Screen Recorder, Please Help

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I need to record my screen when I am showing "how to" videos of the backend of my software but not sure which recorder to buy?

When I google it I seem to only find free ones, which I know will suck and contain watermarks. A one time fee would be ideal as I will not use it much after that....

Ryan
Green Bay, WI
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#recorder #screen
  • I create how to tutorials using Camtasia. You may want to give it a look. It is very popular and affordable.
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    • Profile picture of the author rjd1265
      I seen that one but it was $299? I can afford that but it seems a bit pricey for a screen recorder...
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      • Profile picture of the author agmccall
        Originally Posted by rjd1265 View Post

        I seen that one but it was $299? I can afford that but it seems a bit pricey for a screen recorder...
        you can do many things with camtasia, not just record. you can edit video and audio as well as many other features.

        If all you want to do is simple screen recording, then you can try camstudio, it is free

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      • Profile picture of the author RyanJohnson1
        Originally Posted by rjd1265 View Post

        I seen that one but it was $299? I can afford that but it seems a bit pricey for a screen recorder...
        Camtasia is very good, it comes with a 30 (use) free trial. So you can use the software watermark free for 30 days without a problem.

        Or you can use screenflow if by chance you are on a mac. it's only $99 but no free trial.

        Hope that helps.
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      • Profile picture of the author NickNimmin
        Originally Posted by rjd1265 View Post

        I seen that one but it was $299? I can afford that but it seems a bit pricey for a screen recorder...
        Check out the trial, you'll fall in love with it because it's so easy. As someone else mentioned, you can also use it to edit videos, edit audio, etc. so it's good for more than just screen recording...in the event you may need any of the other things in the future.

        If you do pick up Camtasia, google for a guy named Lon Naylor, he's THE dude to learn Camtasia stuff from.
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  • Profile picture of the author rjd1265
    Ya, I do not need anything fancy...I dont need to edit the videos or anything, I outsource all that if needed.

    anything else people had a good experience with?
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  • Profile picture of the author dlane1987
    Camtasia is awesome and they have a trial.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
    Try Replay Video Capture Software - Screen Capture Video - one time fee of $39.99 or so - been using it for YEARS and it's a much cheaper alt to camtasia which is $200+?
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  • Profile picture of the author rjd1265
    The only camtasia I see when I Google it is from TechSmith...is that the one everyone is talking about?
    I just dont see spending $299 on it when I don't need any of its special features....
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  • Profile picture of the author munir ahmed
    Originally Posted by rjd1265 View Post

    I need to record my screen when I am showing "how to" videos of the backend of my software but not sure which recorder to buy?

    When I google it I seem to only find free ones, which I know will suck and contain watermarks. A one time fee would be ideal as I will not use it much after that....

    Ryan
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    Why pay for a screen recorder when you can get one for free. Full hd and does an amazing job,
    Its called hyperCam 2.

    i been using that and quality is really great and also very easy and straight forward to use.

    i used it on windows 8 and it worked well and recently tried it on windows 10 so no problem for me. im not sure on mac user but they have quick time player which is build in free screen recorder.

    Hope that helped... PM me if you want more info on where you can download it
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  • Profile picture of the author Antares330
    There are a few good screen recorders... I personally use bandicam...

    If I'm not wrong CamStudio is free...
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    • Profile picture of the author rjd1265
      I am not MAC so not sure why that gets brought up

      Originally Posted by Antares330 View Post

      There are a few good screen recorders... I personally use bandicam...

      If I'm not wrong CamStudio is free...
      CamStudio is free but there most recent reviews are horrible with people claiming Malware virus'

      Thanks for the feedback
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      OK, if you're looking for cheap . . .

      You can find older versions (latest is v.8, I believe) of Camtasia on eBay for under $25. Just search on "camtasia." Yes, you need to make sure you get the license key.

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  • Profile picture of the author michealkolince01
    Today most of the people are using the Camtasia. It is a good apps also. I have been using many apps. Such as Camtasia, camstudio & So on. You can use anyone of these. Both of these apps service is good. Thanks a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrmaquilan
    I'm not surprised with the answers.. because I believe every one agrees if you want to record your videos and do screen capture.. the software every body loves is Camtasia.

    But I do agree it comes with a hefty price tag. But here's a tip:

    You can actually get Camtasia for a Free 30 day trial by going to their website.. I believe it would be for an old version, but even that version is already a good way to start.

    And what I don't think everybody knows is that once your 30 day trial expires. You can actually type the keyword 'reset' on the portion that asks the license key to reset your 30 day trial!

    That gives you 2 months of being able to test their program for free! Really handy if you're starting out because two months already gives you tons of leverage to create your own product.

    It wouldn't work the next time around though, and would require that you get a license key after those 2 months.

    Now if you have a Macbook (I haven't tried this on Windows yet), you can actually just use the pre-installed QuickTime app and just select File > New Screen Recording to record your screen. This is a good way to record your screen for Free!

    Hope that helps..

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    I still use camtasia!
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    • Profile picture of the author morg2k2
      Well, you can use Screencast-o-Matic that is much cheaper, probably will not have all the features of Camtasia, but the question is?
      Do you need them to create your how-to videos?

      I normally use Screencast-o-matic to:

      - Create how-to videos
      - Slideshow videos
      - Hybrid videos (PC and Webcam)
      - Udemy videos

      So I think it works really well and it's very cost effective. You can start for free (up to 15min of recording) and can upgrade to the PRO version for just $15 per year.

