Nowadays, most of the screenshot tools come with free cloud storage to store the screenshots and recordings (if supported). Among them, ScreenRec is one of the free screenshot and screen recorder that works on Windows & Linux and comes with 2 GB of free cloud storage. The minimal interface and instant sharing features make it popular among the users. It also comes with few basic annotation tools to customize your screenshot. Here are some of the advantages of ScreenRec:
- Take a screenshot or record screen by simply pressing Alt + S.
- Get a link for your screenshot or recorded video and share it via email or message.
- The application is extremely lightweight. Hence, it will not affect the system performance.
- The simple interface lets all kind of users to access the application with ease.
- The screenshot and videos are encrypted with a 128-bit AES algorithm.
- Despite being a free application, it provides all the features without any advertisements or watermarks.
- It has its secure video platform to store your recordings. You don’t need to integrate any third-party cloud services.
- By creating a free cloud account, you can record screen without any time limits. Without an account, your recording limit will be restricted to five minutes.
- While recording, you can select whether to record the system audio or not.
As we said earlier, the application is entirely free to use. There are no premium versions available for this app. In terms of compatibility, currently, it supports only Windows and Linux computers. If you’re a smartphone user, you have to go for other options like Lightshot. According to the official website of ScreenRec, the native app for Mac OS devices is expected to launch very soon.
How to Take Screenshots and Record Screen using ScreenRec
Visit the official website of ScreenRec and download the respective installer file for your computer. For Windows OS, it supports computers running on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. To install ScreenRec on Linux, use the following command:
sudo wget -qO – https://screenrec.com/download/pub.asc | sudo apt-key add –
sudo add-apt-repository ‘deb https://screenrec.com/download/ubuntu stable main’
sudo apt update
sudo apt install screenrec
Upon installing the app, a system tray will appear on the right side of the screen. By dragging it, you can place it anywhere on the screen. A simple press on Alt + S will let you choose the area you want.
After choosing the area, tap the Camera icon to take the screenshot or press the Video icon if you want to record. If you have selected the recording option, select whether you want to include system audio and microphone. You can also adjust the microphone volume. The app will start recording after a few seconds.
After recording the screen, click the Stop Recording icon, and the video will be uploaded to the gallery. By clicking the Gallery icon on the system tray, you can view the video that you recorded. From there, you can get a short link for your video or save it locally in the MP4 format.
If you have selected the screenshot option, the image will open on the ScreenRec annotation tool. It has only a few editing options. You can add text plain text, text with image, arrow, and rectangle. These options may help you to highlight the important point or information. Right from the annotation screen, you can
- Copy the screenshot to the clipboard.
- Get a short link for your image.
- Save it locally.
Drawbacks with ScreenRec
Here are some of the few drawbacks with ScreenRec:
- The image annotation tool lacks advanced editing options like watermark, blur, crop, and more.
- You can’t edit the recorded videos.
- Cloud storage is limited to 2 GB.
- It doesn’t support scrolling web page capture.
- You can’t snip the entire screen with a single tap.
- Lack of support for smartphones.
Should I download ScreenRec? The final answer is in your hands. We have listed out all the advantages and disadvantages of ScreenRec in this guide. Go through it and install it if it matches your requirements. If ScreenRec doesn’t match your requirements, try SnapCrab or Snipaste.
The minimal interface of ScreenRec may prompt the users to download it for basic screenshot purposes. As it was a free application, there is nothing wrong with downloading this tool. Use the below comments section to mention your opinion about ScreenRec.