How to screen record on Chromebook

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The Chromebook is as unique as it is versatile. It’s an excellent device for students and busy professionals who need to get things done quickly and efficiently. And one of the many things that make the Chromebook so prominent is its ability to screen record.

Chrome OS 89 and higher have a built-in screen recorder that’s easy to use and only takes a few clicks to get started. But you must keep in mind that the features are fairly basic. If you need more advanced features, such as the ability to record your webcam or audio from your microphone, you’ll need to install a third-party screen recorder, like Screencast-O-Matic’s Chromebook screen recorder.

In this article, we’ll show you how to screen record on Chromebook using the built-in screen recorder, as well as Screencast-O-Matic’s screen recorder for Chromebook if you are looking for additional features and flexibility.

How to screen record on Chromebook with the built-in screen recorder

Now that we’ve looked at the differences between the Chromebook screen recorder and Screencast-O-Matic, it’s time to learn how to screen record on Chromebook. We’ll start with the built-in screen recorder that comes with Chromebook.

  1. On your Chromebook, press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows
  2. At the bottom of the menu, hit Screen record
  3. Choose an option that works best for you: Record the full screen, Record a partial screen, or Record a window

When you’re finished recording, select Stop recording at the bottom right of your screen, and voila, you’ve successfully used screen record on a Chromebook! We told you it was easy.

Remember that the Chromebook screen recorder only records in .webm format, which isn’t compatible with all video editing software. So, if you’re planning on doing any post-processing of your recording, you’ll have to learn how to screen record on a Chromebook using Screencast-O-Matic.

How to screen record on Chromebook with Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic is the best screen recorder for Chromebook. Not only does it have all of the features that the built-in recorder lacks, but it’s also super easy to use. In fact, you can be up and running in just a few clicks.

Head to our screen recorder page to get started and hit the “Launch Free Recorder” button. Once the app is installed on your Chromebook, follow these steps:

  • Open Screencast-O-Matic and choose whether you want to record the screen, webcam, or both. 
  • Drag or resize your frame to record any part of your screen. Or, go ahead and select a pre-set recording area. If you choose to record both your screen and your webcam, you can drag your webcam frame to any corner of the frame you like.
  • Start recording by hitting the big red record button. You can pause at any time, add drawing tools or mouse highlights during your recording, and other editing features. Stop the recording and save it locally to our computer or upload it to Screencast-O-Matic, Google Drive, or YouTube when you’re done.

And that’s it! You’ve just learned how to screen record on Chromebook using Screencast-O-Matic. We told you it was easy! For more information on how to use Screencast-O-Matic, or to learn about our other features, head over to our website or check out our tutorials and walkthroughs here.

Why choose Screencast-O-Matic’s screen recorder?

Screen recorder for Chromebook

The Chromebook screen recorder is great for simple tasks, like recording a lecture or creating a tutorial. But how do you screen record on a Chromebook and add fun effects or even your webcam? That’s where a third-party screen recorder comes in handy.

Screencast-O-Matic’s Chromebook screen recorder allows you to record your entire screen or just a portion of it. You can also record audio from your microphone and webcam. And if you’re recording a video tutorial, you can even use the built-in annotation tools to draw on your screen and highlight important information.

Both methods will allow you to screen record on Chromebook, but you should be aware of some key differences between the two. Let’s take a closer look at the features of each screen recorder so you can decide which one is right for you.

Chromebook screen recorder features

Learning how to screen record on a Chromebook may be the easiest and most important skill you will learn this year. The Chromebook’s built-in screen recorder is great for simple tasks and doesn’t require installation.

Features include:

  •     Full/partial/browser window recordings
  •     Record mic/media audio
  •     Save as WEBM files solely

While the Chromebook screen recorder is suitable for simple tasks, it lacks some key essential features for more advanced users. Now, let’s take a look at the features of Screencast-O-Matic’s screen recorder for Chromebook.

Screencast-O-Matic features

If you want one of the best screen recorders for Chromebook, then you want Screencast-O-Matic. It’s a powerful screen recorder that outweighs the Chromebook screen recorder in almost every category. You can do everything the Chromebook screen recorder can do, and you also get a wide range of other beneficial features for more advanced users.

