How to record video from the screen: 5 best free programs

1. OBS Studio

Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux.

How to record video from the screen: OBS Studio

Cross-platform program with open source. Very fast and functional. After spending a few minutes to get acquainted with the Russian interface, you can easily write down the screen.

Simultaneously with the video display, you can write the sound of a microphone and overlay an image from a webcam. OBS Studio allows you to choose the resolution and recording format (FLV, MP4, MKV, MOV and others). In addition, she can broadcast video on Twitch and YouTube, so it is very popular among gamers.

If you want to use the full potential of OBS Studio for recording games or other advanced tasks, then on the web you can find instructions on how to manually configure the program. They will help you achieve the perfect balance between speed and image quality.

The only drawback that I want to note is the lack of a built-in editor. But if you need to crop or somehow change the finished records, you can use special programs for video editing.

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2. DU Recorder

Platforms: Android.

A very popular program on Google Play for screen recording. She has the highest marks. In addition, DU Recorder is completely free and does not bother with advertising.

In terms of functionality, DU Recorder is also not bad at all. You can simultaneously record video from the screen, camera, microphone and at any time put the process on pause. The program supports recording in resolution up to 1080p at a speed of 60 frames per second.

In addition, DU Recorder allows you to stream videos to YouTube, Facebook and Twitch. And thanks to the built-in editor you can cut off the finished videos and even turn them into hyphas.

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3. “Record Screen” function

Platforms: iOS 11.

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The latest version of iOS has a built-in function that allows you to record screen contents and sound on iPhone or iPad. Thanks to it you will not need third-party software or a computer.

To enable you to use the write function, add a special button to the control point. To do this, go to “Settings” → “Control point” → “Configure items. and press the plus button beside the “Record Screen” button. It appears in the control point where it can be used to turn on the recording function.

After a simple click on this button, recording starts without external sound, and after a long time, an icon appears to activate or deactivate the microphone. After a second press, the recording is saved in the Photos application, where it can be edited.

4. QuickTime Player

Platforms: iOS 8-11 (via Mac), macOS.

How to record a screen in QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player, which can be found on any Mac computer, records videos both of the Mac screen itself and of the iOS gadgets connected to it. Thus, if you can not record the contents of the iPhone or iPad display using the built-in iOS 11 function, you’ll get a QuickTime Player + Mac bundle.

To record video from the Mac screen, open QuickTime Player and click “File” → “New Screen Record”. Then click the arrow next to the red button that appears and select the desired sound settings. By clicking on the red button, you start the recording. You can stop it using the “Stop” button, which appears at the top right of the screen.

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To record an iPhone or iPad screen, connect the gadget to your Mac using a cable, open QuickTime Player and click File → New Video. Then click the arrow next to the red button that appears and select the desired settings. By clicking on the red button, you start the recording. You can stop it using the “Stop” button, which appears in place of the red one.

5. LonelyScreen

Platforms: iOS (via Windows PC or Mac).

How to record a screen in LonelyScreen

If there is no possibility to update to iOS 11, and instead of Mac you have a computer with Windows, then the simplest way to record the screen of an iPhone or iPad – using the desktop program LonelyScreen.

When you launch it on a PC and connect a mobile device to it via a cable, it will be possible to display an iPhone or iPad image on the monitor. To do this, click in the control “Screen Replay” and select LonelyScreen. After that, to start recording, just click on the red button in the program window on the computer.

There are no settings in it, everything is simplified to the limit. In addition, the program writes audio video and audio files, but does not perceive the microphone.

On the official site of LonelyScreen there is a free and paid version of the program, the differences between which are not specified. But during the testing of the first of them, I did not find any limitations. Unless LonelyScreen periodically offers to switch to a paid option.

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