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    Action! Alternatives

    Action! is described as 'allows real-time recording/capture of Windows Aero desktop in a superb HD video quality. With Action! you can record web player videos, your gameplay, display game framerates, add live audio commentary to create high quality tutorials, record music, capture screenshots' and is a Screen Recorder in the video & movies category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Action! for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and BSD. The best alternative is OBS Studio, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Action! are SimpleScreenRecorder, VokoscreenNG, Camtasia Studio and Bandicam Screen Recorder.

    Action! is mainly a Screen Recorder but alternatives to it may also be Screenshot Capture Tools or Screen Casting Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Action!.
    This page was last updated Jan 11, 2022
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    Action! allows real-time recording/capture of Windows Aero desktop in a superb HD video quality. With Action! you can...
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    1. OBS Studio (also known as Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS) is a screen-casting and live-streaming software available across multiple platforms including macOS, Windows and Linux.
      Most users think OBS Studio is a great alternative to Action!.
    2. 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 directly.


    3. VokoscreenNG is a user friendly screencaster for Linux and Windows. It is a continuation of the now discontinued Vokoscreen project that has been totally rewritten from scratch using Qt and GStreamer.
    4. 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 presets (YouTube, HD display, and Screencast.
      This alternative is disputed. Camtasia Studio is still a legitimate alternative to Action!, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    5. Bandicam is a lightweight screen recorder for Windows that can capture anything on your PC screen. Also, it makes it possible to record a certain area on a PC screen, or capture a game that uses the DirectX/OpenGL/Vulkan graphic technologies.
      Some users think Bandicam Screen Recorder is a great alternative to Action!, some don't.


    6. Streamlabs Desktop is all you need for streaming! Our developers have combined a streamer's essentials like video preview, dashboard, and chat windows in one app with better video quality and lower CPU usage.
    7. 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.

      Discontinued

      The latest version (1.4.5) is from 2014.

    8. 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.

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.7 r316, released in May 2015, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

      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.

    9. ActivePresenter is a solution for creating screencast videos, handouts, manuals, documentation, and interactive training presentations.
    10. XSplit Broadcaster is a desktop application designed to make your multimedia broadcasting and recording a lot easier and more fun to do.
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