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Bandicam Screen Recorder

By Bandicam Free to try Editors' Rating

Key Details of Bandicam Screen Recorder

  • Capture DirectX or OpenGL gameplay, PC screen, Webcam, streaming video, and save it as AVI/MP4 file
  • Last updated on 04/06/20
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 11, 2015

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.6.4.1728

  • Improved the sound device selection UI.
  • Bug fixed - The Primary Sound Device (Speakers) was changed from "Disable" to "(Default Output Device)" when Bandicam restarted.

General

Release October 23, 2020
Date Added October 23, 2020
Version 4.6.4.1728

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 607,908
Downloads Last Week 76
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Developer's Description

Bandicam is a lightweight screen recorder for Windows that can capture anything on your PC screen as high-quality video. Also, it makes it possible to record a certain area on a PC screen, or capture a game that uses the DirectX/OpenGL/Vulkan graphic technologies.

Bandicam will help you carry out a game capture with high compression ratio, while keeping the video quality closer to the original work, and provides performance far superior to other screen capture software that provide similar functions. Bandicam compresses the video while recording and uses much lower CPU/GPU/RAM usage, and it fully supports the hardware accelerated h.264 encoder of Nvidia NVENC/CUDA, Intel Quick Sync video and AMD VCE which allow video to be recorded in high speed, with a high compression ratio and excellent quality. As a result, it has less lag and you can save your HDD and CPU. Bandicam displays FPS number in the corner of the screen while it is active in the 'Game Recording' mode. It also can record video at resolutions of up to 3840x2160 in high quality (2160P UHD video can be made) and your webcam stream will be simultaneously recorded and merged with the game / screen recording (Picture-in-Picture, Video-in-Video).

In addition, Bandicam supports mouse click effects and a real-time drawing function which allows users to draw lines, boxes, or highlights while recording the computer screen. You can upload the recorded file to YouTube without converting because the recorded file size is much smaller than other software (1/5 ~ 1/20 video size). Bandicam supports AVI 2.0, the maximum file size is unlimited as long as the local Hard Disk has free space available (Over 24 hours recording can be possible). Furthermore, Bandicam can simply remove a background of a webcam and make a chroma key video in real-time while recording. When the Chroma Key and webcam overlay function are used in conjunction with microphone recording, Bandicam will become the ideal screen recorder for making video tutorials or let's play videos.