Best Screen Recorder Apps Windows Central 2021

Whether it's for work or gaming, recording your screen is an easy way to share content with other people. You can record your screen to create educational how-to videos, create a presentation to share on the web, or show off your latest sessions of your favorite game. Some screen recorders are powerful and fully-featured for professional-grade videos, while others are lightweight for simple sharing. Here are the best screen recorders you can get on Windows 10.

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Simple and lightweight: Screenbits

Staff pick

This is another lightweight screen recorder that's simple and straightforward. It allows you to record your screen, webcam, and system audio if you'd like. You can record up to 4K for high-resolution content or scale it down to create smaller files for easy sharing. It also has some nifty features, like the ability to pause a recording.

$8 at Microsoft
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Interactive educational videos: Adobe Captivate

This is an incredibly powerful option for teaching professionals. You can enhance your screen recordings with interactive buttons and create videos that scale to different devices. It works with PowerPoint for presenting, and videos from Captivate can be edited with the Adobe suite. When you're done, you can save your project in HTML5 or SWF for use in a browser or as a regular video.

$34/mo at Adobe
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Built right in: Xbox Game Bar

The Xbox Game Bar is built right into Windows 10. You can open the Game Bar by pressing Windows key + G or start a recording by pressing Windows key + Alt + R. You can then browse through all your recordings within the Game Bar.

Free at Microsoft
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Lightweight and easy: ShareX

This free app lets you record specific windows or your entire screen. You can set up hotkeys for the app to easily start and stop recordings. It also has some handy features, including the option to show or hide the cursor. You can capture videos as MP4s or GIFS for simple sharing.

Free at Microsoft
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Great for gamers: OBS

OBS is an incredibly powerful app for capturing audio and video. You can use multiple sources, run an unlimited number of scenes, and customize your recording layout within the app. It also allows you to broadcast live to platforms like Twitch and Facebook. Best of all, it's free.

Free at OBS
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Broadcast away: XSplit

XSplit is a great piece of software for recording your screen and broadcasting content. It works with Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and several other services. It's powerful, versatile, and works with a wide variety of streaming services. It has several price options, ranging from three-month plans to a lifetime license.

From $5/mo. at XSplit

Record and stream your screen

Recording your screen is an excellent way to share content with a classroom, your friends, or your followers on a stream. The screen recorder that's best for you depends greatly on what you need it to do.

If you want a lightweight screen recorder that's easy to set up and easy to use, you should grab Screenbits. It allows you to record your screen, webcam, and your system audio. It also has some handy features like customizable hotkeys and the ability to pause recordings.

If you want a powerful and versatile screen recorder that can also stream to several platforms, XSplit is a sound choice. It's a professional-grade streaming tool that supports 4K60FPS videos, unlimited scenes and sources, and all of the most popular streaming platforms. In fact, we use XSplit to stream the Windows Central Podcast each week.

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