Loom allows you to record your screen, your webcam, or a combination of the two. This video explains how to choose different recording options so you can make sure to capture everything you need to.
- Loom lets you record your computer screen, your webcam or a combination of both, allowing you to appear in a small circle while demonstrating or explaining what you're doing on screen. In many cases, being on camera makes your recordings much more engaging because your viewers can actually see you and read your facial expressions while you're speaking. So let's take a look at how to record in Loom. Here on my Mac Loom is already running, so I can come up to the menu bar to click its icon. Now, if you're on Windows, you'll open up Loom from your Start menu or desktop shortcut, if you added a shortcut. So again, when Loom is active in addition to its main window here, you also see these controls up here on the left side of the screen. And my webcam image is also being displayed down here in the lower left. Here at the top of the Loom window, you can choose what combination of screen and camera you want to use for your recording. You can see the default is Screen and Cam. I can also select a Cam Only if I only want to record my webcam. Now this can be useful if you want to record a video where you're just speaking directly to the camera with no other visuals. When working with your camera, you have some choices on how your image appears on screen. If we roll over the circle, we'll see some of these options appear. I can choose the smaller circle, the larger circle, or we can go full screen. I'm just going to switch that back to the smaller circle. Now, when you have the screen and cam option selected, you also have the option to display a still image instead of your live camera feed. Now this can be useful when you don't want your camera to distract from what you're displaying on screen. Now I don't have a photo here yet, a clicking this Switch Photo, it gives me an upload option and I can upload an image of myself or any other image I may want to use. I have a file on my desktop that I'll go into and here's my image. It'll take a moment to upload, and there it is. And now I can switch between my live image right here on my webcam, or I can go back to the still image as need be. All right, so that's the screen and cam recording options. Now when I choose Screen Only, my webcam bubble disappears, so I'll only be capturing my screen. But I'll still be recording my voice through the computer's microphone or the microphone I have connected to my computer. Speaking of which these menus here are where you can select which camera and microphone to use for your recording. If you have multiple cameras or microphones connected to your computer. Now when you are recording the screen, you also see some additional options. You can select full screen to record your entire screen and everything displayed on it. By the way, if you have more than one monitor connected to your computer, you'll be able to select which monitor screen to record here. I only have one monitor at this time, so I'm not seeing that option. You can also choose to only record a specific window. So for example, I have several different apps running right now, as you can see here. So if I come back up to Loom and I choose the window only option, you can see I'm prompted to select the window that I want to display and record. If I select PowerPoint, it brings that app to the front and it grays out the rest of the screen. And I would click here to start recording. I'm not going to do that quite yet. Now it's very important to note here that once you select a window to record, you shouldn't move the window around on screen again. Because Loom is basically just using this window to draw a custom shape size and location. If I start recording and then I move this window somewhere else, it's still only going to be recording in this area of the screen. I'll show this in the next movie when we actually record a few videos. I'm just going to press Escape for now. Now there's also an option here to record a custom size. This can be useful if you want to show more than one window or app in your recording, but not the entire screen. Selecting this option lets you draw a rectangle around the area you want to record, and then you're prompted to click to start the recording. Again, this area stays static during recording, so only the items inside this area will be seen. I'll just press Escape again. And the last setting here is our option to manually select the movie resolution, or we can just leave that set to auto. Again, because Loom records over the internet, the faster your internet connection, the higher the resolution you'll be able to record at. In most cases you can just let Loom select the resolution as it's constantly checking your internet speed to make sure you're recording at the best resolution. Okay, so that's how to set up to record in Loom. Next we'll actually record a couple of videos.