Best Browser Screen Recorders [Chrome, Web Launched Ones Included]

Gary Henderson Gary Henderson Updated on Nov 4 , 2020 Tag:

Browser tab is the most-frequently leveraged media to cybercitizens for making contacts with the Internet World. Nowadays the most welcomed browsers are Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox. Different browsers offer its users different features, and some are powerful enough to provide users with all kinds of extensions such as Google Chrome. A browser screen recorder is one of the many apps that users may find useful.

Cover of Browser Screen Recorder

This kind of tool is distinct from the desktop screen recorder. It is easy to come by, simple to operate and it causes literally no memory burden. The deficiencies of this kind of tool are evident, though. You cannot use website video recorders if you don’t have internet. A similar problem could be the file loss dues to the sudden breakdown of the Internet.
So to prevent this problem from happening, third-party screen recorders are always helpful.

Third-Party Video Recorder Recommendation

RecMaster Records YouTube MP3

Desktop recording software – RecMaster succeeds to provide more powerful functions than web-launched screen recorders. It is stronger in that it captures any desktop activities effortlessly, and produces all types of videos including gameplay videos, audio files, online meeting videos, etc.
Once you download and install this software, you can use it to record your screen when there is no Internet connection. Here are the download buttons for Windows and Mac.

free download RecMaster for Windows free download RecMaster for Mac

Browser Screen Recorder – Chrome-Based Screencastify

According to the statistics obtained from Chrome’s web store, Screencastify is the most tried Chrome extension in the field of screen recorders. There are 3 reasons to cite for its popularity. First and foremost, Screencastify enables users to record any streaming videos from the Internet, be they from YouTube, Twitch, or other video portal websites. The second season is that Screencastify offers users more than basic recording features. It provides users with a simple editor to cut their footage. Thirdly, this website recording tool supports the share to YouTube or Google Drive directly from this app.
To use this recorder, a Google account, 1 GB disc memory could be qualified as sufficient preparations.

Recording YouTube streaming videos and audios

Screencastify basically has two recording modes to capture screen, they are Desktop Mode and Browser Tap Mode. As their names suggest, Desktop Mode is for recording on-screen activities. And Browser Tap Mode is for capturing browser tabs.
But one disappointing flaw of this tool is that it charges money for its editing feature.
Here are steps of using Screencastify to record YouTube streaming videos.

1. The premise to use Screencastify is to add Screencastify to your chrome extensions. Once you find it from the Google Chrome store, click its icon to activate it.

2. In the picture below you could notice the 3 recording modes. And some simple options for webcam and audio resources. Tweak them according to your inclination and pick one mode.

Screencastify’s Main Interface

3. Open your target YouTube streaming video, play it in advance and switch to Screencastify and start recording.

4. During the recording process, users are offered annotation tools to make their videos full of changes. This toolbar lies in the bottom-left corner.

Screencastify’s Annotation Tools

5. To stop recording, you need to press the pause button on the toolbar. This button is quite hard to find, I spend a short time distinguishing it out from the other buttons.

6. Then a window of Screencastify’s editor will immediately show up leading you to its editor.

You can use the editor to cut your YouTube videos there, but if you want an enhanced version of this editor, you need to pay for a license to unlock this additional feature.


  1. Built-in editor for users.
  2. Bountiful annotative tools.
  3. Allow users to record videos with a webcam.
  4. Multiple exporting formats: MP4, MP3, or animated GIF.
  5. Flaws:

    1. Screencastify’s free version supports only 5 minutes of recording length.
    2. Immature editing feature.
    3. Fewer options for setting parameters.

    Browser Screen Recorder – Web Video Recorder Apowersoft

    Apowersoft is a handy web screen recorder. As its name suggests, it is really powerful in considering that it requires none extra plug-in or subscription.
    What’ even better about this web-launched recorder is that it supports direct upload to the cloud. Besides, as a leading feature of this web video recorder, Apowersoft focuses on delivering users with smooth experience on screen recording.

    Here are the steps of using Apowersoft to record your screen:

    1. Go to Apowersoft’s official website and hit the button – REC to Record. After that, a launcher will be instantly installed on your PC. This process, however, will take some time.

    2. Then a control bar will jump out. Apowersoft offers Full-Screen Mode, Region Mode for users to record screen.

    Apowersoft’s Control Bar

    3. Click Full-Screen mode to start recording.

    4. While you are recording your screen, you can use Apowersoft’s annotation bar to add texts, graphics, and arrows to your videos.

    5. Now it’s time to stop recording. Save your video locally or upload it onto the cloud and your masterpieces are created successfully.


    1. Simple operations.
    2. Clear guidance is provided from Apowersoft’s official website.
    3. Uncluttered and intuitive interfaces.
    4. Apowersoft’s free version still offers many features.


    1. It needs a launcher to support all your subsequent operations.
    2. It needs a paid license to unlock further features of the editor. However, the license could cost you nearly 70 dollars’ charge for a lifetime and it is quite expensive compared with other online screen recorders.
    3. Apowersoft fails to serve users in an off-line environment.

    Final Words

    This passage gives a short introduction to 2 kinds of browser screen recorder – Apowersoft and Screencastify. Browser recorders are convenient, but the biggest problem to them is that they are not as stable as desktop recorder. So if you have higher requirements over recording performance, I suggest you try RecMaster.

RecMaster – Record Every Moment on Your Computer Screen

RecMaster – Record Every Moment on Your Computer Screen

Multiple recording modes make it easy to capture anything on screen.

Record 1080p or even 4K clips at 60fps to maintain the high quality still.

Flexible settings for mouse cursor effects, watermark and annotations.

Preloaded with recording scheduler, video editor. Allow one-click sharing.

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Gary Henderson

Gary Henderson

As one of the senior editors of RecMaster, I currently concentrate on writing articles about game recordings and also, how-to tips to regular recordings. As an avid gamer, I am skilled at game APIs, game configurations. Helping customers find solutions to game-related issues is never boring stuff to me.

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