If you’re like me and can appreciate a good tutorial video then a screen capture tool is an important investment for you. When you talk about screen capture tools, you want something that works well, is affordable, and does some basic editing without having to open another app.
The tools on this list fit the criteria and then some for the best screen capture tool on the market.
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I’ve used TinyTake in the past but found the free version can be limiting at only five minutes. It has a high screen capture resolution and if you’re making shorter videos then the free app may be for you. If you need something more powerful, you may be forced to upgrade to their paid plan. It’s a solid screen capture tool either way you look at it and will get the job done effortlessly.
This is one of the big players in the screen capture space. Camtasia is a combination screen capture tool and video editor. Record sections of your screen, zoom in, and make annotations right from the backend of this powerful tool. My go to for making tutorials.
From the same people who made Camtasia, Snagit is a good option if you don’t need all the extra video editing options Camtasia has. It’s still powerful and does everything you need to make a beautiful screen capture video.
Get Green Shot is an open source software for screen capture that comes with basic editing ability. You can only use it for taking still images as it doesn’t have the ability to record. It’s an improvement over the basic screen capture that comes with your computer because you can zoom and have more editing power.
Screencast-o-matic can boast of something not many can, over 30,000 recordings made a day using their platform. It that’s not enough social proof for you then I don’t know what is. If you upgrade to Pro at just 15/yr. Then you can unlock a host of features, most importantly removing the watermark from your videos.
CamStudio is one of the older screen recording software tools. It was released over a decade ago and surprisingly has a solid feature set for an open source program. You can record up to 2GB of video at a time which equates to a few hours at a stretch. More than enough for any tutorials. The best place to download the free version is here.
Screenpresso is a solid recording tool that will give you exactly what you need when it comes to recording videos through your webcam or a screen capture. The audio also holds up pretty well. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for something with more editing tools, then the free version of this software is not for you. Assuming you like the interface, the $29 you’ll spend will give you a pretty good investment.
The Ice Cream Screen Recorder operates on a fermium model and allows you a good deal of functionality with the free version. It has decent editing features that you’d expect in this type of software and lets you share your creations very easily. To top it off, it has scheduled recording.
The most endearing feature of Active Presenter, besides its editing power, is the ability to literally convert your recording into so many formats. HTML5 simulation, flash, AVI, MP4, and FLV to name a few. Overall, it’s a good tool to get the job done.
EZVid is an open source screen recording software which claims to be the world’s first video wiki. Whatever, it offers an easy to use tool that will have you up and recording in minutes, not hours. This is a very basic tool that has its place, if you want anything with decent power you should look elsewhere. With that being said, use this software for easy projects that you just want to get done.
Webinaria has a simple video editor that can take care of your most basic needs quickly and painlessly. An endearing feature is how well the audio recording works. I’ve used software that makes me seem as if I’m talking five seconds behind my actions. Not fun. This is a simple tool to use to get you up and recording.
This is one a bit different because it doesn’t rely on your computers OS. You can take amazing screen recordings right there in your browser, but it does have a time limit. Screener is best if you want to shoot short tutorial videos
In the extreme bootstrapping days, I used BB Flash Player to record videos of my screen. It works perfectly if your video is short, sweet, and to the point. The only issue you’ll face is slight distortion on longer videos and the editing isn’t the most robust feature out there.