You can record your Chromebook screen either using the built-in screen recorder or using Chrome extensions. This article explains how to do this.
Let’s get started.
Record Chromebook Screen
The new built-in screen recorder is currently available behind a flag. So, let’s first enable this flag.
- Open chrome://flags
- Search for “Screen capture test”
- Select Enabled from the dropdown.
- Click Restart from the bottom-right corner.
You are now ready to record your Chromebook screen. You can open the screen recorder in two ways:
- Using the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + WINDOW SWITCHER KEY
- From the quick settings panel.
Here is the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + WINDOW SWITCHER
To use the quick settings panel, click Time/Battery icon on the bottom-right corner of your Chromebook’s screen:
Next, click the new Screen Capture icon:
When you use the keyboard shortcut or click the Screen capture icon from the Quick Settings panel, you will see the screen capture menu:
From here, switch to the screen recorder to start record video:
Next, select if you want to record:
- The entire screen
- A part of the screen
- A Window
Click one of the the three icons to select what you want to record. If you select the partial screen recording, you will need to select the area that you want to record.
Now, press Enter. This starts the recording. You will see a counter, counting down from three, when the recording starts.
You will see a recording icon when the screen recording is in progress. Click this icon to stop the recording as well.
Find the recording
Finished recording your first screencast from the Chromebook? Let’s now find this new file.
When you finish recording, you’ll see a notification that allows you to open the recording.
Open the Files app. You will see the recording with today’s date and time as the file name. The file type will be .webm.
Google is working on a screen recording feature for Chrome OS. The new feature is currently called “Capture Mode” for Chromebook.
I recently started a YouTube channel for Chrome Story. Most of my videos are screen recordings. I regularly post videos about upcoming features and how-to guides.
Using extensions to record Chromebook screen has its own limitations. HD video recording is a paid feature. I have been planning to invest in such an option, and then, I spotted Capture Mode.
Capture Mode for Chromebook
Your Chromebook can take screenshots without any extensions. Capture mode expands this feature into video screen recording.
You will be able to record:
- The entire screen.
- A part of the screen
- An app or a window
Would you be able to record audio along with it? I am not sure yet.
Videos will use .webm Format
You can see a lot of code change requests tagged as “Capture Mode“. I found a few interesting bits of code that confirms my findings above.
Let me walk you through those code comments.
This bit here talks about Edit and Share buttons:
File names will be similar to that of screenshots and will use .webm format:
Chromebook system tray will show a notification when you start recording. You can click the same button to stop recording:
You can record the whole desktop, parts of the screen or an individual app:
A built-in screen recording will be a really useful tool to have. As a blogger, I can already see its potential.
If you are a teacher, this can be a powerful tool to share information with your students.
Are there other use cases that you can think of? What will you use this feature for? Let me know in the comments section below.
Source: Chromium Gerrit.