Capture screenshots or videos and share them with ScreenRec
ScreenRec is a free screenshot tool that can also be used to capture videos. Intrigued by the fact that it has a private sharing feature, I decided to give it a spin.
The program comes in a web installer, that downloads about 105MB worth of files. It is installed in the following folder: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\StreamingVideoProvider\ScreenRec_app\
Going by the many files in the folder that are named Qt5, it appears to be written using the Qt5 framework.
When ScreenRec is running, you will see a widget on the right side of the screen. Click on the pin-icon to stick it or unpin it to make it slightly smaller in size and hide the icons. Use the first icon (photo camera) to capture the screen content. The program will prompt you to draw a box to select the area of the screen that you wish to save.
When you take a screen grab, it is displayed in the built-in editor. The editor has a sidebar with options that you may use to add arrows, rectangles, text bubbles or plain text to annotate your image. The buttons at the bottom of the editor window allow you to share the image, copy it to the clipboard, save it to the local drive or delete it. Screenshots can only be saved in the PNG format.
The video capture option is pretty similar, draw a box to capture the content inside it. ScreenRec can be used to record anything, video streams, the desktop, games, etc. When you stop the video recording process, a preview window displays the saved media. The video player resembles YouTube's player interface. You can use it play the video, adjust the volume, playback rate and switch to full screen mode. ScreenRec does not come with a built-in video editor. Use the buttons at the bottom to share, save or delete the video. SreenRec saves videos in the MP4 format.
A third way of capturing media is to use the keyboard shortcut Alt + S. This is slightly different, i.e., first you select the area to capture the content from, and then click on the screenshot or video recording button to save the corresponding media. Right-click the tray icon to access a menu that has options to capture screenshot, record video, open the gallery or view the settings page of the program.
Images and Videos that you capture can be viewed from the ScreenRec Gallery which you can access from the tray menu or the widget. The captured media is available in the gallery, even if you didn't save it immediately.
The Settings window has an option for toggling the microphone option, which you can use to record your voice. You may enable the "Record System Audio" option to capture the audio from your computer's sound card/output. "Record in HD" setting when toggled makes ScreenRec save the videos in a better quality.
The biggest drawback in the program is that it has a 5-minute time limit for recording videos. This can only be removed by creating a free account with the service. Registering for an account provides you with 2GB of cloud storage. You can save captured images and videos locally (on your computer), but ScreenRec will pester you by displaying the sign-up screen every single time. Thankfully, there is a fix for this. Head to the settings and disable the option that's labeled "Instant share link". No more annoying sign up screens.
Sharing the media
ScreenRec does not upload the media to its cloud service by default. You'll need to sign up for a free account should you want to enable media sharing. You can sign up using your email address, or use your Google, Facebook or Twitter account to do so. According to the official documentation, ScreenRec uses the StreamingVideoProvider platform and encrypts media using a 128-bit AES algorithm.
Uploaded media can be shared using links, which your contact can view in their web browser.
Cloud Service - To use or not to use?
When I logged into the program, the settings page said the account has the Pro Plan and that it is a free grace period. A bullet list on the page mentions that the following features are part of the Pro Plan: Unlimited Recordings, Private Share Links, Record in HD, No Watermark, Personal and Commercial Use. It is pretty obvious that the ScreenRec cloud will be a freemium service.
However, I couldn't find a way to login to the ScreenRec account directly from the browser, or even to reset the password from the application. There is no way to control the media viewing settings.
Deleting a screenshot or video from the gallery deletes it from the cloud. I stumbled on to this by accident when I tried deleting the media after logging out of the program, only to see a notification that said "Deletion will be done when back online". And when I logged back into the program, they were deleted from the gallery.
But is the media deleted from the cloud as well? The only way to test this was to make an image shareable, open it in the browser, delete it from the gallery and try accessing it again.
The URL no longer loaded the image, which means it should be deleted on the server as well. I suppose that's a relief, as we do have some control over the content.
But, the lack of a proper dashboard means that the cloud storage implementation in the program seems to be poor, and until then the program is best used offline.
ScreenRec is a decent screenshot and video recording program. The 5-minute time limit does not make any sense considering the program can save media locally. The mandatory push towards making the user sign up for a free account to unlock features could have been avoided.
Not sure the limits of Loom’s free version in comparison, as we have a subscription, but it seems to be a good alternative to also consider.
Thanks Ashwin for bringing under my attention this nice pice of software.
@ashwin wrote “However, I couldn’t find a way to login to the ScreenRec account directly from the browser”.
ScreenRec uses the Streamingvideoprovider platform and you probably need to log in there via your browser: https://member.streamingvideoprovider.com/panel/#signIn
UP for this! was able to use my same screenrec login info and was surprised to see a dashboard there!
Very good and through guide. I came here via google search to answer the question you said you too could not find. If you figure this out please share with us:
However, I couldn’t find a way to login to the ScreenRec account directly from the browser, or even to reset the password from the application. There is no way to control the media viewing settings.
My name is Deyan, I am the CEO of ScreenRec and StreamingVideoProvider.
We are in the process of integrating the two products together so we can provide you with a cloud panel from where you can categorize, password protect, monetize publish, and analyze your content. Stay tuned because the best is about to come.
Deyan, your contact us link on the Screenrec website goes nowhere.
I have encountered an issue with using ScreenRec and would like to put it to you guys at Screenrec to consider.
Thank God for this site! I wonder when they’ll be paid???
How can i download a video that was recorded with screenrec…..?
after few screen recording then the apps not working properly , tried to record new unfortunately when button start and suddenly the program close
Please help me out with downloading the video as I need to edit the videos for project purpose.
Hey! Thanks for the article. I just made my first trial with the app but can’t download to my device. When I click “save”, it says “File does not exist”. Of course it doesn’t! I’m trying to save it. I have created an account and the trial video is only a few seconds long. Any help on this?
I’d love to know how I download the video I have trial uploaded. As far as I can see there is no way of doing it and none of the questions about this have been answered.
I want to be able to edit what I have done and view it off-line because of a poor internet connection. But how? There is no “save locally” or “download” button on the ScreenRec Gallery and if you go to the link and play the video the “Save video” menu option is greyed-out.
There must be a way surely?
Good, but how am I supposed to upload a video to my Youtube channel if there’s no file I can upload? The cloud storage is all nice and well, but totally useless if you just want to have the ”physical” file which you can upload on other platforms. Also what Marcus is pointing out above me, there is no way to edit your file like this, which is pretty much a must. If there’s reallly no possibility to this, then I get why its free.
Does any free app that can record screen but with mouse cursor click “decoration”?
I have been using ScreenRec for the last two years and mainly utilize it for creating YouTube videos. I have a YouTube channel where I upload video tutorials about different PC related issues faced in daily routine. I have to prefer ScreenRec because it records computer screen without watermark.
Recording a crisp message through webcam and computer screen is super easy with ScreenRec now. Despite drafting long emails, rather I record a short video message and shoot it to my colleagues using the unique link ScreenRec gives as soon as the recording is done.
I learnt using ScreenRec within a few minutes. It is easiest to learn free screen recorder for windows that doesn’t involve any limitations at all i.e. no watermark, no time restrictions and awesomely, it gives cloud storage too. Amazing!
It took some time to choose the best free screen recorder for my daily PC recording requirements but once I started using ScreenRec, never required any other screen recorder since then.
Please I actually installed the screen record app on my pc and I then deleted it, but I still see the app’s widget on my screen..
please how can I remove it??