5 Best Screen Recorders for PC (Windows&Mac)

This post reveals 5 free and paid screen recorders on Windows PCs. Their features, pros, and cons are introduced. The embedded video tutorial will show you how to use it for screen recording.

Monday November 1, 2021 10:29 AM PDT by Karen Greene

What makes a good screen recorder? A good screen recorder must be fully functional, such as support to open the web camera to achieve the effect of the picture in picture, allow to open the microphone to record the system’s voice and voice-over. The ability to export HD video without a watermark is another important feature of a good screen recorder. Different screen recorders have different features.

Some screen recorders can preset parameters before recording, and some screen recorders can edit while recording. If you are looking for the best screen recorder for your computer, then you have come to the right place. This article introduces several popular screen recorders on the market to give you a clear understanding of these screen recording software. Now, let’s dive in.

Screen Recorder Pros Cons Price
RecForth

No watermark

Free 

No editing function  

Free

Bandicam

Extra HD

Editing function

Free trial

Charged for advanced setting

Not support Mac

39.95$/ one PC license
WonderShare DemoCreator

Editing function

Free trial

The free trial has a watermark

$9.99/Month

$39.99/Year

$59.99/forever

Screencast-O-Matic

Free trial

Not HD

$1.65/Month
Xbox Game Bar

No download

Single recording mode

Free

#1. RecForth – Best Screen Recorder Without Watermark

RecForth is a free HD screen recorder. The interface of the software is simple and the operation process is very friendly to novices. It can support one-button recording and exporting videos without a watermark. Users can choose full-screen,  rectangle, or window recording to meet their different recording requirements with its various video recording modes. Before recording, you can perform advanced Settings such as webcam overlay, timing recording, highlighting Pointers, and recording voiceover. 

RecForth is ideal for recording lessons, game tutorials, demos, and live broadcasts. As a pure video software, with no video editing capabilities yet. If you’re not particularly keen on recording video, RecForth is for you.

RecForth Overview

RecForth Overview

Pro:

  • It’s free to use. 
  • High-quality videos without a watermark.
  • Advanced recording settings – Webcam overlay, auto stop, standout pointer.

Cons:

  • Not support editing while recording.
  • So far it only works on Windows 10 and 11.

#2. Bandicam – Lightweight Screen Recorder Software

Bandicam is a brand of HD video recording software that allows you to record your computer’s full screen and customize your area settings. The software has screen recording mode (support record desktop screen and web video), device recording mode(support record webcam and HDMI capture Device), and game recording mode(support record games and video players using Directx). Users can edit while recording, such as adding lines, text, and other annotation effects to highlight the important content you want to show. Bandicam does not support the Mac version, nor does it have the ability to record only sound. The unregistered version can only record 10 minutes of video with a watermark.

As a professional video recorder, capable of recording 4K ultra HD video resolution up to 3840×2160. Bandicam is suitable for professionals with high requirements for recording video. It’s not free, but it’s the kind of professional that is worth trying.

Bandicam Overview

Bandicam Overview

Pros:

  • It has a free trial.
  • Advanced settings like draw, add text and zoom in while recording.

Cons:

  • You got to pay 39.95$/ one PC license for  Bandicam. (Really expensive)
  • Some users reported that the color difference between the exported video and the original painting is large under game recording mode.

#3. Wondershare DemoCreator – Full-featured Screen recorder

DemoCreator is an easy-to-use video recording software, providing full-screen recording and custom area recording. It also allows opening the built-in camera, to achieve the effect of the picture-in-picture. Game mode helps the user capture excellent moments and instantly share your game experience. You can define the range of screens you want to record, a single window, or the entire computer screen. 

It supports exporting the video up to the resolution of 4096*2160. After recording, Democreator allows you to do post-editing, such as cutting out unnecessary clips, adding text annotations, adjusting shots and music.  

WonderShare Democreator Overview

WonderShare Democreator Overview

Pros: 

  • Simple interface, easy to operate.
  •  The software is fully functional and can clip the exported video.

Cons:

  • After recording, the webcam is turned off. However, the microphone remains on. This can lead to privacy issues.
  • Most features are only available in the paid version.

#4. Screencast-O-Matic 

Screencast-O-Matic is an easy-to-use online screen recorder with audio and webcam. You can capture screens, cameras, and picture-in-picture features on Mac, Windows, Chrome, and Android.  

 The extra features like scripted recordings, drawing, and annotation, editing video only can be attached by upgrading to the Deluxe account. You can upload the video to the cloud, Google Drive, or even YouTube after stopping recording. It’s one of the best screen-recording apps on YouTube.

Screen-O-Matic Overview

Screen-O-Matic Overview

Pros: 

  • Supports Windows, Mac, Chromebook, iOS, and Android versions.
  • Free version. 

Cons: 

  • Charged for more advanced editing settings. 
  • You need to install the recommended version of Java for your operating system before screen recording.

#5. Xbox Game Bar – Windows Built-in Screen Recording Tool

The Xbox Game Bar offers a free on-screen recorder for Windows 10 users. The recorder comes pre-installed on your Windows 10 PC and provides you with a basic but useful service. In a way, the free recorder is convenient because it can be started directly from the computer, without downloading other software separately. But some of its limitations, such as gaming features aren’t available for Windows desktop or File Explorer, made Xbox is not a perfect choice. 

Launch windows 10 Game Bar on your PC by pressing Win + G on your keyboard simultaneously. Then click the Record button to start recording, or press Win + Alt + R instead. Click [Show all captures] to playback the recorded video after you stop recording.

Xbox Game Bar Overview

Xbox Game Bar Overview

Pros: 

  • One-click to start recording without downloading.
  • No watermark.

Cons: 

  • It can only record a separate application window, Windows desktop and file explorer can not record.
  • Limited video editing features.
  • Only support Windows 10

Frequently Asked Questions about Screen Recorders

How Can I Record My Screen for Free?

Since RecForth can export high-definition video without watermarking for free, I mainly use it for screen recording in daily life. Next, I will briefly introduce the operation process of this software.

Step 1. You can click the button to download RecForth from the Microsoft Store and wait for the computer to tell you that the installation is complete. Find RecForth on your computer and open it, and your screen recording journey begins.

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Step 2. Once you enter RecForth, select the mode(Full-Screen Recording, Rectangle Recording, Window Recording) you want, and then click the red button to start recording.  

Step 3. Click the red button to stop recording, and the My Video page will pop up automatically when you stop recording. Then you can playback, delete and rename the captured Video. 

The Paid Alternative (Bandicam)

RecForh is generally good for your basic screen recording needs, but if you have more specialized screen recording needs, you can try Bandicam, a premium product.

Step 1. Download Bandicam for Microsoft  Store and install it on your computer

Step 2. Choose the recording mode you want and start to record.

Step 3. Stop recording and review the captured video.

Conclusion

In this digital age, there are many screen recording software on the market. But only a handful are fully functional and free. After I use those 5 screen recording software, I recommend two suitable screen recording software. I recommend RecForth if you don’t need a very demanding screen recorder and just need to use it for everyday screen recording. I recommend Bandicam if you have special requirements for on-screen recordings, such as online editing during recording. Everyone’s needs for screen recording are different, so we need to choose the most suitable screen recorder according to their own needs. 

author

Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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RecForth - Free full-featured screen recorder for all

  • Free and easy-to-use
  • One-click to exported videos without watermark
  • Customized the size and color of the pointer to highlight important content
  • Allowing webcam overlay to capture the action
  • Record system sound and voiceover
  • Free set up automatic stop recording
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