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Use Screencast to record and share on your Chrome OS devices

Using the Screencast app, you can record and share lessons and demos with a transcript. You can use the transcript to search, trim, and translate screencasts.

Access

The Screencast app is available on all Chrome OS  devices with Chrome version 103 or later. If you don’t see the app in the launcher, upgrade your device. For details, see Update your Chromebook's operating system.

Admins can disable the app for managed users. If you are using a managed Google Account on a device with Chrome OS 103 or later, but do not see the app in the launcher, contact your IT administrator to enable the app for your account.

Screencasts are stored in Google Drive, but viewed using the Screencast app. To view a screencast, click the link shared with you on a device and the app opens automatically for playback. Currently, you cannot view screencasts outside of Chrome OS.

At this time, new screencasts can only be recorded by users with their device language set to English.

How to skip a section

Using Screencast you can skip sections during playback. To skip a section, click More Options next to the transcript text for that section and select Skip section. Viewers using the Screencast app will skip over this section during playback.

Note: Because the original recording remains on Google Drive, users with access to the screencast and the link will still be able to see the original video and transcript.

Troubleshoot

How do I get the app?

Screencast is included in Chrome OS 103 or later. To find the app, click Launcher on the taskbar, typically in the lower left corner. You can pin the app to your shelf for easy access by right-clicking on the icon and selecting Pin to shelf.

If you are using a managed Google Account on a device with Chrome OS 103 or later, but do not see the app in the launcher, contact your IT administrator to enable the app for your account.

The link isn’t working - what should I do?

Screencast recordings are currently only viewable in the Screencast app on Chrome OS. If the user does not have the Screencast app, they cannot see the screencast. Screencast links are only visible to others if they’re set to Shared with others.

To change the sharing setting, on the viewer page or the More Options menu, click Share for your screencast and select Shared with others.

How do I draw on my screen during recording?

  • To draw on the screen, click or tap Marker on the shelf during recording. You can then draw over on-screen content using the mouse, stylus, or touchscreen. On-screen navigation is disabled when the Marker is on.
  • Right-click or double-tap the screen with two fingers to clear your drawings.
  • Right-click or long-press Marker on the shelf to switch pen colors.
  • Click or tap Marker again to turn it off and re-enable on-screen navigation.

How do I record a portion of my screen?

After you click + New screencast in the app, you can select which parts of your screen to record before you begin your screencast.

  • Screencast is set to record your entire screen by default, but you can choose to record a partial screen or record a window by selecting those icons on the toolbar.
  • If you choose to record a window, click on the window you want to record.
  • If you choose to record a partial screen, click and drag your cursor over the region of your screen you want to record.

How do I disable or switch cameras for a recording?

Before you start recording, you can disable or switch cameras by clicking Settings on the toolbar and selecting a different option under Camera.

Will users outside of my organization be able to see recordings?

If you are a managed user for either a school or work account, and you share a recording using the Screencast app, it is only visible to other users with the link in your managed domain.

If you create and share a screencast using your personal account, it is visible to anyone with the link.

How do I stop a recording once I’ve started?

You can stop a recording by clicking Stop on the shelf. Stop is next to the date and time, typically in the lower right corner of your screen.

Why is processing taking so long?

After we record your screencast, we prepare the video in the cloud for streaming before you can share it. You can close your device and check back later to share it when it’s fully processed.

Where is the Translate feature?

As the creator, you’ll always see the screencast in the language it was recorded. When you share your screencast, your viewers have the option to translate the transcript to their chosen language.

How do I search within a screencast?

In the top-right above the transcript, click Search or press CTRL+F. Click the up or down arrows next to Search to skip through results.

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