Recording from a computer screen is a very useful thing that can be useful in various situations, for example, for designing materials, a visual explanation of how a particular function / program works, or just to turn a fragment from a funny video into a GIF file. There are many applications that allow you to record actions on the screen, six of which will be discussed in today’s review.
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A convenient solution that allows you to save the screencast immediately in GIF format. The principle of operation is simple: click on the icon, select the recording area and do a capture. Then save the GIF file. The animation plays in the browser. Utility parameters allow you to select the frame rate settings and highlight the cursor.
Download Recordit for Mac and Windows (developer site)
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Like Recordit, the application saves the recording in GIF format, but, unlike the first, it has more advanced features, including allowing you to pause and add text captions. Among other functions: support for hot keys, the ability to adjust the frame rate and its own exchange format, providing a high level of compression without loss of quality.
Download LICEcap for Mac and Windows (developer site)
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GIPHY Capture. The gif maker
Simple and easy-to-use free application from the popular Giphy service. The program provides the ability to adjust the size, add a text signature and select options for looping gifs. The utility is exclusive to Mac.
Download GIPHY Capture. The GIF Maker for Mac (Mac App Store)
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Screen to Gif
A free application for Windows that allows you to record and edit GIF-animation. The program offers a simple interface and a number of features. You can choose the size of the recording area, frame rate, customize the display of the mouse cursor, clicks, etc. The program allows you to make a screencast of not only the home screen, but also images from a webcam or from an interactive whiteboard for drawing.
The recorded file can be edited or saved for further adjustment in video format or as individual frames. The utility supports the Russian language.
Download Screen to Gif for Windows (developer site)
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Probably one of the best Gif animation apps on Mac. The application offers ample opportunities for creating GIFs (screencasts, Gif from a video, Gif from a file on the Internet), optimizing (compressing) animations, as well as editing, including resizing, cropping, overlapping text and stickers.
Download Gif Brewery for Mac (Mac App Store)
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The application is suitable for those who are not satisfied with the basic functionality. GifCam offers a large number of different chips (a detailed description of the program’s features here), including an advanced recording mode that records only pixels that have changed their position, thereby reducing the final file size.
There are also several color optimization modes, and using the cinemagraph function, you can create static pictures with partial animation. GifCam is available only for Windows.
Download GifCam for Windows (developer site)