Screen & Audio Recording Software

by Ryan Grant

There is a massive amount of audio and screen recording software available to computer users, most of which differ in features and capabilities. Screen recording software is designed to record all or parts of a computer screen, while audio recording software is used to record and edit audio.

Software

oRipa Screen Recorder (free to use) and EZ Screen Recorder (seven-day trial free trial, $39.95 to buy in 2010) are two types of screen recording software. Acoustica (30-day free trial, $39.90 to buy) and Easy Audio Record (limited-functionality demo, $16.95 to buy) are two types of audio recording software.

Unique Features

While most audio and screen recording software is used for the same general purpose, there are unique features that set them apart. In addition to recording your screen, oRipa Screen Recorder also has the ability to record audio. EZ Screen Recorder has a wide variety of compression options, as well as a wide variety of codec support. Acoustica features the ability to view live statistics as you record, as well as a "declicker" to eliminate crackle in your audio recordings. Easy Audio Record allows you to record sound from games, CDs, radio and more.

Download Information

With the exception of oRipa Screen Recorder (Windows 2000, XP and 2003 only) and Acoustica (Windows 2000, XP and Vista), the aforementioned software is available for all Windows operating systems. EZ Screen Recorder has additional requirements of 128 MB RAM or higher, a Pentium 3 or 4 processor running at 400 MHz or higher and 10 MB of available hard drive space. Acoustica requires a Pentium processor running at 800 MHz or higher, 256 MB RAM, a 16-bit graphics card, a Windows-compatible sound card and DirectX 8.0 or higher. All of the software has a minimal download size, ranging from 1.3 MB to 8.9 MB.

About the Author

Ryan Grant has been writing professionally since 2008. He resides in Bradford, Ontario, where he works on independent writing projects. He writes for eHow, focusing on how-to, gaming and computer-related topics. Grant holds an Associate in General Studies in communications from the Yorkland School of Toronto.