Screen recordings are a great way to make things easier to explain, whether it’s a tutorial, a software demo, an online presentation, or an online meeting discussion. But most of the “free” screen recording tools have limitations or something like that.
They set a time limit for the recording, show videos in low resolution, add watermarks or show ads. And you usually have to pay to get rid of those concerns. If you’ve had enough of all these and want the best free screen recording software, you’re in luck.
1. SnipClip (Web): No registration, no installation, unlimited free screenshots.
SnipClip is completely free, ad-free and unlimited. This is the first app you turn to when you want unlimited screen recording. The web application works in any modern desktop browser without registration, download or installation.
Click the button and choose whether you want to record the screen, the screen and your webcam (to talk in the bubble in the corner with your recording), or just your webcam. Let’s go ! It couldn’t be easier or simpler.
All work is done in your browser without sending anything online, which makes it faster and protects your privacy. When finished, SnipClip creates videos in WebM format. If you want to get a standard MP4 file, you can use the sister program SnipClip Convert or one of the best free MP4 and video converters online.
2. Vento (Web, Chrome): When you make a mistake, Go back and record the screen again
One of the main challenges with screenwriting is that if you make a mistake, you feel like you have to start all over again. Vento wants to eliminate this problem by allowing you to stop recording, go back to the part you made a mistake, and record seamlessly. It works exactly as advertised and you have to try it to believe it.
You can use Vento via a web app in a browser tab or Chrome extension. Before you start recording, Vento lets you record yourself via webcam if you want to talk during the recording, which is great for demonstrations.
If you make a mistake, pause the video and Vento will open it in the editor. Play your recording so far and select the point where you want to overwrite and re-record. When you’re ready, start typing again. The next time you take a break, Vento will suggest going back to the last one if you want to see if everything is fine.
Currently, Vento is completely free, allows up to 20 minutes of screen recordings and delivers them as 1080p video. The site says it plans to introduce tiered pricing soon, where the free version will be limited to 10 minutes of screenshots shown in 720p.
Download: Vento for Chrome (Free)
3. Screen Capture (Chrome): Free Screen Recording with Live Annotations
Screenity is one of the best screen recording extensions for Chrome because of its unique and easy way to annotate anything on your screen. You can start a recording from the extension bar and choose to record yourself via webcam. Screenity also has a “push to talk” button to keep the recording quiet unless you want to talk about something.
In the lower left corner of your screen, you’ll see options for annotation tools. You can draw freely on the screen, quickly add text and draw a pointing arrow. Of course, you can choose different colors for this. There are also options to quickly undo or delete annotations. Screenity also has some neat options for using the cursor to draw attention to areas of the screen.
Once you’re done, Screenity lets you edit your recording before uploading it. You can of course trim the start and end times of the video, but more impressively, you can also remove part of the middle by showing the timestamps. You can then download the final recording to your computer as a WebM, MP4 or GIF file, or save it directly to Google Drive.
Download: Screen for Chrome (Free)
4. Gemoo (Web, Windows, macOS): The Most Powerful Free Screen Recorder
Gemoo is the most powerful free screen recorder we’ve come across in our tests. Yes, it’s really free, no hidden costs, no time limit, no watermark and shows FullHD 1080p videos. You can use it as a web app in your browser, but it’s best used as a standalone desktop app for Windows or Mac.
Gemoo recorder can capture screen or screen+webcam with many options to customize your live webcam avatar. You can choose between round and rectangular frames, resize, and even switch to a full-screen webcam with one click. Gemoo also has annotation tools for drawing shapes, inserting GIFs, and writing text during your video.
When you’re done, the video is automatically saved to your Gemoo cloud, where you can also access the powerful video editor. In the editor, you can trim the video as you like and add text captions anywhere on the screen. You can also add Call-to-Action buttons or logos that the viewer can click to access the link.
Download: Gemoo for Windows | macOS (Free)
5. GifCap (Web): Create Screen Recorder GIFs Without Installation
While most screen recorders can make videos, sometimes you want a light GIF instead. GifCap is the simplest and easiest to use program to do this. It requires no registration, installation or download and works directly from a browser tab. In addition, all registration is done on the client side, no data is uploaded to the website.
After clicking the “Start recording” button, GifCap will ask you whether you want to share the entire screen, the browser window, or a specific tab. It will run in the background while you type. Return to the tab to complete registration and view your final product when you’re done.
You can adjust the start and end time of the GIF, which you’ll probably want to do to cut off the parts where you start and end your recording. Once you’re happy with your selection, click Render to complete and download the GIF (you’ll also see the file size). While the current session is in progress, you can return to the editor and display the GIF again.
To record screen on phones…
We hope that one of these screen recording software will suit your needs perfectly. But note that they all work on modern desktop browsers, not phone browsers. While there are many ways to record the screen on an Android device, the iPhone has a built-in screen recording option in the Control Center. But honestly, none of them are as easy or powerful as the programs featured in this article.