How to Record a Video of Your Chrome Browser

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Making screenshots is simple, but recording a video from Chrome or another app that you use can turn out to be more complicated. Here's what to do instead of directing your phone to your monitor.

Windows PC: Use the game bar

Windows game bar

the Windows game bar is intended for recording PC games but will work in any application. Make sure it is enabled by searching it in the Windows Settings application and making sure that the check box "Save Game Clips, Screen Captures and Broadcast to the # 39; help of the game bar "is activated.

allow the game bar to record clips

From Google Chrome or any other application you want to register, you can open the game bar by pressing Windows + G. Click the red button to start recording this app.

By default, your recordings will be saved in your Videos folder under another folder called "Captures".

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Mac: use the screen capture tool

MacOS capture tool

It's even easier on a Mac because macOS has a integrated screen capture tool with options to record videos. It will work in Chrome or any other web browser, including Safari. In fact, it works in any application on your Mac.

Display it with Command + Shift + 5, select the area or application that you want to record, then go into record mode by clicking "Save Selected Part" to the right of the menu.

Click the record button to start capturing a video. When finished, open the menu again with Command + Shift + 5 and press "Stop Recording". The video will be saved on your desktop under a new "Movies" folder.

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Chrome extension: loom

Chrome Loom Extension

Normally we deprecate the installation of many Chrome extensions since they can very easily become spyware, but Loom is useful enough to deserve to be mentioned.

Loom Adds to the Chrome toolbar and you click it to display the save window. It has the ability to register your webcam and microphone, and can even save your entire desktop from Chrome. Just click on "Start Recording" and then press the green button at the bottom left to complete the recording.

The most useful part of Loom is that after the recording is done, your clip will be automatically downloaded to Loom's hosting service and will provide you with a link that you can share with people. If you're looking for this type of feature but you do not want to use Loom, you can use streamable, a drag-and-drop video host.

Third party tools: OBS

OBS window

If you want more features with your recordings, it may be interesting to know how to use Open broadcast software (OBS). OBS is commonly used for live broadcast on sites such as Twitch and YouTube, but works just as well for recording on disk. It is multi-platform, running Windows, macOS and Linux.

OBS is very powerful and quite complicated. You can have multiple "scenes" with different settings, which is useful if you switch from one image to another streaming, but not quite for offline recordings. In each scene, you have "sources" that capture audio and video and mix them together.

By default, OBS must be set to use your default microphone and capture your display, but you can add new sources by right-clicking the empty window:

OBS sources

Once you're happy with the setup and layout, tap "Start Recording," and then tap "Stop Recording When You're done."

You will want to check in the settings where OBS saves your recordings, which you can find under "Exit".

OBS settings

You can also adjust the video resolution and framerate from here, as well as configure the shortcut keys for everything.


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