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Top 5 Free Screen Recorder 2017

Looking for a lightweight tool to help you take screen captures and videos quickly and efficiently? In this article, we introduce the top 5 free Screen Recorder which can help you record games or desktop with no watermarks or size limits. Read on to learn a detailed review.

Here's our pick of the best free screen recorders that will help you record or stream professional-quality video from your desktop or webcam.

1. OBS Studio


The best free screen recorder for capturing or streaming gameplay - packed with features to help you achieve the best quality recordings

If you're a keen gamer, OBS Studio is easily the best screen capture software for you. Unlike the hugely popular FRAPS (which only lets you record for 30 seconds at a stretch unless you've bought a license, and applies a watermark to the resulting footage), OBS Studio is open source, and completely free to use without restrictions.

Free screen recorder OBS Studio supports both streaming and recording in high definition, with no restrictions on the number or length of your creations. You can stream live to Twitch or YouTubs gaming, save projects and come back to them later, or encode your footage in FLV format and save it locally.

A free live streaming mix desk
Great selection of source options

Some elements are little complex
Basic-looking interface
Very little help and guidance

Guides on OBS Recordings in NLEs:

Open OBS files in Sony Vegas | Edit OBS files in Pinnacle Studio | Edit OBS files in Avid | Edit OBS files in Premiere Pro | Edit OBS files in iMovie | Edit OBS in Premiere Elements | Edit OBS in Windows Movie Maker

2. Ezvid


Ezvid is freeware video and screen capture software. Ezvid's web page claims to use your computer's processing power to increase the speed of its screen recording and video editing capabilities. Though Ezvid files may be uploaded to sites like YouTube, it is most compatible with their Wiki site, wiki.ezvid.com, which touts itself as the world's first exclusively video Wiki.

has facecam and voice synthesis
includes a video editor
the site claims you can create a professional-looking video in minutes (rather than hours)

needs 10GB free hard drive space, which might be a lot for older machines
online forums complain it's laggy and glitchy

3. CamStudio


CamStudio is open source, free software, to create AVI videos of all audio and video activity on your screen. It can also convert your AVIs to SWFs. CamStudio's website claims its software is so easy to use, you can learn it in a matter of minutes, thanks to their built-in help files. CamStudio's website claims the file size of the videos you create with their software will be smaller in size than other leading video screen recorders, and have great quality.

can add screen captions to your video
records picture-in-picture web cam simultaneously with screen recording
built-in help file
100% free to use

the website admits to there being a bug and offers a "workaround" until the next version
users complain about having to decline "offers" they receive after installing software

Guides on CamStudio Recording in NLEs

Widt CamStudio Footage in Vegas Pro | Import CamStudio Video into Premiere Pro

4. iSpring Free Cam


iSpring Free Cam is free screen recording software for Windows to help you record screencasts with ease. A number of video editing tools and functions come with the software to let you delete fragments of video, remove background noise, and apply audio effects. Videos may be saved as WMV or uploaded to YouTube.

no watermark, time limits and ads
records voice from a microphone, system and mouse sounds
users can edit audio and video to fine-tune recorded screencasts
saves videos in HD format (up to 720p or 1080p)
uploads video to YouTube for sharing

no webcam recording
saves recordings as WMV only

5. TinyTake


TinyTake's free screen recorder is designed to grab webcam and desktop footage - not in-game action. Starting a recording is simple - just click the button, then select an areas of the screen and tap [Ctrl]+[R].

Your recordings won't be watermarked, but you're limited to five minutes of footage at a time. That might not sound like much compared with some of the free screen recorders here, but it's plenty for an average YouTube video tutorial.

Once you're done, you can preview your video and export it to your hard drive, to YouTube, or to TinyTake's own cloud storage service, which gives you 2GB for your clips.

can use for free but with limited features
can add graphics from your local drive for annotating files
built-in viewer is optimized for mobile devices

free version is extremely limited
no free version for commercial use

Conclusion: We've put together a list of the best free screen recorder. Whichever software you choose, video recording software is a must if you are a teacher/educator, game player, or blogger.

More Tricks:

When get a lot video recordings from OBS, CamStudio, Ezvid, iSpring Free Cam, etc, you may decide to play or edit these video recording files in VLC, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere before sharing and uploading. However, when play or edit video recordings, guys often run into troubles like file not supported, no sound played or poor quality...

Well, the best video converting software- Brorsoft Video Converter (Video Converter for Mac) is an ultimate solution for all these issues. It is an optimal video converter for kinds of video recordings no matter in any video format including but no limited to .mp4, .flv, .avi, .wmv. With it, you can convert these recording files to any other popular video and audio format like MKV, MOV, AVI, 3GP, AC3, MP3... with ultra-fast speed and zero quality loss.

What's more, this Video Converter allows users to transcode recordings to Premiere Elements, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Sony Vegas Pro, Windows Movie Maker, After Effects, Pinnacle Studio for editing with the optimal presets. No worries about format compatibility issues anymore.


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