Task Type: Screen Recording

Screen Recording is an extension of the Multimedia Task that allows a participant to record their screen while capturing audio-commentary. Participants can submit and annotate multiple screen recordings as a single response.

One great aspect of this feature is that a screen recording does not require participants to download and install software. It also does not require that participants install browser add-ons like Chrome and Firefox extensions.

Screen recording does require that participants use the desktop version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. It will not function on mobile devices at this time. Learn more in the browser requirements section below.

Browser Requirements

Screen recording in Recollective makes use of a built-in capability of modern web browsers to capture a screen, not unlike a browser's ability to connect with the computer's webcam.

Not all browsers support screen sharing but support is increasing. Two major browsers are currently available on all platforms which do offer support:

  • Google Chrome - Version 72 (January 2019) or later
  • Mozilla Firefox - Version 66 (March 2019) or later

Support for Apple Safari is coming soon given screen sharing is supported in current beta versions of the browser. Support by Microsoft Edge will arrive in the Fall of 2019 once the core browser engine is updated to match the one browser engine in use by Google Chrome.

Task Setup

Enabling the Screen Recording response type in a Multimedia Task (or selecting Screen Recording from the Task Type menu) is similar to the other media response types. 

You can use the Limit quantity and Allow screen recording descriptions options to set desired minimum and / or maximum submissions and allow for individualized text descriptions respectively. Once descriptions have been enabled, you can choose to make them required and customize the description prompt.

Task Completion

When participants respond to a Multimedia Task with Screen Recording enabled, a Record Screen option will appear like the one below: 

If the participant is using an unsupported browser, a warning will appear with links to the supported browsers.

Once Record Screen is selected, the recorder will be loaded in the page and the browser will ask the participant to select a screen, application or browser tab to share. 

Pressing the Share button will start a 5-second countdown. 

  • The countdown can be stopped by clicking Stop Countdown in the recorder if more time is needed to get setup. The record button can be re-selected to restart the countdown
  • The participant can also click the record button during the countdown to start recording immediately

Once the screen recording has been completed, the participant must stop the recording by pressing the red button.

Once stopped, the recording can be reviewed by selecting the Play Video option. If it must be re-recorded, Start Over can be selected and the previous recording will be discarded.

Once satisfied with the screen recording, the participant must select Save Recording.

Upon saving the recording, the video will be processed for playback. At this point, the participant can safely move on to submit an additional recording or proceed to the next Task.

The recorded video will appear once it is processed if the participant waits for the processing to be completed (although this is not required). 

Note that any audio captured during the screen recording will be automatically transcribed like all other video submissions. This transcription is only visible to the Study administrators.