Developed by Google, Chrome is a well-known internet browser that has competed with Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari down the years. Currently, it is one of the most popular web browsers and can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux. For Chrome users, there are many cases when recording the Chrome screen is necessary. For instance, you may want to record the gameplay in your Chrome, capture a video tutorial or even just create screenshots. In order to get the task done, a Chrome screen recorder is needed. Here we have compiled a list of the top 5 Chrome screen capture programs that you can use to record video within Chrome.
Free Online Screen Recorder
As the name suggests, this is a superb web-based application which means that you don’t need to download or install it to use. Furthermore, users can adjust the various audio and video settings to get the most from their videos. As well as recording, this tool can be used for simple screenshots and even boasts a ‘Task Scheduler’ which means that you can record a certain time period even when you are away from the computer. If you wanted to upload your videos to YouTube, this is also an option through Free Screen Recorder.
Drawbacks? – Although this is a superb online tool, there is one main drawback and this is the fact that it isn’t stable. As it relies on an internet connection, it can sometimes falter but this can be countered by using the desktop version.
As an extension for Chrome, MediaCore Capture can be attained from the Google Webstore. When using this app, you can record your desktop as well as any activity on your webcam. In terms of video settings, there are only two options for quality but one of these is HD in 720p. Furthermore, the microphone can be used during recordings.
Drawbacks? – With this extension, there have been problems with lagging and unresponsiveness which can lead to frustration. In addition to this, there are certain tools that are lacking such as annotations, pointers, and direct uploading to YouTube.
Also available from the Google Webstore, this is a plugin application featuring numerous recording modes such as desktop, camera, and tab. As well as choosing an audio input for a video, users can also use the webcam for picture-in-picture. Although the application is completely free, this version only allows for ten minute recordings and the premium version must be bought to record any longer.
Drawbacks? – Much like the previous option, this application has been known to freeze and stop responding at times. Perhaps a deal breaker, it also has a watermark which can affect the video for viewers. With a limitation of ten minutes on all recordings, there are better options unless you are happy to edit together ten minute chunks of video.
Out of all the options we have here today, this is probably the most recognised and can now be found as an extension for Chrome. Of course, the main function is to record or capture the screen but it also has many other features such as sharing, annotating, different capture modes, and it boasts an easy to use interface.
Drawbacks? – Overall, many users have complained regarding the audio in that it doesn’t appear after finishing a recording. Also, there is only one available record mode and it can be a little complicated to use. Finally, the video and audio settings are minimal to non-existent.
MakeGIF Video Capture
Finally, we have another tool that can be used to record video in Chrome. Essentially, this app creates a video by saving it as a GIF file. When you open the app for the first time, you will have access to a whole host of recording settings including capture FPS, max frames, quality, and size. Furthermore, the end product can be shared on the MakeGIF site or saved on the local disk.
Drawbacks? – Sadly, there is no option to share directly online which means that a middle program needs to be used. Also, any uploaded videos will be deleted within one month. Because it records in GIF format, editing is required regardless.
There we have it, five options for recording with Chrome. From the five, you can clearly see that Free Screen Recorder offers the best choice since there are very few drawbacks compared to the other four. Not only does it have an annotating tool, sharing, and different recording modes, it also has a powerful desktop version which removes the instability. With the other options, they are simply extensions within the browser.