Taking screenshots is easy, but recording a video of Chrome or another program you use can be more complicated. Here's what you do instead of pointing your phone on your monitor.
Windows PC: Use the Game Bar
Windows Game Fields are intended for recording PC games but works in all apps. Make sure it is enabled by searching for it in the Windows Settings app and make sure "Play games, screenshots and playlist play is on."
Now from within Google Chrome or any other app you want to record, you can open the game field by pressing Windows + G. Click the red button to start recording this app.
By default, your recordings are saved in the Videos folder in another folder called "Captures."
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Mac: Use the screen capture tool
This is even easier on a Mac, because MacOS has a built-in screen dump tool with video capture options. This will work in Chrome or any other browser, including Safari. In fact, it works in all applications on your Mac.
Record it with Command + Shift + 5, select the area or app you want to record and switch to recording mode by clicking "Record Selected Sharing" in the menu to the right.
Click on the recording button to start recording a video. When finished, open the menu again with Command + Shift + 5 and press "Stop Recording." The video is stored on the desktop under a new "Movies" folder.
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Chrome Extension: Loom
Normally, we recommend installing many Chrome extensions because they can easily become spyware, but Loom is useful enough that it deserves to mention.
Loom adds to Chrome's toolbar and you click it to retrieve the recording window. It has the ability to record your webcam and microphone, and can even record your full desktop from Chrome. Just click on "Start recording" and then press the green button at the bottom left to end the recording.
The most useful part of Loom is that after it is recorded, your clip will automatically be uploaded to Loom's host service and give you a link you can share with people. If you're looking for this type of functionality, but don't want to use Loom, try using Streamable, a drag-and-drop video host.
Third Party Tools: NOTE
] If you want more functionality with your recordings, it may be worth calculating how to use Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). NOTE is usually used for streaming on websites like Twitch and YouTube, but works just as well when recording on disk. It is a platform that works with Windows, MacOS and Linux.
NOTE is very powerful and quite complicated. You can have multiple "Scenes" with different settings, useful if you switch between them while streaming, but not entirely useful for offline recording. In each scene you have "Sources" that record audio and video and mix them together.
By default, OBS should be set to use your default microphone and capture the screen, but you can add new sources by right-clicking the blank window:
When you are satisfied with the configuration and the layout, press "Start recording" and then "Stop recording when finished."
You want to check the settings where OBS saves your recordings, which you find under "Output."
You can also adjust the video resolution and framerate from here, as well as set up hotkeys for everything.