Nowadays there are lots of screen recording software available, in many different forms. Some platforms such as macOS and iOS even have built-in screen recorders, and even Windows 10 has a hidden screen recorder of its own.
The sheer number of options that are out there may make it seem difficult to choose a screen recording software. However there are a few factors in particular that you can use to find the right one based on your specific requirements:
- Customization of recording parameters
Some screen recorders allow you to customize practically all the video recording parameters, including the resolution (i.e. capture frame), frame rate, audio sources, volume levels, and so on. However others may be more limited and may only let you capture specific preset frames or program windows, and not allow you to adjust the other parameters.
At the end of the day more customization is better, but it really depends on whether or not you feel you need it.
- Automated recording
In many cases being able to automate the recording will come in handy so that you don’t have to wait around to manually control it. The automation features in screen recorders can take on many forms, ranging from a simple timer to automatically stop the recording – to a full-fledged feature to schedule start and stop times.
For example if you want to record live streaming video on Mac you could use Movavi Screen Recorder for Mac to either schedule it or set up a timer to automatically stop it.
- User input capture tools
Some screen recorders have tools that enable them to more effectively capture user input. For example they may display keystrokes on-screen, highlight the mouse cursor, or allow you to adjust the ‘click’ sound.
Overall such features are very useful if you intend to create video tutorials of any kind.
- Webcam recording and video overlay
One of the more popular features you may want to look for is the ability to record webcam video and overlay it in a window in the screen recording video. If you do want to record and overlay webcam video footage, you should not only make sure the feature is present – but look at how you’re able to customize the video overlay.
- Output formats
The range of output formats supported by the screen recording software is a factor that is often overlooked – but extremely important. At very least it should support MP4 with H.264 along with other common formats that you may need.
Some formats that you may want to look for specifically are the new HEVC format if your devices support it, and MPEG-2 if you want to burn the video to a DVD.
- Editing features
Many of the more powerful screen recording software nowadays have lots of editing features, and some may even have their very own built-in editors. However this is one factor that you should decide on based on your requirements.
If you feel you don’t need editing features or you’d prefer to use third-party editing software – you should look at screen recorders without it. However having a trim feature at very least can prove useful.
Don’t underestimate just how important it is that the screen recorder you choose is user-friendly. Regardless of how experienced (or inexperienced) you may be, it helps if the software you choose is user-friendly as it will save time and let you more easily set up the recording.
- Customer support
Just as with any software, customer support may not seem that important – up till you require it. That is why you should always make it a point to factor it in, and look at the ways in which you can get customer support as well as how responsive they are.
If you look at each of the factors listed above, you should find it much easier to find the right screen recording software. Some factors may be more important to you than others, but cumulatively they will let you decide on a screen recorder that best fits any requirements that you may have.