11 Best Video Recording Software for YouTube in 2020

Whether you want to record your games or tutorials, there is always that perfect piece of software out there. But, finding that software can be challenging, especially if you are new to video recording and uploading. Don’t worry, if you are in that situation, because the blog post covers: 11 best video recording software for YouTube. Some are free, and some are paid, but you will find each type of screen recorder here.

OBS Studio

OBS Studio on Dell G3
OBS Studio on Dell G3

Free | Windows, macOS, and Linux 

OBS Studio is a different kind of screen recorder. The features of this tool apply to users who want to make tutorial videos. On the main interface, there is a source option, which shows all the opened tools/software, and the recorder records what is added to this section. For example, if you add notepad to that section, the software will only record notepad even if something is above the notepad. The software is suitable tutorials because even though you put instructions on the screen, the recorder will only record the selected window(s).

ProsCons
➕ Can record only the selected windows/ Software (multiple as well)
➕ Good for tutorials
➕ No watermark
➕ Full HD recording
➕ Record microphone
➕ Record computer sound
➕ Can stream
➕ No limit
➕ Completely free
➕ Game ready
➕ Picture-in-picture
➖ A bit hard to use
➖ Not suitable for many videos
➖ Can’t upload to YouTube

Windows Game Bar

Windows Game Bar on Dell G3
Windows Game Bar on Dell G3

Free | Windows

Windows Game Bar also called Xbox Game Bar is a built-in recorder and performance manager in Windows 10. It includes a screen recorder, performance monitor, Xbox social, and audio & voice settings. The bar is designed for gamers who want to record and monitor the gameplay. The recorder offers to record games in full HD to upload to YouTube, and it does not limit the recording. The Game Bar can be activated by pressing the Windows key + G on any screen. A couple of issues with this tool are:

  1. You can’t record screens such as the desktop or file explorer.
  2. It does not offer any editor.

If you don’t care about the above two, then Windows Game Bar would be one of the best video recording software for YouTube in 2020.

ProsCons
➕ Game ready
➕ Full HD recording
➕ Checks system performance
➕ No limit
➕ Easy to use
➕ Record microphone
➕ Record computer sound
➕ No watermark
➖ Can’t record everything
➖ No editor
➖ No picture-in-picture
➖ Can’t upload
➖ Can’t stream

Ezvid

Ezvid Screen Capturer
Ezvid Screen Capturer

Free | Windows
Another free video recorder with a powerful editor is Ezvid. The tool was released many years ago, and the goal has always been providing a great tool for free. The editor uses a simple timeline with audio and media options. You can import videos, record in full HD, add music, record voice-over, adjust speed, pan and zoom photos, duplicate videos, split videos, add text slides, upload to YouTube, and save projects.

ProsCons
➕ Full HD recording
➕ No limit
➕ No watermark
➕ Picture-in-picture
➕ Screen drawing
➕ Record microphone
➕ Free music
➕ Comes with an editor
➕ Easy to use
➕ Record window or full size
➕ Upload to YouTube
➖ Window-based gaming
➖ Takes a lot of time to render the final video
➖ No computer sound

SmartPixel

SmartPixel on Dell G3
SmartPixel on Dell G3

Freemium | Windows
Free | $19.99 lifetime

SmartPixel is a good free screen recorder for YouTubers. The app offers the screen recorder and an editor to edit the recorded videos. The recorder window is small with the majority of the window showing the screen while there are few options, including picture-in-picture, quality, and settings options. The editor also offers a few features, including

  • import,
  • video speed,
  • captions,
  • audio,
  • effects,
  • export, and
  • upload options.

All the feature come with the software are free, while the official website does not offer the paid version. You can buy the paid version from Softonic.

ProsCons
➕ Full HD recording
➕ Comes with an editor
➕ Picture-in-picture mode (webcam)
➕ No limit
➕ Record microphone
➕ Record computer sound
➕ Fairly easy to use
➕ Can upload to YouTube
➕ Can take screenshots
➖ A bit slow
➖ Watermark
➖ Only supports MP4 and AVI export options
➖ Dated. The site does not support the software anymore
➖ Low-quality game recording

Free Cam

Free Cam Software
Free Cam Software

Freemium | Windows
Free | $227/year

As the name suggests, Free Cam is a freemium video recorder for Windows platform. Although the app is free, it also comes with a pro version. You can record the fixed window or full screen, while it also supports the microphone. The editor is another tool to check as it offers to remove background noise, cut unnecessary parts, polish audio, and export in WMV formats. The app does not provide to record full HD, but you get 720p recording in the free version.

FreePaid
Pros➕ HD recording (720p)
➕ Upload to YouTube
➕ Trim videos
➕ Record microphone
➕ No limit
➕ No watermark
➕ Comes with editor
Free pros +

➕ Full HD recording
➕ MP4 export
➕ Record webcam
➕ No watermark
➕ Computer sound
➕ Picture-in-picture
➕ Import other videos

Cons➖ No webcam
➖ Not many edit options
➖ No picture-in-picture
➖ Can’t import other videos
➖ Expensive

Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic Recorder Sample
Screencast-O-Matic Recorder

Freemium | Windows, macOS, Linux, and iOS
Free | Solo Deluxe: $1.65/month | Solo Premier: $4/month

The free version of Screencast-O-Matic is good enough to record full HD videos. To record videos, you don’t need the setup as the app works on your browser. You can go to the website and install an extension and start the recording straight away. Here is the list of pros and cons for free and paid plans.

