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  • 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

  • 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.
    • Fraps does not offer the ability to send the video stream to a distant server.
      Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Can record local game footage just like OBS, difference being lossy and lossless
      Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    SimpleScreenRecorder

    SimpleScreenRecorder is a Linux screen recorder that supports X11 and OpenGL. It is easy to use, feature-rich, and has a Qt-based graphical user interface. It can record the entire screen or part of it, or record OpenGL applications...

    Open Source Linux

    • Although it has not OBS's feature set, it does allow streaming to Twitch and Youtube.
      Guest • Jul 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • SimpleScreenRecorder can record and live stream similar to Open Broadcaster Software
      Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    XSplit Broadcaster

    XSplit Broadcaster is a desktop application designed to make your multimedia broadcasting and recording a lot easier and more fun to do. With its live output broadcasting feature, you can self-produce video broadcasts, conferences...

    Freemium Windows

    • Lots of live-streamers use both XSplit and OBS to achieve the same goal
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    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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    Action!

    Action! allows streaming and real-time recording of Windows desktop in a superb HD video quality.

    Commercial Windows

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    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

  • Mishira icon

    Mishira

    Mishira is a personal audiovisual production tool used for editing and broadcasting live video over the internet that has been specifically designed for people who play video games. Mishira allows you to capture, record and broadcast...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued From homepage: "Please note that development on Mishira is currently on hold! The latest build was released in August 2014."
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    Livestream

    A video live streaming platform that allows it's customers to broadcast live video content online, and viewers to play the content via an internet connected device. .

    Commercial Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad tvOS

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    Screencastify

    Free up to 10 minutes, contains logo, no youtube uploads. Premium is $24, unlimited length supports trim and MP4 export.

    Freemium Web / Cloud Chrome

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    Flash Media Live Encoder

    Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder is video capture software and audio capture software designed to capture live audio and video while streaming it in real time.

    Free Mac Windows

  • FFsplit icon

    FFsplit

    A freeware application that lets users stream high quality content similar to XSplit Broadcaster and Flash Media Live Encoder. Currently, the application is in early stages of development. This project is actively looking for...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 0.7.0.25, released on December 3rd, 2014, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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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

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    Wirecast

    Wirecast software lets you produce professional-looking live events with just a camera, an internet connection and a computer. Stream or record live internet shows, broadcast breaking news or sporting events, stream live concerts...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    D3DGear

    D3DGear is very fast video game recording software, game video recorder and video game live stream broadcasting software for PC. D3DGear video game recording and broadcasting performance and quality are superior among other game video...

    Commercial Windows

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    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

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    Kap

    Kap is an open-source screen recorder built with Electron / Atom Shell and designed to be easy to use but extensible.

    Open Source Mac Electron / Atom Shell GitHub

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    Telecine

    Capture full resolution videos directly on your phone. No more recording controls cluttering up the video or USB debugging notification in your status bar! Launch the overlay and then navigate away from the app. The overlay will...

    Open Source Android

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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.
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    Datarhei/Restreamer

    Datarhei/Restreamer offers smart free video streaming in real time. Stream H.264 video of IP cameras live to your website. Upload your live video on YouTube, Ustream, Twitch, Livestream.com or any other streaming solutions e.g....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted GitHub

  • Gameshow icon

    Gameshow

    Game streaming software featuring templates, dynamic editing, and support for Twitch and YouTube Gaming.

    Freemium Mac Windows

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    Ustream Producer

    Ustream Producer is an easy and powerful way to stream to your Ustream channel. For beginning users, you can get started right away using your built in webcam and add graphics, videos and music to your broadcast. For more experienced...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • DVSwitch

    DVswitch is a digital video mixer intended for interactive live mixing of several incoming DV video streams. It was originally designed for the needs of DebConf; It has now been used for various other conferences, meetings and live...

    Open Source Linux

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    Screenflick

    Screenflick features high performance screen capturing for smooth, fluid motion up to 60 fps. Screenflick can record any portion of the screen, simultaneously recording audio from internal or external microphones and the system audio....

