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10 Best Video Recording Software for Capturing HD Content

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10 Best Video Recording Software for Capturing HD Content

Content creators, podcasters, and business owners alike are waking up to the power of video content. Being able to produce studio-quality HD videos from the comfort of your home is invaluable. Your digital presence will be instantly elevated by videos that allow you to connect with your audience and reinforce your other marketing assets. 

With video recording software like Riverside, you can harness the power of video instantly. Not only that, you can record with remote guests in full HD, record your screen, live stream, and share other media using our integrated Media Board

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get involved with video content using Riverside. What are you waiting for!?

What is video recording software?

Video recording software is exactly what it sounds like: software for capturing video footage. Using video recording software, like Riverside, you can create HD visual content that does you justice. You can record multiple sources simultaneously and include content from your screen. 

Benefits of video recording software

1. Speed up your workflow

Integrating video recording software into your setup will streamline your recording process and save you time. If you currently record directly onto your camera’s SD card then upload the footage to your computer for editing, you could cut several steps out of your process by using software like Riverside. 

2. Compliment your audio with visual content

Diversifying your content by including visual elements will strengthen your production value and offer more to your audience. Video recording software like Riverside make the transition to full-on audiovisual content seamless, so you can enjoy all the benefits of video without added effort. 

3. Connect with your audience 

Visual content will help you to engage with your audience more effectively. You’ll be able to offer a more ‘human’ side to your content, add more context using visual prompts, and generally make your content more exciting. 

4. Record multiple sources 

Most video recording software will enable you to record multiple sources at one time. That means, for example, you’ll be able to record yourself speaking whilst sharing your screen. Riverside takes this one step further, enabling you to record with up to 7 remote guests - always in HD. 

How can I record online videos on my laptop?

With Riverside.fm 

Riverside.fm is designed to make your life easier. Recording 4K video is second nature, so whether you’re recording a solo show or interviewing a remote guest, we’ve got you covered. 

Use your browser to record anything

Riverside.fm is completely browser-based, so you don’t need to download anything to get started. It also means Riverside is compatible with all operating systems. 

Plus, only the host needs to make an account with Riverside. Your guests simply need to follow the invite link and they’ll arrive in your online recording studio. 

Record multiple sources at the same time

With Riverside, you are not limited to only recording yourself or your screen. You can record with up to 7 remote guests - wherever they are. Each guest’s audio and video tracks will be separately recorded locally, to give you full freedom during post-production. 

And that’s not all. You can share media during your recording session using the fully integrated Media Board, and it’ll be automatically recorded as a separate track. 

Instantly share screen recordings 

With Riverside, it’s super easy to share your screen during your recording. You can choose to share your entire screen or isolate an application window or Google Chrome tab. 

You can also share your screen and audio, should you want to. 

Any screen shares are automatically recorded in full HD and on a separate track so that you can play with them during post-production editing. 

If you want to see why Riverside is the industry best, read our guide to the best podcasting software to record video interviews (hint: it’s Riverside). 

Can I record a video I'm watching on my computer?

Absolutely. Although there are multiple long-winded ways to record your screen for inclusion in your recording, Riverside makes it possible to record a screen share live. 

How to record your screen in full HD with Riverside.fm

  1. Enter your recording studio and start your recording session 
  2. If you’re recording with guests, wait for them to join your session using the invite link 
  3. Once you’re recording, you’ll see a button at the bottom of your screen labeled ‘screen’ 
  4. Click on that button to start your screen share 
  5. You can choose to share your entire screen or an individual application window or a chrome tab
  6. Screen shares will automatically be recorded in HD , and you’ll find them in your dashboard when you’ve finished recording 

What is the best video recording app for iPhone?

You never know when you’ll want to record so the ability to record from your iPhone is extremely liberating. Record whenever and wherever, using Riverside’s iOS app. 

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The Riverside app makes it possible to harness the power of Riverside from your iPhone, so you can record HD video and audio on the move.

Note: the app is currently optimized for guest flow only, so your session host still needs to be using their desktop. 

Find out about Riverside’s iOS app and the capabilities it puts right in your pocket in our guide. 

What is the best video recording software?

Though there is a plethora of video recording software out there, Riverside.fm outranks them all. It’s a wide-ranging suite of features combined with its in-built ability to record each participant in HD regardless of their internet connection makes it an all-around winner. 

Riverside.fm features

Local recording with no reliance on internet connection

Riverside records each participant locally in full HD. Local recording means that however weak or however intermittent you or your participant’s internet connection is, your final recording will be unaffected. 

Learn how to record an impeccable video using Riverside.fm with our video tutorial

Record from anywhere in the world

Riverside is built for remote recording. You can record with up to 7 remote guests anywhere in the world, always in full HD. 

Affordable

Riverside’s whole suite of features is available for just $7.5/month, because high-quality recording shouldn’t break the bank. 

