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Record Sessions

Rewind and repeat!

Record your sessions so that your students can access presentations whenever they need them. Stop and restart whenever you need to, and when finished, post the session to your course page.

Recordings capture the audio, video, and any content that is shared during a session. Recordings also capture any real time captions or subtitles available during the session. If there are more than one captions available during the session, the recording will capture only the first one.

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Now Recording

You can have multiple recordings during one session. If you decide to continue recording a session after you have stopped, a new recording is saved and added to the list of recordings for that session.

Open the Session menu and select Start Recording. The recording camera appears on with a red dot while recording is in progress.

To finish recording, open the Session menu and select Stop Recording.

If you are sharing a file, allow 8 seconds for the recording to include the shared file before moving on.

Now Viewing

Recorded sessions are saved as MP4s. Recordings include audio, any content shared or active speaker video, and the captions entered during the live session. If your session had more than one caption track, only the first available one is captured. Only moderators can record sessions.

Everyone can view the recordings from any device as often as they want. There are no view limits.

Recordings need to be converted into a playable format before viewing. The first time a recording is accessed the conversion begins. It may take a few minutes but once is has been done the recording can be viewed by everybody.

How do I find the recordings?

Recordings are saved on the same page you joined your session from.

  • From a web link, log into Collaborate and select Recordings.
  • From a Moodlerooms course, select the Collaborate activity to view the recordings.
  • From a Blackboard Learn course, select Course Tools and Collaborate.
  • From an Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI) compliant Learning Management System (LMS), go to Collaborate and select Recordings.

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Can I download recordings?

Yes. If the moderator has allowed session recording downloads, you can now download recordings from the same place you view the recordings as well as on the recording play back page.

Allow users to download recordings

You must allow session recording downloads for each session. Open a session's Session Settings and check Allow download recording. Any recordings made in this session can be downloaded while downloads are allowed.

Downloads are only available to Session Administrator System (SAS) and Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI) users at this time.