Making Your First Recording

TECHSMITH RELAY

First time using TechSmith Relay recorder? No problem. This video tutorial walks you through you how to make a recording and upload your videos to your TechSmith Relay site.

Below are the general steps for making your first recording with the TechSmith Relay Recorder:

  1. Launch the TechSmith Relay Recorder
  2. Log in
  3. Select an Audio Device
  4. Select a Webcam (optional)
  5. Select the Display
  6. Record Your Video
  7. Preview and/or Trim the Recording
  8. Set Folder and Captioning Options
  9. Submit Your Recording

You may also use the TechSmith Relay Recorder to upload existing videos and images.

 

Log into the TechSmith Relay Recorder

Logging into the TechSmith Relay Recorder is essential to your TechSmith Relay experience. It's recommended that you log in immediately, when you first launch the recorder. However, you can make a recording before logging in if you need to. In order to submit any recordings, you'll need to be logged in.

TechSmith Relay Recorder with the Log In button highlighted

Tip: If you're not on a shared machine and you'd like to stay logged in, select Settings (1) and then check the "Keep me logged in" box (2).

TechSmith Relay Recorder interface with Settings highlighted 

 

Audio Devices

The TechSmith Relay Recorder can capture audio from your system as well as a single audio device, such as:

  • Built-in microphones
  • Analog microphones
  • USB microphones
  • Webcams

See also: Tested Microphones and Cameras

Select an Audio Device

  1. Connect your audio device to the computer before launching the TechSmith Relay Recorder.
  2. Launch the TechSmith Relay Recorder and click the Audio button.
    TechSmith Relay Recorder with the Audio button highlighted
    (The Select Audio Device dialog opens.)
  3. Click the desired audio device to select it. Note: You can only record from one device, and cannot change the device in the middle of a recording session.
    Select Audio Device popup window
  4. Click OK to close the dialog.

To record the audio that you hear played back by your computer, enable the Record System Audio checkbox. (This box is checked by default.) Note that you can record both system audio and audio from a single microphone.

Select Audio Device popup window with Record System Audio highlighted

 

Select a Webcam (optional)

To select a camera to record with your presentation:

  1. Click the Camera button in the recorder toolbar.
    TechSmith Relay Recorder with the Camera button highlighted
  2. The camera selection window appears. Choose a camera from the list. Select "Do not record camera" (Windows) or "No camera" (Mac) to turn off camera video recording.
    Camera selection popup with the Integrated Camera preview selected

Notes:

  • During recording, the camera is not displayed on your screen. It will only be visible in the final video. Perform a test recording if you’d like to preview what your final video will look like.
  • The camera footage will appear in the lower right corner of your final video. The size and placement of the webcam recording is not customizable.

 

See also: Tested Microphones and Cameras

 

Select a Display

TechSmith Relay Recorder captures all of the action on a single display. If your computer has multiple monitors or is connected to a projector, you’ll need to specify which display to record.

To select a display:
  1. Click anywhere inside the Recording Preview.
    Recording Preview dialog options
  2. When you see the display selector, click the display you’d like to record. As you hover over a display in the selector, look for a red outline on your screen to help you identify the different displays.
    desktop screen with outer edge highlighted in red

 

Record Your Video

If you know what you’re recording ahead of time, such as capturing a lecture, you might choose to enter a video title and description ahead of time.

Title and Description fields

You can also enter this information after you’ve recorded and you are previewing your video.

Once you’re ready to begin your video, click Record.

TechSmith Relay Recorder Record button

While recording, TechSmith Relay Recorder captures everything on your screen, your selected webcam (optional), and the selected audio device.

Stopping the Recording

There are multiple ways to stop (or pause) a TechSmith Relay recording:

  • Use a hotkey
  • Stop the recording from the TechSmith Relay Recorder (this may be on a separate monitor or minimized to the taskbar or dock)
    TechSmith Relay Recorder Pause and Stop recording controls
  • Stop the recording from the system tray (Windows only)
    Windows 10 system tray open with cursor over TechSmith Relay icon

After you finish recording, the video is finalized and opens in the TechSmith Relay Review Window. Here, you can preview and/or trim your recording.

 

Preview Your Recording

After you finish recording your presentation, it opens in the TechSmith Relay Review Window (Windows version shown here):

TechSmith Relay Recorder Review window with various elements highlighted with text annotations

 

Trim the Recording (Windows)

With the TechSmith Relay Recorder, you can lightly edit your video by removing extra footage at the beginning or end of the recording. Trim your presentation to remove any extra audio and video you do not want in your published video.

