Whether it’s a simple video recording or a tutorial for new employees, async video programs have gained huge popularity in recent years.
Screencast-O-Matic and Loom are two screen recording programs to share videos with your audience without using a third-party platform. The article explores the two and covers Screencast-O-Matic vs. Loom.
What are both
Screencast-O-Matic is mainly a screen recording and editing tool that supports cloud sharing. You can record the screen and webcam, edit the video and export it on your PC or upload it to the cloud to share a public link.
The program is free, and to use its free features, you only need the extension. The free plan of this program is 15 minutes of recording with a Screencast-O-Matic watermark.
The software comes in two premium variations; Solo and Teams. Solo offers two options: Deluxe and Premier.
The price for those is $1.65 and $4 per month, respectively. You pay annually for both plans. The team plan also comes in the same variations with some team-focused tools.
The cost for the Team Deluxe plan is $9.5 for a team of 10 members and $17.5 for the Team Premier plan. The more members are included, the better the savings.
The video editor tool is available in both, so you must download the setup to edit videos. The comparison of both tools is covered in the comparison section.
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Loom is called an async video recording and sharing tool. It’s cloud based, so an internet connection is required at all times.
The idea behind Loom is that you record yourself or screen and share a link with your team. This lets users watch videos in their own time. You can see the video engagement insights to improve future videos.
The free software does not limit the recording time, but the maximum quality it supports is 720p.
In terms of options, you have share, download, and video speed on the edit page. The major downside of Loom is that the macOS version offers more features than Windows.
You don’t get computer audio, 4K recording, and custom recording dimensions on the Windows platform.
Screencast-O-Matic vs. Loom
Loom is not a video editor, so we have minimal options. Screencast-O-Matic paid plans to come with the fully featured video editor. As mentioned, you must install the editor on your device to use it.
Here is the list of editing options available in Screencast-O-Matic’s paid plans:
- Cut video
- Copy a part
- Remove cursor
- Hide webcam
- Insert media
- Narrate over a video
- Add blur, text, outline, and highlight in a video
- Change playback speed
- Add transitions
- Adjust volume
- Change the resolution
- Add music
Related: Screencast-O-Matic vs. Screencastify
Comparing the video size is tricky as elements such as screen colors, audio level, and graphics play a part. Another issue is that Loom free only supports recording at 720p, but Screencast-O-Matic supports 1080p. On 720p, Screencast-O-Matic does not record the full screen.
By keeping the above concerns in mind, I went ahead, and the results surprised me. I recorded Chrome’s new tab with muted sound for 24 seconds in both.
The video recorded on 720p on Loom occupied 17.6 MB, whereas the same video recorded on 1080p on Screencast-O-Matic took only 3.4 MB.
As it has already been discussed that Loom does not offer to record computer audio on Windows PC, the game recording was not promising.
The below video compares the gameplay of GTA V. The first ten seconds are recorded in Screencast-O-Matic, and the last ten seconds are recorded in Loom.
The table compares the free versions of both tools.
The table breaks down the plans. The text in purple indicates that the feature is only available in macOS.
Being a YouTuber allows me to test different screen recorders. After using both, I could quickly write a comparison like this, and after reading this post, you would know that Screencast-O-Matic is the ideal choice for now. Loom is new and does not offer many features on the Windows platform.
Anyway, thanks for reading the Screencast-O-Matic vs. Loom blog post. I hope the text helped. Which one are you going to use? Please share your views in the comments down below so other users can decide easily.