Last updated: 14 Mar 2021
With the growth of social media and online teaching, screen recording has become popular. Having the ideal screen recorder can boost your skills and reduce development time and cost. Two screen recording software, Screencast-O-Matic and Screencastify, claim to have over 9 million users. How do both stand? The blog post explores the two and covers Screencast-O-Matic vs. Screencastify.
|Type||Software/ browser extension||Browser extension|
|Editor||Premium only||Very limited in the free plan|
|Recording||Screen and webcam||Screen and webcam|
Screencast-O-Matic is a freemium video recording software available for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. Because of its features and colossal market cap, the software is one of the popular. The software can be used for free on desktop platforms, but to record and sync on mobile, one can subscribe to the Premier paid plan.
The software supports 1080p recording for free, and you can record both screen and webcam simultaneously. Moreover, you don’t need any setup to run the software if you use the free version. It installs an extension on Google Chrome which can be used to record any screen.
The editor is the setup that can be downloaded from the website. The editor comes in both the paid versions. Here are the detailed features of the editor:
Screencastify is another screen recording tool for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS. Just like Screencast-O-Matic, it installs an extension on Chrome. The extension occupies approximately 61 MB of storage. Clicking on the extension shows a small box, which comes with the below options.
- System audio
The software saves videos to Google Drive, so a Google account is essentials.
When you hit the record button on the desktop mode, it asks whether you want to record a specific screen or the entire desktop.
If you record a particular window, the tool will only record that windows, even when minimised. The only problem with that feature is that it does not offer record voice and system sound on the specific screen feature.
When the recording is finished, a new tab opens up with the video and details. As the video is saved online, there are plenty of ways to share the video. You can share the video to:
- Google classrooms (premium)
- Link (anyone)
- Website via an embed code
- Send in Gmail
- Generate a QR code and share
You can also download the video, export it as MP4 or MP3, or save the video as GIF.
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Screencast-O-Matic vs. Screencastify
It is essential to check the size the recorded videos occupy. I recorded the desktop screen of my computer for 24 seconds in both. The microphone and the computer sound were on mute.
The video recorded with Screencast-O-Matic occupied 916 KB while the Screencastify video took 1.83 MB of storage. This round goes to Screencast-O-Matic.
Gameplay recording requires more power as the computer’s GPU is already busy, and video recording also requires GPU power to perform at its best. So, which performed better and what about the video size?
In terms of gaming, the table turned because 10-second video gameplay recorded with Screencast-O-Matic occupied 33.1 MB of storage. In comparison, a 10-second video recorded with Screencastify took about 15.3 MB of storage which is less than half.
Here is the screenshot of the details. Regarding the video quality, I did not see any difference. Both software tools are game ready.
This comparison table covers the tools and limitations of the offer.
|Screencast-O-Matic||✔ 1080p recording|
✔ Sharing tools
✔ Narration recording
✔ 30 music tracks
✔ Trim recordings
✔ Zoom in during recordings
|❌ 15 minutes max recording|
❌ Computer audio
❌ No video editing
❌ No drawing during recording
|Screencastify||✔ 1080p recording|
✔ Sharing tools
✔ Annotations tools
✔ No watermark
✔ Focus tool
✔ Pen tool
✔ Crop (max export limit is 5 minutes)
✔ Add videos (max export limit is 5 minutes)
|❌ 5 minutes max recording|
❌ Can’t crop videos
❌ No video merging
❌ No additional music tracks
❌ No zoom in
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Screencast-O-Matic comes in two plans for individuals and teams. The individual Deluxe plan, which is the starter, is pretty much all an individual needs unless they want to upload and share videos online.
The Premier plan comes with powerful sharing tools ideal for teachers to continue teaching without much effort. The team Deluxe plan costs $9.5 per month for ten users, while the team premiere plan costs $17.5 per month. The team plans don’t offer any significant features.
Screencastify comes with three plans. The starter is $49 per year, which offers unlimited recording and a couple of other tools, but the second plan also costs $49 yearly, and it provides some additional features.
The last plan is the Submit plan which costs $99 per year, and it provides some privacy controls and Google Classroom integration for a flawless teaching experience. Overall, I believe that Screencast-O-Matic is cheaper than Screencastify.
Which one is the winner?
Overall, I believe that Screencast-O-Matic is the ultimate winner of Screencast-O-Matic vs. Screencastify. The only feature in which Screencastify is better is the watermark. Considering the premium, Screencast-O-Matic comes with a powerful editor that offers the essential tools for free. You get over 20 tools in the premium plan to take video editing to the next level.
The article Screencast-O-Matic vs. Screencastify covered the essential features of both. I hope the information was helpful. Please let me know what you think of both in the comments and subscribe for future updates.