Do you need to create screen grabs or videos for work or social media? RecordCast can get the job done quickly, as long as you aren’t fussy.
Without a doubt, “remote” is one of the catchwords for 2020. Be it for work, play, or learning.
In the case of remote work and learning, creating screengrabs and illustrative videos is often a must. (Many would say it’s a must for social media too) Depending on your requirements and standards, a variety of software and online platforms are available for these purposes, some of which are significantly costly.
If all you need is just a straightforward screen capture, though, RecordCast would a convenient free option to consider. Though somewhat limited in functionality, this online platform gets the job done quickly. Naturally, it being completely free and is a great plus too.
What is RecordCast?
Simply put, this is an all-in-one online screen recorder, one that comes with basic video editing abilities. To access the platform, users first need to register an account. Within the created account, users can also save projects.
As for official notable features:
- 100% Free; no required payment of any sort seen throughout the platform.
- No downloading of software, extensions, etc, required.
- Flexible recording, as in you can choose which window/software-in-use to capture.
- Fast download & editing.
I’d add too that there’s no saving of files online outside of indicative thumbnails. This is, to me, important because of privacy concerns.
RecordCast Recording Process
The actual recording process is streamlined and quick.
After logging in, click the CREATE BY RECORD button at the top left corner.
Choose which audio stream to record before clicking the big round red button.
From the pop-up menu, select which screen you wish to capture. As in, which browser or application-in use you wish to record. (Note: Your system will likely prompt you to grant permission for “sharing”)
After recording begins, switch to the screen you chose in the previous step and do whatever you need to do. Once done, switch back to stop recording.
After termination of recording, you have two options:
- Download in WEBM format.
- Head over to the video editing screen, where you can string multiple videos together, or add text.
Should you choose to edit, the video will be automatically set-up in the editing screen.
Of note, RecordCast also allows you to import existing videos for editing. In all cases, edited videos are then exported in MP4 format, with the size options of 480p, 720p, and 1080p.
RecordCast Review: Strengths and Limitations
In summary, I think the main “selling” point of this online platform is the ease of use.
- No software, extensions, etc, to download. It’s all conducted online.
- Straightforward process of use.
- Flexibility to choose which screen/application to capture. To put it in another way, you can continue to multitask/surf, without those activities recorded.
- Basic video editing functions.
- Ability to import existing videos in a variety of formats for “editing.”
- Projects are automatically saved.
- Unedited recordings can only be exported in WEBM format. No choice of resolution too.
- The video editor is frankly, very limited. While you can string various videos together, and add a variety of text effects, there’s no cropping, video enhancing, transitions, etc.
- You can only import videos lesser than 1GB in size.
- I’ve tested the platform using Chrome and Edge, and it works. On Firefox, however, videos were downloaded without extension. Recordings were also unable to be ported over for editing.
I would rate RecordCast a 9 out of 10 if considered purely as an online screen recorder.
It gets the job done. It allows you to target recording too; you can just capture whatever you’re doing within a specific application, or within a browser, etc.
That it’s free is a huge attraction, naturally.
The included video editing function, on the other hand, is very limited. It’s fine if you’re just looking to add text, but beyond that, you’re better using another application.
On the latter, the WEBM format might be an issue too. Users probably should first “port” their captures over to the video editor, then export in MP4 format, to prevent compatibility issues.
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