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Powtoon Capture vs. Loom: Screen and Webcam Recorder Review

Jan 28, 2021
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Powtoon Capture vs. Loom_ Screen and Webcam Recorder Review

Screen and webcam recorders are coming in handy these days. With so much communication happening online, it’s invaluable to be able to show your audience exactly what you’re talking about rather than relying on words or explanations alone. Two popular screen and webcam recorder options are Powtoon Capture and Loom. Which is right for you? We’ll break down the similarities and differences.

Screen and Webcam Recorder Review

The Similarities

Powtoon Capture and Loom have a lot of functional similarities. Both are installed via a Chrome extension and have a fairly simple interface. Recording begins and ends with the click of a button, and the final recording is automatically saved to your user profile where you can edit your video, share it with others using a custom link, or download the MP4.

Both platforms allow you to toggle between recording your screen, screen + webcam, or webcam only. You can also change the size of your webcam frame and move its location. Both offer free versions of their screen capture software along with subscription-based tiers that come with upgraded features and customization options.

The Differences

The primary difference between the two interfaces is Loom’s ability to share editing permissions across users, meaning a draft version of the video can be sent out to multiple team members and changed by anyone (with permission) before sharing the final version widely. Loom also features reaction emojis on their native viewer.

Powtoon Capture doesn’t feature a team-based workspace yet (announced to go live within 2021) but does offer comments on its native viewer powered by a Facebook Comments plugin so interaction is easy from an end-user perspective. It also provides an easy-to-copy custom embed code to share your video in other locations. And while both platforms had easy-to-use interfaces, we found Powtoon Capture’s to be slightly more intuitive.

Free-Version Features

Both platforms offer a free version of their screen capture software, but the details differ. Powtoon Capture allows users to record up to 70 minutes worth of video while giving access to a library of free text overlays, animation, characters, royalty-free images, and soundtracks to enhance recording. Meanwhile, Loom only allows users to make videos up to 5 minutes in length and does not offer additional music or images to use during editing.

Both free versions include the company’s branding on your final video; a premium plan is required to publish a video with the branding removed.

Overall Value

In a head-to-head comparison, Loom is the cheaper option. But to determine the true overall value we need to dig a little deeper. Loom offers two subscription tiers (Business and Enterprise) beyond the limited free version; these plans include a video drawing tool, unlimited recording time, and unlimited videos.

Powtoon’s sticker price is higher, but the post-production features are more robust. Powtoon’s platform includes a number of components to enhance your video including professionally-designed video templates, whiteboard animation tools, animated infographic layouts, royalty-free stock videos and soundtracks, and rich customization options to give your final video recording a more polished, professional look. 

If you’re looking for a basic screen-capture tool, Loom will probably do the trick. But if you’re using screen captures as part of a comprehensive video strategy to work with clients, conduct professional presentations, or connect with your customers, Powtoon’s Pro, Pro+ or Agency Plans are the way to go.

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