Bandicam

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 23 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.3.757
  • Total Downloads:
    324,727
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 26, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (10-minute videos with watermark); $39.00 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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Whether you're an old pro at screen recordings or this is your first time out, Bandicam makes it easy to set up and start recording anything on your screen. Less experienced users will like that the default settings mean you can basically start recording in only a couple clicks.

Pros

Capture options: You can choose to share your whole screen or only a specific portion, and it's easy to resize the window so that it shows only what you want it to. You can record in AVI or MP4 format, and there are presets that let you quickly adjust to a specific width or adjust for a YouTube-friendly recording. It will include any sounds that are playing while you record, too, so you can play your own soundtrack or capture the full sound effects if you're recording a game you're playing. There's also an option to capture straight screenshots, with four output options, including BMP, PNG, and JPG.

Easy to use: While there are advanced options and settings, if you don't want to mess around with these, Bandicam is preset to record in AVI format at 30 frames per second. It also detects your primary sound device and webcam (if you have one). When we went this route, the recording was of good quality, but it was also good when we made some minor tweaks of our own and changed to MP4 instead of AVI.

Cons

Some features not available: We were happy to see a button to edit the recordings we'd made, but it turns out that that just leads to an option to purchase the publisher's editing tool, Bandicut. Some tools offer these as part of the package. In addition, the option to play the recordings just opened our default media player.

Bottom Line

If you need to record your screen with a minimum of fuss, Bandicam makes the process easy and creates good quality recordings or screenshots. It's not free, but the trial version will let you know if the price is right for your needs.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Bandicam 2.1.2.740.

 
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User Reviews
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3 stars

"Worked great for a while, but lousy tech support"

February 14, 2015  |  By CatherineMcClarey

 |  Version: Bandicam 2.1.2.740

Pros

Easier to set up & use than Camstudio; works great with newer games (and very old games). Paid version eliminates the recording time limit & watermark; also qualifies owner for "competitive upgrade" discount if you later switch to another publisher's paid-version screen recording software.

Cons

When I had problems getting the paid version of Bandicam to record gameplay video from Heroes Chronicles (which used Direct X, but an earlier version than that used by current games), Bandicam tech support was slow to respond and ultimately gave up on me without resolving the problem I was having. I had to restart the "Let's Play" series I was on with Camstudio, until I found a different paid screen recording software program (BB Flashback) which worked better for me.

Summary

Definitely try the free version first; if it works well with the games you wish to record gameplay video of, then spring for the paid version. Be advised that older Direct X games may not "play nice" with Bandicam, though, and you may want to also (or instead) download one of Bandicam's competitors to record gameplay video from those games with.

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1 stars

"Bandicam is the worst."

December 12, 2014  |  By derikgw

 |  Version: Bandicam 2.1.1.731

Pros

Can't think of anything.

Cons

Will not record without recording background noise from somewhere, even if you turn off all audio input. The sound is horrible.

Summary

Bandicam is the worst recording product I have ever used in the last 10 years.

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5 stars

"Excellent free software."

March 03, 2014  |  By smithpd1

 |  Version: Bandicam 1.9.4.504

Pros

Bandicam was the only video recorder I tried that could record a a certain cut scene video that was playing in a game. Others I tried had severe stuttering. The ones that failed were AutoScreenRecorder, Screencast-O-matic, CamStudio, and Fraps.

File sizes are very small. 7 MB for a 4 minute recording compared with 250 MB for 30 seconds in Fraps!

Can accelerate calculations using Cuda if your card is Cuda capable.

Cons

None that I noticed.

Summary

Get it now.

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1 stars

"Doesn't work at all."

February 24, 2014  |  By blukeNJ

 |  Version: Bandicam 1.9.3.492

Pros

None, wouldn't record at all.

Cons

See one line summary...

Summary

Installed, record button grayed out. Save time, keep looking.

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5 stars

"Excellent Product"

February 12, 2014  |  By UdderAppreciation

 |  Version: Bandicam 1.9.3.492

Pros

No lag. Easy to use. Great quality output.

Cons

No complaints.

Summary

I downloaded from the Bandicam website. No spyware or adware.
Better than any of the other screen recorders I've tried including Fraps, CamStudio,ZD Soft Screen Recorder

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5 stars

"Simple to use and does it all"

September 30, 2013  |  By bsweeney67

 |  Version: Bandicam 1.9.0.396

Pros

Small footprint, easy to use, records images or video with sound

Cons

Can't really think of anything except if you expect simplicity on the level of Iphone apps forget it, you won't find that here but if you are looking for something that simple you probably aren't the type to be downloading and installing a program like this let alone actually use software like this.

Summary

This program is excellent and it's free, so what are you waiting for?... start installing already!

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5 stars

"Amazing!!!"

July 24, 2013  |  By themeparkmad1techie

 |  Version: Bandicam 1.8.9.371

Pros

Best Screen recorder i've used

Cons

NONE that I can think of

Summary

well worth the download also if you like this try bandizip it can open rar files and is better than winrar because the free trial doesn't expire after 40 days.

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5 stars

"Super awesome!"

June 28, 2013  |  By CupcakesWillRule

 |  Version: Bandicam 1.8.9.371

Pros

-Won't lag like Camtasia Studio recorder does (And I have a old computer! :D)
-Ability to record and stop with hotkeys
-Can take HD quality screenshots
-Ability to set the target window or use free style

Cons

-You must pay otherwise you have big letters at the top that say "www.Bandicam.com"

Summary

Great screen recorder, does not lag up my slow PC!

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5 stars

"Better than fraps!"

March 19, 2013  |  By StewieMonSta

 |  Version: Bandicam 1.8.6

Pros

- Fast upload to YouTube
- Easy to use

Cons

- Performance killer when using on-board graphics in games

Summary

This software is better than fraps because the compression is much better and the FPS does not drop so low but still is a performance killer on on-board graphics when recording games.

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4 stars

"Clean Picture"

February 25, 2013  |  By St3alth_Frenzy

 |  Version: Bandicam 1.8.6

Pros

- The video quality is good
- runs well on any computer with more than 4gigs of ram
- Small file download
- Easy to set video settings

Cons

- Its a cnet download so you must use the custom install settings (uncheck toolbar install)
-only a demo

Summary

Good program, and its simple to use. but dont expect 4k quality.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.3.757
  • 1. Bandicam now supports naming conventions. (Users can define the output file name.)
  • 2. Improved the capture method of audio devices. (Users can select more audio devices found under the Playback tab of Windows.)
  • 3. Improved compatibility with the VFW (Video for Windows) codec - External codec.
  • 4. Added the splash screen (launch image) when Bandicam starts.
  • 5. Added an option, "Save as original format" with PCM audio codec in the AVI container. (Users can save multi-channel and high-definition audio (96KHz or more.))
  • 6. Other minor bugs fixed.
General
Publisher Bandisoft
Publisher web site http://www.bandisoft.com
Release Date February 25, 2015
Date Added February 26, 2015
Version 2.1.3.757
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Capture Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.21MB
File Name bdcamsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 324,727
Downloads Last Week 904
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 10-minute videos with watermark
Price $39

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