Free screen recording features for Chromebook include:

  •     Picture-in-picture mode for screen and webcam recordings
  •     Unlimited video recordings
  •     Add audio narration
  •     Trim, crop, resize video
  •     Save screen recording file locally to your computer
  •     Upload to YouTube & Google Drive
  •     Upload to Screencast-O-Matic’s hosting platform
  •     Unlimited recording time per video
  •     Drawing tools
  •     Mouse tracking & click highlighting

The above is just a small sampling of what Screencast-O-Matic can do. View more information about our Chromebook screen recorder here.

Tips for screen recording on Chromebook

Chromebook Screen Recording Drawing Tools

As with anything, a few tips and tricks can help you get the most out of your screen record on a Chromebook. Whether you’re using the built-in recorder or Screencast-O-Matic’s Chromebook screen recorder, the below tips will help you get the best results.

Plan your recording

Before you start recording, it’s always a good idea to have a plan. That way, you can ensure that you capture everything you need and that your final video is cohesive.

To do this, we recommend sitting down and brainstorming what you would like to include in your recording. You can even create a script, storyboard or shot list to help you keep track of everything. This is especially helpful if you’re recording a long video or tutorial.

Once you have a plan, you’re much more likely to end up with a video that you’re happy with.

Clear computer clutter

No one wants to watch a video with a bunch of random icons and windows in the background. So, before you start recording, take a minute to clear away any computer clutter. This will help your viewers focus on the content of your recording, rather than getting distracted by what’s happening in the background.

Remove unnecessary desktop icons, browser tabs, and anything else that might be distracting. If you’re recording your screen and don’t want people to see what’s in your browser history, you can also clear your cache before recording.

Remove personal wallpaper photos if you don’t want people to see them, and close any programs or windows that you’re not using. This will help keep your recording looking clean and professional.

Free up computer resources

Recording your screen can be a bit of a resource-intensive process. So, if you want to get the best results, it’s always a good idea to free up as many system resources as possible before starting your recording.

To do this, close any programs or tabs that you’re not using. This includes any intensive programs like video games or graphic design programs. You should close any background programs you don’t need, like your email client or chat apps.

By freeing up system resources, you’re helping to ensure that your recording will run smoothly and without any hiccups. So, it’s worth taking the time to do this before recording.

Check the audio

Audio is an integral part of any video recording. Before you start, it’s always a good idea to check that your audio is working correctly. This includes both the audio from your microphone and the audio from your system speakers.

To test your microphone, you can visit our free mic test page.

To test your system audio, play a song or video from your computer and ensure the sound is clear. You can also use this opportunity to adjust the volume levels to ensure that they’re where you want them to be.

Test your webcam

If you’re planning on recording your face along with your screen, you’ll also want to test your webcam to ensure it’s working properly. You can test your webcam for free on our webcam test page. This will allow you to see what your webcam feed looks like and make sure that the video and audio are both clear.

You can also use this opportunity to adjust the position of your webcam and remove any clutter from the background. Consider blurring or replacing your webcam background with a virtual background image.

Watch the hard drive space

A screen record on a Chromebook can take up a lot of hard drive space, especially if you’re planning on recording for a long time. So, before you start recording, go ahead and check how much free space you have on your hard drive.

Look for photos, videos, or other files that you can delete to free up some space. If you’re really short on space, consider moving some files to an external hard drive or cloud storage service.

It’s also a good idea to empty your trash bin before starting your recording. This will help free up even more space and enable your recording to run smoothly. If you create a lot of screen recordings, you can host your video files somewhere else, like Screencast-O-Matic hosting.

Choose the right resolution

The resolution of your screen recording is important for two reasons. First, it will affect the quality of your video. Second, it will affect the file size of your video.

For the best quality, you should record your screen in the same resolution that your Chromebook is set to. This will ensure that your recording looks sharp and clear.

However, if you’re short on hard drive space, you can lower the resolution of your recording to save space. Just keep in mind that this will also lower the quality of your video.

Download Screencast-O-Matic’s Chromebook screen recorder

Chromebook video editor

Now that you know how to prepare for your screen recording, you can benefit from the additional features offered by Screencast-O-Matic’s free screen recorder for Chromebook.

We can’t wait for you to try it out and see how easy it is to create high-quality screen recordings on your Chromebook. Just follow the screen recording steps and tips outlined above, and you’ll be recording videos in no time. If you have any questions or need help getting started, our team is always here to help.