Have you ever needed to record your screen to show a demo of your product, give someone a walkthrough as a tutorial, or create a video of your screen for team training?
Screen recording apps are perfect for this. Never before have these tools been so fast, so clean, and so easy-to-use.
Screen capture software has come a long way from the days of downloading clunky desktop programs that slow your computer down and require you to read an instruction manual.
Today’s tools are intuitive browser plugins that are so useful and convenient they’ll transform the way your sales and support teams communicate with co-workers and customers.
Here are the top seven screen recording apps we recommend checking out:
Loom is a (free) cloud-based screen recording app with a chrome browser extension that makes sharing video super easy. You simply click the extension to start recording your video. You can capture yourself, anything on your screen, or both! Your video is automatically copied to your clipboard and ready to share as a link or an embeddable video. It seriously couldn’t be easier. We use Loom, and we love it. You can read more about why people love loom here, here, and here.
Screencastify is a super-simple screen recorder that will supercharge the way you communicate with coworkers, employees, students etc. Like Loom, it has a Chrome extension that makes it a breeze to record, edit and share HD videos in seconds. Instead of typing up long emails, reports or documentation, deliver your message more quickly and clearly with a screen video. Used by account managers, UX designers, sales teams, support reps, marketers, and teachers around the world. You can learn more about this cool tool here and here.
Flashback offers two versions (express and pro). Express is free. Pro is $99. It’s not a browser extension, you have to download it (PC only, unfortunately), but it’s easy-to-use and loaded with features. FlashBack screen recorder captures any part of your screen and turns it into a video file. You can draw on your screen, add notes and images and easily edit your video to make it look professional. Export your movie in any major video format, or upload straight to YouTube or FlashBack Connect. You can read more about why people like FlashBack here, here, and here.
Snagit (from TechSmith) released its newest version in 2018 bosting that’s “the only screen capture software with built-in advanced image editing and screen recording. So you can easily create high-quality images and videos all in one program.” Snagit provides you with a great way to record a video call on Skype or Google Hangouts without using sophisticated video conferencing equipment. It’s not a chrome extension – it’s a desktop software that creeps up on your screen when you browse the internet. It’s a one-time fee of $49.95 but you may have to pay for updates down the road. You can read more about Snagit’s pros and cons here and here.
Recordit is a GIF-based screen recording tool that provides desktop app for both Windows and Mac. It allows you to record your desktop screen for as long as five minutes. It’s free. After downloading, the Recordit icon appears on the Start menu. To start recording, you just need to click on the icon and select the area you want to capture. After recording a screencast it then automatically uploads your video to the cloud where you can share it with others or turn it into a GIF with one click. Read more about Recordit here and here.
CloudApp brings screenshots, GIF creation, and screen recording to the cloud, in a simple yet sophisticated app. With this app you can transform your communication capabilities with a quick screen capture and share. It has several different plans ranging from $0-$17/month. But what really sets CloudApp apart is the integrations. CloudApp integrates with an insane amount of third-party software products. Whatever other apps you’re using, there’s a good chance CloudApp plugs right in. You can dive deeper into the value of CloudApp here.
Whether you want to resolve a help request faster or you’d like to personalize a product demo for a specific customer, the HYFY Chrome extension allows you to simply record your screen and insert a link into any app that you use for communicating with customers. However, it’s a match made in heaven with Jiar Service Desk and Olark. Plans start at free with HYFY FREE. Or you can get nuts and get unlimited videos by upgrading to HYFY PRO for $5/month. Read more about why people are raving about HYFY here, here, and here.
Editor’s Note: This article is part of the startup tools blog series Run Your Business brought to you by the marketing team at UniTel Voice, the virtual phone system priced and designed for startups and small business owners.