Of all the settings, the Capture type is the most impactful for the type of video you will create. Each Capture type has their own unique benefits which lend to various use cases. 

To get started, you can set your Capture types by launching (clicking on) the Loom extension:

This action will prompt the following Recording Settings menu to appear. This is where the magic happens!

From there, you'll see Capture as the far left circle menu option. If you click on that you'll see three options which we'll cover below.


After you hit the "Start Recording" button with the Capture type "Desktop" selected, you will be asked how you would like to "Share Your Screen". 

Your Entire Screen

This option records the whole selected screen including any applications you have open on your screen. This is the default option for Desktop recording and will record every pixel on the screen.

Application Window

If you want to record a specific application you have open (Sketch, Photoshop, Keynote, Terminal, etc.) you can select that specific application from the "Share Your Screen" menu and start recording. This is particularly helpful if you want to peek at notes during a recording without distracting the viewers' focus.

✅ Pros of Desktop

If you choose Desktop Your Entire Screen you will know exactly what you're recording. Every pixel on the screen is captured so you don't have to worry about moving to another browser tab or switching to another application. It will all show up in the video.

⛔️ Cons of Desktop

It is our "heaviest" capture type. The quality of the video will go down a little bit because your computer has to work harder to record every pixel.

Use Cases for Desktop

  • Sharing designs with the team
  • Bug reporting
  • Multi-page / application product tutorials
  • Quick communication that doesn't need a "perfect" appearance

Current Tab

Current Tab capture very simply records the current Chrome browser tab that you activated the Loom extension on. It does not record the menu bar above or below the browser and will not record any browser based popups. 

The image below should help clarify with Green being what it will record and Red that will never show up in the video:

✅ Pros of Current Tab

It is a "lighter" recording type so you will see higher quality videos and better performance of your computer. 

Tab Audio will now be activated to turn on and off. This records audio (video, conference call, music, etc) coming from the tab you're recording on so you can keep your headphones/headset on while you record.

Also, by cutting out all the excess screen, the resulting video will look cleaner and more professional.

⛔️ Cons of Current Tab

It can be a little frustrating when you don't remember that you're only doing Current Tab and go to a different part of your screen only to find out afterwards the video did not record what you were doing.

Use Cases of Current Tab

  • Browser based conference calls
  • Clean product tutorials to embed on site or send to clients
  • Internal team presentations.

Cam Only

Cam Only will look the exact same as Current Tab recordings but will have a very different result. This does not record your screen at all. 

✅ Pros of Cam Only

It is significantly more personable to send someone a video without the context of the screen. It will keep the viewers attention on you instead of something distracting that may be on the screen.

Also, if you're making a pitch you can have an outline pulled up without there being concern that you're reading from a template.

⛔️ Cons of Cam Only

If you realize mid recording you wish you could show the person receiving the video it can be frustrating to start over with Desktop or Current Tab recording.

Use Cases of Cam Only

  • Sales or Recruiting outreach with a personal touch
  • Emails that look great with a stylized thumbnail
  • Video voicemail to the family
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