If you want to make videos for a YouTube channel or you just need something to record your screen on Windows 10 – whether it’s a tutorial or you’re recording gameplay – getting a good screen recorder is just so important. But then, it could get really hard to even find one to use for free.
So we tested a couple of high-quality screen recorders that are free and paid, and we have picked some of the best free screen recorders for Windows 10. While the thought of using them for free is great, I should point out that some of these screen recorders have limited features on their free plans while some others have watermarks on the videos, so you would have to use the videos with pretty much the limitations that come with the free plan.
Best Free Screen Recorders for Windows 10
- Icecream Screen Recorder
- OBS Studio
Camstudio is another good option you would want to consider if you’re on the lookout for free screen recorders for Windows 10 that you can download and start using almost immediately. Camstudio is open-source software, which means it’s free for the public, and members of the public are allowed to contribute to its development.
With Camstudio, we were able to record all screen activities, from tutorial videos to games. In addition to video recording, Camstudio allows you to record audio activities, and you will be able to use the built-in SWF producer to covert the AVI video files into lean, bandwidth-friendly streaming flash videos with ease.
Camstudio easily passes as one of the best free screen recorders for Windows 10 for coming with features many other software will give you at a charge. So you can now create video and audio tutorials, record YouTube videos and even record your audio activities while having these saved in lightweight formats for easy uploads and downloads.
Can we even talk about free screen recorders for Windows 10 and Mac without mentioning OBS studio? We were able to record all software using this screen recorder, from browsers to work and gaming software. This software is open source, it doesn’t have video length restrictions, the setup process is both seamless and free, and it comes with support for streaming and recording HD videos.
We were able to stream live to Twitch and make videos for YouTube gaming. You can save projects seamlessly, the footages can be encoded in FLV format and can be saved locally. Unlike many free screen recorders for Windows 10, OBS studio can record in full screen, it comes with hotkeys that can be customized to make controlling your recording seamless, and it comes with support for multi-core CPUs, so the performances are improved and you can record videos at 60FPS and higher.
I should point out that the max recording length you’d be getting on TinyTake is 5 minutes, which is one of the main downsides you’d experience on the free plan. But if you have very limited needs for a screen recording software, and you need something for recording videos that are under 5 minutes, then you might want to consider Tiny Take.
TinyTake is free and it’s available on Windows and Mac systems. You’d be able to take image and video captures of your screen, you’d be able to add comments and other needed edits to your videos and images from inside the app; and sharing the files with friends, uploading to YouTube, Dropbox, and Google Drive is pretty seamless.
I tried my hands on Bandicam and it came out as one of the best, most modern, and versatile screen recording and capturing programs you could get for free. The video that we recorded with this software was of one of the best quality I have seen, and the fact that the recordings are lightweight, making it easy to load it into any video editing software to continue working on it. The interface is both beginner and user friendly, doesn’t have much of a learning curve as the design is very easy to navigate.
This screen recorder comes with support for audio recording, it allows you to add effects to your videos, and it allows you to take screenshots with ease. Speaking of screenshots, you can configure a keyboard shortcut for that purpose to make taking screenshots both easy and fast. We tried using Bandicam for our games, and one thing you can’t help but love about it is the fact that it displays the FPS of video games and multimedia files, so benchmarking is seamless.
The free plan of this app only allows you to record for up to 10 minutes, so if you plan to make videos and recordings that are longer than 10 minutes, you might have to invest in a paid plan.
But overall, Bandicam easily passes as one of the best free screen recorders for Windows 10. It comes with a free plan that gives you all the features, it also comes with lightweight file sizes and an easy screenshot feature.
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Icecream Screen Recorder
Another quality free recorder for Windows 10 is the Icecream screen recorder for Windows, Mac, and Android. Icecream allows you to record pretty much any area of your screen and you can save the recording or screen captures locally.
We used Icecream to record apps, make recordings of browser windows, tutorials for YouTube, gameplay on the computer, Skype calls, Zoom calls, and even webinars. It pretty much remains one of the best ones I have used. The software also allows you to record your audio and webcam video, so if you’re looking to start a YouTube channel but you’re on a budget, then you should be able to use this for most talk show-style YouTube videos.
This screen capture software comes with a very basic video editing feature with which you can edit the videos you make and add texts, arrows, shapes, and your own logos and watermark. You can trim the recordings, set the recordings to show mouse effects, and save files in different formats. You’d also be getting a feature that allows you automatically upload videos to either YouTube, Dropbox, or Google Drive straight from inside the software.
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