Just about a week ago I struggled looking for a quick way to record a screencast for my team members on Windows. When it comes to OS X my tool of choice is QuickTime all the time: it is free, built-in, and simple to use. But win7 lacks a similar built-in replacement, so I ended up googling “screencast on windows free”.

Can’t say that I spent the whole day installing and trying different alternatives, but there was no obvious winner there. In the end I used OBS, which is a free but pro-tool for streamers and game players. Lots of tuning options, capture settings, scene selectors. Did I need them all? Obviously I did not, but other tools were unusable in their free editions.

And today my twitter feed introduced me to Loom which seems a nice and modern way to record screencasts when working in teams.

Loom tries to fix three problems of screencasting software:

  • multiplatform: Loom shipped as a Chrome extension, if you are using this browser you are covered on Linux/Win/Mac
  • ease of use: Provides only simple controls and key mappings to make recording easy and lightweight
  • dev teams features: Loom has a nice commenting system tied to timestamps (see video below). Timestamps also allow an author to create a table of contents for his video. Besides, Loom claims lots of integrations available now. I tried GitLab integration and its good! Of course GitHub is there, GMail, JIRA, Asana and many others.

GitLab integration

Take a look how nicely Loom integrates into my favorite dev platform – GitLab:

Pricing?

Loom is free, but limits you to 10 min videos and your videos will only last for 7 days. Good thing is that Loom breaks down these restrictions once you invite two newcomers. So lets help each other out and register accounts via referral links. Mine is https://www.useloom.com/?ref=209582