    Commercial Mac

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    PlayClaw

    The amazing PlayClaw video capture tool gives customers incredible power! PlayClaw has been designed to make full use of multi-core processors and hardware accelerated H.264 codecs, which ensures the outstanding quality of the...

    Freemium Windows

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    vMix

    vMix is a Software Video Mixer and Switcher that utilises the latest advances in computer hardware to provide live HD video mixing, a task previously only possible on expensive dedicated hardware mixers. .

    Freemium Windows

  • SHU icon

    SHU

    Record and share last 30 seconds of your gameplay with one button. For free, without any limits.

    Free macOS Windows Linux

  • Live Broadcaster - Cameleon icon

    Live Broadcaster - Cameleon

    Facebook Live, YouTube Live and Live Broadcaster apps for iPhone, iPad. Mac, Windows live broadcaster software. Supports Facebook live and Live for YouTube, simultaneous livestream, multi-network broadcasting, USB webcams, GoPro and...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad tvOS

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    Snapz Pro X

    Snapz Pro X allows you to effortlessly record anything on your screen, saving it as a QuickTime® movie or screenshot that can be e-mailed, put up on the web, or passed around however you want. Why take a static screenshot when...

    Commercial Mac

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    Snowmix

    Snowmix is a video mixer tool for mixing live and recorded video and audio feeds. It supports clipping, scaling and transparent overlay of video, png graphics and text. It supports animation of video, images and texts through native...

    Open Source Mac Linux

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    iShowU Instant

    Quickly and easily creating a video directly from your screen (in realtime). QuickTime or M4V.

    Commercial Mac

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    Claquette

    Record your Mac's screen, video from an attached camera and microphone input.

    Commercial Mac

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    ilos Videos

    ilos is a video communication platform for organizations to easily record, share, and store videos on the cloud.

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android Android Tablet

  • ZD Soft Screen Recorder icon

    ZD Soft Screen Recorder

    High performance screen recording software for Windows. Real-time screen & sound capture into H.264/AAC encoded high frame rate HD video with low CPU usage.

    Freemium Windows

Open Broadcaster Software Comments

OBS Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Comment by victorf
about Open Broadcaster Software Dec 2016

It's a bit clunky and confusing to get it work especially if you have a laptop (which most of them have dual-gpu).
After Windows 10 Anniversary Update, OBS is totally not functional. Reports say that crashes a lot, in my experience that didn't happen however the local recordings are worthless, even with low bitrate, low resolution and recording with one of each codecs (h.265 and QSV) the result is the same: no in-game lag but the file ending up with extremely low file size and very choppy as if the game was played in 10fps.

If you have Windows 7 or Windows 10 before Anniversary Update then go for it.

Note: I recorded the same game with same settings with other recording software and the results are what you expect, so definitely there's a problem with OBS Studio AND OBS Classic.

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Powerful and a bit clunky

Positive Comment by Thelle
about Open Broadcaster Software May 2016

Open Broadcaster Software (studio) is a bit clunky, but very powerfull piece of software for live streaming.

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Didn't work for me

Negative Comment by Siem
about Open Broadcaster Software Apr 2016

It's a hell of a job to get it working. On one PC we did it, on the next PC: no way. What a waste of time this was!!!

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Great streaming software

Positive Comment by pamilacurtis
about Open Broadcaster Software Jan 2016

Have used OBS many times to stream to Twitch, and also use it for recording videos to post later to YouTube. Initial setup can be a bit daunting, but once that's done it's a great software, not to mention free!

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Linux version? -1 Helpful

Comment by Flexico
about Open Broadcaster Software Mar 2015

I was told by AlternativeTo.com that this was a good Fraps alternative for Linux, but there isn't a Linux version (or even a Windows version) available to download. :(

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The best streaming software out there...and free!

Positive Comment by dodgepong
about Open Broadcaster Software and XSplit Broadcaster Jan 2013

OBS is without a doubt the best streaming software on the market, and it's great that it's free and open source. It has low resource usage, it has lots of great features, and is extremely versatile. I used to use Xsplit, but after trying OBS once I left it in the dust for good. Definitely give this one a shot.

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