Taking screenshots is simple, but recording a video of Chrome or another application you’re using can be more complicated. Here’s what to do instead of pointing your phone at your monitor.
Windows PC: Use the Game Bar
The Windows Game Bar is intended for recording PC games but will work in any app. Make sure it’s enabled by searching for it in the Windows Settings app and making sure the “Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar” toggle is on.
Now, from within Google Chrome or any other app you want to record, you can open up the Game Bar by pressing Windows+G. Click the red button to start recording that app.
By default, your recordings will be saved in your Videos folder under another folder called “Captures.”
Mac: Use the Screenshot Tool
This is even easier on a Mac, as macOS has a built-in screenshot tool with options for recording videos. This will work in Chrome or any other web browser, including Safari. In fact, it’ll work in any application on your Mac.
Bring it up with Command+Shift+5, select the area or app you want to record, and switch to record mode by clicking “Record Selected Portion” on the right of the menu.
Click the record button to start capturing a video. When you’re done, open up the menu again with Command+Shift+5 and press “Stop Recording.” The video will be saved to your desktop under a new “Movies” folder.
Chrome Extension: Loom
Normally we’d advise against installing many Chrome extensions since they can very easily become spyware, but Loom is useful enough that it deserves mention.
Loom adds itself to Chrome’s toolbar, and you click that to bring up the recording window. It has the option of recording your webcam and microphone, and can even record your full desktop from Chrome. Just click “Start Recording” and then press the green button in the bottom left to finish recording.
The most useful part of Loom is that after it’s done recording, your clip will automatically be uploaded to Loom’s hosting service, and give you a link you can share with people. If you’re looking for this kind of functionality, but don’t want to use Loom, you can try using Streamable, a drag-and-drop video host.
Third Party Tools: OBS
If you want some more functionality with your recordings, it might be worth figuring out how to use Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). OBS is commonly used for live streaming on sites like Twitch and YouTube but works just as well when recording to disk. It’s cross-platform, working on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
OBS is very powerful and fairly complicated. You can have multiple “Scenes” with different settings, useful if you’re switching between them while live streaming, but not entirely useful for offline recordings. In each scene, you have “Sources” which capture audio and video and mix them together.
By default, OBS should be set up to use your default microphone and capture your display, but you can add new sources by right-clicking the empty window:
Once you’re happy with the configuration and layout, press “Start Recording,” and then “Stop Recording when you’re done.
You’ll want to check in the Settings where OBS saves your recordings to, which you can find under “Output.”
You can also adjust the video resolution and framerate from here, as well as set up hotkeys for everything.
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