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Best 8 Screen Recording Programs for Windows

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Webinar recording and screen recording programs are extremely popular among gamers, video content creators, etc. With the pandemic bringing a new culture of work from home these programs are also being used by professionals. As of today there are thousands of free and paid screen recording programs for Windows OS, making it difficult to choose the right one for you. Well, if you are also confused, then don’t worry. We have narrowed down your options with these best 8 screen recording programs for Windows. 

Free Cam 

This is a screen recording program that is super easy to use and even allows the user to edit the video after you have captured it. There are several options as far as editing goes and you can go through all of them on their official website. We would also highly recommend you check out the manual before using the software. There are other options as well where you can directly choose to upload the video to platforms like Youtube. 

As far as the recording screen goes, this software allows you to record the variable part of the screen. What that means is that you can choose to record a specific area of your device screen by a simple drag and window resize option. There are other settings as well – set your microphone, set your shortcuts, etc. The only demerit this software has is that when saving your recordings as a video it only comes up as a WMV video. But if you are looking for something simple, free and easy to use then this is the perfect screen recording software for you.

IceCream Screen Recorder 

This is also incredibly easy to use with few more options than Free Cam. One thing that works in your favor is that you can only record for around 10 minutes at a time, unlike Free Cam which does not have any time limit. 

However, this is not such a big issue because you can simply put together your video after recording it, using any video editing software. All it takes is a little extra work. If you take a look at the settings option, then you will notice that it has several output options for a video format unlike the previous one. Other than that you set up your hotkeys, capture video in full-screen mode, game capture, screenshots, capture audio, etc. So, if you require more options than the previous screen recording software, but still need something that’s not too complex to use and learn then make sure to check out the IceCream screen recorder. 

Active Presenter 

This is one of the most loved and widely used screen recording programs around the world among Youtubers, video producers, educators, and other people who need to record and edit their videos. This is an all in one package that has almost all the recording format, features, and effects that a video editor may need to record, edit, and finally publish a video. 

The free version of the software is free of cost obviously but also allows users to record screens without the company’s watermark, time limit, etc. After, they can even edit videos with the editing option that allows them to trim, cut, split, add audio, etc. to the video. When you go for the paid version of the software you get several other advanced options that are not available for the free version. 

Windows Built-In Game Bar 

Microsoft’s own screen recording software comes with the latest Windows 10 version. This built-in screen recording software allows you to capture game clips and also take screenshots. However, unlike the previous screen recording platform, this Game Bar can only be used to record apps in full-screen mode. The other issue with this software is that your hardware must meet the criteria if you want to use it. Here are some additional pros and cons of using Game Bar: 


  • It is convenient to use because you don’t have to install any additional software. 
  • You can toggle the microphone while recording the video. 
  • There are no watermarks, no time limit, and it is completely ad free. 
  • Has built-in editing options. 


  • Cannot customize the screen recording size or the resolution of the capture. 
  • There is no option to pause. 
  • Very basic editing options. 

OBS Studio 

This is a free screen recording and live streaming program that helps you manage your screen when you go live on platforms like Youtube or Instagram. This software does not have any watermark or recording limit and is one of the most used and loved screen recording platforms for gamers, who need to split their screen when live streaming for effective communications. 

OBS Studio is the perfect solution for you if you want to capture an entire screen along with the webcam or microphone. You can also choose which recording video is to be displayed on the screen or if you want to merge them in a specific ratio or if you want to merge the audio as well. This software has several options when it comes to editing. So, if you are looking for free software with advanced editing options then this is the best solution for you. 

Flashback Express 

This is a blueberry product and is available in a free version called Flashback Express and a paid version called Flashback Pro. This software allows you to capture videos without any watermark and does not have a fixed time limit for capturing videos. The best part about this software is that, if you are running it with multiple screens, you have a wide number of selectable options. You can choose to record multiple screens or even select a specific number of screens, and you choose the output audio, etc. Apart from this, the  software allows you to schedule recordings based on the time or when a specific application is launched. 


Camtasia, developed by TechSmith , is one of the most expensive and best screen recording programs available in the market. It has millions of users worldwide and has almost every feature that you could require, ranging from capturing to uploading the video to a platform. So, if you can invest a little, make sure to check out this screen recording software. 


Gamers out there probably already know Bandicam since it is one of the most popular screen recording platforms among gamers. This software can record 2d and 3d games in a high resolution of 4K UHD at up to 144 frames per second, which is pretty impressive. It also has all the basic features for video editing. So, if you are looking for something that can capture in high resolution, then make sure to give it a try.

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Hermit Chawla

Hermit Chawla is an MD at AIS Technolabs which is Web design and Development Company, helping global businesses to grow by Webinar Recording Software Services. I would love to share thoughts on Social Media Marketing Services and Game Design Development etc.