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Is Bandicam free to use? A comprehensive guide to reviews, safety, and how to use it

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Updated on May 31, 2023 | 10 Minutes Reading
This paper describes Bandicam, a capture software that has three modes: screen recording, game recording, and device recording, as well as its safety, usage, and evaluation.

Bandicam, a capture software with three modes: screen recording, game recording, and device recording, is used by many people, especially game players, because of its ease of use, 4K resolution capture, and support for timer recording and extended screen capture beyond 24 hours. Bandicam is used by many people, especially game players.

This article introduces Bandicam, its safety and evaluation, and explains how to use it, as well as the differences between the free and paid versions. We will also introduce an alternative software, KeepStreams Video One, in case Bandicam is not available, so please read to the end.

What is Bandicam?

Bandicam is a sophisticated software that allows you to capture the screen and sound of a Windows PC in high quality. As mentioned above, Bandicam not only captures the PC screen as it is and saves it in AVI or MP4 format, but also has the ability to capture videos of games developed with DirectX/OpenGL/Vulkan and live game play. It also supports webcam video and external device recording.

Bandicam Basic Information

Supported subscription video services


Free Trial


Fee System

  • Annual license (individual) 3,960 yen per PC
  • Perpetual license (individual) 5,610 yen per PC
  • Annual license (business) 6,070 yen/1 PC
  • Annual license (Business): 11,800 yen for 2 PCs

Current Coupon Prices and Campaigns

  • 1,100 yen discount for 2-PC license or more
  • Discount Campaign

Operating environment

Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista (64-bit and 32-bit compatible), XP(SP3)

In addition to capturing video and audio, Bandicam includes a variety of additional functions: real-time drawing while capturing the PC screen, recording a webcam or your own logo over the video being captured, setting the start and end time of recording, and recording your own voice through a microphone other than the audio on the screen. You can also record your own voice through the microphone in addition to the sound of the video on the screen, or record only the voice or microphone sound without video.

The free version is also available, but it has some limitations, such as the ability to record continuously for up to 10 minutes, and the recorded video will have a watermark (logo) on it.

Bandicam Safety

In conclusion, there is no need to worry about Bandicam's safety. The reason is that even though Bandicam's sales company has changed from a Japanese company to an overseas company, Bandicam has been used by many people since its release in 2009 and is now a famous and very popular recording software worldwide.

However, there may be some hidden dangers depending on how you use it. In particular, if you want to download Bandicam from somewhere other than the official website and install it on your PC, be aware that it is prone to unknown viruses.

How to record using Bandicam?

Bandicam has three recording modes: " Screen Recording," "Game Recording," and "Device Recording. If you want to record a live game, choose "Game Recording" or "Device Recording". Here is an example of how to capture a PC screen.

Step 1) Launch the installed Bandicam and click on "Screen Recording".

Step 2) On the screen, click the second ▼ button from the far left to select the recording area. There are five choices in the list of selections. Click on "Select Recording Area" and a border will appear, allowing you to set the recording area according to your recording target.

*Clicking on "Specified area" will display a specific numerical range. You can record according to the requirements of the social networking service you wish to record and upload.

Click "Full Screen" to record the entire area on the PC screen.

Click "Around Mouse" to record the mouse cursor on the PC screen at a specified size according to its movement.

Step 3) After setting the recording area, press the red "REC" button in the upper right corner to start recording. Press the red "STOP" button to end recording. You can also click the "Pause" button to resume. (*The hotkey for start/stop is (F12))

Step 4) After recording is complete, you can view the video files recorded by Bandicam by going to "Home" > "Video". The video files are named according to the recording time and size. Select the file name, and at the bottom there are buttons like "Play," "Edit," "Upload," and "Delete" to play, edit, upload to YouTube and Vimeo, or delete, respectively.

What is the difference between Bandicam's free and paid versions?

Bandicam offers a free trial. If you are not satisfied with the image or sound quality after installation, you can uninstall it at any time without a time limit. The free version offers three modes: "Game Recording," "Screen Recording," and "Device Recording," but is slightly different from the paid version due to some restrictions. The main differences are in four areas

(1) Continuous recording time is different: The paid version of Bandicam allows unlimited long continuous recording, while the free version only allows up to 10 minutes of continuous recording time.

The free version of Bandicam has a watermark: Videos recorded with the free version of Bandicam have a watermark "". The paid version does not.

