Screen recorder tools are handy when you want to capture something that you are doing on your desktop to share it with others. For instance, you may want to teach someone how to use a program or demonstrate a walkthrough using your Windows PC and screen recorder tools will make the task easier to accomplish. When you have saved the recording, you can share them with others or upload it to your website or YouTube. We’ve covered tools to capture screenshots on your PC before, now its time to take a look at some free screen recorder Windows 8 tools.
If you are doing a one off video recording, using a free screen recorder tool is okay. However, most free screen recorder tools tend to add a watermark to the images. If you intend to video record stuff on a regular basis, it is better to pick up a premium tool that adds a professional touch to your recordings.
Screen Recorder Windows 8 Tools
LiteCam HD is ideal for recording presentations, manuals, video clips, webcams, and lessons. The tool offers three recording modes; General recording for capturing screen activities such as software demo, text, and presentations; Video recording for capturing non-streaming or streaming videos such as YouTube videos and movies; and Audio Recording for capturing sounds from the computer or microphone. Once your video is captured you can preview your work, trim, or convert the recordings as desired and save it in the desired format. The free version leaves a watermark on your output and a single license version will cost you $38.
With over 2 million downloads to its credit, Ezvid lets you capture just about anything on your screen including games you play. It also lets you edit videos, add stamps or drawings on the screen, split videos, duplicate them, add computer narration, and create videos specially optimized for YouTube. In fact, it even offers a direct upload to YouTube option. Ezvid is free to download and use and is a tool that is definitely worth checking out.
Screencast-O-Matic (SOM) lets you record your screen and then watch your previews after it is done. The recording process is simple enough and you can upload your video directly to YouTube or to the Screencast-O-Matic website if you are satisfied with everything. You also have options to save the file in MP4, AVI, FLV, or GIF format on your computer. SOM does have a one click capture recording, but its interface isn’t the most intuitive one and it does leave a watermark on published videos. You also get only a maximum of 15 minutes recording with the free version. You can go for the feature rich Pro version if you like for $15 a year.
HyperCam v 2 is a full fledged tool for creating regular software presentations, tutorial, demos but does not allow for re-recording other movie clips. It supports text annotations, sound, and screen notes and saves your recordings to AVI ASF, or WMV file formats. It can also record sound from your computer microphone. It has plenty of options for configuring the screen area, adding hotkeys, and setting sound options.
SMRecorder is a freeware that lets you record audio and video output and add onscreen annotation and narration for tutorials or presentations you might create. Being a freeware tool, you have to watch out for extra toolbars that might get added when you install SMRecorder. The recordings can be saved in AVI or MP4 format and the video and audio sync options work perfectly well.
If you use a screen recorder Windows tool for your video captures that deserves a mention in this list, let us know.