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.