Screencast-O-Matic vs. Screencastify | The Ultimate Showdown

With the growth of YouTube 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.

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Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic Recorder Sample
Screencast-O-Matic Recorder Sample

Screencast-O-Matic is a freemium video recording software available on 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 at the same time. Moreover, you don’t need any setup to run the software if you are using the free version. It installs an extension on Google Chrome which can be used to record any screen.

Editor

The editor is the setup which can be downloaded from the website. The editor comes in both the paid versions. Here are the detailed features of the editor.

Screencast-O-Matic Editor Features
Screencast-O-Matic Editor Features

Watch: Screencast-O-Matic Full Tutorial (2020)

Screencastify

Screencastify Interface
Screencastify Interface

Screencastify is another screen recording tool for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS. Just like Screencast-O-Matic, it installs an extension on the Google Chrome browser. The extension occupies approximately 61 MB of storage and displays a small box after clicking. The box comes with below options.

  1. Screen
  2. Microphone
  3. Webcam
  4. Countdown
  5. Drawing
  6. System audio

The software saves the videos to the Google Drive so if you don’t have a Google account, then create one or otherwise, the software won’t work.

When you hit that record button on the desktop mode, it asks whether you want to record a specific screen or entire desktop. On specific screen option, the software will record the window even it is minimised. The only problem with that feature is that it does not offer to record microphone and system sound on the specific screen feature.

When the recording is finished, a new tab opens up with the video and the details. As the video is saved online, there are plenty of ways to share the video. You can share the video to:

  1. Google classrooms (premium)
  2. Link (anyone)
  3. YouTube
  4. Website via an embed code
  5. Send in Gmail
  6. Generate a QR code and share

You can also download the video, export as MP4 or MP3 or save the video as GIF.

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Screencast-O-Matic vs. Screencastify

Video size

Screencast-O-Matic vs. Screencastify Video Size
Recording Size Comparison

It is essential to check how much the video occupies. 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.

Game recording

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. Anyway, which one performs better and what about the video size?

Well, in terms of gaming, the table turns because a 10-second gameplay video 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 screen recording software are game ready.

Tools comparison

Take a look at the comparison table to see how features of both the (free) tools compare.

SoftwareProsCons
Screencast-O-Matic 1080p recording
 Sharing tools
Narration recording
30 music tracks
Trim recordings
Zoom in during recordings
15 minutes max recording
 Watermark
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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Pricing

Screencast-O-Matic and Screencastify Pricing Comparison
Screencast-O-Matic and Screencastify Pricing Comparison

Screencast-O-Matic comes in two plans for individuals and two plans for 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 which is ideal for teachers to continue teaching without too 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 final plan is the Submit plan which costs $99 per year, and it provides some privacy controls and Google Classroom integration for 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 Screencastify is better is the watermark. Considering the premium, Screencast-O-Matic comes with a powerful editor which offers all the features which Screencastify does, and you also get so many more tools in the editor to make the video more informative.

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Wrap up

The blog post: 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.

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