There is a new kid on the block and his name is Loom.
Loom is a screencast tool, available as an online service. The founder is Joe Thomas and between him and his team, I have to say they have come up with a great product.
We examine the features and you can decide if you want to switch camp from whatever screencast tool you are using right now.
Loom is currently offered as a free service but despite that, it has great features that put it among the top screencast tools. For first time users, you would be prompted to do a 1-click installation which will add a Chrome Browser plugin.
Once the installation is complete, you can log in at useloom.com using your Google or Outlook account.
The user interface is very simple but if you need a guide, the best way is to click on the Get Started link at the top menu and it will walk you through step by step.
Alternatively, you can also click on the plugin button in Chrome to launch the application.
You can configure the recording settings. First is Capture. Under this, you have 3 options – Tab, Cam, Desktop. Tab is for recording a particular browser tab. Cam is webcam, so it records whatever the front-facing webcam sees and lastly, Desktop records whatever that is on the computer screen.
For Mic, it is set to default and if you have an external Mic, you can select that too.
Camera is set to OFF by default, but if you turn it on, you will see a circular video of yourself. It is kind of fun, and adds a touch of personality to any videos you are recording.
Once the settings are configured, you can start recording. A countdown timer will initiate a 3-2-1 sequence before you go Live. Each video can have a duration of 10 minutes. Due to my frequent use, Loom upgraded my account and I don’t have a limit on recording duration. Whoa!
Once your recording is done, Loom automatically processes and saves your videos in the My Videos section. You can click on each video to share it via Facebook, Twitter, Email or copy the video link to share it on your website. Downloading of the recording is also possible.
And just in case, you are not happy with the final recording, just click on the Trash button at the bottom of each video. At this moment, there is no option to bulk delete several files, so you have to go in to each video if you want to delete them.
Unfortunately, there is also no option for editing your video except for renaming the filename. This…I think would be a very nice feature to have in their next update.
“Quick Videos, Faster than Typing” is their catchphrase. I agree and here is a video of the application in action by Loom CEO Joe Thomas.
I hope you find this review helpful.
Loom is definitely an useful tool, and being a new face in the screencast scene, they are not putting a price at the moment. However, I think more needs to be done before it can stand a chance of dethroning its competitors such as Screencast-O-Matic, Snagit etc. For a start, I would like to see basic video editing functions (trimming of video, music overlay and ducking etc.) and the option of uploading directly to YouTube.
Loom won my Thumbs Up for their initial effort but I expect to see more coming from them before it can take the place of my go-to screencast tool.
What do you think of Loom? Do you like it and why?