Annotate a recording

Screencastify provides a handful of annotation tools that you can use during a tab or desktop recording. These tools give you lots of options for customizing and enhancing your screencasts. 

The annotation toolbar

When you start a recording, the annotation toolbar will appear in the bottom left hand corner of your browser tab. This toolbar is where you can toggle each of the annotation tools. 

You can hide this toolbar at any time by clicking the icon or pressing Alt (or Option) + T.

Focus mouse

Click the icon to shine a spotlight on your mouse.

TIP

The Focus mouse tool is particular helpful for showing your audience how to navigate a website or perform an action. 

Hide cursor when not moved

When you click the icon to enable this tool, your cursor will not be visible unless it's moving.

TIP

Hide your cursor when you're giving a presentation or lecture to minimize distractions and keep your presentation clean.

Show circle on mouse click

Click the icon to show a red circle around your mouse when you click it. This is enabled by default.

Pen

Click the icon to enable the pen tool. The pen tool allows you to draw anywhere in your browser tab. After you select this tool, you can select a color. You can also change the thickness of the pen stroke by pressing the up/down arrows on your keyboard.

TIP

To return to a regular cursor after you're finished with the pen tool, click the icon.

Eraser

Click the icon to enable the eraser. You can then erase any drawings you made using the pen tool. When you're finished, click the icon to return to a regular cursor.

Wipe screen

To erase all of your pen drawings with one click, simply click the icon.

Timer

To view a timer and keep track of the elapsed time during a recording, click the icon.

Embed Webcam

If you're recording your browser tab, you'll be able to toggle your webcam on and off during the recording.

Click the

icon to embed your webcam into a corner of your recording. Click it again to turn your webcam off. 

NOTE

You must begin your tab recording with either the "Microphone" or "Embed Webcam" option checked in the Recording Control Panel in order for this tool to appear.

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