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Editing Software Best screen recording software?

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I have a couple of future video projects in mind that may require screen recording. It really doesn't matter whether the software is paid for or if it's free. Any recommendations?
 

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One of the best software screen recorders is Camtasia. Some of the features it has include tracking the mouse cursor, highlighting the mouse and clicks (and making a click noise if you want) and can dynamically zoom into the active window/dialog as you demo something. Helpful for small screens. However, this is a paid app.

There are free screen recording features built into apps like OBS, but they lack that dynamic zooming into the active dialog and the graceful handling of the mouse cursor. Some people emulate the highlighted mouse by downloading a windows cursor "theme pack" that just has a yellow circle behind all your mouse cursors. You have to set and unset it in windows settings - not automatic part of OBS. But hey this solution is free! (This solution is also OS specific, may not work on all OSes).

And last but not least, some people don't want to use software at all! OBS can bog down some computers or interfere with some software, so in my case I use an external HDMI recorder from Black Magic Design. I currently have the Atem Mini Pro ISO which is a great little box - but definitely not free!

The Atem Mini Pro ISO can record 4 separate HDMI sources to an external SSD drive. The 4 sources might be 1 comptuer plus 1-2 camera angles for example. The way its saved on the SSD harddrive is in a ready to go Davinci Resolve video editing project. So just open it up in Resolve (free editing software) and you are ready to edit your multicamera recording. One note, this Atem Mini Pro ISO is 1080p only, no 4k (but nobody wants to watch a 4k computer monitor recorded on YouTube anyway! Way too small).
 

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The Atem Mini Pro ISO can record 4 separate HDMI sources to an external SSD drive. The 4 sources might be 1 comptuer plus 1-2 camera angles for example. The way its saved on the SSD harddrive is in a ready to go Davinci Resolve video editing project. So just open it up in Resolve (free editing software) and you are ready to edit your multicamera recording. One note, this Atem Mini Pro ISO is 1080p only, no 4k (but nobody wants to watch a 4k computer monitor recorded on YouTube anyway! Way too small).
I'm jealous. I only have the ATEM Mini Pro ;)

I have a couple of future video projects in mind that may require screen recording. It really doesn't matter whether the software is paid for or if it's free. Any recommendations?
Don't overlook the Elgato 4k60 S+. It is stand-alone hardware or can work as a capture card. It supports resolutions up to 4k/60fps. Much like the ATEM Mini Pro ISO, it can record to external media or to an SD card but only one input.
 

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If you are looking for a very easy to use and free recording software that doesn't need a ton of features, then you can use a software called Free Cam 8. It's free, doesn't have a watermark, and as far as I know, it doesn't have a recording time limit. It has options to highlight the mouse cursor, enable clicking sounds, or just hide the mouse cursor altogether if you wish to do that. You can also adjust the frame size of the recording area so that you can only get the area of your screen that you need to record. It has an audio recording option so that you can record a voiceover or you can mute it if you don't need to record any external audio. However, it does not have an option to record with a webcam. It also has a built-in video editor you can use after you finish your recording if you are interested in that too. I don't use the built-in video editor section of the app myself but I have used the other features for screen recording a browser game. I use it because it's easy to use and I don't know how to use OBS.
 
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One of the best software screen recorders is Camtasia. Some of the features it has include tracking the mouse cursor, highlighting the mouse and clicks (and making a click noise if you want) and can dynamically zoom into the active window/dialog as you demo something. Helpful for small screens. However, this is a paid app.

There are free screen recording features built into apps like OBS, but they lack that dynamic zooming into the active dialog and the graceful handling of the mouse cursor. Some people emulate the highlighted mouse by downloading a windows cursor "theme pack" that just has a yellow circle behind all your mouse cursors. You have to set and unset it in windows settings - not automatic part of OBS. But hey this solution is free! (This solution is also OS specific, may not work on all OSes).

And last but not least, some people don't want to use software at all! OBS can bog down some computers or interfere with some software, so in my case I use an external HDMI recorder from Black Magic Design. I currently have the Atem Mini Pro ISO which is a great little box - but definitely not free!

The Atem Mini Pro ISO can record 4 separate HDMI sources to an external SSD drive. The 4 sources might be 1 comptuer plus 1-2 camera angles for example. The way its saved on the SSD harddrive is in a ready to go Davinci Resolve video editing project. So just open it up in Resolve (free editing software) and you are ready to edit your multicamera recording. One note, this Atem Mini Pro ISO is 1080p only, no 4k (but nobody wants to watch a 4k computer monitor recorded on YouTube anyway! Way too small).
Thanks for sharing!
 

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I use FonePaw Screen Recorder, it is free, but you have a 3 min limit but no watermark. I recently took a screen record that went over 3 min. It will only save 3 min worth, but by starting from that point again stitching it together with a video editing tool was easy. To get full access it costs about $40 aud But that includes no limit in time, and editing tool for both video and audio before saving. microphone enhancements.
 

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I’ve used OBS and it works fine, but I am going to try Free Cam just to see if it’s an improvemen’t. I like the idea of the highlighted cursor.

EDIT: No Mac version. Oh well.
 
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Doug B

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I just downloaded Presentify, which gives you the option to highlight your cursor. Perfect! I'm using it while typing this comment.
 

Doug B

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I decided to give Camtasia a try, and it’s a winner. I made a video in it last night without looking at any tutorials. Pricey but worth it.
 

Dr_Alan_Science

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I'm not sure what you mean by "best", but the industry-leading one is Camtasia (though very expensive).
For normal use, I will just use FlashBack Express (Free for even commercial use with no watermarks and no limitations for recording. Limitation only include not being able to edit before exporting. However, you can export it and edit it through Davinci Resolve [another professoinal but free-for-commercial-use video editor]
 

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I'd say that if your starting out then look at OBS as I find that's a good screen recording software.
 

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If you are creating tutorial videos, or, thinking of starting an educational or informational video channel then Tweakshot and OBS screen recorder is a must have software for you.
 

Manmeet Sawhney

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OBS or bandicam...
every video editor has a screen recorder..
or if you dont have ascreen recorder use
Win+alt+r
to start recording