Capture for Chrome: create and upload videos

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MediaCore Capture for Chrome is a free Chrome extension that lets you capture picture-in-picture video from your screen and webcam, record a Chrome tab, any desktop window or your entire screen, or simply record from your webcam. Once you’re finished recording you can easily upload your video to MediaCore. 
 
 
Create and Upload videos with Capture for Chrome
 
1) Start by downloading MediaCore Capture for Chrome from the Chrome store.

2) Next, click on the MediaCore icon in the Chrome toolbar and click on "Get Started" to launch the app.
 

3) Choose your settings: Select an appropriate video size and decide if you want embed video from your webcam and enable the microphone. 

4) In this example I'm going to show you how to record a tutorial from your screen with the webcam embedded in the corner.
 

5) To get started, I'll click on "Start Recording" and select "Ecology Lecture 2013" from the "window picker". Alternatively, I can record my entire desktop screen, another window or a Chrome tab. Once I've selected my screen I'll click "Share" to start recording. 
 

NOTE: If you have turned on the microphone and/or enabled the webcam make sure that you click "Allow" to let MediaCore Capture have access to your microphone and camera. 



6) Once I've finished recording I'll click on MediaCore Capture and select "Stop". I can also pause my recording and resume later. 
 

7) Clicking on "Review" will allow me to upload, preview, rename, delete or download the video I've just recorded. 
 

8) Since I'd like to upload the video to MediaCore right away I'm going to click on "Upload".

9) Next, I'll enter my MediaCore URL in the "Your MediaCore Site" box and click "Upload".
 

10) Now I'll need to login to my MediaCore site with my username and password. Once logged in I'll be taken to the video upload page where I can enter a title, add tags and a description, and choose a collection to share the video in. This will determine who can access the video. Once the video is finished uploading I'll click "Publish".


Upload Video to Other Video Sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc)

While MediaCore Capture does not have the ability to upload media directly to other websites, the WebM video formatted exported by MediaCore Capture is readily supported by most popular video platforms, such as YouTube and Vimeo.

Uploading media to other websites happens in two separate parts - 1) Downloading your video from MediaCore Capture to your computer and 2) Uploading your downloaded video to the other website.

To download your video from MediaCore Capture:
  1. After recording your video using MediaCore Capture, switch to the Review tab.
  2. Click the Video Options button beside the video you wish to download, and click Download.
  1. Your video should automatically download to your Chrome browser's default download folder (typically in the Downloads folder on your computer).  You should also be able to open the download folder by clicking on the Options button for the downloaded file, and clicking "Open in Folder" (PC) / "Open in Finder" (Mac).

To upload video to YouTube or Vimeo:
  1. Login to your YouTube or Vimeo account.
  2. Click the Upload button / on your site account page.
  3. On the Video Upload page, click "Select files to upload" (on YouTube) or "Choose a Video to Upload" (on Vimeo)
      
  1. Select your video from the download folder on your computer, and click Open.  Your video should upload automatically.

The upload process may differ slightly for other websites, however as long as the site you are trying to upload to support WebM format videos, uploading should be relatively simple.  If you are trying to upload to a website which does not support WebM videos, you may need to manually convert your video file to a different format in order to proceed.

More information on video file formats can be found here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_file_format


Troubleshooting Camera and Microphone Issues

If you're experiencing issues with your microphone or camera we have a few suggestions for troubleshooting the most common problems which may arise.

Video Resolution is Too High

MediaCore Capture may not work if you are attempting to record video at a higher resolution than your hardware configuration supports.  

To resolve this issue, try lowering the video recording resolution in your MediaCore Capture video options:
  1. Click the MediaCore Capture button save image  to open the extension.
  2. Under Video Options click on your current Video size to change the resolution to a lower setting.
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Incorrect Media Settings in Chrome

If you are still unable to record video or audio, we recommend checking your Webcam and Microphone settings in Chrome to ensure that the correct camera and microphone are selected.

To check your Webcam and Microphone settings:
  1. Click the Chrome Options button save image and click Settings.
  2. Click "Show advanced settings" at the bottom of the page (if hidden).
  3. Under the Privacy section, click on Content Settings.
  4. In the Media section, select the external Microphone and Camera that you wish you to use for capturing media, or simply select the default options if you are using an on-board Microphone and/or Camera.
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If you are still unable to to record video or audio, you may need to allow the Chrome Capture extension to use your camera and microphone:
  1. Under the Media settings, click Manage exceptions.
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  1. In the Media Exceptions window, check for an entry with the Hostname Pattern  “chrome-extension://enddmcjctojolegm…
  2. Ensure that both Audio and Video are allowed for this Hostname Pattern.
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If this extension is not showing up in the Media Exceptions list, or if both Audio and Video are not allowed, you may have selected to not allow the Chrome Capture extension to access your camera and microphone when it was originally installed.

To fix this, remove the Chrome Capture extension from Chrome, and re-install it from the Chrome Extensions page.  Make sure to allow the extension to access your camera and microphone.


Microphone Audio is Distorted or Too Loud

Audio recorded from the microphone may distort (known as “clipping”, in audio terminology) if the input volume is set too high while recording.

To assist you with recording audio at a comfortable level, MediaCore Capture provides a visual audio meter which allows you to test and monitor your microphone level both before and while recording.

To set your audio level in MediaCore Capture:
  1. Make sure the Microphone checkbox is checked.
  2. Speak into your microphone at the same volume you will be using to record.
  3. Watch the microphone level meter, and observe where the loudest parts of your audio are peaking.  If your audio is peaking frequently in the red, your mic level may be too high; if it is peaking frequently in the green, it may be too low.
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  1. Adjust the microphone level slider accordingly.


Resolution and Framerate Options in MediaCore Capture

MediaCore Capture offers a number of resolution options, from 240p up to 1080p, depending on your camera and computer specifications.

To change the resolution, click the Video size setting under Video Options, and select your desired resolution from the drop-down menu.
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MediaCore Capture will automatically record at the highest framerate possible, limited only by your computer and hardware specifications.

When capturing your screen, higher resolution displays may record at a lower framerate.

The maximum recording time for a video is similarly limited only by the amount of space available on the computer's hard disk.


How to add or remove MediaCore Capture for Chrome

The MediaCore Capture extension can be managed like any other Chrome extension.

You can find specific instructions on the Chrome Web Store Help page - Install and manage extensions

 
LAST UPDATED:

Jul. 20, 2015