FreePaid
Pros➕ Full HD recording
➕ Picture-in-picture
➕ 30 free music tracks
➕ Add captions
➕ Upload
➕ Add subtitles
➕ Trim videos
➕ No installer
➕ Record microphone
Free pros +

➕ No limit
➕ Whole music library
➕ Rich video editor
➕ No watermark
➕ Computer sound
➕ Auto captions

Cons➖ Can’t edit videos
➖ No computer sound
➖ Watermark
➖ 15-minute limit

The paid plan comes with Deluxe, and Premier plans where Delux is for common use, and Premier offers more tools to record on iPhone and desktop simultaneously. The free version might not be enough, but if you consider paying, then Screencast-O-Matic is one of the best video recording software for YouTube videos.

Related: A Full Screencast-O-Matic Review 2020 – Free and Premium



FlashBack

FlashBack Express on Dell G3
FlashBack Express on Dell G3

Freemium
Free | 1-PC: $49 | 2-PC: $74

FlashBack comes in two versions. FlashBack Express and FlashBack Pro. FlashBack Express is the free version, while Pro is the paid version. In the list of free, FlashBack Express would be the software with most features. The software also comes with an editor to edit and export in MP4, AVI, and WMV formats. The video editor comes with

  • crop,
  • cut,
  • manage sound (PC and microphone separately), and
  • import other images and videos.

Take a look a the full pros and cons list of both free and paid versions. FlashBack Express offers more features than most of the free screen recorders calling itself one of the best video recorders in 2020.

FreePaid
Pros➕ No watermark
➕ No limit
➕ A few export options
➕ Webcam
➕ Edit videos
➕ Full HD recording
➕ Record computer sound
➕ Record microphone
➕ Upload
➕ Easy to use
➕ Game ready
Free pros +

➕ Powerful editor
➕ Picture-in-picture
➕ Password protect videos

Cons➖ A bit slow➖ A bit slow

Loom

Loom Dashboard
Loom Dashboard

Freemium | Windows, macOS, and iOS
Free | $4/month (annual)

The freemium software called Loom offers some basic features for free. You can record as many videos with no limit. Another feature of Loom is Chrome’s extension if you only want to record the browser. The free version saves the videos online straight away, and you can download and access the recent 25 videos.

FreePaid
Pros➕ HD recording (720p)
➕ No watermark
➕ No limit
➕ Picture-in-picture
➕ Trim videos
➕ Record microphone
➕ Upload to YouTube
➕ Easy to use
➕ Share via email
➕ Password protect videos
➕ Draw while recording
Free pros +

➕ Full HD (up to 4K)

Cons➖ Record computer sound
➖ No custom dimensions
➖ Saves online straight away (requires an account to download)
➖ Record computer sound
➖ Custom window recording is only for macOS

Camtasia

Camtasia Software Interface
Camtasia Software Interface

Premium | Windows and macOS
Free trial | $249 per two installations

One of the best screen editing and recording tools, Camtasia is an excellent tool if you are looking for high-end features. The software offers a 30-days free trial to enjoy and see if the software is right. By default, it is an editor, but you can open the recorder in the software or the separate icon. Here is the pros and cons list.

ProsCons
➕ Full HD recording
➕ No limit
➕ No watermark
➕ Picture-in-picture
➕ Record computer sound
➕ Record microphone
➕ Free music
➕ Comes with a powerful editor
➕ Auto captions
➕ Zoom, pan, and animate
➕ Transitions
➕ Import videos
➕ Upload to YouTube
➕ Effects
➕ Fixed window or full size
➖ Hard to use
➖ Expensive
➖ No drawing
➖ Requires a system with good graphics

Filmora Scrn

Filmora Scrn Editor
Filmora Scrn Editor

Premium | Windows and macOS
Free Trial | $19.99/year | $29.99 lifetime

Filmora Srcn is a game ready video recorder which offers to record on up to 120 fps. The software is perfect for YouTubers. It comes with a few options on the main interface, including screen, audio, and camera. The software records at the graphics level, which means games will be recorded in full screen. As you finish the recording, the editor opens up with the clip. The editor lacks advanced features, but it is fast and responsive.

ProsCons
➕ Full HD recording
➕ No limit
➕ No watermark
➕ Picture-in-picture
➕ Record computer sound
➕ Record microphone
➕ Game ready
➕ Comes with editor
➕ Up to 120 fps
➕ Import videos
➕ Upload to YouTube
➕ Fixed window or full size
➕ Reasonably easy to use
➖ No drawing

My Screen Recorder Pro

My Screen Recorder Pro Interface
My Screen Recorder Pro Interface

Premium | Windows
Free Trial | $129.95 lifetime

The last on this list is the screen recorder by Deskshare. The software is fast and offers many features, but it does not come with any free plans. The main interface is the editor with an option to record the screen. The recorded video opens in the editor where you can edit and export the video. Let’s see all the pros and cons.

ProsCons
➕ Full HD recording
➕ No limit
➕ No watermark
➕ Picture-in-picture
➕ Record computer sound
➕ Record microphone
➕ Comes with editor
➕ Draw while recording
➕ Import videos
➕ Exports in AVI, WMV, WebM, and MP4
➕ Upload to YouTube
➕ Fixed window or full size
➕ Easy to use
➖ Editor lacks the advanced features

Conclusion

So, these were the 11 best screen recording software for  YouTube in 2020. Thanks for reading. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below so we can discuss more. You can also subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.

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