Best free video screen capture software?

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  1. vladtepes

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    I can't afford to pay for software, so am looking at a free solution to meet my (non-commercial) requirements.

    Use case: Creating instructional videos for forum users, on how to use various forum functions.

    Must have:
    - screen capture
    - mouse highlighting
    - audio
    - no (or at worst a very small, subtle) watermark
    - ongoing free use (not just a brief free trial)

    Ideally would also have
    - ability to edit audio separately (so a mistake doesn't require the whole video to be re-done)
    - tagging/labelling/arrows etc on screen
    - basic editing of video (cut sections / join etc)


    This one seems like it might tick the boxes?
    https://www.freescreenrecording.com/
     
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    as it's for forums, so multi platform, do you have a mac lying around?

    quicktime does this natively, and iMovie can then be used to add voiceover + edit to your hearts content.
     
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    I dunno about one, but you could use Fraps or Shadowplay, then Lightworks for the editing perhaps?
     
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    Thanks power I'll have a look.

    No Hater I don't have a Mac.

    FerrisXB9R (asm I to assume you have a Buell? But I digress). I think the ones you mention are designed specifically for in game capture?

    Cheers all
     
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    FRAPS will capture whatever you want. OBS might even be able to capture your desktop. I've recorded windows, but I think I could just record the desktop too.
     
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    I use this to create program tutorials internally for work purposes: https://www.flashbackrecorder.com/express/

    It's great. Fits your Must Have requirements but any editing will need to be done elsewhere. Can't recommend anything for editing purposes as work pays for my Adobe CC subs with AE and Premier..
     
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    does it need to be video?

    can't imagine any forum usages requirements that couldn't be handled in a few screen shots and a paragraph.
     
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    Give OBS project a try. It does pretty all of your must haves, but i'm not sure about mouse highlighting. This could probably be achieved by other means and programs out there. OBS is used by a lot of streamers to stream to twitch/youtube, but also has the option to record locally.

    For editing and cutting, BlackMagicDesign has a free version of Davinci Resolve, which while primarily a colour grading suite, has a pretty decent non linear editor attached as well.

    https://obsproject.com/
    https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/au/products/davinciresolve/
     
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    Yes, needs to be video.

    Editing - I do have Premiere Elements (but haven't been able to figure it out much) but also have used the more basic windows and gopro and sony packages that come with action cams. They do pretty much all I need editing wise. But thanks for the tip I will have a look at the free version of Davinci Resolve

    Capture - I will try the flashback recorder, thanks, and OBS if the former doesn't do what I need.

    Thanks all.
     

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