Screen recording can be really useful to make a video about some problem you are facing on your computer or to make a tutorial if you have a solution to another problem.
But finding a good program to record your screen can be difficult since most don’t really do a good job at it.
You may have already seen how to record your screen with the built-in tool on Windows 10. But now, you need to know what software to use to record the computer screen.
We have compiled a top 10 list of screencast software after testing many tools on Windows 10 PC.
This list aims to provide all the necessary information for finding the best Windows 10 screen recording software out there.
Icecream Screen Recorder
Icecream Screen Recorder is a simple tool with enough features to satisfy you but not confuse you.
It lets you add hotkeys to make recording a breeze, and supports your own watermarks so you don’t have to add your watermark in editing.
It can also focus on your mouse pointer and you can even select a certain area on the screen to record instead of recording all of it.
It even lets you zoom in and out while recording the video.
Here are some of the most important features of this software:
- Screen area selection: select the area you want to be recorded
- Drawing panel: add arrows, lines, and marks to your capture
- Project history: you can easily find your past projects
- Personal Watermark: personalize your video by adding your signature/logo on it
- Zoom in while recording: zoom to an object
- ‘Around mouse’ screen recording: select what area around your cursor you want to record
Icecream Screen Recorder is absolutely free and you can download it from the link below.
EZVID is a tool that does not have many features.
It comes with a basic video editor – but the most notable feature is its ability to upload the videos you make straight to YouTube.
This feature makes it a breeze to create and upload videos of what you are seeing on your screen.
The basic video editor includes speed control and things you would expect from something like this. Best of all? It’s free.
[Update] EZVID recently added voice synthesis, direct file output (not just to YouTube), visual effects, screen drawing, and more.
Rylstim Screen Recorder
Rylstim Screen Recorder is quite possibly the most simple screen recording tool on this list – once you install it, all you have to do is select the code and the folder where you want to save your recorded videos.
Once done, simply start recording and once you have finished recording, you will have your recorded videos in the folder you set earlier.
There is no editor – this tool only serves one purpose, and that is screen recording. There is also a portable version so you don’t even need to install it if you don’t want to. All of it for free.
CamStudio is a free and open source tool, much like Webinaria, and it is quite simple to use as it doesn’t pack a lot of complicated features – just like Jing and Rylstim.
It could be exactly what you are looking for, as it has built itself quite a reputation for simply working as advertised and not adding complicated features that make the experience of using it confusing.
If you prefer open source software then Webinaria is for you. Webinaria includes all the features you would expect from a screen capture tool but what makes it unique is its ability to export your videos as Flash.
It also comes with a basic video editor with not a lot of bells and whistles – enough to get the job done.
Last but not least is the in-built Xbox DVR. This tool’s intended purpose is to record gaming videos, but you can easily use this to record your screen – and since this is built into Windows itself, you don’t have to download or install anything and it simply works out of the box.
How to use the in-built Xbox DVR tool?
Simply press Windows Key + G, and it will launch.
Much like the other simpler tools, this feature does not have a complicated editor.
This is the Windows 10 screen recorder tool. Find out more about it on this article: Screen Recording Feature in Windows 10.
Best screen recorder software for Windows 10 (paid version)
And now let’s see what are the best premium paid screen recorder software versions available on the market.
These tools bring additional features and options compared to the free software listed above.
ActivePresenter is more of an Office tool rather than a simple screen recording tool.
If Microsoft made ActivePresenter, they would pack it in the Office suite – but they don’t.
Atomi makes ActivePresenter, and they pack it with some really fleshed out features that make it a breeze to do a presentation or use the software in an educational setting:
- Record all motions on the screen with high resolution and frame rate
- Record webcam and system sound simultaneously
- Cut, copy, remove any part of the recorded video
- Record voice-over narration while recording or later in the editing phase
- Audio fade in/fade out, audio noise reduction
- Rich annotation tools: Zoom-n-pan, shapes, callouts, closed captions, mouse cursor effects, multiple resources (video, image, audio, Youtube video)
- Insert time to freeze frames
- Change video/audio playback speed
- Blur sensitive parts of the video or making green screen effects (chroma key effect)
- Publishing video to Youtube in a few steps
Once you are done with your video screen capturing and editing, you can export your project as not only a video, but also various formats such as Word, Excel, PDF, PowerPoint, Flash, and even an HTML5 simulation.
The free version does not include these formats though – but the paid one does, and costs 149$.
Snagit is a premium software – not just a tool. You can give it a try with the trial, but the full thing costs a whopping 50$.
The price is justified though, as Snagit is not only a screen capturing tool, but it also packs a decent video editor, comes with free tech support, and has integration with several online services.
Snagit is the only program with built-in advanced image editing and screen recording.
- Customize and edit every screenshot with professional-quality markup tools.
- Trim any part of your screen recordings.
- Convert videos to animated GIFs.
Snagit 2019 is the smart, convenient way to get your point across, eliminate confusion, and future-proof your content.
If you are looking for something professional with an insane amount of features and a team of support staff that can help you go through those features – and are willing to pay for it, Snagit is your option.
From the same people who made Snagit and Camtasia Studio, comes Jing. Unlike Camtasia and Snagit, Jing has fewer options – and much like Rylstim, it also is quite simple to use.
It doesn’t have an in-built editor, but it does have some advanced tools like mouse tracking, etc that are not present in other free tools.
It’s also very simple to use and it even lets you upload your videos straight to Screencast.com.
From the same people who made Snagit, comes Camtasia. If you thought Snagit has too many features, Camtasia is one step ahead of Snagit.
Camtasia packs a full-blown video editor and video rendering module.
If you are making tutorials, then this is quite possibly the best software you could use.
If you could think of a feature, Camtasia probably has it – so it will take too long to talk about all the things it can do, however, all of this comes at a cost of a mind-boggling 200$.
There is a trial available you can use to figure out if it’s worth it for you, but that’s the price you have to pay for a complete set of tools.
These were some of the best screen recording tools for Windows 10. You can obviously decide for yourself which one out of these is the best tool for you, depending on what exactly you want to do.
While most are free, some cost above 200$. Which one suits and satisfies your needs entirely depends on your preference.
This has been helpful for many users who need to add screenshots and videos to their guides and tutorials. Let us know if it helped you as well!
If you have any other questions or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness. We have changed the products on the list each year so you could have access to the freshest top with the best and the user-friendliest screen recorder software for your Windows PC.