Bandicam Review & Free Download

We are in an era where screen recording has become very important especially for gamers. You are not a gamer? Don’t worry. However much Bandicam has been most optimized for high-speed gaming, you can also use it to record tutorials, walkthroughs, online lessons or even take screenshots of anything on your desktop screen that you can later share. Besides Bandicam being a lightweight screencasting software for Windows, it comes with a simple and intuitive interface that is eye-catching for first-time users so you can be assured you will not get bored by the UI.


Bandicam can actually capture any part on your Windows PC screen in HD quality without any limitations whatsoever. If you do not want to record the whole screen, you can select the portions that you want to capture. Whether you are running on  DirectX, OpenGL or Vulkan graphics technologies, Bandicam comfortably supports them.

Bandicam utilizes a hardware-accelerated H.264 encoder that helps you record the screen with high compression ratio with minimal compromisation of the video quality. This feature has made Bandicam more superior compared to other best screen recording software (Windows App list) out there. In this article, we will review Bandicam further to find out what makes it really tick. Read on!

Bandicam – Free Download

Product NameSupported OSOffline VersionDownload Link
Bandicam for WindowsWindows 7/8/8.1/10Full TrialFree Download
TalkHelper Screen RecorderWindows 7/8/8.1/10Full VersionFree Download

What Exactly Can You Record with Bandicam?

Bandicam comes with three recording modes as outlined below. You just have to choose the one that fits your objective before you start recording.

Screen Recording

screen recording

This is the primary function of Bandicam and you can achieve this very easily without much hassle. Bandicam will enable you to record a video of your screen or just taking a screenshot. Record anything on the screen that you feel should appear in your final output video. In addition to that, you are given a choice of including audio from the microphone as narration or even webcam video.

Game Recording

game record

Bandicam Game Recorder enables you to record both 2D and 3D games easily be it the popular games like PUBG and Fortnite or even other games that run on the Windows platform. It does not end at that as Bandicam can also record flash games and web-based online games on your Windows 7/8/8.1/10 PC. You will experience much lesser lag compared to other screen recorders as Bandicam uses little computer resources. Record at up to 4K Ultra HD video quality with a max of 144fps. During recording, you can set to see the frame rate and also control the frame rate while doing the actual recording. If you are recording for long lengths of time or to specific file size, Bandicam provides an autocomplete recording feature to aid in this even when you have to leave the recording running.

Device Recording

Device Recording

I start by pointing out that this mode can not be used unless you have a webcam or a capture device connected to your Windows PC. Having said that, Bandicam Webcam Recorder will allow you to record from any video device (USB webcam cameras, video capture cards, and camcorders). A variety of formats to save your webcam video are provided including MP4, AVI and WAV.

Bandicam Webcam Recorder can comfortably handle the hardware accelerated h.264 encoder of NVidia NVENC/CUDA, Intel Quick Sync video, and AMD VCE which allow videos to be recorded at high speed, with a high compression ratio while still maintaining excellent quality. You can record the following

  • Record the real-time webcam video – a webcam is needed
  • Record video game consoles – you will need a capture card and an HDMI cable to achieve this
  • Record your iPhone, iPad, smartphone screen – a capture card and an MHL cable are required
  • Record Apple TVs or IPTV set-top boxes – just like video game consoles, a capture card and an HDMI cable are a requirement

So far we have reviewed the major modes of Bandicam. We can not end the Bandicam review without looking at the main features that are availed to you to tinker with.

Select Area and Record
Select the area of the screen you want to be recorded and start recording instantly at the click of a button. You just have to choose whether you need the recording as a video or just a screenshot

Real-time Drawing
As the recording is going on you can draw or outline areas on your video or screenshot in real time. This can help when you need to emphasize on a point you are putting across or directing the viewer where to put their attention.

Adding Webcam Overlay
You can a personal touch to the video by adding a  webcam video of yourself on the video that you are recording and make it seem like you are a part of the video.

Adding Narrations
You can enable the viewer to understand the video better by including your voice narrating what is happening.

Adding Logo
You have a company, organization or personal logo? You can include that logo image on the video to clearly indicate to who the video is associated.

Mouse Effects
This comes in handy when you need to catch the attention of the viewer more by addition of mouse click effects and animations while recording. With this feature emphasized areas are more noticeable.

Availability and Cost

In this review, we have seen that  Bandicam comes with tons of features to help in making professional videos. If you have been convinced, you can get Bandicam as free software or purchase it to get a lifetime guaranteed license. However, with the free version of the software, you have to be ready to live with a constant watermark on each recording you make and also a recording time limit of 10 minutes for each file. All these limitations are gone when you purchase Bandicam for $39/1-PC or $59/2-PC.

From this review, do you feel like Bandicam is worth spending on? For me, one thing for sure is that with the features it comes with, being lightweight, offering different recording modes and the unique video compression among others, you will not regret opting to rock Bandicam on your Windows 7/8/8.1/10 PC.

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