Can you recommend a great screen recorder?

Snappy MCgirl May 5, 2013

I’m looking for a great, good quality screen, and audio (mic) recorder for recording game plays for YouTube. But am having quiet a hard time with finding a legit one. If anyone knows a free (or cheap) recorder please help!

    • cypherinfo
      May 18, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Hello, it seems a good list; I wonder which of them is free and... professional?

  1. susendeep dutta
    May 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Camstudio is open source and best free software you can get -

  2. Amit S
    May 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Audials One is the great tool for screen recording and have much more feature like recording online videos.

    • cypherinfo
      May 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Hello, I do not think the audials one 9 has the function to screen record anything but the streaming audio! Wrong info then :)

    • cypherinfo
      May 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Sorry after updating to the last release you're right.

  3. Aniket Singh
    May 6, 2013 at 8:30 am

    i think debut will be good,

  4. Manide
    May 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Snappy MCgirl,

    I see you are using Linux. Great!
    If so, I would recommend you to try out recordMyDesktop -

    P.S.: I know some people are using VLC media player for this purpose.

  5. ha14
    May 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    interesting suggestions are above.



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  6. DalSan M
    May 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Most gamers that record their gameplay use FRAPS, then do a voice-over through a video editor like Windows (or live) Movie Maker. Others use XSplit, obs project (, D3D Gear, etc. The main issue that you may have is the setup. Do you have a separate disk to record to that is not your OS hard drive? Are you recording at 30 frames per second (YouTube only uses 30 frames per second)? What are the specifications of your computer? Do you have unnecessary background services turned off (use IOBit Game Booster for this)? Most of these programs do not record of of your Mic because it would use much more resources and cause more lag issues (FRAPS alone can and most likely will cause dropped frame rates). Most people edit their videos and do a voice-over to make sure the video quality is good and a good quality narration can be added.

    • DalSan M
      May 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Sorry, missed the Linux OS part. Disregard the above comment as it may not apply to you.

  7. Stephen Brackens-Brinkley
    May 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I'm sorry I missed that your o/s was Linux. Camstudio can be installed on Linux using Wine, however. Here is a link that will show you how!

    • Paul Pruitt
      May 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      I'm going to have to start paying attention to that information at the end of a post too...

      Apparently Wink works on Linux as well, see: Notes for Wink Linux users:

      "Wink requires GTK 2.4 or higher. The installer does not create any links/shortcuts. If you want shortcuts you will have to create them yourself. For a list of known issues in the linux version, view the readme.txt file in the wink directory after installation.

      If the NumLock key is switched on, hotkeys in Wink do not work under Linux. So make sure to turn off the NumLock key while capturing."

  8. Paul Pruitt
    May 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Don't forget Wink, It can work as a video capturer if you set the screenshot capture rate to a high number.

  9. Stephen Brackens-Brinkley
    May 5, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I have used CamStudio screen recording software for years and have found it extremely user-friendly and quite reliable. Another great thing about it, the price! It's free!

    The current version is good, but it did require the locating, downloading and installing of some needed .dll files and I do not recommend that for someone who is unfamiliar with them. So, I would recommend that you try CamStudio 2.0 which is an older version but has all the .dll files that you need contained in it.

    Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 operating systems are supported.

    You can find the download here:

    Thank you for the question and happy recording!

  10. Ira Tozer
    May 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm
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