Best Screen Recorders for Mac in 2018

Having a good screen recording application can help you capture your gameplay sessions, create professional tutorial videos and more. However, in the current market, there are a lot of choices, some of them even costing a lot of money and it can be hard to tell which ones are worth your time and effort. This is why we've decided to compile our own list and show you the best solutions that Mac users have at their disposal this year for their screen recording needs.


OBS Studio

OBS isn't only one of the best screen recorders available in 2018, but it's also completely free. Even though it doesn't include any post-editing features, its live streaming capabilities are extraordinary, making it the number one choice for Twitch and YouTube streamers. The application also includes watermarking abilities as well as audio and webcam recording capabilities. It can create MP4 or MLV videos and supports lanczos3 or bilinear resampling.



One of the oldest products on the market, Camtasia is also one of the best screen recorders you can find. It offers numerous post-editing features including transitions, titles, the ability to import other media files, etc. What's cool about is that despite being very complex, it's a very well designed application, which makes it easier to use than you would expect. It also includes webcam recording capabilities as well as audio capturing abilities. Unfortunately, quality comes at a price and in this case, you're going to have to pay about $250 to purchase the software.



You might not know this, but Apple's QuickTime Player includes its own screen recording capabilities and they're not too shabby. With QuickTime, you don't have to worry about installing third-party applications and everything is a simple as it gets, so I would recommend it for your simpler projects. Additionally, the tool also includes the ability to record the screen of an iPhone that's connected to your Mac.



Last on our list, ActivePresenter is a great solution for creating interactive presentations. It includes the ability to take screenshots, watermark your creations, add annotations and record audio from a microphone or from the sound card. There's also a webcam recording feature as well as some handy green screen effects that you can use. As an added bonus, the hotkeys are completely customizable, so conveniently controlling the application shouldn't be an issue.

As I said in the beginning, there are a lot more screen recording applications out there, but very few are as good as the ones we've just shown you. Another thing I should tell you is that, for certain purposes, recording a video might take too much time and be too difficult. There are many times when a series of pictures can be just as explicit, but a lot easier to take, so you might also want to learn to capture your Mac's screen.


Ashley Jones

Thank you for doing them all in sync, really helps those, like myself, to get a grasp as to what they think is best for them (others just want to discuss it and not show the quality itself). The tests were a nice addition and, though I won't use them for mics, thank you for putting that in too.

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Harold Burton

Actually nevermind. The freezing happens very frequently and it then becomes painstaking to have to restart the computer every time it freezes. Is there another way to unfreeze it without having to restart?

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Victoria Tegg

I just downloaded the microsoft camera app but it lumps all my photos and videos together so if I record a video and want to upload it to Youtube I don't know which ones are pictures or videos, how do you separate the photos from videos on the microsoft camera app? I still have my logitech software but the vid servers are down and I don't know when they will be back up. Oh I just found out that I can no longer use the logitech software for the C922 pro stream camera, must use the microsoft camera app.

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