Movavi Screen Recorder Review – How Good Is It?
Movavi is a multimedia software company with more than 18 years of experience. You can get their products as a bundle or individually.
Today we’re going to focus on Movavi’s Screen Recorder, we’ll talk about its features and do a walk-through.
However, Movavi has other tools we’ve covered before like their Video Editor you can read in this post if you’re interested.
Movavi Screen Recorder
Movavi Screen Recorder lets you take screenshots, record audio and video, as well as add a webcam overlay, amongst other things.
The software works offline so you don’t need to depend on an Internet connection to record or save your video.
This makes it excellent for multiple purposes.
Except for game recording, unfortunately. If that’s what you’re looking for, Movavi recommends their Gecata tool, which is specially designed for that.
But other than that, their Screen Recorder has tons of features that we’ll explain below.
To start, installing the Screen Recording is really simple. You just go to their page and click “Try Free”. The software will be downloaded and you can install it very quickly.
Movavi will then briefly show you where everything is.
You’ll also see two orange buttons above the panel: one leads you to purchase a license.
If you wish to use the premium version, you’ll get an activation key after you buy a license. You can activate it by clicking the key button and copying the number. Once you do so, you’re ready to start using the recorder however you like.
While the Movavi Video Editor has a complete dashboard that covers your whole screen, the Screen Recorder has a much more subtle interface. There’s a side panel that automatically goes on one of the sides of your screen.
This allows you to keep it handy while it doesn’t disturb you when browsing sites.
Plus, you can customize its quick access. Simply click on the plus symbol and select one of these two options:
You can change them at any moment.
This is how it will look if you go with “Webcam recording”:
While recording your screen, you have different cursor options. You can decide to show or hide the cursor and even highlight it.
The default highlighter is a big yellow dot, however, you can customize it to the exact size and color you want it.
The only thing I don’t like about this is that you can’t actually see the highlighter while you record, so it can feel a bit like working in the dark.
While recording, it’s useful to have keyboard shortcuts to easily stop the recording or take a screenshot. Although before starting an audio or video recording, Movavi will remember what the hotkeys are, it’s better to know them beforehand.
To do so, go to settings, “Hotkeys”. There you’ll be able to change the shortcuts if you wish or to reset the default. You can also disable keyword shortcuts altogether.
I absolutely LOVE to be able to schedule a recording. A lot of times you have online courses, webinars or conferences that you’re really interested to attend but overlap with other responsibilities.
This feature allows you to take back control and never miss a class due to timing.
To schedule a recording, go to the settings, then “Scheduler” and select “Schedule recording”.
You’ll have to click the “Add Task” button and this menu will appear.
As you can see, you can schedule recordings for future dates and not capture the whole screen. If you select “Custom area”, Movavi will capture the latest area selected on your screen.
After the capture is finished, Movavi can stay the same, put your computer to sleep or shut it down.
Screenshot your entire screen or select a part of it. If you need your capture to have a specific measure, you can manage the size by specifying the exact measure of high and width you want.
The editing options are truly advanced. Besides highlighting and adding arrows, you can add text in whatever font and style you want it.
Something important here to keep in mind is that Movavi takes copyrights very seriously. You’ll notice this when using their scrolling screenshot feature. If you try to screenshot a website or even one of your files stored in Google Drive, you’ll see an error sign.
You can use this feature, though, with files on your own computer.
Choose the audio recording option if you want to record your system sound or your mic. There are six audio quality options to pick from. And thanks to recent updates, now there’s a noise reduction feature.
The file will be saved in .mp3 format.
To start recording, select an audio source: microphone or system audio.
Once you start recording, you can pause the recording with F9.
After you finish your recording, you can edit it. You can cut off any piece you want or change the format to share it on Google Drive.
You can also open the file on Movavi Video Editor, but you’ll need to have a license for that.
Now to the juiciest feature. To start the webcam recording, click on the recorder icon. You’ll see a series of settings to prepare everything before you start. Turn on your camera, mute your microphone, select the type of cursor you want, etc.
You can also record your keystrokes or not.
Once you start recording, you’ll see this side panel on the top right side of your screen.
Just like you can schedule a recording for later, you can also click on the clock icon while you’re recording and set a timer. So the recording will automatically end when the time’s up.
You can pause and restart the recording whenever you want, as well as unmute the sound and microphone. And if you come up with something that would look great as a picture, the camera icon allows you to take a screenshot.
If you’re explaining something or want your viewers to pay attention to something in particular, the pencil icon allows you to draw freely across the screen in multiple colors. You can also add arrows, squares and circles.
The only thing you can’t change while recording is the cursor highlighter.
After it’s done, just like with your audio recording, you can cut the video recording.
You can also customize its resolution, channels and sample rate in advance settings.
I found the web camera customization a bit limited. You can have a rectangle or a circle-shaped webcam and only three different sizes. You can’t add any filters or an avatar so it can feel a bit simple.
However, if we remember that this tool isn’t supposed to be used for gaming, it makes sense.
Another feature of Movavi Screen Recorder allows you to capture separate streams.
When it comes to integrations, there are only two sharing options: YouTube and Google Drive.
However, you can share your recordings via WhatsApp, email and Telegram as well.
You can also get a link that will lead you to Movavi Cloud where anyone with that link can access to see your picture.
Movavi’s interface supports multiple languages including English, Spanish, French and German, amongst others.
Movavi supports Windows, Mac and iOS.
Contact Movavi via phone any day at any hour of the day for any payment-related questions.
Otherwise, for software support, you can contact their support team by live chat or submitting a request. Their standard response time is 3 business days.
They have a knowledge base, how-tos and a learning portal where you can start learning right away.
You can try Movavi Screen Recorder for free or purchase a license. Naturally, the free version has some limitations: it’s only available for 7 days, the output videos have a watermark and you can’t add description or tags to a video before sharing it on YouTube.
Their one-year license costs $3.95 while their lifetime license costs $5.95.
Plus, they have a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you experience any problems.
Movavi Screen Recorder Pros and Cons
- Super easy to use.
- Multiple editing features.
- Available in multiple languages.
- Free trial.
- It doesn’t have a free plan.
- Not for game recording.
Movavi Screen Recorder is a powerful software that can be used to take screenshots, record your screen and your audio and much more. Its on-video drawing feature and cursor options allow you to make your points easier to follow and highlight key elements.
It’s accessible both economically and linguistically speaking.
I really liked it and had a lot of fun using it so I highly recommend it to anyone that needs to record their screen!
What do you think of Movavi Screen Recorder?
Tell us in the comments!