Why Screen Recording is Becoming More Widely Used
In the course less than a year it seems as though screen recording has grown in popularity by leaps and bounds. While being able to record videos from the screens of computers or mobile devices is not new at all, in the past its use was confined and more often than not it was primarily employed as a means to create tutorials involving software.
So what changed that is responsible for the current surge of screen recording? It seems to boil down to two things: Availability, and usefulness.
Addition of Built-In Screen Recorders
Screen recorders have always been available as third-party software or apps on Windows and Android – but not on iOS. In fact screen recording on iOS was a laborious process that required it to be connected to a computer, up until iOS 11 introduced a built-in screen recorder.
In addition to that, earlier in this year Windows 10 rolled out an update that included a built-in screen recorder of sorts as well. While the Windows 10 screen recorder was intended to be used to record in-game videos, users quickly realized it could be used to record other software as well.
With built-in screen recorders in both Windows and iOS, users have been finding it more convenient than ever to record videos of their screens. And along with that convenience users have discovered how useful screen recording can be.
Ability to Save Content
The newly-discovered use of screen recording that many users are taking advantage of is its ability to save content. Granted it has always been able to do that, but it was never quite as convenient to use it.
As users have found, there is a lot of content that they may want to save nowadays, such as online streaming videos, video calls, or content that is meant to be ‘temporary’. Some platforms have already taken steps to combat it, with Instagram notifying users when screen recording is used to capture their Stories – and Snapchat already having done the same.
The reason why Instagram and Snapchat have taken such measures is because users specifically post content on those platforms under the assumption it will disappear permanently after a certain period of time. As such the use of screen recording to save the content is directly contrary to that assumption.
Still there is no real way to completely stop screen recording from being used to save content, and even if it weren’t as convenient and available users could still utilize desktop recording software such as Movavi Screen Capture Studio to do the same. In fact some view it as a passing trend spurred by the availability of built-in screen recorders.
It is worth noting that the availability and popularity of screen recording is not in itself negative – and it provides more options to users. Unfortunately many of the benefits that it brings to the table are currently being overlooked due to the negative implications of how it is being used.