Screen Recorder – Best For 2016

Screen Capture Video Like a Pro

Today’s screen recorder software is so powerful and easy to use, that, you can record, edit, and export a finished 5-minute video in less than 10 minutes. But it wasn’t so long ago when it was unthinkable to have screen capture software that could actually record beautifully rendered videos and high-resolution screenshots without dedicating many hours, and having significant professional experience.

At the time, I thought it amazing to be able to record my screen and playback video even if it was somewhat fuzzy and the size of a postage stamp! Well, those days are a distant memory on the web.


We live in a different world for the better, at least as it relates to creating video casts.

Some of the best screen capture apps today can have you creating high definition videos in just 10 minutes. I’ll walk you through 2 of most popular recorder apps on the market right now. So what makes them so popular? You’ll find out in this article.

With the evolution of YouTube, making a video with a screen recorder app has grown exponentially as professionals and would-be videographers discover how easy it is to create stunning screen video presentations. Not only videographers but educator, marketers, and hobbyists are using recorder software to capture their display and finding it easy to create a video that immortalizes their computer screen. And I’ve seen dramatic improvements in production value on YouTube over the course of several years.

The Most Sought After Recorder Software

Thankfully, 2 screen recorder software make it easy to do just that without the complexity of learning complicated video editing techniques. If you’re new to capturing video from your computer using recorder software, then you’ll want to continue reading as I explore the best features and benefits of the two main capture software, ScreenFlow, and Camtasia.

It goes by many names such as videocast, video podcasts or screen capture and ultimately screen recording by those who produce it.  The multitude of recorder apps for capturing video varies greatly from one to the other in terms of quality, features, and power. But if you’re unfamiliar and want to learn about screen recorder software, then please rad or watch the video.

What Tool Do You Need To Capture Video?

Whether you’re using a Mac or PC, there is screen recorder software that is readily available for either operating system you can download for Microsoft Windows or Mac OS depending on the type of computer you have. Some are full-featured while others offer “lite” or limited versions of their grand cousins, the ubiquitous and de facto ScreenFlow, and Camtasia.  Watch the showdown video of ScreenFlow and Camtasia.

These screen recorder applications breeze through capturing video, cursor movement and audio with extreme efficiency meaning they are optimized to work effectively without burdening your computer resources i.e. memory and CPU. Most modern desktop and laptop computers today have more than enough hardware and power to handle the most demanding process, which is video editing.

Who Uses Screen Recorder Software?

Literally millions of people are finding an unending use for capturing and recording their display.screen recorder timeline

Educators use screencasting software to create instructional videos, marketing professionals, and salespeople for creating promotional videos while game enthusiasts use it to record video action of their activity and share their experience with other gamers. There is literally no end in sight when it comes to finding uses for screen recorded video. In fact, some video professionals are using these apps as quick video editing suites. In other words, they edit video not captured by screen recording software.

Keep reading as I reveal the pros and cons, the features and benefits of ScreenFlow and Camtasia so you can make an informed decision as to which best suits your needs.

Screen recording software are ideal for capturing Powerpoint presentations with voiceover, “talking head” using your webcam or just plain editing existing video. Screen recorder software all have similar features on the timeline including play heads, rewind, fast forward and audio and video tracks on the timeline. Other features are similar for most recorder software.

The bygone days of days of fuzzy screen captured video and tinny sounding audio has faded into long forgotten memory. The new norm is HD video (1080P) and in some cases ultra HD 4K video. These apps deliver crisp and clean sounding audio which is expected from current screen video editing software . And they deliver that with ease. The question is, which one is right for you?

Best Screen Recording Apps

There are so many screen recorder apps out there in the marketplace, some free, and some paid. So which one is right for you? That really depends on your needs and what you want to accomplish.

If you’re just a hobbyist looking for an inexpensive recorder solution, then you’ll find plenty of free software out there. And likelaptop-screen-recorder most anything on the web, some are very good and others not so good. But most free versions are somewhat limited or use up alaptop-screen-recorder lot of your computer resources which can cause processing lag issues and frustration. You can’t really complain about that when it’s free.

If you want some that are more robust than the free screen recorder apps, with all the bells and whistles, then there are really two that are the recognized de facto standard for creating awesome video presentations, namely Screenflow and Camtasia. Screenflow is geared to Apple computer users while Camtasia is readily available  for both PC and the Mac. I’ll cover those as well.

Screenflow is geared to Apple computer users while Camtasia is readily available  for both PC and the Mac. I’ll cover those as well. So let’s take a closer look of these 2 apps.

Create User-Friendly Videos

I’ve created literally 100’s of training videos using screen recorder software over the past 6 years, that people have been able to download. I’ve seen great leaps  and advances in screen technology that make recording and editing videos from the computer more powerful and user-friendly. You don’t need to be a videographer or professional video editor to take advantage of the most common features of the free and paid recorder apps.

Anyone can create really good screen recorder videos. If you’re just starting out and want to try your hand at video capture and editing without incurring high costs, you’ll want to try some of the more well-known recorder software.

While there are some pretty good free video recorder apps on the market, they tend to suffer from one common problem.screen recorder green screen

Editing long screen videos can be a painful experience as I mentioned previously because free apps tend to use up a lot of memory and computer resources that increase with the length of the video. The longer the video the slower the editing process becomes.

If you’re a gamer and you’re using free screen recorder software, you may discover that editing a gaming video can cause serious lag issues, and hence, that is why I recommend getting a paid version. I mean what is your sanity worth to you!

Besides these, more professional apps  have features that give your videos that special pizzazz that will literally make you drool! You definitely want to look at ScreenFlow for the Mac or Camtasia for the PC and Mac. Personally,

I’ve used both ScreenFlow and Camtasia and I’ve always had a preference for them than the free software.

