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Nvidia ShadowPlay Alternatives

Nvidia ShadowPlay is described as 'ShadowPlay is a graphics-accelerated overlay to record and share high-quality gameplay videos, screenshots, and livestreams' and is a Screen Recorder in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Nvidia ShadowPlay for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is OBS Studio, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Nvidia ShadowPlay are Open Hardware Monitor, VokoscreenNG, Camtasia Studio and Bandicam.

Nvidia ShadowPlay alternatives are mainly Screen Recorders but 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 Nvidia ShadowPlay.
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ShadowPlay is a graphics-accelerated overlay to record and share high-quality gameplay videos, screenshots, and livestreams.

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  1. OBS Studio icon

    OBS Studio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
    • FreeBSD
    142 alternatives to OBS Studio 

    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. Boasting features typically only found in commercial screen recording apps, OBS also provides one...

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    1.  Virtual camera outputUse the output from OBS Studio as your webcam's primary video source.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsOBS Studio can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Dark ModeOBS Studio supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Transitions EffectsOBS Studio allows you to apply transition effects between two different scenes/pages using pre-loaded or custom animated transitions.
    5.  RTMP Live StreamingOBS Studio supports the Real Time Messaging Protocol to connect an encoder with a server.
    6.  Live Video EffectsOBS Studio lets you edit your video input in real time to apply new image values or add filters.
    7.  Multi-streamingWith OBS Studio you can live streaming to multiple channels simultaneously.
    8.  Screen SharingYou can use OBS Studio to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    9.  Custom overlaysOBS Studio allows you to add custom images or videos on top of your composition.
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    OBS Studio vs Nvidia ShadowPlay opinions
    Most users think OBS Studio is a great alternative to Nvidia ShadowPlay.
    Guest

    Too complaicated, missing feature, can't record some games due to graphics API or anti-cheat compatibility errors unlike Shadowplay which records everything. Also has no proper suport for on the fly screen resolution changes

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  2. Open Hardware Monitor icon

    Open Hardware Monitor

    • Windows
    • Mono
    68 alternatives to Open Hardware Monitor 

    The Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source software that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer.

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    1.  PortableOpen Hardware Monitor can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  LightweightOpen Hardware Monitor consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Command line interfaceOpen Hardware Monitor either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    Discontinued

    There has not been any code change since December 2020, also the community now wonders if it is abandoned: https://github.com/openhardwaremonitor/openhardwaremonitor/issues/1471 There also seems to be a fork called LibreHardwareMonitor (which is already listed as an alternative) and appears to be the most active fork right now.

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    On Debian Linux 6.0 using the Mono Framework.
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    different type of software

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    How is this even remotely similar to Nvidia Shadowplay????

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    Different types of software, different purpose and functionality

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  3. VokoscreenNG icon

    VokoscreenNG

    • Windows
    • Linux
    135 alternatives to VokoscreenNG 

    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.

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    1.  Support for Multiple MonitorsVokoscreenNG supports the use of multiple displays.
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  4. Camtasia Studio icon

    Camtasia Studio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    200 alternatives to 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 presets (YouTube, HD display, and Screencast.

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    Camtasia Studio 9
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    Bandicam

    • Windows
    118 alternatives to Bandicam 

    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.

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    1.  Works OfflineBandicam can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenBandicam supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    3.  LightweightBandicam consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Screen Recording Mode allows you to record everything on your computer screen and draw lines, boxes, or highlights while recording.


  6. Peek GIF Screen Recorder icon

    Peek GIF Screen Recorder

    • Linux
    • Ubuntu
    • FLATHUB
    34 alternatives to Peek GIF Screen Recorder 

    Simple animated Gif screen recorder for Linux. Open-source. Provides an easy to install Ubuntu deb package.

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  7. Action! icon

    Action!

    • Windows
    • Steam
    73 alternatives to Action! 

    Action! 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...

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  8. CamStudio icon

    CamStudio

    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    131 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  PortableCamStudio can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Discontinued

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

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    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.

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    ActivePresenter

    • Mac
    • Windows
    104 alternatives to 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 feel of content, and define the branched...

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  10. XSplit Broadcaster icon

    XSplit Broadcaster

    42 alternatives to 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, distance learning courses, campus-wide...

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    1.  Virtual camera outputUse the output from XSplit Broadcaster as your webcam's primary video source.
    2.  Support for Multiple MonitorsXSplit Broadcaster supports the use of multiple displays.
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