Alternatives to recordMyDesktop for all platforms with any license

  • Camtasia Studio icon

    Camtasia Studio

    Produce videos for the web using the industry-leading H.264 format. No tweaks or technospeak, just sparkling HD-quality video with compact file sizes...every single time. Two existing production presets (blog and web) and three new...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • CamStudio icon

    CamStudio

    Record your computer screen with audio input from Mic or Speakers. Also shows mouse clicks in addition to the regular cursor. Simple interface with ability to record in AVI or export as swf.

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The last update was on October 19th, 2013.
    • Warning As described on VirusTotal comment (https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/1ddb733efb11769a05cc735d555e9a4df92c4cdf29fa47ea3864e57e67dcf884/analysis/1411383540/): if you download CamStudio from SourceForge.net, the VirusTotal results are 0/53. After installing this SF version, it immediately says that there is an update available. When the link is clicked, it takes you to camstudio.org, which has a zip file that, scanned with VirusTotal, gives you 15/53 result. So do NOT download and install the "update": it's a malware. Installer as of 09/22/2014.
  • Fraps icon

    Fraps

    Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as: Benchmarking Software - Show how many...

    Freemium Windows

    • Discontinued The last version was released on February 26th, 2013.
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    QuickTime Player

    Watch Internet video, HD movie trailers, and personal media clips. Whether it’s on the web or on your desktop, QuickTime Player brings your digital media brilliantly to life.

    Freemium Mac

  • Kazam icon

    Kazam

    Kazam is a simple screen recording program that will capture the content of your screen and record a video file that can be played by any video player that supports VP8/WebM video format. Optionally you can record sound from any...

    Open Source Linux

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    ActivePresenter

    ActivePresenter is a solution for creating screencast videos, handouts, manuals, documentation, and interactive training presentations. With the full-featured editor, ActivePresenter allows you to edit audio/video, tweak the look and...

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • Wink icon

    Wink

    Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles...

    Free Windows Linux

    • Discontinued No longer updated. Last version, version 2.0 build 1060, released in 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    oCam

    oCam is very simple and easy "Screen Recorder" and "Screen Capture". Requirements: XP / 2003 / Vista / Windows7 / Windows8 / (32bit and 64bit) License: oCam is 100% free Recorder for home and office. [View...

    Free Windows

  • Screencast Capture Lite icon

    Screencast Capture Lite

    Screencast Capture Lite is a tool to continuously capture the desktop screen, storing this information in video files. The application supports recording from the primary screen, from a chosen window or from a fixed region. It encodes...

    Open Source Windows Accord.NET Framework

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  • Debut Video Capture Software icon

    Debut Video Capture Software

    Debut Video Capture allows you to record video from a webcam, video capture device, streaming video, entire desktop or a portion of your screen and save it in any of a wide range of video file formats including AVI, FLV, and WMV....

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • Krut icon

    Krut

    Krut is a screencast tool that is written in Java and well suited for making video tutorials (instructional videos) on most platforms. Krut records movie files, including sound, of selected parts of your screen. The files use the...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Screencast-O-Matic icon

    Screencast-O-Matic

    Free version Records up to 15 minutes, premium is $15/year. Easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast). you can upload it to screencast-o-matic.com hosting all from your browser with no install, or you can...

    Freemium Windows Web / Cloud

  • LoiLo Game Recorder icon

    LoiLo Game Recorder

    LoiLo Game Recorder is a completely free, fast, simple and very effective videogame recorder. It can use either a Windows GUI hook to capture desktop windows, or an OpenGL/DirectX hook to capture most games. Recording is as simple...

    Free Windows

    • Bundleware Loiloscope is automatically installed along with this but can be uninstalled afterwards with no harm done.
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    Screen Recorder

    Screen Recorder is a free open-source screen recorder software for Windows environment, records specific part of Windows desktop screen as an AVI file. The option of recording system playback sound or sound from input sound devices is...

    Open Source Windows

  • VokoScreen icon

    VokoScreen

    A small program to create screen videos including sound recording. Although this program is really small and inconspicious, it includes exceeding capabilities to generate training videos, installation videos, browser and Skype...

