Future Chrome OS Devices Could Get Video Recording Support
When the Chrome OS came to market in 2011, most devices that ran it were barebones, low-power PCs that put Google’s most popular online services first and foremost. But Google’s Pixelbook series and high-end offerings from Samsung carved out a premium niche in the Chrome OS market. Uncoincidentally, the rise of pricey Chromebooks coincided with increased requests for new features. There’s good news on that front: A commit in the Chromium Gerrit repository suggests that Google is planning to add recording functionality to the Camera application on Chrome OS devices.
The commit indicates that a video recording feature might be coming in a future Chrome OS update. According to the commit, the team is working on implementing video recording using MediaRecorder APIs and enabling HW VEA, which will greatly improve its performance.
It is surprising how much Chrome OS, which began more or less as a glorified web browser, can do. True productivity tasks used to require Windows or Mac programs, but the online environment has changed dramatically over the past few years — it’s gotten to the point where the average computer user can do just about everything he or she needs with Chrome OS.
But while Chrome OS devices do a lot of basic tasks really well, some things, including video recording, just aren’t there yet, either because they aren’t natively supported or because aren’t supported well. There are plenty of workarounds — a popular one for video recording is using YouTube’s webcam capture feature — but the experience is usually better when those aren’t necessary.
As with all of the commits we spot, there isn’t any indication as to when (or if) the feature will hit devices, but we’ll keep our eye on progress and let you know the minute we find out more.
Source: Chromium Gerrit