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Why does it take so long to process my video?

If you’re waiting a long time to process your video, here’s why and what you can do about it.

What does processing mean, and why does it take so long?

When processing, Screenity is taking the raw video you recorded, which is in WEBM format, and converting it to MP4. For this we use FFmpeg WASM, which is a library that allows you to convert and edit video in the browser.


Since Screenity is 100% private and local, this is all done in your device, and depending on your specifications, it might take a long time to do so. We have set a limit of 5 minutes of video for processing by default for this reason, although this can be overridden if you’d like.


That said, you don’t have to wait if you prefer. You can simply use the WEBM or raw video download options to save your video.


How can I make it faster?

Although unfortunately it’s largely determined by your hardware, there’s a couple of ways you can try speed it up:

  • Close any resource intensive programs and tabs you don’t need before recording, and while editing.
  • Lower the quality of your recordings, so the file size will be smaller and easier to process. You can learn how to do this here.

Why did the old version of Screenity not have this?

In the old version of Screenity, videos were not encoded or processed in any way. The video you downloaded was the exact same that was recorded, which caused issues when playing it back or seeking backwards or forward, or when attempting to use the video in certain places. Similarly, for editing it was simply trimming the raw data, which sometimes caused issues due to the placement of the frames and the metadata.


You can still revert to the old version if you prefer, although we don’t recommend it. We made a guide you can follow here.


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