Screen-recording software packages are programs that enable you to record videos within Windows, which are otherwise screencasts. So with screencast software users can record software opened in their desktop or laptop. This can come in handy for software presentations or recording videos that show users how to customize or configure a specific program. Alternatively, some might need to record gameplay footage from a Windows game. So there are lots of things you might need a video-recording program for, and these are some of the best screen recorders for Windows.
Snagit 13 is both a screenshot utility and screen recorder compatible with all the more recent Windows platforms. This program packs a lot of handy recording options in, but is still straightforward to use with a clear-cut UI design. Snagit 13 is retailing at $49.95 for a single user license, but the volume pricing reduces that to $24.97 for each package in a 100 to 249 qty.
One of the best things about Snagit’s recording is that it has very little impact on system resources, and the video files it saves are also relatively lightweight file sizes, which saves disk storage space. The software has a handy desktop toolbar that ensures quick access to all the more essential options. Snagit users can record both software and game videos with audio narrative. The program includes a handy webcam-recording option that enables you to combine the screencast with camera recording. After recording, users can remove sections from the clip with the program’s video-trimming options and quickly share them on social media sites, YouTube, Mediacore, Screencast.com or Camtasia. In addition, Snagit also enables you to convert shorter video clips into animated GIFs. So Snagit is a great program for both capturing snapshots and sceencasts.
Ashampoo Snap 9
Ashampoo Snap is video recorder, screenshot and OCR software wrapped within a single package! The latest version includes new video options that further enhance it as a recording tool. This software is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7 and it’s retailing at $49.99. Although it isn’t freeware, the program boasts an impressive array of video options.
Ashampoo Snap 9 is ideal for video tutorials as the latest version includes new text and pen options to annotate recordings with. Now you can also display your keyboard input when the clip records. The software enables users to record with their webcams during video captures and provide some audio commentary as well. You can also add some extra mouse click effects to the videos. As the software isn’t system intense, it records videos with minimal lag. Another good thing about Snap 9 is that you can save the videos in wide variety of file formats be it WMV, MP4 and AVI. When you’ve finished the video, you can then upload it directly to Dropbox or Google Drive cloud storage, social media sites or Ashampoo Web.
Camtasia Studio is one of the best screencast and video-editing software packages for Windows and Mac. This is an all-in-on video recorder and editor that enables users to record quality software videos with some snazzy effects on top. Ok, it might be retailing at $199, which isn’t unbeatable value; but it’s still a great video application nonetheless. You can try out a 30-day free trial of the software.
The Camtasia Studio recorder incorporates the webcam so that you can use your laptop or desktop camera, and users can also import HD video and other media into the recordings from external sources. You can add callouts, quizzes, shapes and other annotations to the video clips along with audio narrative. However, what really sets Camtasia apart from some of the alternative screencast programs is its drag-and-drop editing options. Users can drag a range of visual effects onto a preview window. You can add animated backgrounds, icons, motion graphics and background music to the videos with the software’s video assets. So you can certainly set up engaging and dynamic software videos with Camtasia Studio.
Ezvid Video Maker
Ezvid is a freeware screen recorder for Windows with which you can capture high-definition videos. You can also use the program to create image slideshows. So it’s a flexible software package that also includes some editing options. Press the Get Ezvid Now button on this page to add it to Windows.
This program gives users a quick and easy way to record screencasts with audio narration and then add them to YouTube. It will record the videos to a 1,280 x 720 HD resolution. Users can record more specific regions and add some extra drawing annotations and background music to the clips. Ezvid’s editing options might be a little limited compared with some of the other software here, but it’s still one of the better freeware video recorders for Windows.
Icecream Screen Recorder Pro
Icecream Screen Recorder is a screen recorder that has a freeware and Pro version, which is retailing at £19.95. The program has an intuitive UI with which you can record webinars, software, game footage and HD Skype videos and capture screenshots. So there’s a lot you can do with Icecream Screen Recorder Pro, and you can save the freeware version’s installer to Windows from the software’s home page.
Icecream Screen Recorder Pro probably has all the options most will need to record software videos. You can select to capture more specific regions and record webcam video along with the screen recording. The program’s drawing panel includes a good selection of annotation options to add scribbles, arrows or text to your videos. Users can record mouse movements, highlight the cursor, apply watermarks to clip, remove desktop icons from the recording and show any hotkeys pressed during the video. The program provides users with customizable hotkeys for the recording options, and its Project History also gives you handy video and image shortcuts. Note that the freeware version has a 10 minute recording limit, but you can record clips for as long as required in Icecream Screen Recorder Pro.
Those are five of the best screencast software packages for Windows. With those you can record some great software videos with extra annotations, audio narration and effects. Check out this Tech Junkie article for further Mac OS X screen recorder software details.