9 Best Screen Capture Software for Video Tutorials and Client Walkthroughs in 2017

Posted on April 27, 2017 by in Resources | 23 comments

9 Best Screen Capture Software for Video Tutorials and Client Walkthroughs in 2017

Have you ever needed to record your screen to show a demo of your software, give someone a walkthrough as a tutorial, or create a video of your screen for an online course? Screen capture software is perfect for this. Screen capture software includes tools to capture all or portions of your screen in high definition, and allows you to easily edit, add information such as text or audio, add interactive buttons, and lots more. Some even include features such as live-streaming.

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Most of the apps on this list were made specifically for creating training videos. Some are for Mac only, some are for Windows only, and others work on both systems as well as Linux. Prices range from free to several hundred dollars. I’m showing the prices for commercial use. The software might be cheaper than I’ve shown, but the cheaper prices will either show watermarks, limit the features such as time of recording or number of recordings, reduce the editing features, or specify they are for home use only. The apps are in no particular order.

1. QuickTime

QuickTime 7 Pro for Mac from Apple unlocks editing functionality within the QuickTime 7 Player. Editing features include creating slideshows with music, cropping, resizing, compression, and adding special effects. You can also convert images to different formats. The Pro features are purchased through the free app. QuickTime X (10) Ships with Mac OS X. It includes video editing, screen recording, capture of video and audio streams, visual chapters, file conversion, sharing to YouTube, live streaming, and GPU acceleration. Its screen capture features keep users from copying DVD’s. It removes support for a few of the popular formats, so some have preferred version 7.

Price: $29.99 | More Information

2. ScreenFlow

ScreenFlow from Telestream provides video editing, screen recording, and screen-casting for Mac. Anything or any part of the screen can be recorded with high quality. It evens records iOS, meaning you can record your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. It includes tools meant for software tutorials such as mouse click effects, pointer size, and displaying any keys that are pressed. Editing tools include callouts, highlights, annotations, transitions, text, audio and video filters, and even multi-channel audio. Animations include graphics, titles, and logos. It also includes closed-caption support. The intuitive interface is easy to learn for anyone without video editing experience. It has lots of publishing options.

Price: $99 | More Information

3. Screenium

Screenium from Synium Software provides screen recording for both Mac and iOS. It provides recording at 60 frames per second to create a smooth video recording. It will record full screen, windows, or a selected area. Editing features include cutting, text, audio, effects, transitions, and animation. You can embed picture-in-picture clips from a webcam so you can appear within the video or show additional slides or images. It has smart zooming to highlight areas on the screen. Videos export to multiple platforms including YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Flickr, and messages and mail apps.

Price: $49.99 | More Information

4. Screen Recorder

Screen Recorder from Icecream Apps works on Mac OS X and Windows 10 to capture any area of the screen as either a screenshot or a video in HD. You can draw, add text, and add arrows while you’re performing the screen capture. It even includes project history so you can see previous versions of the images and videos. Zoom while recording and select a mouse size and area so you can record a specific region around the mouse. Trim, convert, display hot-keys within the video, set screen captures on a timer, and perform audio adjustments.

Price: $29.95 | More Information

5. Camtasia

Camtasia from TechSmith uses an intuitive drag-and-drop WYSIWYG editor for both Mac and PC. You can record any portion of the screen all the way down to an individual pixel. Add callouts, shapes, and arrows. Insert video using your webcam. Build videos with multiple tracks for video, audio, images, and text. Import media with 4k resolution. Add transitions such as intro or outro to the beginning or end of a clip. Add voice narration, audio effects, video effects, and even green-screen. You can even add quizzes so you can know how much of the video was viewed and by whom. It includes animated backgrounds, graphics, icons, and royalty-free music tracks that are safe to play on YouTube and Vimeo.

Price: $199 | More Information

6. Snagit

Snagit, also from TechSmith, is a simple screen capture and recording app for Windows and Mac. Capture screenshots, record video, edit images, and share your files. It includes markup tools that make it easy to edit and customize every screenshot. Click and drag to capture any portion of the screen. Record, narrate, and trim video. A magnify tool lets you focus on one portion of the screen. It can be expanded to capture Android and iOS and send photos and videos to the Snagit editor from your mobile device. It will even capture multiple types of scrolls. Panoramic capture is used for wide horizontal scrolls and infinitely scrolling webpages. Scrolling capture helps to capture something that’s not showing on the screen vertically, horizontally, or a scrolling area. It will also create animated GIF’s.

Price: $49.95 | More Information

7. Snap 10

Ashampoo’s Snap 10 for Windows allows you to capture and edit anything on your screen including the entire screen, multiple windows at once, a web page, or individual sections, and turn them into images or videos. You can add arrows, graphics, automatic numbering, etc., to create self-explanatory steps. Live editing lets you add text, drawings, and voice narration rather than having to add them in post-production. Visually show mouse and button clicks within the video. Add watermarks, include information on the source page, and include other graphical metadata and links. Videos can also be converted to animated GIF’s.

Price: $49 | More Information

8. Open Broadcaster

Open Broadcast Software is a free open source software studio for Mac, Windows, and Linux that’s made specifically for video recording and live streaming. Designed with gamers in mind, it records directly from your graphics card in HD in full-screen at 60 frames per second. It includes real-time video and audio capturing and mixing to record unlimited scenes. You can switch between scenes using custom transitions. Video editing includes filters such as chroma, color correction, color keying, masking, etc. Audio filters include gain, noise gate, suppression, and VST plugin support adds even more features. It’s easy to configure and you can set up different configurations based on profiles. The studio mode lets you preview the video before publishing.