      To me work really well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    I use screencast-o-matic for screen recording.

    It's $15/year for the pro version.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alperr
    If each video takes less than 5 mins. then go for the online and free one screener.com, give it a try.
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  • Profile picture of the author shobuz
    you can use "FastStone Capture" for record your Skin....
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  • Profile picture of the author rjd1265
    Thanks all,
    I decided to go with screencast-o-matic. this is exactly what I needed.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Camtasia and Camstudio can do the trick for you. If you don't want to go that route, then you can buy something called "ArcSoft Video Impression". Plus it has a 1-click feature that turns each video into a MP3 podcast for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author DotComHelp
    I use Apowersoft Screen Recorder Pro...Only $38

    Record pic n' pic videos

    Really cheap software and works good
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    • Profile picture of the author christy62
      Originally Posted by DotComHelp View Post

      I use Apowersoft Screen Recorder Pro...Only $38

      Record pic n' pic videos

      Really cheap software and works good
      yup, I am also using this screen recorder, it works fine. And if you don't wanna buy it. You may also try its free screen recorder, it's totally free and does not have watermark attached.
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      • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
        I used to swear by CamStudio for years, but when I recently had to re-install it... let's just say that the horror stories are true.

        I've since been using ShareX; it's free, straightforward, and it works.
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  • Profile picture of the author evanpwe
    JingProject is good. Not sure how long you can record for but it works real well
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  • Profile picture of the author RevenueGal
    I also use screencast-o-matic and cheap price for $15/per year is certainly worth it! Love it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Zoumhem
    The best desktop recording software I came across, which provides a good quliaty is Camtasia. I tryed camstudio, Hyper Cam 2 & 3 and Bandicam. None of them provided a good recording quality, even with the best settings.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdshahazahanbd
    I have been using the Camtasia for a long time. Beside the camtasia, sometimes I use the Camstudio. You can try by these two apps. I think both of these apps working well. You can try these apps, if you want. Both of these apps has the free version available. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author duncanmacgibbon
    With no doubt Camtasia is the best solution our there.
    And you can actually get Camtasia today for a Free 30 day trial
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  • Profile picture of the author iangh
    Originally Posted by rjd1265 View Post

    I need to record my screen when I am showing "how to" videos of the backend of my software but not sure which recorder to buy?

    When I google it I seem to only find free ones, which I know will suck and contain watermarks. A one time fee would be ideal as I will not use it much after that....

    Ryan
    Green Bay, WI
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    Hi there,

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    I was first introduced to joinme.com a couple of months ago and I was very impressed.
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  • Profile picture of the author jhr1455
    I use Screenpresso for screen recorder, and its less than $24. This is a 1 time payment only, and I have been using it for years now.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandalinasan
    Today most of the people are using the Camtasia. I have been using the Camtasia for a long time. Beside the Camtasia, I used the Camstudio. There is no Watermarked. You can use the free version also, if you want. thanks for your advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author floxtero
    Try CamStudio its free and easy to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author algrant
    You can record short videos with Jing and it is free from Techsmith. Snag It is also handy for both video and Video. Personally i use ScreenFlow as i am on a Mac.
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  • Profile picture of the author SamNuku
    CamStudio is free & i've used it. Windows also has one too.

    They are good for what they do. But, are nothing compared to Camtasia its not even close.

    Either way the most important thing is to get the videos up & onto your platform so use whatever works for you now & upgrade when you have the cash.
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  • Profile picture of the author nowservingpixels
    I'm surprised not many people know about Windows Media Encoder. It's a free Microsoft product, quality is great, and no watermarks. This was my screen recorder of choice until I started using Linux (which has several awesome & free screen recorders) for screencasts.
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  • Profile picture of the author SmartTim
    I'm using Bandicam, it is quite good, you can record your gameplay as well as a lot of things for your IM journey. One payment is all you need to get bandicam. Portable and easy to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
    ScreenPresso is absolutely awesome for about $30
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    • Profile picture of the author rjd1265
      I got screencast-o-matic and love it. does everything i want/need it to do! $15 a year
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  • Profile picture of the author Action Man
    I have Camtasia Studio, but the recorder I use most now is OBS (Open Broadcaster Software). It is free and open source, and it is now the favoured recorder gamers use to record game-play. It's GUI looks pretty basic when you first see it, but it is the most powerful high quality screen recorder I have ever come across. YouTube and Twitch gamers are fussy and competitive about their ultra-high quality screen capture. It records in real time, no need to render your video. It is very light on resources.

    It is not just for live broadcasting on Twitch or YouTube, but you can record your screen, do picture-in-picture, you name it. There are hundreds of tutorials on YouYube on how to use it. It is not a video editor, purely a recorder, but you can include images etc as overlays in your recording. It has a bit of a learning curve, but pretty easy once you get into it.

    I don’t use the OBS multiplatform edition, it has a better GUI, and still in development, but it is worth a look.

    https://obsproject.com


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  • Profile picture of the author ymike
    I used D3DGear game recording software, it is very good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raf Ashman
    Originally Posted by rjd1265 View Post

    I need to record my screen when I am showing "how to" videos of the backend of my software but not sure which recorder to buy?

    When I google it I seem to only find free ones, which I know will suck and contain watermarks. A one time fee would be ideal as I will not use it much after that....

    Ryan
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    I found this program some while ago and until now it has been working perfectly,
    no problems since installation and it works on mac; you have many saving option
    for the video that is being recorded . is the video tutorial
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