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SnagIt Chrome End of Life Announcement

posted May 23, 2016, 10:03 AM by Wiley Brazier, V   [ updated May 23, 2016, 10:05 AM by myPD 24/7 ]
One of my ABSOLUTE favorite Chrome Extension is going away. For those of you who may not be familiar with TechSmith SnagIt for Google Chrome™ you can take screenshots or screen recordings of anything on your screen including your browser, desktop, and applications you have running. TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome™ will share your screen, so you can share your ideas and insights with anyone you’d like.
TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome™ is a robust screen recording and screen capture tool that helps you provide better feedback, encourage teamwork, and create images that explain exactly what you mean.

Get the Most out of Your Google Drive™ View, and mark up your captures anywhere, thanks to the integration Snagit for Google Chrome™ has with Google Drive™.

Provide Personalized Feedback
Capture or snag the documents and presentations your students are working on, add feedback, and easily share with your students for review wherever they are.

Enhance with Visuals
Clip images or make quick screencasts to use for presentations, research papers, or handouts. Add text, arrows, or shapes to screenshots to draw attention to exactly what matters.

Keep Everyone in the Loop
Snag a quick screenshot of a paper or project your students are working on, add notes, and send to fellow teachers, parents, or the entire class. Or narrate your comments while recording a screencast and give updates in your own voice.

In mid-June, TechSmith SnagIt for Google Chrome™ will be removed from the Google Chrome Web Store. The extension will continue to work for anyone who has it installed, but if they were to uninstall it, they would not be able to get it back. Support for the Snagit Chrome extension will end on August 31, 2016. You can read more about the retirement of these tools here: https://www.techsmith.com/screenchomp-snagitchrome-knowmia-retire.html

I've been looking at a couple of alternatives to Snagit for Google Chrome and have found two (2):
1. Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software (aka. screencast recorder) for Chrome. It is able to record all screen activity inside a tab, including audio. Just press record and the content of your tab is recorded. So you can easily create a screencast for video tutorials, record presentations etc. It also supports desktop capturing, allowing you to record anything on your screen (not just tabs).

Videos are recorded as webm/vp8 files with ogg vorbis audio and can be saved to disk or uploaded to YouTube or Google Drive with a single click. 

Screencastify does not depend on any external software (like Java, Flash or other plugins). So it also runs on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.

Video recording happens completely locally. So your recordings are not transferred to any remote system unless you choose to upload them. Your video files are stored on a sandboxed local HTML5 file system managed by Chrome. When choose to store your recordings on Google Drive, they are uploaded to your Google Drive account after recording and removed from local storage. This helps to save local storage space, especially on Chromebooks and allows access your recordings from other devices.

Keyboard shortcuts can be configured in the Options.

The free version allows to record videos that are 10 minutes long. To record longer videos, it can be upgraded to a paid version (see https://www.screencastify.com/buy for details).


2. CaptureCast Chrome Screen Recording is a FREE video screen capture extension with no restrictions on the length of your recordings. You can use the screencast recorder to capture your desktop screen, web camera, document camera, and microphone with seamless uploading to YouTube and Vimeo. Record your screen in full motion video to produce screencast (aka screen capture) for video tutorials, video lessons, record presentations, lecture capture etc. CaptureCast can be configured for one click publishing into YouTube or Vimeo creating a quick and simple record and upload work-flow.