Price: $Free | More Information

9. Flashback

Flashback, from BlueBerry Software, is a screen recording app for Windows. It will record any part of your screen from multiple monitors to create a video file. It will also record from your webcam and will record audio. It includes pro editing tools so you can draw on the screen, add notes, callouts, text, images, cut, crop, add blur effects, synchronize audio with video, etc. The files will export to any major video format. Schedule your recordings and add watermarks, interactive buttons, create start and end titles, etc. Zoom in to any part of the recording and use auto-tracking for the mouse so the action stays in view.

Price: $99 | More Information

Final Thought

Screen capture software provides you with the tools to create videos of your screen, allowing you to easily create your own software tutorials and walkthroughs. There are a lot of screen recorders out there to choose from, but this quick look at 9 screen capture programs will help you narrow it down so you can select the best software for your needs and budget.

We’d like to hear from you. What is your favorite screen capture software?

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23 Comments

  1. Important… QuickTime for Windows should not be used. Apple is no longer providing support or security updates for that product. It is now considered a security risk for Windows users. If this product is on your Windows PC, remove immediately. DO NOT USE.

  2. Maybe Loom for Google Chrome?

  3. I use Screencast-O-Matic. You can record your screen, or Webcam, or both. They have a free version which let’s you record up to 15 minute videos, with a watermark. If you want to record longer videos or remove the watermark, you can upgrade to the pro version for $15 yr.

    • I also use Screencast-O-Matic. It’s simple and easy to use. Does all the basics for $15 yr. A steal.

  4. Surprising there was no mention of CamStudio (Yeah, Windows Only)

    • That is probably because of the malware in it! Direct from SourceForge:

      “Editor’s Review
      Notice Regarding Malware:
      The downloads from camstudio.org are known to contain malware. “

      • Correct. CamStudio Portable is clean.

  5. Cisco Webex is free.

  6. We use and recommend Bandicam https://www.bandicam.com/ for our VA’s (Windows only). The free version is limited to 10 minutes and contains a watermark, but that is fine for most quick screen videos. The full version is only $US60 for a 2-computer licence.

  7. Don’t forget screen-o-matic.

    It’s only $19/yr and is great…used to use Camtasia but this is just as
    good and feature rich..and priced right as well.
    Robbie

  8. Sorry…noticed it was posted before. Also, correct..its free but the pro is $15US/yr but still…excellent value. ^_^

  9. +1 Snagit

  10. Wow!! I think you have missed the best one of all, IORAD. Much, much better than just a screen capture. This software autocreates an interactive tutorial for anything you do on a site.

    The free vesion produces a simulated version of the interactive tutorial, but the paid one produces a live version, which means that you’re no longer watching a tutorial and then recreating the steps on the real site, here the tutorial itself is the acction you’re trying to achieve!!!

    I’ve been using it for some clients now and it’s by far the best way to teach ’em and at the same time is the fastest way for u (the professional) to create lots of tutos without going through the pain of having to write down a script of the things u need to mention in the tutorial or having to restart it when you mess it up or even having to do some editing, etc. Here u just click/write/drag&drop/etc whatever u need in your real site and IORAD do the rest in just secconds. The final product is a really professional interactive tutorial with animated transitions beteewn steps.

    The free versions gives u the hability to use the autotranslation feature (by Google Translate) or just do it manually. Since I’m from spain, this is a must have for my clients.

    The paid version (a bit expenssive for the majority of us) lets you privatize all tutorials, add audio to each step and some other interesting things I don’t remember right now.

    Since its free, I think u should give it a try because it’s really innovative and will save u TONS of hours.

  11. I LOVE Loom! And trust me, I’ve tried them all. Client onboarding and training has been a breeze with Loom.. the best part is the positive comments I get from my clients and potential clients.
    Features I love:
    -Ability to make notes and bookmark timings in the video.
    -Email the videos and view the videos in the actual email.
    -shared comments and notes on the video
    -screen record right in the video.
    -Free. No paid memberships.
    -chrome extension
    Check it out. I’d post a link, but I think it’s against policy here.

  12. Have to mention https://www.screencastify.com

    It’s a Chrome extension, so it works on all 3 major OS’s, and it’s really simple. Has some great options, but not too many. Just makes it super easy to record and save to Google Drive or push to YouTube. It also includes GIF & MP4 export options.

    • +1 for Screencastify. Works well and easy to use

  13. i use screenflow. Honestly the mac OS is so much more stable and smoother than PC.( i was always a die hard PC fan tho for gaming) The linux just makes me never wanna go back to windows OS

  14. I’m a fan of OBS. Takes a bit of time to set up, but once you have things the way you want them, it’s solid and fairly straight forward.

    However, for quick one-off videos to reply to a basic client question or the like, Loom is pretty amazing!

  15. For the exact purpose I tested more than 10 screen capture tools. A lot of the free tools where either, not really free (tutorials), or was so limited in use you had to go for an expensive pro version.

    That was until I found screencast-o-matic it is by far the best tool for the money the pro version is only 15 USD a year.

  16. I personally use screencastomatic for most of my videos. It’s simple to use, inexpensive and has the basic editing features needed. My only complaint would be my long wordpress tutorials I put on youtube can take hours to compress.

  17. Personally im using camtasia for screen recording and snagit for screen capture. Ice cream screen recorder also brilliant.

  18. My favourite is ice cream screen recorder. You can use callout during recording. Video quality also good. It comes in free and premium version.

  19. Thank you for this great Screen Recorders compilation, Randy,
    IceCream & Camtasia Studio screen recorders are the best screen recorders for PC because of their video quality & more advanced tools.
    Currently, I’m using IceCream.
    Yasar,

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