Can anyone recommend a portable screencast recorder for Windows?


  1. Portable
  2. Works on Windows 7
  3. High enough definition to have all recorded text legible
  4. Record only a specified area of the screen
  5. Gratis (freeware)

Preferences (none required)

  1. Open-source
  2. Also able to record the entire screen
  3. Export to a variety of media formats (mpg, avi, gif)
  4. Ability to extract specific frames

Not Needed

  1. Ability to record high-speed video games
  • obsproject.com obs, but it denies no 1. Why it should be portable? Jan 7, 2020 at 17:15
  • @AdiPrasetyo Good question. With few exceptions, I only use portable software. Too many times software with installers will cause issues that are time-consuming to diagnose. Most of the time, installers are not coded well enough to completely remove everything during uninstall. Portable software is easy to manage and does not modify the system beyond its installation folder. Jan 7, 2020 at 21:56

2 Answers 2


Easy Screencast Recorder is a program to easily record short videos of your desktop, that you can share with others.

It can be run portably, and can record audio and video using any installed codecs (including webm). Easily record entire screen, multimon workspace, or specific region.


  • Interesting, but it is not really "batteries-included", since it requests to install third-party encoding plugins (for example, choosing WebM did not work for me, nor MP4, still I have some codecs installed on computer).
    – Basj
    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:43

I use ScreenToGif which is very handy. (Not perfect though, that's why I'm interested for other answers).

It is now open-source: https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/

Another free option is OBS (Open Broadcaster Software).

A last software I've tried is Camtasia but it's not free.

  • Thanks for your answer. What do you not like about it? Jan 5, 2020 at 13:17
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    Minor UI details, but I'll study it more precisely to see if we can customise it in the Preferences window.
    – Basj
    Jan 5, 2020 at 13:57
  • I'm the developer. You can contact me if there are any issues. May 15, 2020 at 16:58

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