The screen recording software that is available nowadays runs the gamut between the most basic recorders to advanced tools with lots of options. In fact, some operating systems such as iOS, Windows 10, and the new macOS Mojave have built-in screen recorders of their own.

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If you’re looking for screen recorder software, there are a few questions that you should consider that may help make your decision easier:

  • How user-friendly is it?

At the end of the day, user-friendliness is subjective, but it does help to choose software that you can easily learn how to use. If a screen recorder is too complicated and has a steep learning curve, odds are you may not end up using it much.

  • What options are there to define the capture area?

Some of the more basic screen recorders will let you record your entire screen – but have no other options to define the capture area. Ideally, it would help if you looked for screen recorders with some options, whether setting up a custom frame or selecting a program window to grab video from.

  • What can additional input be recorded?

Recording audio and video input (apart from the screen) can be helpful as you can record voiceover commentary via a microphone, webcam video footage, and so on. Some screen recorders may even allow you to overlay webcam video directly on your screen recording.

Another factor to consider is whether the screen recording has features to capture keyboard and mouse input. Seeing as screen recording is often used to create video guides, this could be helpful.

  • Can the recording be automated?

Automating the screen recording is more useful than you might think, as it will mean you don’t have to ‘babysit’ the recording and manually start or stop it. For example, with Movavi Screen Recorder’s feature to schedule recordings, you can completely automate it.

  • Does it have editing features?

Nowadays, the more comprehensive screen recorders tend to be bundled with video editors – and having such tools can be helpful. At the very least, your screen recorder should have basic editing tools so you can trim out any bits of the recording that you don’t need.

Based on the questions listed above, you should be starting to get an idea of what you should look for in screen recording software. Once you decide which features are most important to you, the next step is to narrow down your options accordingly.

Remember that when all is said and done, it is better to have features that you don’t need right now than to need features but not have them available.