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The best free screen recorders in 2022

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Screen recorders on Windows and Mac are free and can be used to convert meetings, projects, or games into movies.

You can capture all that is happening on your screen with some amazing tools that are completely free and without any limitations.

OBS Studio

OBS Studio is the best screen recorder that we have tested. It can record everything on your computer screen, as well as capture video from your webcam to be used for picture-in, or even audio recording. You can save the recording to a file or stream them through the service of choice.

You can even get it on Windows 11 via the redesigned Microsoft Store.

OBS Studio is a great choice for gamers and professionals alike. There are however other options. A simpler tool may be sufficient if you are only looking to capture a few seconds of footage.

This list has something for everyone, whether you are making a tutorial video for YouTube, recording a Let’s Play video or capturing a video conference.

OBS Studio is the best free screen recorder if you are a gamer. OBS Studio, unlike the popular FRAPS, which limits you to recording for 30 seconds per stretch, unless you have a licence and adds a watermark on the footage, is completely open-source and free to use.

OBS Studio allows streaming and recording in high-definition, without any restrictions. You can stream live to Twitch and YouTube gaming, save your projects and return to them later or encode your footage as FLV and save it locally.

OBS Studio records directly from your graphics card. This allows you to capture full-screen games (other screen recorders only can record if the game’s windowed). You can also use customizable hotkeys for control of the recording. OBS Studio can make full use of multi-core CPUs to improve performance and record at 60FPS or higher.

Although it may take some time to get it set up the way you want, OBS Studio is hands down the best screen recorder for gamers.

FlashBack Express

Flashback Express is second in our list of favourite screen recorders, OBS Studio being our favourite. FlashBack Express is a free version that you can use to record screen recordings. It won’t place watermarks on your recordings and doesn’t impose time limits. Additionally, FlashBack Express has many tools and features that rival premium programs. FlashBack Express’ interface is easier than OBS Studio. This makes it a great choice for anyone who has never used a screen recording program.

Recording can be done from any part of your screen or window. You also have the option to record from a specific area or a webcam. After you are done, you will see your recording in a simple editor. Here you can crop, trim, and export it to YouTube, FTP servers, or your computer.

This is pretty standard stuff for a screen recorder. But, if you take the time to explore Flashback’s advanced settings, you’ll discover a wealth of carefully designed settings that will make your desktop recordings look professional. Flashback can hide passwords, replace your wallpaper with a plain wallpaper, hide messy desktop icons and highlight your mouse pointer for easier navigation. You can also set the frame rate per second in a gaming mode.

Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder

Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder is a great tool to record your presentation, tutorial or software demonstration. Although it is not suitable for gaming, this browser-based tool is the best for all other tasks.

Apowersoft Free Onlinescreen Recorder will prompt you to download a launcher program the first time you use it. The control bar will be loaded with many more options than most desktop screen recorders. You can record video from your webcam or your desktop, as well as audio from your microphone or your computer.

You have the option to record the entire screen or just a portion of it.

Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder offers customised keyboard shortcuts to speed up and make it easier. You can decide whether to include the cursor or not in the recording. Additionally, you can choose from a variety of output formats, including MP4, WMV and MOV.You can add annotations to the recording.

After you are done, save the recording as a video or GIF and upload it directly on YouTube or Vimeo. You can also send it to Google Drive, Dropbox, or Google Drive. The clip can be edited. This option will install Apowersoft Video Editor, which allows you to make small adjustments and export your video in the format that you prefer. This is a truly remarkable tool.

The ‘Download desktop edition’ button will take you to Apowersoft Screen Recorder Pro. This trial version is of a premium program and has a lower limit than Online Screen Recorder.

Video Capture – Debut

Debut Video Capture, a new addition in our list of free screen recorders is an excellent program that can capture more than what’s going on at your computer monitor.

Debut Video Capture is capable of recording screen footage without watermarks or time limits. It can also record footage from other devices such as webcams and security camera cameras. You can set it up to record on a schedule so that it becomes the central hub of your home security system. It’s not bad for a program that is completely free for personal use.

Although there are no tools for post-production editing, you can apply filters and add watermarks or captions to your videos before you start recording. You can’t export videos to YouTube or Facebook directly, but you can save them in most of the major formats including MOV, MP4, and AVI.

Debut Video Capture currently offers a public beta. We look forward to the final release with more polish.


ShareX, an open-source application that allows you to take screenshots and record video, is available for download. The interface isn’t intuitive. There are no watermarks and time restrictions. You can quickly refer to the keyboard shortcuts Shift+Print screen. Use Ctrl + Shift+Print to stop a recording.

The screen recorder can be downloaded for free. The screen recorder saves the captured video as a GIF rather than a file. This is a great way to share your photos on forums and social media.

ShareX is a screen recorder that’s very popular. It can capture scrolling pages, identify text by OCR and even capture your screen according to the schedule you set.

One of the most impressive features of the project’s website is its ability to upload captured videos and captures directly to file-sharing or social media websites. You have many options when it comes to the project website.

ShareX is not able to capture screen or record full-screen.


Screencast-O-Matic, a browser-based screen recording tool, is also free and very easy to use. Recordings should not exceed 15 minutes. Zooming in allows you to zoom in, make clips, add captions, then save your videos to YouTube, your desktop, or the cloud. You can also share your video and add any of the 30 royalty free music tracks.

Click on Start recording for free’, then Launch Free Recorder’. You will then be asked to download the web launcher. The screen recorder should then start. You can then adjust the recording window to meet your needs. It can capture your entire screen or a particular area. Hit the red button. You can record audio from your computer/microphone and capture footage from your webcam, screen, or both.

Upgrade to Deluxe for more features, such as scripted recording, drawing, annotations and a visual editor. Perhaps the most important feature is that you can automatically create captions using text-to speech. Screencast-O-Matic costs $1.65 per month, or about AU$2.50 per month. However, this powerful set of tools is not only affordable, but Screencast-O-Matic is completely free.

The only problem with this screen recorder is the fact that your recordings may be watermarked if you don’t upgrade.

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