Recording your screen is a great way to show a range of things, from demonstrating how to perform a complex task, to showing off your skills in your favourite video game. But which screen recorder should you use? It’s really all about personal preference and use cases, but here are a few recommendations.
OBS – Free and open-source
OBS is a fantastic offering, it supports both recording and streaming at high resolutions and framerates making it ideal for recording gameplay. OBS is heavily multi-threaded when using the CPU to encode video, this really benefits users with high CPU core-counts, GPU encoding is also supported. Being open-source, there is less official support available for OBS and learning how to use it properly may take some time, but once you’ve got it working OBS is highly functional and hard to beat.
ShareX – Free and open-source
ShareX is another open-source offering available for free with no watermarks, trial periods or paid features. ShareX offers the useful ability to directly export clips as GIFs, making it ideal if you want to share on social media. When capturing webpages, ShareX offers the ability to capture the entire scrolling web page and perform OCR on the text within. ShareX doesn’t support recording games in full-screen mode and so may not be ideal for recording gameplay, but it is strong outside of this restriction.
FlashBack Express – Free version
FlashBack Express is a free version of the paid FlashBack Pro and while some features are locked behind a paywall, the free version is still a decent offering. FlashBack Express includes a simple video editor, allowing you to perform minor modifications such as trimming the video before exporting it. FlashBack Express can export videos in MP4, AVI and WMV file formats. Blueberry Software also offers FBX, specifically for users wanting to record and stream gameplay.
Icecream Screen Recorder – Free version
Icecream Screen Recorder offers an easy to use user interface, designed to make taking screenshots and screen captures as quick, and as painless as possible. You can select areas of the screen to record, use the zoom tool to zoom in while recording, and can configure multiple captures on a timer. With the free version of Icecream Screen Recorder, you are limited to recordings of only 10 minutes and can only export to the WEBM format, but it is incredibly easy to set up and use quickly.