I like ScreenFlow because it is easier to use in my opinion, but don’t be fooled, easier doesn’t mean it isn’t as feature rich as the competition, Camtasia. On the contrary. ScreenFlow is a full-featured recorder app that looks simple at first glance but boy it has a lot packed under the hood.

Camtasia is an excellent screen recorder software and editing suite. It has pretty much everything you could ever need to create stunning video and audio.

Users are approximately evenly split in their preference between Camtasia and ScreenFlow. I’ve used both and I always tended to return to ScreenFlow because I like the workflow better. That is a matter of personal preference, though. Yours might be different.

ScreenFlow Test Drive

I received an email on June 1, 2016, that I qualified for the upgrade to version 6.

It’s kind of funny because I was one of the late adopters to version 5. I recently upgraded to ScreenFlow 5, and that’s why I qualified for the free upgrade to ScreenFlow 6.

Anyway,it is an absolutely amazing screen recorder software. I use ScreenFlow virtually every single day and as you will soon discover why. I will cover the points that made me fall in love with this application in just a moment.

I’m going to walk you througscreen recorder iconh and then I’m going to illustrate a few examples of that or you can watch the video.

So I fired up the latest ScreenFlow and initially recorded the entire computer display. By default, everything that is captured is saved as a recording. Within the screen recorder, you can change the cropping of the video to show only a portion of the screen that you want to record.

This is a new ScreenFlow and honestly, Camtasia has had that feature for a long time. ScreenFlow worked differently allowing the ability to crop the screen image in the editing phase. Finally, it has changed allowing users to set a portion of the display before you even hit the recorder button. That’s pretty cool to be able to capture on the fly rather than in post editing.

Animated gifs, apparently they’re must be making a comeback, obviously for Avatars and they’re fully featured in the program.

Making animated gifs is a snap.

Other features include the multi-channel audio mixer. You can record tweak it, and split it out into different audio channels. That’s a huge feature in the latest version update.

You could always record audio, but you couldn’t see and record multiple audio channel inputs from a USB mixer into discreet channels until now. You can now separate up to 16 channels in the timeline making it easy to edit any channel independently.

There are a few new animation effects. The previous versions of ScreenFlow had some pretty decent effects but they’ve added a couple of new ones in ScreenFlow 6 and we’re going to go over that a little bit later.

Of course, the main feature of ScreenFlow 6 is snap back action and IOS recordings so you can have your iPhone or iPad connected to your computer and actually record the mobile device screen.

Best ScreenFlow Features People Asked For

The team at Telestream worked hard to implement the most popular items requested. Some items included more places to publish a video.


  1. More video publishing channels
  2. Close caption support
  3. Chroma Key
  4. Freehand callouts
  5. Publish to more destinations
  6. Edit and convert Avi, Flv, WMV to MP4



Now, interestingly enough the main feature that I notice is not even listed here. I’m going to go over that in just a second.

The Best Way To Use Screenflow

Okay, one of the main things that I use ScreenFlow for is to edit my Powerpoint presentations and videos. While I do use screen recorder software such as Final Cut Pro, I find ScreenFlow is easier to use to break out and splice audio channels which really save me a lot of time with this optimized video workflow.

I’m going to describe to you a quick example of how you might use ScreenFlow to do editing of any presentation.

What I’ve done is I’ve imported an MP4 file which makes up a video episode I’m working on. So I start playing it. It’s got a little intro there.

So why am I telling you this? Because I want to showcase to you one of the  new features of ScreenFlow.

In this instance, I’m looking to edit the audio which I extracted from the video. You could use other audio programs of course, but I find ScreenFlow is just very smooth and makes it a quick job.

What I want to do is grab a graphic that makes up a particular episode and places it on the timeline. With that in place, I’m going to extend it across the timeline. Let’s say I wanted to put this up on YouTube which is actually something that I do want to do.

Intuitive Drag and Drop On the Timeline

Next, I brought in some artwork, scaled it, and I cropped it to the size I wanted creating what I call the stage area, So you understand how powerful this is. One of the most powerful features is how easy it is to work with multiple graphical elements in your media library.

I have worked on some absolutely massive projects in ScreenFlow with hundreds of elements in the media library and I waited a long time for this new feature. The ability to replace media in the timeline without messing up all of the synced-up elements is a major timesaver. This is huge! I work in After Effects and some other video editing tools to make more advanced video productions, but to be able to replace the media file, to me, is the best feature of them all. Here’s an example.

Powerful Timeline Sync Features

Let’s say I want to switch to a different graphic, now it’s easy to just slip it in. Before ScreenFlow 6 I would have had to drag that image out on this timeline, delete the one that was there, and if you had any special effects or transitions associated with that you’d have to do it all over again. This is fantastic.

Right now I can … let’s see, create some video action such as motion graphics. I will make the motion go down. I would never do this, make it go from one side of the screen to the next. Okay so you get the idea, You can imagine the move.

There are a few other new transitions available, but to reaffirm the point I was making, if I wanted to cut in a graphic in a slot on the timeline, you can easily replace the animation without affecting the transition and other important elements. That is a fantastic feature.

ScreenFlow Specifications

It goes without saying that you need an Apple or Mac computer to be able to use ScreenFlow video recorder. Here are some additional specifications:

  • Mac with 64-bit processing core i-3 is recommended however for best results i-7 is preferred.
  • For ScreenFlow version 6, OSX 10.10 Yosemite or OSX 10.11 El Capitan
  • At least 4 GB of ram
  • 20 Gig hard disk space
  • A compatible Quartz Extreme graphics card
  • HDV codec Webcam not supported

Watch the Screenflow Video

I recommend Screenflow 6 and I would suggest watching the video.


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