iSpring Free Cam 

iSpring is one of the gems that is 100% free– no payment for extra features, no “premium accounts,” just a great, easy-to-use program offered at zero cost. This is a great one for you audiophiles, as despite its price, it has a large variety of options when it comes to editing the audio of your captured video.

The biggest problem with this program is that you can only export as a .wmv or to YouTube – this isn’t really a huge problem, but the exports are limited to a maximum of 15 fps. As long as you don’t have any hyper-complex animation that would require a high frame rate, however, this is a great free option.


 

3) VLC


VLC is a program most of you probably have on your computer anyway. Most likely though, you do could not be aware of its full functionality. VLC is sometimes described as the Swiss army knife of media players and that’s not without reason.

Apart from being able to read various video formats, it can actually also serve as a screen recorder as well. Go to View -> Advanced Controls, press Ctrl + C, set the capture device to “Desktop” and you’re ready to go. It will do just fine for the more simple recordings, but its functionality is far from that of specialized screen-recording tools. For example, you will have to record your audio separately and then merge it. What is more, you can only record your entire desktop, while most other programs will allow you to choose a specific part of it.

 

4) Screencast-O-Matic


In case you don’t want to download more programs that just fill up your computer but you use just every once in a while, Screencast-O-Matic might be the perfect solution for you. It is not only free, it is directly available online as well! It has a very well-designed interface, is simple to use, and allows you to save your videos or post them to YouTube. Like anything else, Screencast-O-Matic has its drawbacks as well. Videos are limited to 15 minutes, which should be enough in most cases. Using this free software also adds a watermark. Both limitations can be removed by upgrading to a Pro account for $15 a year, but to be honest they are not that annoying if all you’re looking for is a simple and easy way to make short videos.

These are four of the best screen recording software, which offer you a great array of choices. And since they all cost nothing, you have the freedom to try them all out and decide which one fits you best.


Extra professional tip: Camtasia

This one may only be a demo, but it’s one of the best out there, provided you don’t mind a watermark. With a full version cost of $200, we advise taking advantage of the free tools available. Camtasia guarantees high quality – up to 4k! It’s also great if you work with a remote team – the program is available to both Mac and PC users, so no worries about trouble cross-platform. It has a variety of other effects that are also more high-tech and rare in screen recording tools, especially in a free program.

Used Camtasia before? An upgrade to the newest version is available only $100, but as previously stated, it could be in your best interest to save the cash and deal with a watermark. Either way, Camtasia is definitely a tool you should check out.

 

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  • Commented by matt sone on 28.12.2016 at 10:05 h

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  • Commented by Md. Abu Saleh on 10.09.2018 at 07:02 h

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