Is there any Open source screen recorder for windows that can

1.pause the recording

2.Has the option to record a selected area?

"ShareX" is opensource and has area selection option. But it cannot pause the recording.

So, is there any alternative to "Sharex" ?

Apart from OBS?

Because OBS does not run smoothly on my device. It gets lagged and one time I lost my recording-It got stuck on "stopping recording..."

Edit: The problem with OBS lagging and frame dropping is only present when I record "Blender". But other screen recorders works well without any problem.

  • Windows comes with screen capture and recording software; how is this inadequate for your needs? Jun 22, 2021 at 15:35
  • @JeffZeitlin Did you mean gamebar? but it can only capture games... Jun 22, 2021 at 15:36
  • It can and does capture any window you want it to. Jun 22, 2021 at 15:37
  • @JeffZeitlin But it can't select area, can it? Jun 22, 2021 at 15:39
  • Win-Shift-S for taking a static screen shot. Jun 22, 2021 at 15:42

2 Answers 2


Minitool Video Converter is a great software for screen recording on windows. It has Video Converter in its name. But it also has a function to record the screen. It can pause the recording and has the option to record a selected area too. It also supports mouse highlighting.

Link to download it - https://cdn2.minitool.com/?p=vc&e=vc-free

Some screenshots -

Minitool Video Converter Screenshot

Minitool Screen Recorder Screenshot

  • Wow thanks! why didnt all the sites I read didnt even mention this? This is a very good tool!Thanks again to pointing this out. ps: can't upvote because I don't yet have enough points to do that Aug 5, 2021 at 7:17
  • But the website of Minitool says that it has copyright? Is it not opensource? But it seems to have no restrictions like time limit or watermark? I dont know why it has every features if it is not opensource. Seems like it is only free temporarily. Aug 5, 2021 at 7:29
  • Note: I am not accepting this answer for now, because I am hoping that someone will point out an opensource software. Aug 5, 2021 at 7:32
  • It doesn't have any restrictions, time limit or watermark, I personally use it and that's why I recommended it. Aug 5, 2021 at 7:55
  • It is an opensource software, it is fully free to use Aug 5, 2021 at 7:57

As for open source solutions, here a list:

Freeseer OBS Studio Captura (is dead at the moment or to be more precise not maintained, but this can change in the future) CamStudio UltraVnc screen recorder

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