Screen recorder software, otherwise screencast programs, are applications that enable you to capture a desktop recording. They are frequently used to set up software or game demonstrations in YouTube videos. If you need to record something in Windows 10, these are some of the best freeware screencast applications for that platform.
Also see our article 6 Free Screen Recorders for Mac OSX
Icecream Screen Recorder
The Icecream Screen Recorder is a ‘tasty’ screencast program for Windows 10. This has a freeware and Pro version, but the freemium package has plenty of options for recording videos. You can add it to your software folder from here by pressing the Free Download button and opening the setup wizard.
When you’ve opened the window above, you can select a variety of video capture modes by pressing the Capture video button. The software enables you to capture videos within a custom area, full-screen, around the mouse and has a selfie mode for your webcam. Furthermore, you can also capture screenshots with the program much the same; and it also enables you to convert snapshots to URLs.
Another good thing about Icecream is that it has annotation options for video recordings on its drawing panel shown in the snapshot directly below. With this program you can draw, add arrows, text and numbers to the video recording to further enhance the software presentation.
The only drawback of the freeware version is that it only records video for about 10 minutes. In addition, you can also add watermarks to videos in the Pro version. Nevertheless, Icecream is still a great screencast application even if you don’t upgrade to the Pro alternative.
CamStudio is another screencast program that has had rave reviews. This is a freeware package available at this site. Click the Download button there and run the setup to open its window as below.
Then you can capture full-screen, specific region or window video recordings within your desktop with the software. In addition, you can also switch on an autopan option that enables the recording area to follow the cursor. With that option you can effectively record a smaller screen area whilst using full screen.
CamStudio also enables you to customize the cursor in the recording. You can click Options > Cursor Options to open the window shown in the snapshot below. There you can select numerous custom cursors, highlight or remove the cursors for the recording.
The software has screencast annotation options. CamStudio includes options that enable you to add text to the recordings within balloons, memos and clouds. You can also add time stamps, captions and watermarks to video recordings.
Another bonus is that CamStudio includes its own video player. That plays back the screencast after you save it. As such, you don’t need to open the videos in your default media player.
Ezvid is screencast software for Windows 10 that has a few novelties which elevate above a lot of the other alternatives. Open the software’s website and click the Get Ezvid Now button to save its setup and install. Then you can open the window below and start recording right away.
The first novelty Ezvid has is that it includes a video editor. So you can edit the recordings without any separate video-editing software. You can edit the video speed, delete clips, add alternative audio and add text and images to the recording.
Another novelty is that Ezvid automatically saves your recorded video projects. It doesn’t include any save option for you to select. Videos all save in the same Ezvid folder, which you can quickly open by pressing the Load button.
Ezvid has basic and more advanced options for screen recording. With the more advanced options, you can record videos within a specific capture area, with transparency or with webcam. Furthermore, you can also add extra annotations to the video when recording with the software’s draw tools.
Ezvid also enables you to send videos directly to YouTube. You can press an upload to YouTube button at the bottom right of the program’s window. Some extra YouTube fields are also included on the left of the video preview for you to fill out.
The Best of the Rest
There are lots of other freeware screencast software you could try out. Open BroadCaster Software, an open source package, is another of the more notable screencast programs that is primarily a streaming tool. This packs a lot of options that enable you to add text and image overlays to video recordings and select multiple scene layouts, and it includes an API system. Open BroadCaster Software has a Classic and Studio version that is compatible with more platforms and has some extra options.
Screencast-O-Matic is an interesting screen recorder primarily because it’s Web-based. This means you can run it from your browser with the latest version of Java, and it also has a desktop version. The freemium version enables you to publish the videos to YouTube and supports AVI, MP4 and FLV video formats. However, its recordings are limited to 15 minutes and it lacks annotation options unless you upgrade to the one-year Pro subscription. Consequently, Ezid, CamStudio and Icecream are better freeware alternatives.
Ezvid, CamStudio and Icecream probably have all the options most will need for recording software videos. So if you need to set up some software video presentations and tutorials, these programs are great alternatives to screencast applications that aren’t freeware. For more details on how to record screencasts in Windows 10, check out this Tech Junkie post.