⚡️ Click RECORD in a call, from a computer. 

Local recording is a great option. It's free and doesn't require as much bandwidth. (Using less bandwidth is key, in a video call. It helps with call quality.)

  • 1.0  Quick basics
  • 2.0  How to record locally 
  • 3.0  Get your local recording 
  • 4.0  Transcode your .webm file to share it


1.0 Quick basics 

  • Local recording means the recording is saved to your computer. You download a .webm file. To share it, transcode the .webm file (see 4.0)
  • We also offer cloud recordings, but that's a paid feature shortly. Also, cloud recordings require twice the bandwidth. 
  • You get an unlimited number of free local recordings. Each recording is capped at 3 hours
  • The quality of your recording depends on your network connection, remember! Optimally, it is 720p 


2.0 How to record locally 

  • In a video call, click the RECORD button, bottom left 
  • In the popup, click the button, Start local recording


You'll see a notification that your recording is starting after a 5-second countdown. (Other participants in your meeting will be notified that a recording is starting and then also see a recording banner in the call itself.) 


Stop recording

  • Click the Stop recording button in the banner at the bottom of your screen. 
  • This immediately stops your recording and downloads the recording to your computer.

3.0  Get your local recording

Go to where your downloads are sent. That's usually the Downloads folder. 

  • The recording is saved as a .webm file
  • You can open and play your .webm file in Chrome. But to share it, you have to encode it 👇


4.0 Share your local recording - first transcode

Transcode your files to share them. That means you're turning them into MP4 files. 

  • Use CloudConvert. It's browser-based, and offers free and paid plains 
  • Or download Handbrake, a free app

Transcode with CloudConvert 

  • Sign up at https://www.cloudconvert.com
  • In the gray top bar, select your conversion settings. You probably want 'webm' to 'mp4.' (If you'e extracting audio, convert 'webm' to 'mp3')
  • Click Select Files. Your webm file needs to be cloud accessible, with Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, etc. 
  • At the bottom of your window, select where you want your converted files saved. 
  • Click Start Conversion


Transcode with Handbrake on Windows

  • Download and install Handbrake 
  • Select the video or folder with your videos for encoding. Drag the videos into Handbrake. Or click either Folder (Batch Scan) or File, to browse your computer for video files. 
  • Handbrake’s default settings should be fine. However, setting Presets to "Fast 1080p30" and Format to “MP4” will produce a widely accessible transcoded video
  • Click Browse (bottom right corner) to assign a name/location for your transcoded video. 
  • Press Start Encode to begin transcoding


Transcode with Handbrake on MacOS

  • Download and install Handbrake
  • Select the video or folder with your videos for encoding. By default when opening Handbrake a window should appear where you can make this selection; however, if this doesn't appear, you can click Open Source (top left corner) to browse your computer for video files.
  • Handbrake’s default settings should be fine. However, setting Format to "MP4 File" and Video Encoder to “H.264 (x264)” will produce a widely accessible transcoded video
  • Click Browse (on the right in the Destination section of the window) to assign a name/location for your transcoded video. 
  • Press Start to begin transcoding

View local recordings without transcoding, with VLC

You also can view .webm files without transcoding in 2 ways:

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