(3) The free version does not have a function to start a new recording after the end of recording: The paid version of Bandicam has an option to "start a new capture" after the end of recording if you set auto-end, but the free version does not have such a function.

(4) Notification area cannot be hidden in the free version: In the paid version of Bandicam, the notification area at the bottom of the main window can be hidden, but not in the free version.

Review] Bandicam's reputation and reviews

Bandicam is a multifunctional recording software that is easy to use and is used by many game players. Here are some of its good and bad points.

Good points of Bandicam

1) Easy to use

The most important feature of Bandicam is that it is easy to use.

In addition, Bandicam is easy to use because you can specify the area you want to record, and you can start and stop recording with a single click. The Bandicam is easy to use.

Bandicam has been used by many game players.

Bandicam has been updated more than 10 years since its release, so its UI and functionality have been refined, and its know-how information is extensive. As a result, Bandicam is used by many game players.

Bad points of Bandicam

1) High price

The free version limits the continuous capture time to a maximum of 10 minutes, and recorded videos also contain logos, etc. Some commented that they would like to use the paid version, but "4,400 yen" is really expensive.

2) Sound sometimes slips out.

One of the problems among Bandicam users is that the sound is often out of sync with video editing software because Bandicam is set to "variable frame rate" by default.

In addition to the problems listed above, there are also occasional errors that occur when using Bandicam, such as forced termination, interruption in the middle of recording, or poor quality of recorded video that cannot be covered by the editing software.

The most suitable alternative to Bandicam--KeepStreams Video One

Bandicam is a very good recording software, but the free version can only record for up to 10 minutes, the free version has a watermark (Bandicam logo) on the recorded video, and even the paid version suddenly has problems with audio lagging and recording failure. KeepStreams Video One is strongly recommended.

Unlike Bandicam, KeepStreams Video One is a professional downloader that allows you to download videos in their entirety, not just record them.

It supports more than 60 subscription services such as Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, U-NEXT, Hulu, dTV, Anime Store, as well as music streaming services such as Spotify and Amazon Music, and animation streaming services such as Funimation and It can also support music streaming services such as Spotify and Amazon Music, animation streaming services such as Funimation and Crunchyroll, live streaming services such as Twitch and ESPN Plus, and various social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

We also offer a free trial version so you can watch your favorite videos anytime, anywhere after downloading them directly instead of recording them.KeepStreams Video One is the best choice.

KeepStreams Video One Basic Information

Supported subscription video services

Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, U-NEXT, Hulu, dTV, Anime Store, and more than 60 others

Free Trial

3 full movies available for free download

Pricing System

  • Monthly Plan: $49.99
  • Semi-annual plan: $83.94($13.99/month)
  • Annual Plan: $95.88($7.98/month)
  • LIFETIME Plan: $199.9/PC, $369.9/3PC, $599.9/5PC

Current Coupon Prices and Offers

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  • Summer Festival Sale
  • Thanksgiving Sale
  • Xmas Sale etc.

System Requirements

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  • Mac 10.10-13/macOS Catalina/macOS Big Sur/macOS Monterey

Benefits of using KeepStreams Video One

  • Download episodes, movies, cartoons, etc. from video delivery services without DRM protection, rather than screen recording.
  • Save videos in HD (1080p)
  • Built-in browser and search function, so you can enter the name of the video you want to download and enter the download screen.
  • Multilingual support.
  • Batch download function.

How to use KeepStreams Video One?

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STEP4 Customize and set your desired resolution, sound quality, subtitles, etc.

After the analysis is complete, the settings page will appear. Here you can configure download settings such as mode, bitrate adaptation, video codec, resolution, and language for the output video file.

STEP5 Downloading will begin with just one click.

Click "Download Now" to start downloading. You can check the progress from the "Downloading" option in the library.


In this article, we have summarized the safety, usage, and evaluation of Bandicam, a capture software with three modes: screen recording, game recording, and device recording.

Bandicam has been used by numerous game players as a highly functional software for capturing PC screen and sound in high quality, because it is easy to use and has been updated for more than 10 years since its release.

However, the free version of Bandicam is limited to 10 minutes of continuous recording time, and recorded videos are watermarked. The paid version has disadvantages such as sound shifting, high price, and low video storage efficiency, so you can download videos directly instead of recording them and then watch them. KeepStreams Video One is highly recommended. We also offer a free version, so please give it a try.

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