How to Use Screencastify Just with Audio
If you need to record your entire screen or just a browser tab, Screencastify is a great tool to have on hand. It comes in the form of a Chrome extension, and it’s super easy to install and use.
For online presentations, you have the microphone and webcam features available as well. And here’s the best part, you don’t have to use them both at the same time.
If you want, you can record audio with Screencastify and even export the recording later. This article will show you how to do that.
Record Only Audio
A lot of times, when using Screencastify, you just don’t need the video option. If you’re giving a presentation or you’re a teacher recording a tutorial, it’s much more important for the audience to hear you.
Screencastify makes that option easy. Before you start recording, choose which type of Screencastify recording you need. You can pick the Browser Tab or Desktop by clicking on the Screencastify icon on your Chrome browser. Once you do that, follow these steps:
- Click on the Screencastify icon again.
- Toggle the “Microphone” button to on.
- Select the audio device you’ll be using to record the session. You must see the soundbar to know it’s working.
- If you want to include the audio that comes from the browser tab (like YouTube video):
- select “Show more options.”
- enable “Tab audio.”
- Click “Recording Tab.” You will hear a countdown, after which your audio recording session will start.
If you want to capture audio from your computer, the steps are almost the same. The only difference is that this time, you can also include the “System Audio” option.
Things to Keep in Mind
You might be a little confused about how microphone, tab, and system audio sounds work together in a single Screencastify session. For the best results, there are a few things to keep in mind. For example, if you need to use both the Tab audio feature and to narrate while recording, it’s best to use headphones.
If you choose not to, there’s a high possibility that your microphone will pick up the tab audio from your speakers and interfere with the sound. Also, the system audio feature is currently only available for Windows and Chromebooks.
How to Export Audio from Your Screencasts
One of the handy features of Screencastify is that it makes it easy to save and share your recordings. Unless you choose otherwise, Screencastify will store them on Google Drive. From there, you can copy shareable links or download it to your computer.
You can also export an animated GIF or an MP4 file. But did you know that you can export your recording in the audio-only format? If you need the narrated portion of your Screencast, select the option “Export audio only.”
Screencastify will generate an MP3 file for download. But there’s a catch. This feature only works in the Premium version of the app.
At the time of writing, you can upgrade your free account to Premium for $24 per year. You get several other perks, too, like unlimited recording time, video editing options, and no watermark on your videos.
If You Can’t Hear Any Audio
It can be quite an inconvenience to realize that your whole narration is missing from the Screencastify recording. You can do a few things to avoid that.
Check the Microphone
Did you select the correct microphone option? If you’re using an external mic, but you also have one integrated on your laptop, it’s easy to forget which one is on.
Always do a brief sound test and check if the soundbar icon is moving. And make sure that your external microphone is connected correctly.
Can Chrome See Your Microphone?
If you’re not sure if Chrome can detect your microphone, there’s a simple test for that. Visit this page and try speaking into your mic.
If there is no sound, it’s probably best to restart Chrome first. If that doesn’t work, make sure that Chrome has all the necessary permissions. As a last resort, restart your computer and try again.
Sometimes, a glitch might cause problems, and to resolve it, you should start all over again. If the audio is not working with Screencastify, you can try reinstalling the extension. Here’s how to do it:
- Click on the Screencastify icon and select “Remove from Chrome.”
- Select “Remove,” and the icon will disappear from the Chrome toolbar.
- To install it again, just go to the Screencastify website and click “Install.”
Important note: When you uninstall Screencastify, all of the Google Drive recordings will disappear, too. To ensure you don’t lose them, download them to your device or another cloud-based storage.
Sometimes Words Are Enough
Screencastify gives you a lot of options when it comes to recording the sound. You can have your voice, browser sounds, and system sounds. Often presentations work better that way because there are no distractions.
If you’re a Premium user, you can export only the audio portion of the recording. And if you have any issues with the sound, try some of the mentioned troubleshooting tips.
Have you ever narrated while recording the desktop or browser tab in Screencastify? How did it go? Let us know in the comments section below.