Record Your Desktop Screen (or Screencasting) with YouTube

How to Record Your Desktop Screen (or Screencasting) with YouTube – 7 Easy Steps

Screencasting is a digital method that involves recording your computer screen output and often involves audio narration.  This method is actually beneficial for video bloggers and bloggers alike.  While it’s a common notion that one should acquire a screencasting program first before anything else, this tutorial from Digital Inspirations teaches us how to do screencasting using only your YouTube account and your favorite web browser.

Record Your Desktop Screen (or Screencasting) with YouTube
Record Your Desktop Screen (or Screencasting) with YouTube



  1. Sign-in to YouTube using your Google Account and click the Upload button found in the upper left corner. Choose Events located under Live Streaming and if you’re just a first-timer in YouTube, the site may require you to verify your account via your phone number.


  1. Next, when you’re right on the Create Event page, give your screencast video a title and modify your settings for that video. You can set privacy limits for the video as either Unlisted or Private and after that, you can click on the Go Live Now


  1. You are then directed to the Hangouts on Air page wherein you can click the camera icon to turn off the webcam recording. Likewise, you can also toggle the microphone icon to mute the recording if you don’t want to input any audio into it.


  1. Click the Screenshare button located at the left toolbox and then choose a desktop window that you wish to record for your screencast. Note that if ever you’re using multiple virtual desktops, only the current program that’s being shown on the window can be recorded.


  1. You can now click on the Start Screenshare button and click Start Broadcast for the recording. This is a private session; thus, nobody can watch your broadcast as you record it.


  1. When done, just click on the Stop Broadcast button and then switch back to the YouTube website.


  1. To check, head to the YouTube video dashboard and you’ll see the new screencast video that you just recorded. You can share the video directly or save your own copy by downloading it to your Google Drive.



  • By default, the videos are recorded in 720p HD so you might have the need to resize your window to the aspect ratio of 16:9 before broadcasting your work.