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Top 8 Free Screen Recording Software

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Screen recording software helps capture audio and video clips from your device screen.

Screen recording software lets you capture the activities on your device screen, including cursor movement, web browsing, or video calls. It also records the audio output of your device.

The software can be especially useful if you’re in marketing, product development, or sales where you need to record your computer screen to create tutorials, deliver instructions to clients, or even explain product functionality.

If you’re a freelancer or part of a small business, it may not be feasible to invest in top-of-the-line screen recording software. Instead, you can use a free screen record tool that does the job while saving money on a paid subscription.

This article highlights the top eight free screen recording software tools (listed alphabetically) based on user ratings and reviews. (Read how we selected these products.)

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1

Berrycast: Allows social sharing

Berrycast is a video recording application that lets you record your screen output to create video clips or messages.

The screen recorder uses your webcam to create picture-in-picture tutorial or explanation videos. It lets you customize the layout of the recorded video and add branding such as your company logo.

You can add audio narration to a captured video, annotate the narration, and edit the length of the video to match the narration. You can also integrate the software with third-party social media platforms to publish your videos on social media directly.

Berrycast offers chat and phone support. It is web-based and has a desktop application for Windows and Mac users.

*Analysis accurate as of December 2021
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Key Features:

  • Audio capture
  • Brainstorming
  • Collaboration tools
  • Customizable branding
  • Document management
  • File Sharing
Trial/Free Version:
Free Trial
Free Version
Cost to upgrade:

$9.99 per user per month

Device Compatibility:

Screenshot:

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Video menu in </span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/203132/Berrycast/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Berrycast</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (</span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/203132/Berrycast/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Source</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p>
2

CloudApp: Supports GIFs in recorded videos

CloudApp is a visual communication tool that lets you capture and share videos, GIFs, and screenshots with clients and teammates. It records your screen as a video or an annotated image, and shares the capture as a link.

With CloudApp, you can record the entire screen or just a part of it. You can use a built-in video editor to crop the length of the recording. You can also loop parts of your webcam recordings and turn them into GIFs to explain tricky concepts or instructions.

You can add annotations to the recorded videos and blur parts that contain sensitive information. You can even use your webcam to add picture-in-picture video narration to your recordings.

CloudApp offers chat and email support. It is web-based and has a mobile app for Android and iOS devices.

*Analysis accurate as of December 2021
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Key Features:

  • Audio capture
  • Content management
  • File sharing
  • Real-time editing
  • Screen capture
  • Screen recording
Trial/Free Version:
Free Trial
Free Version
Cost to upgrade:

$8 per user per month

Device Compatibility:

Screenshot:

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Creating a folder for recorded videos in </span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/154298/CloudApp/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CloudApp</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (</span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/154298/CloudApp/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Source</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p>
3

Descript: Provides autogenerated transcripts

Descript is a screen recording tool that also functions as an audio and video editor. You can record or upload media directly in Descript and start working on your projects.

The software automatically transcribes audio or video files and allows you to tweak the transcription text while editing your media clips. You can record your computer screen and webcam during web presentations and video conferences, and remove parts you don’t require before sharing the final capture.

The software uses artificial intelligence to clone your voice and generate high-quality audio from typed-out material. It also offers a built-in video editor to add titles, transitions, music, and animation effects to your recorded videos.

Descript is web-based and offers email, chat, and phone support.

*Analysis accurate as of December 2021
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Key Features:

  • Audio manipulation
  • Audio mixing
  • Audio recording
  • Collaboration tools
  • Mastering
  • Media library
Trial/Free Version:
Free Trial
Free Version
Cost to upgrade:

$12 per editor per month

Device Compatibility:

Screenshot:

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Built-in video editor in </span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/202803/Descript/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Descript</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (</span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/202803/Descript/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Source</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p>
4

Loom: Offers controlled viewing for sensitive videos

Loom is a video messaging and screen capture tool used by marketing, sales, HR, and engineering teams to record screen activity, team and client meetings, interviews, and product demos.

Loom offers screen recording for desktops as well as mobile devices. It lets you share the captured videos with your teammates and on third-party platforms via a sharable link. It also features a built-in editor to trim your videos and add a call-to-action button and a custom thumbnail.

