Customize video settings

Screencastify makes it easy to customize your video recording settings. By default, Screencastify records at the maximum possible resolution based on your device's screen and up to 30 frames per second (this depends on your device's available resources). 

However, you can adjust both your recording resolution and maximum frame rate if you'd like.

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Screen recording inherently requires significant processing power. If your frame rate is very low or your video appears choppy, try closing out extra browser tabs and applications. This will free up some memory for screen recording.

Limit your recording's resolution

This option applies to both tab and desktop recordings, and is a good idea if you want to limit your video's file size.

  1. Open up the extension's Recording Control Panel
  2. Click the gear icon to open up the advanced options
  3. Set your maximum resolution next to Limit Resolution (or turn it off completely)
  4. Click on the Control Panel or press 'esc' to return to the Control Panel

Set a maximum frame rate for your recording

This option also applies to both tab and desktop  recordings,  and is a good idea if you want to limit your video's file size.

  1. Open up the extension's Recording Control Panel
  2. Click the gear icon to open up the advanced video options
  3. Select your maximum frame rate. The lower the frame rate, the smaller the video file size will be (and the choppier the playback will be).
  4. Click on the Control Panel or press 'esc' to return to the Control Panel

Automatically resize your browser tab

You can also resize your browser tab so that it matches common video aspect ratios. This is helpful if you want your video to be the exact same dimensions as other videos that you will be editing together with your recording. It's also recommended if you're planning to upload your video to YouTube.

Note that this will only change your final video's aspect ratio if you record your browser tab (not your entire desktop). 

  1. Open up the extension's Recording Control Panel
  2. Click the gear icon to open up the advanced video options
  3. Click the dimensions next to Tab Size to change them. Your browser tab will automatically resize to the selected dimensions.
  4. Click on the Control Panel or press ' esc ' to return to the Control Panel

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