Transcriptions

Riverside automatically generates transcriptions of your recording, meaning you can make the most out of your content. Transcriptions are invaluable for making your content more accessible and diversifying its applications. Simply go into your Magic Editor after you’ve finished recording and Riverside will generate your transcription. 

Read about why transcribing your content is vital for amping up your digital presence 

Other notable overall video recording software

As we mentioned, there are a number of different video recording software available, all with different features on offer. Here’s a quick intro to some other good options: 

Spreaker Studio

Spreader Studio markets itself as the podcast creation software and app. Unfortunately, if you want to record video, Spreaker hasn’t quite got you covered. In order to record video, you’ll need to connect with them via Skype. This means your video will be vulnerable to a weak internet connection. 

Zoom

Zoom is a household name and extremely familiar to most people. That makes it appealing to content creators who don’t want any hassle. Unfortunately, Zoom’s video recording capabilities are hindered by a reliance on a strong and stable internet connection. Plus, your whole recording will be recorded onto a single track meaning you have diminished editing capabilities in post.

QuickTime X

QuickTime is inbuilt on all Apple devices and enables you to record through your device’s camera or record your device screen. Unfortunately, QuickTime is not itself capable of recording with remote guests. If you do want to record with others, you’ll need to ask each of your participants to record themselves locally using QuickTime whilst you’re on a Zoom or Skype call. Then they’ll each need to send you their recording file. A bit of a hassle, if you ask us. 

Ecamm Call Recorder

Ecamm Call Recorder is designed to make recording Skype calls easier. Your Skype video and audio calls are recorded directly to your Mac so you can use them later. If you ask us, this is a great solution to an old problem. With software like Riverside, there’s no longer any need to rely on Skype to record your video calls. 

Vidyard

Vidyard targets remote salespeople so that they can amp up their sales pitches with a visual element. Vidyard enables you to create video messages that convey a personal touch. Vidyard is free to use and easy to get started with. You can record a video or your screen and share it instantly with your clients. Only thing is, Vidyard isn’t currently able to accommodate remote recording, so you won’t be able to work with remote participants using Vidyard. 

Loom

Loom’s video and screen recording tool is designed for quick communication, rather than extensive video content. It’s marketed at remote teams where video messaging is a far more personal means of communication. Loom is able to record video conferences (such as Zoom, Google Hangouts), but only the audio. 

Camtasia

Camtasia is a screen recorder and video editor that’s compatible with both Mac and Windows. This is a straightforward application, designed for recording simple video tutorials and content. It’s not really set up for recording with remote guests, though it could be if you recorded your screen whilst on a Zoom call, for example. 

CamStudio

CamStudio can record your screen and any audio activity. Again, it’s not set up to accommodate remote guests. It’s more for people wanting to record themselves and their screens simultaneously. 

Ezvid

Ezvid enables you to record your screen and audio. It has some additional features like voice recording, face cam, voice synthesis, and screen drawing. Unlike Riverside, it’s not optimized for recording remote calls, so you won’t easily be able to record with international participants. 

Best free video recording software 

There is no single answer to this question because it depends on what you’re looking for. If you need to record with remote guests and would prefer to avoid the hassle of separate recording files, chances are Zoom is the best option for you. It’s familiar, easy to use, and records your call onto a single track. 

On the other hand, if you want to record yourself and your screen for marketing, tutorial, or communication purposes, Loom’s Starter plan is free and a good option. 


Best video recording software for Mac, PC, and YouTube

This is the age-old content creator’s question and we have the answer: Riverside.fm. Riverside is browser-based, so it’s compatible with all operating systems. It’s the best video recording software for YouTube because it always records in full HD, so you always look and sound your best. Plus, it won’t break the bank, starting at only $7.5/month. 


Video recording software FAQ

What do most YouTubers use to record their videos?

Different YouTubers will have their own recording setup and process. So there’s no single recommendation we can give. Many YouTubers will record using a camera and external microphone. They’ll later plug their SD card into their computer and edit the footage using software such as Final Cut Pro. 

Other YouTubers will opt to use video recording software such as Riverside.fm because of the ability to share their screen, record with remote guests, and live stream. 

What is the best video recording software for beginners?

Riverside.fm is designed to be easy and intuitive to use. There’s no learning curve, so you can focus on doing what you do best - recording and creating. Riverside will take care of the rest. 

What screen recorder do most YouTubers use?

This is a subjective question because it’ll come down to what the Youtubers are looking for and what they like using. Some YouTubers will use the in-built screen recorder such as QuickTime or Windows Game Bar. Others will use software like Riverside that enables them to record their screen, live stream, and include remote guests. 

Can I record a live stream on my laptop? 

Absolutely. Using Riverside, live-streaming is extremely easy. You can stream to YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Twitch, and others. 

How can I record a video from the Internet?

It’s simple. Use Riverside.fm. All you need to do is open your browser, create an account, and start recording. We’re not kidding, it’s really that easy. 

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