In a world where there is apparently no shortage of free online screen recorders, the very least you can expect is a somewhat different approach when you stumble across one that you haven’t seen before. I think RecordCast meets that criteria. It doesn’t do anything revolutionary, but what it does do, it does very well. It’s also 100% free. Here’s what else you need to know.
Why Screencast With RecordCast?
There are a number of things that drew me to RecordCast when they first reached out to me. First on the list is that is free and easy to use. There are no plugins to install, no extensions required, and no watermarks on your videos. In short, there is nothing here to pay for, even if you wanted to.
What’s more, everything is recorded locally with your browser, (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc). It also comes with a video editor to trim recordings, add text effects, overlays, dynamic elements, music or background colors. Best of all, your recordings and video files are edited locally. They are not uploaded to the web or shared with a third party.
How to Record Your Screen with RecordCast
- Navigate to recordcast.com
- Click on the button to start recording for free.
- Choose if you want to record your screen and your webcam, just your screen, or just the webcam.
- Give RecordCast permission to use the camera and microphone while recording.
After that, you will be prompted to choose the window you want to share and a 3-2-1 countdown will appear. You can record for up to 30 minutes with RecordCast. I’m not sure I know of any free online screen recorders that let you record for that long.
Editing Video With RecordCast
The RecordCast screen recorder is pretty simple. No annotation tools or other fancy features. This is because they saved the real magic for their online video editor. You can edit any of your recordings with the RecordCast video editor, and there are a lot of great options here, including the ability to add your own music track.
You can also import images or videos that you would like to add to your screen recording. So, if you have an intro or outro that you like to add as bookends on your videos, you can do that here. You can also add standard or animated text. Colored background slides can be added to the beginning, middle, or end of a video. These are great for those animated text titles and can be a great way to help tell your story.
The element tab reminds me of Canva. It has a collection of icons and images that you can overlay on top of your video for some visual interest or to draw attention to specific things on the screen. There are hundreds of elements to choose from so you will be glad to know that there is a search box to help narrow down the selection. These elements can be added on top of your screen recording or on top of a background.
Last but not least are the overlays. These include overlays for text, intros and outros, as well as overlays for decoration. They are animated designs that will add polish and professionalism to your screencast. They are also customizable. You can choose the colors used in the overlays and change the text that appears on the screen.
RecordCast might not be for everyone, but the fact that it comes with such a robust video editor means that I will return to this tool again and again. I have long said that the only screencasting tip you ever need is the ability to edit and trim your recording. RecordCast gives you that ability, as well as an easy and intuitive recording experience. Consequently, I have no hesitation in recommending RecordCast if you haven’t tried it before.
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