How to record GIFs with Chrome Capture

May 10, 2024
4 min read

In the world of online communication, GIFs have become the go-to medium for expressing emotions, showcasing tutorials, and adding a touch of fun to conversations. With Chrome Capture, harnessing the power of GIFs is easier than ever before. In this guide, we'll walk you through the simple steps to record a GIF using Chrome Capture.

Step 1: Install Chrome Capture

First things first, you'll need to add Chrome Capture to your Chrome browser. Head over to the Chrome Web Store, search for "Chrome Capture," and click on the "Add to Chrome" button, alternatively go directly to Chrome Capture. Once installed, you'll see the Chrome Capture icon in your browser extension list which can be accessed from the toolbar.

If you want quick access to Chrome Capture, you can pin it to the toolbar by clicking the pin icon in the extension drop down menu.

Step 2: Open Chrome Capture

Navigate to the webpage or content you want to capture as a GIF. When you're ready, click on the Chrome Capture icon in your browser toolbar to open the extension popup

Step 3: Adjust Settings (Optional)

Before recording, you can adjust settings such as frame rate and recording duration to customize your GIF. Choose the settings that best match your preferences and the content you're capturing.

Step 4: Choose Recording Mode

Chrome Capture offers various recording modes to suit your needs. Click on the "record" tab and for this example click on the "THIS TAB" option. Alternatively you can use shortcuts to capture faster, the default is alt + r.

Step 5: Capture Your Content

With the recording underway, navigate through the content you want to capture. Whether it's a series of actions, a funny moment, or a tutorial demonstration, Chrome Capture will capture it all.

Step 6: Stop Recording

When you've finished capturing your content, click the Chrome Capture icon or press alt + r to end the recording process.

Step 7: Preview, Edit, and Enhance

Chrome Capture automatically generates a preview of your GIF. Take a moment to review it and make any necessary adjustments. Whether it's fine-tuning annotations, adding text overlays, or applying filters, Chrome Capture offers powerful editing tools to enhance your GIF. Once satisfied, proceed to the next step.

Step 8: Save Your Masterpiece

With your GIF perfected, it's time to preserve your creation. Click the "Save" icon in the top left of the actions bar. Now you will be presented with infomation and options on how to export your GIF recording. Ensure the "Save recording as" option is set to "GIF" and click "Save" to securely store your GIF on your computer.

Feeling a bit creative? You have the freedom to customize your save location, tweak the output name, adjust the recording's width and height, compress and optimize the GIF, and explore a multitude of other options. Let your imagination run wild and tailor your GIF creation exactly to your liking.

Step 9: Share Your GIF with the World

Now that your GIF is saved or uploaded to Google Drive, it's time to share your creation with the world! Whether you're posting on social media, enhancing a presentation, or adding flair to a chat, Chrome Capture makes sharing effortless. Spread joy, laughter, and knowledge with your GIF creation.

Step 10: Sit Back and Revel in Your Creation

Take a moment to appreciate your handiwork. With Chrome Capture, you've unlocked the potential to create captivating GIFs effortlessly. Let your creativity soar as you explore new possibilities.

Step 11: Explore Other Recording Options

Now that you've mastered GIF creation, why stop there? Chrome Capture offers a plethora of recording options beyond GIFs. Experiment with recording selected areas, desktops, or applications. Expand your repertoire and discover new ways to communicate visually.


Recording GIFs has never been easier thanks to Chrome Capture. With its intuitive interface and powerful features, anyone can create stunning GIFs to enhance their online communication. Whether you're a social media enthusiast, a content creator, or just someone who loves to express themselves creatively, Chrome Capture is your ultimate GIF-making companion. Give it a try today and unleash your creativity like never before.