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The best thing about screen recording tools is that there are so many ways to use them. From creating YouTube videos, tutorials, product demos for your prospects, courses for your students or employees, and you can even rely on some to support your articles with GIFs.

With most screen recording apps you can record everything you do on screen (or on a section of your screen). Some tools also allow you to edit the recording, turn it into a full-fledged presentation or course, and even stream it. On top of this, you’ll want to consider the complexity of the app, available assets libraries, collaboration options, and integrations with tools you’re already using.

We’ve tested 12 of the best screen recording apps for Mac, Chrome, and Windows to help you decide which one is best suited for your needs. But first, let’s have a look at the general points to keep in mind.

Tips for choosing a screen recording app

When making your initial list of best screen recording software, go through these steps:

 

Best screen recording apps for Mac

1. Camtasia 

Camtasia is your first go-to screen recording editor tool. With Camtasia, you can record virtually anything on your computer screen whether it be websites, software, video calls, or presentations.

It has a built-in editor so you won’t need to export your videos to another software for editing. For new users who are afraid of slow learning curves, Camtasia provides clear and easy-to-understand tutorial videos that take you through everything you need to get started.

Platforms: Windows, Mac, iOS

Pricing: $249.99 one-time fee.

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2. CloudApp 

CloudApp provides end-to-end visual communication with its screen recording, GIF creating, and screenshot capturing product.

Its screen recording feature offers quick controls to enable full-screen recording, audio-only, or webcam-enabled recordings. When you finish your screen recording, a link is made available for you to instantly share in Slack, Google Suite, Asana, Trello, or anywhere else you collaborate with your co-workers.

Platforms: Windows, Mac, iOS, Chrome

Pricing: Paid plans start at $9.95/user/month.

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3. FonePaw Screen Recorder

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FonePaw Screen Recorder is a powerful screencasting software for Windows and Mac computer. It has all the features that you may need in capturing a high-quality video clip of your actions on computer screen, which can be used in many cases, like gameplay, online meeting, and live stream recoding.

It allows you to simultaneously record with microphone and system sounds, add annotation to the recording, clip the recordings, export as multiple formats, etc. Task Schedule and Set record length features also make recording easier.

Platforms: Windows, Mac

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4. DemoCreator

Need a quick solution to record and edit demos, tutorials, presentations, and games? Wondershare’s DemoCreator was created primarily for use in a professional setting for showcasing expertise and creating how-to tutorials or demos. Hence the name. 

The editing options are extensive, allowing you to add cursor sounds, create text animations, position your webcam footage anywhere within the recording, and much more. All of this comes within a modern UI you’ll sure enjoy using.

Platforms: Windows, Mac

Pricing: Starts at $32.99/year.

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5. Snagit

Struggling to take full-page screenshots that extend below the fold? Snagit is by far the best choice for this. Even if you need video recordings.

You can create full screenshots of landing pages, emails, websites, and more in literally seconds. There’s also quite a few editing options to turn to after, including stamps, arrows, and more tools and effects. Note that when you first open the editor you won’t see all of these in the editing bar. Go to Image on the top bar to select which features you need displayed.

Platforms: Mac, Windows

Pricing: Paid plans start at $49.99/user for a one-time fee.

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6. Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is a screen recording app for Mac and Windows that was designed for e-learning. In fact, it’s more of a video/course creation tool you can use for online tutoring. Companies also use it to create compliance and soft-skills courses for their employees through interactive slides and videos. 

The best part? You can create multi-module branched courses and use out-of-box assets for supporting learner interaction and quizzing. I recommend going through the free webinars and the Adobe Captivate Certification Program beforehand to make sure you’re using the tool to its full capacity.

Platforms: Mac, Windows

Pricing: Starts at $33.99/month/subscription or you can buy an unlimited license for $1,299.

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Best screen recording tools for Chrome

7. Loom

Loom is one of the few screen recording tools that allow you to pause/resume recording whenever you desire. When you finish recording your video, you can export it to Loom’s cloud storage where all users have unlimited video storage. If you’re the type that creates a lot of customer support videos, you won’t have to worry about memory space.

Loom also allows you to trim away unnecessary video segments from the beginning, middle, or end of the recording. When you’re done recording and editing there’s an incorporated slack feature that allows you to share your video links to specific groups right from your Loom dashboard.

Platforms: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Pricing: Paid plans start at $8/creator/month.

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8. Screencastify

For Screencastify you don’t need to download any software, only a lightweight Google chrome extension, that you can domicile on your browser.

If you’re looking for something with an easy learning curve and a clean interface then you’re in luck because you can set everything up in one to two minutes.

Screencastify does all of the basics: it records your screen and allows you to record yourself via the webcam while at it. Kind of like Loom.

Platforms: Chrome

Pricing: Paid plans start at $49/month.

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9. Droplr

Droplr works similarly to the other Chrome extensions in our list of best screen recording apps. The interface is also similar but the very first feature that stands out is the option to capture the entire page. Similar to Snagit.

There’s also basic image editing options so you can add text, highlights, emojis, and more.

Platforms: Chrome, Mac, Windows, Chromebook, Edge, iOS

Pricing: Paid plans start at $7/month/user.

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Best screen recording software for Windows

10. EaseUS RecExperts 

EaseUS RecExperts is a multi-purpose screen recording software that records anything happening on your Windows PC with ease. It can record your screen, audio, webcam, and gameplay. 

You can use it to build tutorials, lectures, product demonstrations and guides, thanks to its real-time annotation feature. Additionally, it is also a good choice for recording Zoom meetings, presentations, live stream and many more.

It also supports scheduled recording. Simply set the start time, duration, and other recording parameters, then let EaseUS RecExperts do the rest.

Platforms: Windows, Mac

Pricing: You can opt for monthly plans which start at $19.95 or a one-time license at $69.95.

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11. Apowersoft Unlimited

In addition to recording your PC screen, Apowersoft Unlimited can also capture videos of your mobile screen, that’s of course if you buy the unlimited package.

Both phone screen recorder apps (Android and iOs) provide settings such as, resolution control, camera configuration, frame rate selection, and bit-rate throttling. These settings aren’t found in other apps that record phone screens.

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

Pricing: Starting at $59.95/year.

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12. Movavi Screen Recorder Studio

Movavi Screen Recorder Studio is another screen recording app with a pretty intuitive interface that’s easy for new users to figure out. And it does all the things that most screen recording apps do.

However, one thing that sets it apart from the competition is that it supports scheduled captures. 

With this tool, you can record video calls, webinars or live streams even if you’re away from your computer and by clicking the clock icon you can set the duration you want the app to record for, this tells the program to automatically stop recording after a specified amount of time.

Platforms: Windows, Mac

Pricing: Starting at $49.95/year.

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13. OBS Studio

Have a favorite streamer? They’re probably using OBS Studio. This is the best free screen recorder that even facilitates live streaming — directly from the desktop app. 

The screen recording software comes with transitions and scene actions you can use on your recordings. OBS Studio has thousands of users worldwide who regularly contribute to adding new resources to the community. You can also use their API to create your own functionalities or integrations.

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux

Pricing: Free.

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Tip: Check out how to remove background noise in OBS.

Wrapping up

Ever used any of these apps before? Now it’s your turn, please share your best screen recording software choice and experiences with these tools (whether good or bad).

Also are there any really fantastic screen recorder apps you think I left out? If yes, please hit the comments section.

Bonus: Would you like to know how to have more productive conference calls? Read more in our conference call etiquette guide.


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