Useful Screenshot and Screen Recording tools to capture on-screen behavior

This is a list of useful programs/applications that you can use to help capture screen activity when reporting bugs and troubleshooting with Brave Support.

This page has also been made a “Wiki” page so that anyone with a useful tool or tip can add it to the list. A few ground rules to stick by when adding resources:

  1. All the tools listed here should be free and/or open source.
  2. Always include a link to the to the creator/developer’s website.
  3. Try to pick tools and software that are easiest to use and quickest to setup. Users of all skill levels and backgrounds roam Community – the idea of this thread is to make the support process easier.
  4. No tom-foolery! This thread serves one purpose only – any edits that deviate from that purpose will be deleted and the user flagged.

Screen Recording

LICECap:

Free, open source application used to capture and record screen activity. Many Brave employees use this due to its simplicity and quick production.

How to use Licecap:
  1. Once installed, launch LICEcap and resize the window frame as desired.

  2. Hit record and choose a destination for the file output.

  3. After the pre-roll countdown (you can turn this on/off/change it’s length in LICEcap settings), any screen activity that occurs inside the window frame will be captured.

  4. Hit Stop when you’re done recording and the recording you just took will automatically be saved to the destination you selected in .gif format.


Screenshot/Capture

The default Print Screen function on your system is perfectly suited for this task. However, if you’re looking for more functionality - such as highlighting, labeling or otherwise annotating a screenshot used for support, there are a couple other options out there you may want to try:

Lightshot Screenshot
(MacOS)

Free, open source screen capture application that comes with additional features, such as:

  • Drag-and-drop resizing of the capture area as opposed to capturing the entire screen. This eliminates the need to crop your image separately once its captured.
  • Annotation tools to mark the captured screenshot directly without leaving the app.
  • Easily copy or save the image directly from app

Snipper Tool
(Windows)
This tool comes standard on the Windows 7, 8/8.1, and 10 Operating Systems and is surprisingly powerful. Additional features include:

  • Allows user to select type of screen they’d like to capture (whole screen, specific window, etc)
  • Built-in annotation tools and button to open the image in Windows Paint 3D program for further editing if desired.
  • Easy to save or copy/paste directly from app

ShareX
(Windows)

Free, open source tool to capture full screen or regions, record video and gif and allows you to upload the capture area or video for easy sharing. The capture process can also be task driven to automate parts of the process.

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