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How to Use Screencast on Chromebook (Step-by-step)

How to Use Screencast on Chromebook

On the most recent ChromeOS 103 version, the Screencast app is now accessible by default without any flags being enabled.

It is a screen recorder app, but it also has some other functions like the capacity to record your screen while recording the latter, transcription settings, the ability to comment while recording with a marker, sharing, and more. 

Doing presentations, video tutorials, and other things, it’s fantastic. So let’s get started with how to use the Chromebook’s screencast tool, access it, and share your ChromeOS screencasts.


How to access the Chromebook’s Screencast App

1. First, upgrade ChromeOS to the most recent release, which is version 103 or above. To update, visit ChromeOS Settings by clicking the clock in the bottom right corner and choosing the cog symbol.

2. Select the About ChromeOS option in the left sidebar of the Settings app. You should be able to see your ChromeOS version here. Use the Screencast app if the version is 103 or above.

3. If not, click the Check for Updates icon next to it, and if any updates are available, click Update.

4. To launch the ChromeOS app drawer, now hit the Search key on the keyboard or the Launcher icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.

5. Scroll down and launch the Screencast app from the app drawer. Or, you may use a search to locate and launch a Screencast.


How to Use the Chromebook’s Screencast App

1. Open the App Drawer and launch the Screencast app. To begin recording the Chromebook screen, click the New screencast button at the top of the screen.

2. You’ll start recording your screen on ChromeOS. It is preconfigured by default to record the whole screen. However, you can configure it to merely record a piece of the chosen screen, or you can choose any window to record.

3. You can configure the camera and audio input device by selecting the cog icon. The microphone can be used to record audio.

4. You have the option to disable camera recording, which is included by default in the screencast in a little circle.

5. Before recording, you can rotate the camera view to any of the four corners.

6. After making the necessary modifications, press the Record button to begin recording.

7. Screencast will start taking screenshots of your Chromebook’s screen after a three-second countdown. You don’t need to be concerned about your Chromebook’s storage if you want to film a lengthier video. If you are connected to the internet, the video will be posted to Google Drive as you record it.

8. The recording can be stopped by selecting the stop icon (red circle) in the bottom dock.

You cannot view the Screencast video on your local storage since it will be uploaded to Google Drive. But Google Drive does not either provide access to the video. 

It will only be accessible via the Screencast app. However, you may view the films on all of your Chromebooks and they will take up space in your Drive storage.


Draw on Screen While Recording on Chromebook

1. While recording the screen, you can annotate using the marker option in Screencast. On your Chromebook, open Screencast and click the pen symbol next to the stop recording option to annotate while recording.

2. You may now begin to sketch on the screen. Click on the pen symbol once more to erase.

3. Right-click the pen symbol and choose a new colour to alter the colour.

You will be able to see all of these annotations on the screencast you are making. The marker function may currently only be used while recording.

How to View and Edit Transcripts in Screencasts

1. To automatically view transcriptions on the right side of the video, open the video. The video will begin playing at the selected time and transcription when you click on the transcript.

2. If any transcription is incorrect, pick Edit text from the kebab menu (three-dot menu) located next to it.

3. After that, you can update the transcription by clicking the Save option.

4. The Skip segment option can be found in the Kebab menu (three-dot menu). While playing, a certain section of the video will be skipped.


How to Share Your Chromebook Screencasts

A screencast can be shared much like files on your Google Drive.

1. Click the kebab menu (three-dot menu) on the Screencasts app’s main page and choose the Share option.

2. As the video is playing in the app, you can also click the Share icon at the top.

3. Give your Screencast video a name in the pop-up box and choose Continue.

4. Change the default setting of Keep it Private to Share with Others.

5. After that, choose Copy link and send it to other Chromebook users.

People using Windows, Mac, or Linux cannot watch these videos since they can only be seen on ChromeOS devices that have Screencast software. Additionally, it is inaccessible to users of ChromeOS’s earlier versions.

Screencasting on Chrome OS

Chromebook is mostly used in workplaces and classrooms. These features can significantly ease the process of recording a presentation, lecture, or any other video. 

Both the camera and the screen are simultaneously recorded. Even the file size is not a problem since it uploads to your Google Drive. However, you must make sure that your Google Drive has adequate space.