    Open Source Linux

  • Microsoft Expression Encoder icon

    Microsoft Expression Encoder

    Expression Encoder imports and encodes video files, produces live webcasts, enhances media with watermarks and advertising, and publishes with Silverlight. * encode high quality videos for devices and the web * Silverlight...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Expression Encoder 4 Pro is no longer available for sale. The free version of Expression Encoder will continue to be available for download, but it will be no longer developed.
  • HyperCam icon

    HyperCam

    HyperCam v2 is a video capture software that records AVI movies (screencam) directly from your monitor, for software presentations, software training, demos, tutorials, and fun! HyperCam supports text annotations, sound, and screen...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued HyperCam v.2 is no longer offered for sale by Hyperionics. Last version, 2.29, released in May 2014, can be downloaded for free from the official website.
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    Taksi

    Taksi is a utility that allows you to take screenshots and record video clips of your favourite games and other 3D-graphics applications. Inspired by Fraps . Other features: Taksi can support live video compression with any...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last stable version, 0.7.6, was released in June 2006, and last beta version, 0.7.7.9, in July 2010. They can be still downloaded from SourceForge.
  • UltraVNC Screen Recorder icon

    UltraVNC Screen Recorder

    There exist a lot of screen recorders, but all lack the speed for doing some full screen recording. The speed is just to low or cpu to high. Online compression can only be done with some real-time disk eating codecs.... Even the...

    Open Source Windows

  • Istanbul

    Istanbul is a desktop session recorder for the Free Desktop. It records your session into an Ogg Theora video file. To start the recording, you click on its icon in the notification area. To stop you click its icon again. It works on...

    Open Source Linux GNOME MATE

  • glc icon

    glc

    OpenGL video capture application. Easy and fast. Totally worth the try.

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The latest confirmation was the 2 Jul 2013 https://github.com/nullkey/glc
  • Instant Demo icon

    Instant Demo

    Quick and easy screen recording software for demonstrations and tutorials. Audio and video desktop screen recording as Flash movies. Main Features Record all visual and audio activity on your computer in real time. ...

    Commercial Web / Cloud

  • Screenium icon

    Screenium

    Record exactly what you see on the screen and turn it into a screencast in next to no time. Screenium lets you record at 60 frames per second, offering optimum performance for your tutorials, gameplay recordings or any other screen...

    Commercial Mac

  • PresentationTube icon

    PresentationTube

    PresentationTube Recorder helps you to record and share quality video presentations in a new way. The video recorder allows you to narrate and annotate PowerPoint slides and computer screen and synchronize a variety of essential...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud

  • iShowU HD icon

    iShowU HD

    Real time screen recording for your Mac. Want to capture everything on your screen? 3d games bogging down ordinary screen capture software? Those days are over: welcome to iShowU HD. Built for speed. Built to “just work". iShowU...

    Commercial Mac

recordMyDesktop Comments

Creates broken OGG files

Comment by baitisj
about recordMyDesktop and SimpleScreenRecorder Jul 2015

Unfortunately, this utility seems to create broken OGG video files with incorrect keyframes on my system. A simple fix is to use mencoder to convert and re-index the file:

mencoder -idx desktop_recording.ogv -ovc lavc -oac mp3lame -o fixed.avi

I've heard that simplescreenrecorder is a good alternative, but no binaries are readily available on my platform (yet).

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Suitable for the job

Positive Comment by Sabun
about recordMyDesktop Sep 2012

A good app.

It is truly capable of recording a section of the screen, fullscreen or follow the mouse. However, recording games is tricky. The only way you're going to get synchronized sound with video is by using another application for sound. Like outRec or Audacity (For mic).

Alas, the biggest let down of this app is it's inability to record games in fullscreen OR have synchronized video+audio. Its great just for video, not so much audio. Heard that FFmpeg is great, problem is that it's completely CLI oriented plus scarce tutorials/guides makes it hard to learn.

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I haven't used gtkRecordMyDesktop much, but the few times I ...

Comment by mlms13
about recordMyDesktop Jun 2011

I haven't used gtkRecordMyDesktop much, but the few times I have, it has done a great job. I'm wondering, though, is there any way to show mouse clicks while recording the desktop? I don't have it in front of me right now to look at the options.

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Since I am on Ubuntu this is the only screen recorder I kno ...

Comment by Aaron
about recordMyDesktop Jun 2011

Since I am on Ubuntu this is the only screen recorder I know of, but it does a wonderful job. You have to play with the settings though to get it to a quality that you like, but after that it does great.

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