I want to record some tutorials / workings of my programs / desktop activities / old-school gaming in Windows 8.1.
I tried a few video capture programs, but the results didn’t satisfy me.
So, I’m looking for a – preferably free, possibly user-friendly – video capture software for Windows, just like the Geany IDE of Linux: lightweight and robust. Videos should be able to be recorded at 720p and at least 24FPS.
Edit: In addition to the answers to this question, there are more alternative programs that can be found under another question: What is a screen recorder with mouse movement and can save the recording as video?
Modern video cards have screen and 3d application recording features included.
You don't need to install OBS or similar software with their CPU-consuming bells and whistles. Just install AMD or NVIDIA (depending on your video card) drivers and you'll be able to capture video already encoded in h264 or h265 with no FPS drop.
Answered by Nakilon on December 7, 2021
My company is using Screenpresso
Capture your screen in HD videos
A small video is the key to reduce misunderstanding in documentation. Screenpresso records your screen in a video and produces lightweight MP4 video files for easy sharing.
- Capture in MP4 format for lightweight files
- Capture your microphone and webcam
- Export frames/images
- Resize the video at the end and change the format
The screenshot feature is also great
Capture screenshots including scrolling parts
Press the Print Screen button, and you will see how Screenpresso magically assists you in screen capture:
The mouse cursor will turn into a crosshair, and moving it around the screen will automatically highlight the area that can be captured in red. It does some pretty cool edge snapping to the screen, so you can choose to capture part of a window, or the entire window, or even the whole screen.
- Capture full screen, part of the screen or a specific window with the same shortcut/hot key.
- Make sure to capture exactly what you need. Click and drag anywhere on your screen to select a region with pixel perfect accuracy thanks to the zoom lens at the right bottom of the screen
- Capture scrolling windows: Can’t fit it on the screen ? Make a unique image of scrolling windows thanks to the stitching mechanism.
- Capture your mouse cursor and the context of the capture
- Delay capture for capturing context menu
(image source: screenpresso.com)
Answered by phuclv on December 7, 2021
I realize this is an older questions - but I have had amazing success with Microsoft's Utility Spotlight for the following reasons.
So this answer has received a lot of interest, but unfortunately the spotlight utility stopped working for Windows 10. To fix this do the following.
Uninstall Spotlight if you upgraded and it stopped working (if you dont have it installed skip this step)
Install 7zip (if you don't already have it)
Open the executable in 7zip and move the WMEEncodeer64.msi to you
Open command prompt and run the following command
msiexec.exe /i c:WMEEncodeer64.msi /QN /L*V "%TEMP%wmeencoder.log"
You should now see a
C:Program FilesWindows Media ComponentsEncoder directory.
Install the Spotlight Utility
Hi I’m Burak Uysaler. I developed the utility in https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.03.utilityspotlight2.aspx. But it has some issues with Win 10. So I corrected them and published at https://burakuysaler.wordpress.com/2020/03/16/screenrecorder-final-by-burak-uysaler/. As I don 't work at Microsoft anymore, I uploaded it to my Blog. Thanks.
Answered by Chris Maggiulli on December 7, 2021
I like Loilo. Features that you might like include:
I tried a few others and this was the only one that seemed to work well. The only caveat is that it comes bundled with a trial for video editing software.
Answered by Travis on December 7, 2021
After months in search of a good, free screen capture program, I found this, and I knew that my search was finally over.
OBS is for both streaming and general screen capture. It can stream to a service like Twitch or just write to a local file. It uses x264, a powerful encoder for the H.264 (.mp4) codec, which allows for flexible compression and low file sizes.
It uses a scene system, which lets you place images, text, or whatever you want on the output video. For compatibility, there are different scene objects called "Monitor Capture," "Video Capture Device," "Window Capture," and "Game Capture" all for reliably capturing portions of the screen. It also has a plugin system in case you want a specific feature implemented, like a live chat or playing another video within the stream.
Another very useful feature that OBS has is that you don't need to use something like Virtual Audio Cable to merge the speaker output and microphone; you can tell OBS to do that as a built-in feature.
Answered by oldmud0 on December 7, 2021
You can use HyperCam:
Answered by Franck Dernoncourt on December 7, 2021
For video games, you can use Fraps:
Answered by Franck Dernoncourt on December 7, 2021
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