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Best Free Desktop Recorder to Record Your Screen Activities on Windows/Mac

author Emily Watson
date Thursday, January 6, 2022

If you are in search of a desktop recorder that is both free to download and powerful in function, then your search ends here. You can count on FonePaw Screen Recorder to help you with your recording task. Both your computer screen and audio can be easily captured.

A browser-based recorder usually comes with fewer features while a desktop recorder is often packed with more advanced and useful features. Despite that, desktop recording software usually has a smooth and excellent performance if you have the need to record gameplay.

To help you make better decisions, we've tested various screen recording software, and find out the best for beginners and even gamers.

FonePaw Screen Recorder is a versatile desktop screen and audio recorder that is compatible with Windows 10/8/7 and Mac.

FonePaw Screen Recorder

Compare with the built-in desktop recording tool, FonePaw Screen Recorder can flexibly record from a full computer screen, a specific program window, and a customized area. If you want to record a gaming video, FonePaw Screen Recorder also comes with a specially-designed Game Recorder to meet your need. As you enable the game recorder, it only will focus on the gaming window you've chosen and won't capture other extra desktop activities. Other highlighted functions include Webcam Recorder, Audio Recorder (record internal sound and external audio), and SnapShot that can handle various situations. The FonePaw desktop recorder also stands out with many advanced features.

  • Record screen videos in high definition at up to 60 fps;
  • Enable hardware acceleration so that the computer runs more smoothly in recording gameplay or other processor-heavy screen activities;
  • Save screen capture in various formats: PNG, GIF or videos (MP4, MOV, AVI, TS, etc.);
  • Offer scheduled recordings to automatically record a game, live streaming, and even a live sports event;
  • Add annotations in real-time when screen recording videos;
  • Customizable hotkeys to control screen capture;
  • Highlight mouse cursor in screen videos;
  • Hide desktop icons during recording;
  • Show countdown before filming the computer screen.

With all these amazing features available, we highly recommend that you download and try out the free FonePaw Screen Recorder. Unlike many other free screen recorders that add watermarks to your screen recording video, FonePaw Screen Recorder is a watermark-free desktop screen recorder you can fully take advantage of.

With a clean and sleek interface, it is quite easy to operate. The following are the steps to record desktop screens with FonePaw Screen Recorder.

How to Desktop Screen Record on PC

To capture a video of your computer screen, click Video Reorder to start recording your desktop activity.

FonePaw Screen Recorder

Step 1. Select Desktop Recording Area

Toggle on the button for Display. Then click Full or Custom to select the recording region: full screen, customized area, preset frame (1080p, 720p, etc.). You can allow the recording region to move following the mouse cursor if you tick the check box in the Recording tab in preference settings.

Select Recording Area

Step 2. Enable Webcam (Optional)

If you need to record the webcam at the same time on your screen, turn on the Webcam button.

Step 3. Adjust Audio Settings for Desktop Screen Recording

Turn on the buttons for System Sound and Microphone to enable the desktop recorder to record audio of the computer and microphone. Drag the slider to adjust the volume.

Record System Audio

Step 4. Customize Recording Settings

Click More Settings, and this will open the Preference panel that gives you many options. For example, you can add mouse cursor effects with different colors, allow to move the recording region during recording, and select the format of the screen videos.

Customize Recording Settings

Step 5. Record Computer Screen

When you have set up all parameters, click REC. The desktop screen recording will begin. You can add annotations or schedule a recording with the options in the floating panel.

Annotate Video Recording

Click the Stop button to end the recording. You can then view the screencast. If you are satisfied, save the video on your PC.

tips NOTE:
  • When FonePaw Screen Recorder is running, you can also use keyboard shortcuts to activate and stop screen video recording. The default hotkeys to start a screen video capture is Ctrl + Alt + R. The hotkeys to end a recording is Ctrl + Alt + R. You can customize the hotkeys in Settings.

Other than working as a desktop screen recorder, FonePaw Screen Recorder can also serve as a desktop audio recorder. It can record the audio of your computer, including the sound of the system and the voice from your microphone, and other external sources that are connected to your computer. After that, you can save the audio in common formats such as MP3, WMA, M4A, AAC, and so on.

FAQs About Desktop Recording on FonePaw Screen Recorder

Does the Desktop Recorder Have Access to My Recordings?

No, it's your privacy. Only you and the people with whom you share the screen recording can see the video. FonePaw Screen Recorder will never have access to your desktop recordings unless you need any support from our technical team and share them with us.

Why Can't I See the Cursor on My Desktop Recording?

It may be because you unticked "Show mouse cursor" in the preference settings. You will be able to record your mouse cursor by setting it up. On the Video Recorder page, click the gear icon then go to tab Mouse. It's the first option there.

Click the Gear Icon for Mouse Setting

Will There Be a Watermark on My Desktop Recording on a Free Trial Version?

No. FonePaw Screen Recorder allows you to record your desktop without any software watermark both on a free trial version or a full version. What's more, you can add watermarks that you like on the videos of the desktop you take with texts or images.

Final Words

Above is a brief introduction of the Video Recorder function of FonePaw Screen Recorder. The desktop recorder allows users to freely record the screen and the audio of the Windows or Mac computer with simple clicks. All the steps are easy to follow so that beginners and techies can have a smooth experience.
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