Did you know that you can record the screen activity on your computer? There are various reasons you would like screen recording software. Some people use these apps to create how-to videos and tutorials for other apps. Gamers can also use screen recording apps to record their gaming activity to post on social forums as well as upload it on YouTube.

What to look for in screen recording software?

All screen recorders record and store the activity on your screen. But these apps are now advanced and come with some extra features, which are very beneficial. So what should you look out for when searching the best screen recording software?

best free screen recording software
Best Free Screen Recording Software for Windows
  1. Ease of use: You need not be a computer expert to use a screen recorder. Therefore, a screen recorder should have a simplified user interface.
  2. Editing features: A screen recorder should have editing tools that allow you to annotate the videos and save the recording in a variety of formats.
  3. Capture options: A good screen recorder should allow you have window capture, full-screen capture, and regional capture. Extra capture options include scrolling capture and timed capture.
  4. Online storage: In our time online storage is important due to accessibility on a variety of devices. You should consider screen recorders that offer cloud storage or integrate with cloud storage services such as Google Drive.
  5. Other features: You should also consider the extra features, other than capture and editing, which come with the screen recording software. Additional features include capture history, YouTube integration, and scheduling recordings.

There are many screen recording apps in the market. Most of these apps are free, but to enjoy the full capabilities, you may have to pay a fee.  In this post, we have focused on the best free screen recording software.

1. CamStudio

CamStudio is a free open source app that records screen activity. The app records in AVI format, with an option to convert to Flash video. The app gives you an option to capture the whole screen or just a part of it. You will also find the picture-in-picture feature very useful. Another key feature here is the ability to add captions toy our videos. Also, it is one of the few free screen recording software that will produce videos with no watermarks. You can record videos for an unlimited amount of time.

2. Ezvid Video Maker

Ezvid Video Maker is a screen recording software that will make high-resolution videos on your screen and allow you to upload the videos on YouTube, without leaving the app. This screen recorder has additional capabilities such as enabling you to add meta descriptions, keywords, and titles to your video. The app allows on-screen drawing. It has an autosave feature, meaning your video will not be lost when the computer powers off without warning. However, the app only allows video recordings of up to 45 minutes.

3. Icecream Screen Recorder

icecream screen recorder

Icecream Screen Recorder is an excellent tool for producing video tutorials and webinars. The app supports MP4, Mkv, and WebM formats. However, the free version of the app only allows the app records audio alongside the screen recording. You can also record via the webcam. Icecream Screen Recorder allows on-screen drawing. You can, therefore, add arrows and text to the video recording. The app has a zoom tool that enables users to zoom in on a particular part of the screen. Also, you can capture multiple screens on a timer. The major downside of the free version of this software is that you can only capture 10 minutes of video at a time.

4. Bandicam Screen Recorder

Bandicam Screen Recorder is an app specially produced for gamers. The software has built-in hardware accelerator. It is very easy to use. You can choose any of these three recording modes; gaming mode, screen recording mode and device recording mode. Whichever method you choose; you can capture part of the screen or the whole screen. The video recordings can be stored in both AVI and MP4 formats. It supports voice recordings to accompany the screen recording. It also supports on-screen drawing. But the free version can only allow ten-minute recordings. Another downside with the free version is that you cannot remove the Bandicam watermark.

5. Flashback Express

FlashBack Express boasts as a straightforward and powerful screen recorder. With this software, you can record, enhance and share activity on your screen. You can record any part of the screen. The app supports on-screen screen drawing. You can add notes and images to make your video professional. You can store the screen recording in any major video format. The app allows you to share the videos directly on YouTube, or upload the video to FlashBack Connect. An important feature of this app is scheduling screen recording. You can set recordings to start at a particular time or schedule recordings to start anytime you open a specific app, say a certain game.

Screen recording software is essential in creating tutorials for educational purposes and other purposes. Whichever app you choose, make sure it is adaptable, has applicable editing features and is easy to use.

Which is your best screen recording software for Windows? Let us know in the comments section.