The Best Screen Capture Software for Video Creation

Erik Emanuelli / July 23, 2018

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Need to record your computer screen to create videos and tutorials? Don’t worry — it’s actually easier than it sounds.

All you need is screen capture software. To help you decide on the software to use, here’s a list of the best screen capture software out there.

Open Broadcaster Software (Windows, macOS, Linux)

Open Broadcaster Software, known as OBS, is an open source software product that allows you to not only capture your screen, recording everything that happens on it, but also to stream it in real time and create videos that combine footage from the desktop and your computer’s camera.

Camtasia Studio (Windows and macOS)

Camtasia Studio is one of the best software options for making video tutorials. It allows you to record either your entire screen, portions of it, or individual windows, and supports a wide range of video file formats. The software also has a powerful post-production editor that allows you to make highly professional recordings.

ActivePresenter (Windows and macOS)

ActivePresenter is one of the most complete and powerful software solutions for creating tutorials. It allows you to record videos of your screen in several formats and to modify the recordings by cutting footage or adding various informative or decorative elements to it.

CamStudio (Windows)

CamStudio is one of the best screen capture software options available for Windows. It’s really fast and has an intuitive user interface. It supports two recording formats: one for local distribution and video-sharing sites (like YouTube), and one for direct integration into websites and blogs.

Cute Screen Recorder (Windows)

Cute Screen Recorder is another excellent option for screen capturing, and is one of the easiest ones to use. It allows you to create videos in formats optimized for YouTube, websites, and blogs with customized resolutions.

Acala Screen Recorder (Windows)

Acala Screen Recorder is a free solution for recording a Windows PC screen. It supports the recording of files in standard format as well as in a stand-alone movie format.

ScreenFlow (macOS)

ScreenFlow may be the best screen capture software available for Mac computers. All major video file formats and macOS versions are supported.

Screencast-o-matic (Online)

Screencast-o-matic is the perfect solution for recording a screen if you don’t want to bother with installing new software. It’s a free web application that allows you to create videos and tutorials right from your browser.

With any of these options, you’ll be ready to capture your screen for tutorials, presentations, and any other type of video content for use on your site.

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