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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.

Switch to Mediasite Mosaic

Mediasite Desktop Recorder has been replaced by Mediasite Mosaic. The instructions below are archived for your reference. You are encouraged to switch to the modern Mediasite Mosaic software as soon as possible. Support for Mediasite Desktop Recorder will cease after June 30, 2021.

Start using Mediasite Mosaic today!

Webinar: Getting Started with Mediasite Desktop Recorder (37:55)

Install the Mediasite Desktop Recorder software

Video: How to Install the Mediasite Desktop Recorder (2:08)

  1. From within your MyMediasite portal, click +Add Presentation located in the top-right corner.

    Add Presentation button

  2. Under Capture Video, select More Information.

  3. Under Mediasite Desktop Recorder, select the appropriate download option for your operating system (Windows or Mac). The application installer will download to your computer.

    Note: Mediasite Desktop Recorder is not compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina. Catalina users should use the new Mediasite Mosaic capture app.

  4. After your computer finishes downloading the installer, you should open/run it and follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.

  5. Return to the webpage and select Register under step 2 to register your connection with the K-State Mediasite server.

Create a new presentation using your MyMediasite portal

Video: How to Use the Mediasite Desktop Recorder (5:29)

  1. From within your MyMediasite portal, select +Add Presentation, located in the top-right corner.

  2. Select Capture Video.

  3. Under New Presentation Details, type a name for the presentation and an optional description.

  4. Under Destination, select the 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. Select Create and Launch. This will tell your web browser to open your new presentation in the MDR application.

    Note: Your browser may prompt you to confirm if you wish to open the Mediasite Desktop Recorder software.

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 Record Now.

    Record Now option

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

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

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

    Video Only: Record only your webcam and microphone. Your computer's desktop will not be recorded.

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

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

    Audio Only: Record only your microphone. Neither your computer's desktop nor your webcam video will 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. Slideshow captures also pass through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software that enables viewers to search for specific terms from your slideshow within the Mediasite player.


    Choose Recording Type

  3. Select 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 Input Settings
  6. Select 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, select the red "X" button. Once you are satisfied with your capture area selection, select 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, which will be recorded if it is placed within the screen capture area. Once you are ready to record, select Record.

After you have finished recording

Once you have finished recording and select Finish, 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.