In this article we will present you 3 free screen recorders for your Chromebook that you can use to Screencast on Chrome. Screencasting was one of the functionalities every Chromebook user would have made a lot of things for. However, since Chromebook doesn‘t support Java plugins for screencasting such as Screen-cast-0-matic and Jing, this functionality wasn‘t easy to get. But nowadays, there a few ways and if you need a screen recorder for your Chromebook, you are about to read about a few interesting options to get it.
Developed by the hard working engineers from TechSmith, Snagit for Chrome is one of the best screencasting software for Chrome and it is user-friendly and very easy to deal with.
- Get the Snagit for Chrome Extension and install it on your Chromebook
- After installation, open the Snagit extension from your toolbar
- A pop-up menu will appear on the side and you have to click on the Screen button in order to begin recording a screencast
- Decide which app or window you want to screencast, because if you have multiple open, you will be asked which one to record; after this, your screencast will begin
- As soon as you’re done sharing your video, you can click the Stop Sharing button.
- After your video has been processed, you will be asked to name it. By clicking on the three dots icon from the bottom right corner of your screen, you will be able to create a GIF, upload your video on Youtube or share it through Social Media. Your screencast is automatically saved in a folder named TechSmith on your Google Drive.
The Screencastify extension for Chrome is not very different from Snagit, but if you like to experience a different feel you should definitely give this Chromebook screencast tool one a try. In order to download and install it, you can find it in the Chrome Web Store. Here are the steps to using it:
- To begin, click on the film icon and choose which contents of your desktop you want to screencast – tab or full display. Note that if you choose Tab Mode, you will be able to make some live annotations and if you choose Desktop Mode you will be able to see the bookmarks and Omni-bar as well as the taskbar, which cannot be seen in Tab Mode.
- Choose whether you also need to record audio and adjust the resolution and frame rate according to your preferences.
- If you want to record yourself while making the screencast, you can enable the Embed Webcam and use the icon to the right to choose in which corner to appear.
- After you‘re done with the settings, click on Start Recording.
- Click on Stop Recording when you want to end the video; the new screencast will appear in a new tab which will allow you to rename it, upload it to your Google Drive or download it on your Chromebook, or simply delete it.
- These features are included in the free package which can also include a small watermark on the screencast and is only available for videos up to 10 minutes. But if you have decided on this app you can take on the paid version and remove these restrictions as well as receiving a video cropping tool on your account.
Recently acquired by Workday, MediaCore is an app younger than Screencast or Snagit, and it pretty much does the same thing but it is designed for students and teachers who already have MediaCore accounts. However, it is a pretty neat tool and everyone can install the free extension.
Your chromebook screencasts can also contain footages on your webcam or just the webcam while the quality is pretty good. It is also flexible and allows you to record different types of videos and tutorials. The minus for this app is that it doesn‘t come with a direct button for uploading your video on Youtube or other video platforms; in order to do so, you’ll have to download it on your Chromebook and upload it afterwards.
How to Edit Screencasts on Chromebook
The above-mentioned apps are pretty good, unfortunately, they don‘t have any integrated tools for editing your screencasts. But there are a few apps that can help you add some titles, trim or simply shorten your video, even though Chromebooks aren’t that good with editing videos.
You can use this video editor with both Screencastify and Snagit, and it allows you to cut, trim, style add transitions, titles, filters and even music to your screencasts. Also, after you‘re done editing it, you can simply share it on Youtube.
Another friend of Snagit and Screencastify, the WeVideo editor can get videos from your Google Drive and provides you a lot more editing features than the Youtube Editor, such as voice-overs, multi-track editing, text overlays, graphics and custom transition. Also, you can enjoy a lot more features with the paid subscription, but if you don‘t usually do much video editing, the free version might work just fine for you.
Congrats! You have reached the end of our post and you now know the best ways to handle screencasts on your Chromebook, but before we leave you, we want to tell you about a few caveats that might trouble you if you’re using an older version of the device that‘s powered by an ARM processor. So, if you are owning an HP Chromebook 11 or a Samsung 303, your video and audio might not sync at times because of their slow processing power. But if you’re running on an Intel-powered Chromebook, the screencasting apps will work like a charm.