Video Recorder

The Video Recorder feature was designed to access your built-in or USB connected video camera to allow you to record a video directly to your account.

To access the Video Recorder, click on the Create link from the top menu and select Video Recorder.

Recording Settings

While the default settings for the Video Recorder will meet most everyone’s needs, we do give you the option to change some of these settings.  Let’s review some of the setting options before you click that record button.

Below the media player, you have five items:  Aspect Ratio, Resolution, Record Option, Preview Setting and a Save Settings button.

Aspect Ratio: By default, this value is set to 16:9, which is the best setting for viewing on most monitors.  A 4:3 ratio is available if desired.

Resolution:  By default, your video will be recorded in Standard Definition (SD) 480P, which is appropriate for most web applications.  If a higher quality video is desired, click the dropdown and select High, which will record in High Definition (HD) in 720P.

Record Option: By default, it records both video and audio.  If you want to record the video with no audio, you can change that here. 

Info

If you want to record audio with no video, you can view the user guide article on using the Audio Recorder.

Preview Setting: By default, once you finish your recording, it will automatically start playing your recording back to you within the preview window.  If you want to disable this feature, click the dropdown and select the Disable Auto Preview option.

Save Settings:  Make sure to click this to save any changes you made to your settings.

Above the media player, you have three items: Camera Selection, Audio Selection, and the Audio Indicator. You can use the Camera Selection dropdown menu to switch between cameras, perhaps from your built-in webcam to one that is plugged in via USB. Similarly, you can use the Audio Selection dropdown menu to switch between microphones. Use the Mic Volume Audio Indicator to make sure that your audio is being picked up.

Record Your Video

Once you have saved your settings, you are ready to record.  The first thing you need to do is click the green Enable Camera button.  This will turn on your camera and give MyVRSpot permission to use your camera for this recording. Once you enable your camera, you will either see yourself or whatever the camera is pointing to in the preview window. Additionally, you will see two new buttons: Start Recording Now and Start Recording in 3 Seconds.

Click the Start Recording Now to immediately start recording.

Click the Start Recording in 3 Seconds if you would like to have those last few seconds to prepare yourself for your recording.  This will display a countdown from 3 – 2 – 1 – record.

A red Recording button will display in the top left corner to indicate you are actively recording once you start. When you are done recording, press the Stop Recording button.

After you press the Stop Recording button, you will see three options: Delete Recording, Download Recording, and Save Recording to My Account.  Remember, if you have the playback setting to Automatically play back the video you just recorded, it will start to play.  If you have this option turned off, you can click the play button on the bottom left of the media player to preview your recording.

Delete Recording: This will erase the recording you just created.

Download Recording:  This option will download the newly created video file (.webm format) to your computer. 

Info

A .webm video format is designed to play via the web.  If you try to play this file from your computer, it most likely will play the audio with a black screen.  Don’t worry though, because once you upload the video to your MyVRSpot account, it will play as expected.

Save Recording to My Account:  This will save your newly created video to your MyVRSpot account. 

Warning

You might receive an error message:

Unable to upload file. Please try again or download the recording to your device and try to upload again later.

This means that, at that moment, you do not have enough upload bandwidth to successfully upload the video to your account.  We recommend clicking the Download Recording button and uploading the video to your account once you have a better connection.

Once you click the Save Recording to My Account button, you will be taken to the video’s attributes page where you can give the video a proper name, add a description, etc.