With Loom, you can track audience engagement; viewers can react to your videos using emojis and comments. You can also choose controlled viewing for confidential client meetings wherein viewers will need a password to access your videos.

Loom offers email and chat support. It is web-based and has a mobile app for Android and iOS devices.

*Analysis accurate as of December 2021
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Key Features:

  • Access control/permissions
  • Activity tracking
  • Alerts and notifications
  • Annotations
  • Audio calls
  • Brainstorming
Trial/Free Version:
Free Trial
Free Version
Cost to upgrade:

$8 per user per month

Device Compatibility:

Screenshot:

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dashboard in </span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/191187/Loom/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Loom</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (</span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/191187/Loom/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Source</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p>
5

OBS Studio: Supports third-party plug-ins

OBS Studio is an open-source video editing and screen recording app that helps capture and mix audio and video files.

The software allows you to capture your screen output and add audio to the recorded videos. It also lets you add and merge multiple scenes to create seamless transitions. It offers an audio mixer with features such as noise gate and noise suppression to set the level of audio input.

You can add third-party plug-ins to OBS Studio to expand your toolkit. You can also use broadcast settings to configure every aspect, including video quality and resolution, of your video recording and streaming.

OBS Studio offers chat support. It is available as a desktop application for Windows and Mac devices.

*Analysis accurate as of December 2021
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Key Features:

  • Audio capture
  • Collaboration tools
  • Multi-screen recording
  • Screen capture
  • Screen recording
  • Video editing
Trial/Free Version:
Free Trial
Free Version
Cost to upgrade:

Open source

Device Compatibility:

Screenshot:

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Video dashboard in </span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/164144/OBS/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">OBS Studio</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (</span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/164144/OBS/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Source</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p>
6

Screencastify: Creates text-based explanations

Screencastify is a screen capturing tool that helps record, edit, and share HD videos. It lets you create sales pitching videos, product demos, troubleshooting videos, and more.

With Screencastify, you can capture your desktop and browser screens to record videos or take screenshots. You can annotate the videos to create notes or text-based explanations, or highlight specific sections of your videos.

The software features a watch page that lets you share videos instantly on social media. You can track viewer engagement and understanding of your content by embedding interactive feedback forms in your videos.

Screencastify is web-based and offers email support.

*Analysis accurate as of December 2021
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Key Features:

  • Annotations
  • Audio capture
  • Churn management
  • Communication management
  • File sharing
  • Screen recording
Trial/Free Version:
Free Trial
Free Version
Cost to upgrade:

$29 per user per year

Device Compatibility:

Screenshot:

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Setting up microphone in </span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/163770/Screencastify/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Screencastify</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (</span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/163770/Screencastify/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Source</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p>
7

Vidyard: Presents engagement metrics for videos

Vidyard is a video recording platform for creating interactive and personalized videos. Designed for marketers and sales teams, the software helps record your screen and edit the capture per your needs.

Vidyard lets you upload existing videos and edit them. You can share the edited videos via email, social media, and third-party communication tools. You can also embed animated video previews in your emails.

A detailed video analytics dashboard is available to track engagement and measure the impact of your videos. You can see how viewers progress through your engagement funnel and which videos convert best. Engagement metrics also allow you to qualify, segment, score, nurture, and engage leads.

Vidyard offers phone, chat, and email support. It is web-based and has a mobile app for Android and iOS devices.

*Analysis accurate as of December 2021
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Key Features:

  • Analytics and ROI tracking
  • Bulk uploading
  • Closed captions
  • Content library
  • Customizable branding
  • Lead capture
Trial/Free Version:
Free Trial
Free Version
Cost to upgrade:

$15 per user per month

Device Compatibility:

Screenshot:

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Video editor in </span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/125653/Vidyard/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vidyard</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (</span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/125653/Vidyard/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Source</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p>
8

Vmaker: Integrates with third-party email platforms

Vmaker is a video messaging tool that lets you record your screen, webcam, or both. It helps edit, trim, crop, and resize your videos.

The software allows you to record videos of up to 4K quality as well as add custom virtual backgrounds when recording your webcam output. It provides screen annotations, video blurring, and an expiry timestamp that auto-deletes your videos from the internal library once they expire.

With Vmaker, you get unlimited storage space to create and save multiple types of videos, including high-quality product walkthroughs. You can also personalize your email interactions with a video message by integrating Vmaker with third-party email platforms.

