Record & Forget
If you want to record your great video game feats or simply want to capture a live web streaming, then you have probably figured by now that you need some sort of video recording software. If you're not the professional type, then you'll need something easy to use and master that can adapt even to a less than stellar hardware configuration. If that's the case, here's something that might catch your eye.
I smell Direct3D
Bandicam is a video and image recording software program. The workflow is quite simple. You select the desired window, then click on the big recording button. When you are finished, click on it again and voilà! You can then resume recording if you want, because Bandicam automatically saves your recordings to a preset locations. No prompting. It this way, you can record selectively without being interrupted. Of course, there is also a Pause button in case you want a contiguous file.
There are two ways you can use Bandicam to record. In DirectX/OpenGL mode, Bandicam latches to the selected window if it is running a game that uses the DirectX or OpenGL API. Simply put, if it's a video game, then Bandicam will know what to do with it. This makes it very easy to record while in full screen mode. The other way is to move and re-size a recording rectangle. With this method you can focus on recording a specific part of your screen, for example, a web page animation or running video.
Another function would be taking screenshots. This only works on video games and can be set up to take multiple screenshots until you decide it's enough or your hard disk. For example, you can set it to take a screenshot every 5 seconds and then leave it be.
Bandicam has also some other features. For example, you can examine/open recordings and screen captures from the Output tab. You can set a frame limit and customize the output video and audio files.... and not much else. But that's quite enough, really.
- Video + audio recording
- Repeated image capturing
- Custom frame rate setting
- Cursor effects
- Webcam overlay
In case you want your face shown live when you record the screen you can simply check it in the Video tab.
- Easy to use
- Can record and compress to save space
- Recording of windowed video games might stutter
Bandicam is a great software program for quick recordings. The free version only allows for 10 minutes of recording however. Still if you find yourself using this often then you might want to part with $40 for a licence (or $50 for two).