It all started when people decided they wanted to record their favorite TV shows and sitcoms, in order to watch them at a later time. It then moved on to recording their favorite online videos, when the Internet exploded. And, now we’re actually even recording game play from our favorite video games. The reasons why we do it are as varied as one can imagine. Probably, lack of time, wanting to save something we like (or is important to us) so we can have it at hand at all times or even procrastination, could make it into the top 5 reasons. In the following page, we will examine the best Streaming Video Recorder Software of 2015.
Last year, we put together for you a list of the best streaming video recording software of 2014. The best of the best made the cut, in an attempt to help you preserve your memories, tutorials, presentations, movies and cat videos for as long as possible and at top notch quality. Before you continue scrolling down, maybe you would like to refresh your memory and see which ones passed our rigorous selection last year, by reading our article, best Streaming Video Recording Software of 2014.
Building on that, this year we’re back to present you with the best streaming video recorder software of 2015. Since technology is moving so fast and updating almost every day, we feel the need to keep up and “update” ourselves as well, as far as our software needs go. Therefore, here is a list of candidates for the best streaming video recorder 2015 has to offer, ranked from bottom to the top.
5. Snagit 12
The reason why Snagit made only number 5 in our top is the fact that most users on the free video streaming sites, upon reviewing it, have talked mainly about its tutorials and support, rather than about its features per se. Which doesn’t mean Snagit 12 is not a good piece of software for recording video streams, but it’s, probably, not the best.
It’s a bit more elementary than the rest as well, having been built mostly for image capturing as having video streaming in the background or as an “other” option. It made it into the list because, even so, the quality of the video capturing cannot be neglected. It records in real time, it has basic editing features and it’s used mostly for recording YouTube videos. Audio recordings are available with this piece of software not only from an online source, but also from speakers or via a microphone.
What’s interesting about it is the fact that it can actually create a time-lapse video of your desktop, for which you can choose the frame size, data rates and the compression codec.
4. WM Recorder 16
2015 saw the release of WM Recorder’s newest version, number 16. This is a multipurpose, 4-in-1 piece of software, which acts as a video downloader, on-screen video recorder, audio recorder and power converter. The software does make the difference between encrypted and unencrypted source sites. For the former, you can use its screen recording mode to grab them and, for the latter, you simply have to open WM and your preferred video or audio file will be downloaded locally.
This particular piece of software has many qualities which make users rave about it, usually, such as its ability to download videos or audio files at 50x speed, scheduling live recordings, eliminating ads while you’re in the middle of a recording session, resuming recordings, a very important feature as far as time management goes, editing, like splitting and merging recordings using its built-in Converter, saving encrypted videos or password protected ones in a legal fashion, as they themselves like to brag and a lot more.
3. Movavi Screen Capture Studio
This is one the best options for video recording out there, with its extensive features and very large support to help you learn and make the best out of it and your videos. It can capture video and sound from both online and desktop sources. It also has the seldom found feature called “cursor capture”, which allows you to record yourself doing certain tasks with your mouse cursor when you’re using Word, Excel or other programs on you PC. This means Movavi will help you greatly in performing job related tasks.
As far as cons go for this streaming video downloader, it’s worth mentioning Movavi doesn’t offer scheduled recording. Also, users have reported it as being a bit over-complicated, because it has too many editing and recording features. The interface then becomes a bit harder to navigate through and, in consequence, might not be as user-friendly as one would wish. But, as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so there is still much debate around this. Some say the clustered interface is just a sign that the software is much more complex and professional than the rest. Which is why we chose to award it the bronze medal in our top. Remember, you can actually use this one for work.
2. Debut Video Capture Software Pro
The reason why Debut Video Capture made second place in our top 5 is the fact that it has the simplest navigation by far, when compared with other pieces of software in its price and feature range. Indeed, it doesn’t have as many editing features as others, but the fact that it’s so user friendly really makes up for it all. Users have reported it to be very easy to set up and customize as well.
It does offer real-time as well as scheduled recordings, a very important feature. You can also resize videos and add watermarks and titles to them. It also offers you more than just online recording, but also local source recording. Meaning you can record from Power Point presentations, for example, stored locally on your desktop or laptop. The audio recordings are just as simple, as the software allows you to select any microphone as your audio input source so that you can provide a narration to your video. Of course, you can also use your speakers to record any audio file currently streaming on you PC and clicks with your mouse to accentuate. Download your copy of the software here.
1. Adobe Presenter 11
We’ve talked about the mighty Adobe last year as well, version 10 of the Presenter, but this year we’re back with the brand new, updated, version 11. This is the best software for recording streaming video. There is no need for much presentation and praise when it comes to Adobe. The name speaks for itself, it’s one of the software industry’s giants today and you know anything they come up with will, first and foremost, mean quality. It’s great for capturing videos, clear and in high definition.
Its main quality is its ability to render the captured videos at almost the same quality as the original stream. Therefore, if you are planning to make, let’s say, presentations, this is the software for you, because it’s all about quality and professionalism. The Adobe Presenter 11 also earned bonus points from us for its user-friendliness. Like all Adobe products, even though it’s clearly developed and capable of doing a whole array of things, it’s still highly user friendly and allows you to move swiftly and surely when using it.
Another great thing about it, as the best streaming video recorder 2015 had to offer, is the customer support it comes with, which is vast and specialized, meaning you will receive answers not from a customer support classic type of person, but from a Presenter expert. The tool can also edit the videos you record, presenting features such as cropping, resizing, or adding watermarks and titles, very important when you’re making home videos or YouTube material.
The only thing that holds it back a little is its price. It comes at a whopping $500, by far the most expensive piece of software in its league. If you’re interested, you can pick up a copy here.
So there you have it. Your top 5 pieces of software for recording streaming videos in 2015. Just in time for the holidays, when recording videos becomes even more popular.