Annotation tools for video recording

We’re releasing a new feature — Annotation tools for video recording — in this update. Below is a brief introduction.

A new option “Show Annotation Tools” is added to the Record menu. When it’s turned on, a toolbar will appear in the lower left corner of your screen during recording. With those tools, it will be much easier to help your audience pay attention to the most important part of the video.

  • Mouse Pointer Highlight

You can get a yellow circle background around your pointer to make it more visible, or a red circle animation to show your mouse click action, or a spotlight effect to focus on a specific area. See how it works below.

  • On-screen Annotation

With annotations tools, you can draw on your screen, add shapes to key points to make it easier for your audience to follow along.

This new feature is included in the Professional plan, and available for free trial to those who meet the requirements. For more details, check out the latest pricing plans.

We hope you love this update. As always, we are all ears. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

129 thoughts on “Annotation tools for video recording

  1. I used this for when I was first creating YouTube videos!!! I had so much fun with this and I will continue to use this in the future. I love how easy it is to screen record and transfer to another device for editing! Thank you so much!!

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  2. this is amazing I used to use screencastify but when I wanted to make a long video for when I play school I would have to make 3 different videos for 1 lesson but this is so much better


  3. Hi I am a teacher and I record for when I am not on zoom and they are doing asynchronous so can you give me unlimited time please I would really appreciate it and I will do anything and thank you if you give me a limited time I love this app and hope you stay safe, bye!


    1. Normally Chrome will update your extension automatically. If you still cannot find the new option in your extension menu, try manually updating it. Go to chrome://extensions/, toggle on Developer Mode button on the right side then click Update button on the left side.


      1. Can you guys add a hotkeys for starting and stopping recordings and add the function to record the sound from the system speaker while recording on desktop?


      2. Recording system audio is available with Tab mode, and Desktop mode on Windows. If you need further assistance on this issue, please send us an email using the Feedback button in the extension menu or on the website. Thank you.


  4. Yes! Finally! Thank you for the consistent updates, for bringing Awesome Screenshot to its highest potential, and for never becoming complacent. Keep up the innovative thinking and seeing it through. You actually LISTEN to your customers and I think you know how important it is b/c if you didn’t, you wouldn’t be so successful. 🥂Cheers to Awesome Screenshot’s success and its future successes. So yes, thanks again for listening. Stay Awesome!


      1. Hi Kamill, does your camera work now? If not, please submit a bug report and clarify the problem in detail. Thank you.


    1. You can click the jigsaw icon next to your Chrome Profile avatar, find the extension and pin it to your Chrome toolbar.


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