With the growth of social media and online teaching, screen recording has become popular. The ideal screen recorder can boost your skills and reduce development time and cost.
Two screen recording programs, 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.
Both Screencast-O-Matic and Screencastify are async video recording, editing, and sharing platforms. Both support recording the computer screen and webcam, but we see limited features in the free plan.
Screencast-O-Matic is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. Because of its features and colossal market cap, the software is one of the most popular.
The software can be used for free on desktop platforms, but to record and sync on mobile, one must 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 that can be used to record any screen.
The editor is the setup that can be downloaded from the website. The editor comes in both paid versions, but the free editor only has a couple of options. The premium editor supports several options.
Screencastify is also a screen recording tool for desktop PCs and Chrome OS. Like Screencast-O-Matic, it installs an extension on Chrome, occupying approximately 61 MB of storage. Clicking on the extension shows a small box that comes with:
- System audio
It saves videos to Google Drive, allowing you to share videos straight from your account. Google account is essential to use Screencastify as it connects with your account before your first recording.
When you hit the record button on the desktop mode, it asks whether you want to record a specific screen or the entire desktop.
A new tab opens with the video details when the recording is finished. The video can be shared from that page. Screencastify supports the below video sharing options:
- Google classrooms (premium)
- Link (anyone)
- Upload to YouTube
- Embed on a website
- Send in Gmail
- Generate a QR code and share
You can also download the video in MP4 and MP3 or save it as GIF.
Video size comparison
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 916KB, while the Screencastify video took 1.83MB of storage. This round goes to Screencast-O-Matic.
Related: Camtasia vs. 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 33.1MB of storage.
In comparison, a 10-second video recorded with Screencastify took about 15.3MB 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 section covers the pros and cons of both programs. Please note that the features compared are in the free plan.
✔️ 1080p recording
✔️ Sharing tools
✔️ Voice recording
✔️ 30 music tracks
✔️ Trim recordings
✔️ Zoom in during recordings
❌ 15 minutes max recording
❌ No computer audio
❌ No video editing
❌ No drawing during recording
✔️ 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
Related: Loom vs. Screencastify
Screencast-O-Matic vs. Screencastify: Pricing
Screencast-O-Matic comes in two plans for individuals and teams. The individual Deluxe plan, 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 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.