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HOW TO: Capture Your Desktop Using Mediasite Desktop Recorder

The Mediasite platform offers software you can use to capture your computer's desktop, webcam and microphone. Once a recording is made, it is automatically uploaded to Mediasite. The Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR) software is offered for free to K-State faculty and staff.

Install the Mediasite Desktop Recorder software

Video: How to Install the Mediasite Desktop Recorder (3:53)

  1. From within your MyMediasite portal, click on the button that says, "Download the Desktop Recorder," located at the bottom of the left column. A new window/tab will appear in your web browser featuring three easy steps to download, install, and register the MDR software

  2. Follow the steps as directed on the webpage. You will need to download the software installer to your computer, then you will need to open/run the installer on your computer. Finally, you will need to return to the webpage and click the "Register Mediasite Desktop Recorder" button to register your connection to the K-State Mediasite server

Create a new presentation using your MyMediasite portal

Video: How to Use the Mediasite Desktop Recorder (7:03)

  1. From within your MyMediasite portal, click the button that says, "+ Create Presentation," located at the top of the left column

  2. Two options will appear: "Record Desktop," and "Upload Media." Select "Record Desktop"

  3. Type in a name for the presentation and an optional description

  4. Under "Publish To," select which user channel or shared folder in which you wish to place the recording. Alternatively, you can leave the presentation in your personal "Drafts" folder

  5. Click "Launch Desktop Recorder." This will tell your web browser to open your new presentation in the MDR application

Choose recording settings within the MDR software and record

If you have performed the steps above, your presentation should open in the Mediasite Desktop Recorder application, and the Presentation Name should be pre-populated with the name you previously provided.

  1. Select the "Record Now" option

  2. Scroll left and right through the options to select the type of recording you want to create. There are four available types:

    Screencast + Video: Record you computer desktop as full-motion video. Additionally, your webcam video and microphone will be recorded

    Screencast + Audio: Record your computer desktop as full-motion video. Additionally, your microphone will be recorded; your webcam will not be recorded

    Slideshow + Video: Record your computer desktop as a series of still images. Additionally, your webcam video and microphone will be recorded

    Slideshow + Audio: Record your computer desktop as a series of still images. Additionally, your microphone will be recorded; your webcam will not be recorded

    Screencast vs. Slideshow: Which one do I pick?

    If your presentation contains a lot of motion, animations or annotation, choose Screencast so the content is captured in full motion as video.

    If your presentation consists of primarily static slide images and does not contain a lot of motion, animations or annotation, choose Slideshow. Slideshow automatically detects changes in the capture area and creates a new still image each time the screen changes. This is a great option for simple PowerPoint presentations, because the viewer only needs to download a series of slide images instead of a full-motion video that requires more bandwidth.


    Select the type of recording
  3. Click "Next"

  4. Verify you can see your webcam (if you opted to record your webcam). Change the "Camera Input" selection if necessary

  5. Test your microphone to verify the proper input is selected and the recording level is adequate. Ideally, the audio meter peaks should reach the top of the green area on the meter. If the meter peaks touch red, that indicates the signal is too loud and should be reduced. A button with adjustment settings may be available to the right of the "Microphone Input" selection. Adjust the Microphone Input settings as necessary

    Camera and microphone settings
  6. Click "Next"

  7. Select the area of your screen you wish to capture.

    Desktop: Capture the entire screen. If you have multiple screens, you will need to choose which screen you want to capture

    Window: Restrict the capture to an area of the screen occupied by a specific application window. Note: Once you select the capture area, you should avoid moving the application window, as the capture area will not reflect the new location of the application window

    Region: Allows you to select a custom capture area by clicking and dragging with your mouse. You may also specify a 4:3 or 16:9 capture area ratio (proportional dimensions common in video) to restrict your selection to a particular aspect ratio
    Capture Area Options

  8. To select a different capture area, click the red "X" button. Once you are satisfied with your capture area selection, click the green "checkmark" button

  9. Review the summary of your recording settings, and note the information about how to pause the recording and how to show/hide the recording control panel. Once you are ready to record, click the red "Record" button

After you have finished recording

Once you have finished recording and click the "Finish" button, your recording will be automatically uploaded to Mediasite. Once processing is complete, your recording will be available in your MyMediasite portal. Review the finished recording, and if you approve, be sure to set the visibility from Private to Viewable before you share it with others.