Vmaker offers email and phone support. It is web-based and has a desktop application for Windows and Linux users.

*Analysis accurate as of December 2021
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Key Features:

  • Annotations
  • Audio capture
  • Backup and recovery
  • Collaboration tools
  • File sharing
  • Screen capture
Trial/Free Version:
Free Trial
Free Version
Cost to upgrade:

$7 per user per month

Device Compatibility:

Screenshot:

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Managing video projects in </span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/214929/VMaker/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vmaker</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (</span><a href="https://www.capterra.com/p/214929/VMaker/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Source</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p>

How to choose the right free screen recording software

To choose the right free screen video recorder, you should be aware of certain features. Keeping these considerations in mind when looking at options will help you narrow down your choice:

  • Check for pre-programmed watermarks. Some free tools add watermarks to the recordings unless you purchase a paid plan. Look for a free solution that doesn’t automatically add a watermark to your screen or webcam recordings.
  • Check for limits on recording time. Free screen recording tools often limit the recording duration. Look for a free solution that either doesn’t have a limited recording duration or whose recording time—even if limited—fits your needs.
  • Assess the tool’s user interface. A screen recording tool should be intuitive and easy to use, even for beginners. When selecting new software, check how user-friendly it is and whether it provides a tutorial for new users.

Common questions to ask while selecting free screen recording software

Having the right set of questions to ask vendors can improve your chances of finding an ideal product for your needs. These are some questions you can ask vendors when looking for a free screen recorder tool:

What kind of support should I expect?

Before finalizing a vendor, check what kind of support free users get and if priority support is only accessible on buying a paid plan. Also, ask the turnaround time for tracking and fixing bugs.

What are your integration options?

Most screen recording tools integrate with social media and communication platforms to facilitate sharing of assets. Before finalizing, you can ask vendors if their free screen recorder supports easy integration with the third-party tools you use.

Is your software scalable?

As your team size increases, more users will need screen recorder software for their work. An ideal tool should offer additional user seats to make it easier for new users to capture their screens. Before finalizing a product, ask whether such features are part of the free or paid version.

How did we choose these products? We didn’t—you did

To find your ideal software match, you need information you can trust—so you can save time, stay on budget, and focus more energy on growing your business. It’s why we vet and verify all our user reviews and recommend only the tools endorsed by people such as you.

In other words, our product recommendations are never bought or sold, or based on the opinion of a single individual—they’re chosen by your peers, reflecting the views and experiences of our independent base of software reviewers.


At Capterra, we objectively select and rank products based on a methodology developed by our research team. Some vendors pay us when they receive web traffic, but this has no influence on our methodology.

To be considered for this list, products had to:

  1. Have at least 20 unique product reviews published on Capterra within the past two years, with an average rating of 3.0 or higher (as on Dec. 16, 2021). We selected the eight products with the highest ratings to feature in this article.
  2. Offer a free, standalone version of the software (not a trial version of the software where you must purchase a product after a limited amount of time).
  3. Meet our screen recording software market definition: “Screen Recording software allows users to capture audio and video clips from their screens and other devices such as webcams. These media files can be edited, annotated, and converted to various formats, as well as uploaded to help businesses with training, tutorials, demos, and more.”

“Best functionality” tool is identified based on the highest user ratings for functionality that a vendor received based on publicly available reviews (as on Dec. 16, 2021).

“Most affordable” tool is identified based on the lowest pricing a vendor offered on their website in terms of cost to upgrade (as on Dec. 16, 2021).

Disclaimer: We conducted this analysis based on reviews and ratings data as of Dec. 16, 2021. In order to present the most up-to-date information, the product cards show real-time ratings. Please note that this means the ratings value in the product card may not reflect the ratings value at the time of analysis.

Product research for this article was conducted by Himanshi Arora.


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About the Author

Ashish Upadhyay

Ashish Upadhyay

Ashish Upadhyay is a content writer at Capterra, helping small businesses identify the right software for their business needs by analyzing user reviews data for the highest rated products in relevant software categories. Prior to joining Gartner, he worked in insurtech, fintech, and real estate. Specializing in marketing, project, and IT management, Ashish’s works have been featured in MAST magazine and Medium. In his free time, he enjoys working out and playing video games.

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