I was so excited when I learned Loom was making its Pro plan free for teachers and students! Little did I know I would soon be called upon to become an expert at using Loom to record screencasts (a video recording of what is on your screen). Here are the best tips I know. When you finish reading this post, you will know how to make a video with Loom as well.
Chrome Extension vs. Desktop Application
It’s great to have the option of different ways to access Loom. Loom is available as a Google extension and as a desktop application. It’s also available as an app. Even if you aren’t a teacher or student, you can access Loom’s free version. It has most of the features of the Pro version, except there is a limit of 25 videos which may be created.
Features of the Chrome Extension
Many people like using the Chrome extension version because it is easy to record what you are doing without leaving your browser window. The extension offers the same recording choices that the desktop application does. You get to choose between the camera only, the screen only, or the screen and cam. The camera only would be a good option for those wishing to record themselves reading a picture book, for example. The extension version offers the option of recording just the current open tab or the full screen. The full screen option lets the user switch back and forth between different windows on the screen.
Features of the Desktop Application
The desktop application is very similar to the extension version. To use the desktop app, simply click on the Loom icon on the desktop. There will be a window with the same three recording options which were available in the extension. Once again, you can choose to use just the camera to record yourself, or the record screen option, or the combination option. One choice which is not available in the desktop version is the option of recording just the current tab. When you activate the desktop version, you also need to make sure to open whatever it is you want to record. This might be a little inconvenient for some. I have used the desktop version more than the extension, so I’m used to taking the extra step. Here’s a video comparing the recording options on the extension and the desktop app.
Post-Video Editing Features
Both versions offer a countdown to begin recording, simple control buttons, and great post-video editing features. One of my favorite options is the Trim tool, which is not often found in free screen recording software. The Pro version and the free version are free of annoying watermarks. There is a feature which allows the user to upload a thumbnail image for viewers to see before playing the video. Loom also offers a variety of sharing options. The link to the presentation may be copied an shared. An embed code may also be copied. I love being able to insert videos right into the content of a web page! In fact, here is where I inserted code to insert this tutorial video right here. If you want to know how to make a video using Loom, here you go.
Comparing Loom Pro to Other Free Screencast Recording Software
For a free screencast recorder, Loom has a surprising amount of flexibility. If you are a teacher or student and can access Loom Pro, you may make an unlimited number of videos. If I had been using other free screencast recorders, my video above might have been over the time limit. Hands down, Loom is by far superior to other options out there. The ability to edit and the lack of an annoying watermark make Loom stand out.
How Might You Use Loom in Your Life?
Do you now feel inspired to try Loom? If you are looking for a way to record presentations and share what is on your screen, maybe Loom is for you. I hope you have learned the basics of how to use Loom, and feel comfortable experimenting with it. Whether you plan to use Loom to teach lessons or to share screencasts for fun, I hope you enjoy using this excellent free teaching tool. If you like this post, you may also appreciate the post I wrote about Using Zoom to Collaborate or How to Use WeVideo in the classroom.
What are Your Favorite Free Technology Tools?
How about you? Do you have favorite free technology tools you like to use? I welcome your suggestions. If you are a fan of using free technology tools, you might also like my eBook containing information about some excellent free media tools.
It’s a great resource for classroom teachers as well as bloggers, and is free to subscribers, along with many other resources for bloggers and teachers. Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today. Have fun experimenting with Loom!