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How to Screen Record Video on Chrome browser

Learn how to screen video record on Chrome browser. You can use the built-in software programs on the operating system or third-party browser extensions.

There is no direct option to record the screen in Google Chrome, but there are a few alternative ways. You can screen record in Chrome using the Windows Game Bar option, Chrome extensions, or third-party apps. Most apps and extensions are free to download and use, but there might be some limitations per app.

Record the Screen Video on Chrome browser

You might consider screen recording a video on your Chrome browser in quite a few instances. Quite recently, we watched a two-hour-long movie online. There was one combat scene that managed to catch everyone’s attention, and we decided to record just that very moment.

While there were quite a few options to do so, none turned out to be quite feasible. For example, we could have downloaded the entire movie and cropped the desired segment.

However, that doesn’t only require a lot of manual effort but would also have unnecessarily exhausted our network bandwidth. Likewise, capturing it on smartphones didn’t preserve the original video quality.

Then scratching our heads, we found a few worthy alternatives to carry out those above. So without further ado, let’s check out these methods to screen-record videos on Chrome.

Using Windows Game Bar

Windows OS comes with a built-in screen recorder tool. While it’s mainly used to record gameplay moments, you could also expand its functionalities to other domains. And this is what we will be doing in this section.

  1. So start by going to the Windows Settings page using Windows + I shortcut keys.
  2. Then head over to Gaming and enable the Game Bar toggle.
    Enable Game bar in Windows 10 OS
  3. Once that is done, launch Chrome and go to the video that needs to be recorded.
  4. Now hit the Windows + G shortcut key combinations to bring up the Windows Game Bar.
  5. Click the Capture button.
    Capture screen video using Game Bar in Windows
  6. Next up, hit the Start Recording button to begin the recording.
    Record the screen with Game Bar
  7. Once you finish the recording, hit the Stop button at the top right.
    Stop button recording in Game Bar
  8. That’s it. The video stands saved. Open the Windows Game Bar and click on Show all Captures.
    Show all captures in Game Bar in Windows
  9. Select the recorded video from the left menu and hit the Play button.
    Game Bar Gallery in Windows

The biggest perk of this method is that you don’t need to download any additional apps or software. On the flip side, it’s just the barebone recorder with no advanced feature set. It might do the job for some, but if you don’t belong to this category, check out the following method below.

Using Third-Party Extensions

If the Windows native screen recorder didn’t checkmark all the prerequisites, then you may take the help of a third-party app. In this regard, the Screencastify extension is quite a decent alternative. Let’s check out how to make full use of this extension:

  1. Head over to Chrome Web Store and download Screencastify – Screen Video Recorder
  2. Click Add to Chrome followed by Add Extension in the popup that appears.
    Screencastify Screen Video Recorder Add to ChromeOnce the extension is added, you should see its icon next to the address bar.
  3. Now head to the desired video on Chrome and click the Screencastify icon from the menu bar.
  4. Sign in with your Google Account and then go to the Browser tab option.
  5. Now click on Record, and the process will start.
    Record the screen using Screencastify extension
  6. Once the intended video has been recorded, click the Screencastify extension icon and hit the Stop button.
    Stop recording in screencastify extension
  7. The recorded video will be automatically saved to Google Drive, and you can easily access the same anytime you wish.
    Copy shareable link in Google Drive using Screencastify

The benefit of using this extension is that it directly saves your recording to the cloud. Likewise, it also beholds some nifty features such as directly publishing the video to YouTube, embedding it via HTML, or downloading a copy to your PC.

The extension will lay down some additional menus in the bottom left corner of your screen. From here, you could carry out edits on the video being recorded. These include the option to draw or doodle on the video and take a screengrab, among others.
Draw doodle on video using screencastify

However, the biggest drawback is that it only records for a limited time; you must shell out some bucks to enjoy its full capabilities.

Bottom Line

So with this, we conclude the guide on how to screen record videos on Chrome. We have shared two different methods for the same. As you might have noticed, both come with their fair share of USPs and caveats.

In my opinion, I usually stick with the Windows default screen recorder. The reason is that I don’t usually have to carry out advanced editing functionalities on the recorded video.

Furthermore, privacy risks always exist if you screen records using a third-party tool. Hence the Game Bar option does its job for me without any issues.

With that said, we would love to hear your opinions on the same. Do let us know in the comments which method you ultimately settled for.

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Sadique Hassan

Sadique is a Bachelor of Computer Application in Computer Science and an MBA professional. He became a tech writer by choice and has continued pursuing it for the last 7+ years. He is keenly interested in open-source technology like Android and also loves troubleshooting the tech. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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