To trim a presentation:

  1. From the video preview, click Trimming to access the trimming tools.
    Windows trimming button with mouse cursor
  2. Move the playhead to the location you'd like to set as the beginning of the video and click the Set presentation start button.
    Windows trimming interface with cursor over the Set Presentation Start button
  3. Move the playhead to the location you'd like to set as the end of the video and click the Set presentation end button.
    Windows trimming interface with cursor over the Set Presentation End button

The red area of the timeline is cut from the presentation. Once you submit the recording, you permanently lose the trimmed parts of the video.

If you want to remove the trim points, click Cancel (the red X button). This removes the trim points and closes the trimming tools.

 

Trim the Recording (Mac)

Trimming on the Mac version of the TechSmith Relay Recorder takes advantage of the built-in system trimming controls.

To trim a presentation:

  1. From the video preview, click Trimming to access the trimming tools.
    Mac Trimming button with mouse cursor
  2. Click and drag the left-side yellow trimming handle to the location you'd like to set as the beginning of the video and then release.
    Mac trimming interface with cursor over the left-side yellow trimming handle
  3. Click and drag the right-side yellow trimming handle to the location you'd like to set as the end of the video and then release.
    Mac trimming interface with cursor over the right-side trimming handle

    Tip: Click and briefly hold the trimming handles. After a short delay, the video timeline will automatically zoom in for finer control. This is especially helpful when trimming the ends of longer videos.
  4. Click Trim to close the trimming interface, or click Cancel to discard your selection.
    Mac trimming interface with cursor over the Trim button

Before submitting the recording, you can re-open the trimming interface and adjust the handles as often as you need to. Once you submit the recording, you permanently lose the trimmed parts of the video.

 

Set Folder and Captioning Options

Before you submit your recording, you can optionally determine a folder location and/or generate speech-to-text captions.

Selecting a Folder

If you'd like your video to be uploaded to a specific folder (or subfolder) in your TechSmith Relay library, select that folder from the dropdown shown here:
Screenshot of the TechSmith Relay Recorder with the Folder dropdown menu highlighted
If a folder is not specified, the video will be uploaded to the root level ("My Library"). You can always move the video to another folder location later by logging into TechSmith Relay and managing your library there. For more on managing your media library, see this tutorial.

Generating Closed Captions

If you'd like speech-to-text captions to be automatically generated for your video, select the Generate Captions option shown here:
Screenshot of the TechSmith Relay Recorder with the Generate Captions option highlighted
Note: Generated captions will still need to be previewed and published before they are available for your viewers. For more on creating and managing closed captions, see this tutorial.

 

Submit Your Recording

After you’ve had a chance to preview and/or trim your recording, as well as finalize the video title, description, and other options, click Submit to send the video to your TechSmith Relay server.

TechSmith Relay Recorder interface with the Submit button highlighted

What Happens After I Submit Media?

After you click Submit, your video is uploaded to the website.

  • The recorder connects with the server and returns a direct link to your video. You can use this link immediately, but note that your video may not be ready for viewing right away.
  • If you are connected to the Internet, the recording starts uploading. You’ll receive an email when your video has been processed and is ready for viewing.
  • If you are not connected to the Internet, the recording will automatically start uploading when you establish a connection.
  • You can check the status of your media on the TechSmith Relay website.
  • If your Internet connection is lost while the recording is uploading, the process is paused and continues when the device next connects to the Internet.
  • If you chose to generate captions, you'll receive a separate email when the captions are ready for your review.

 

Settings / Hotkeys

In the TechSmith Relay Recorder, hotkeys can save time and they also allow you to start, pause, and stop your recording without the audience seeing the TechSmith Relay Recorder during the presentation. Set Windows or Mac Hotkeys for starting, pausing, and stopping recordings by selecting the Settings option in the Recorder toolbar:

TechSmith Relay Recorder interface with the Hotkeys button highlighted

 

Update the TechSmith Relay Recorder

When a new version of the TechSmith Relay Recorder is available, an update notification appears in the recorder window.

Windows

  1. Click the Update button. (This button only appears when an update for TechSmith Relay Recorder is available.)
    Isolated Update button from the TechSmith Relay Recorder
  2. Click Get update.
  3. This will prompt you to run the update installer. Run the installer.

Mac

  1. Click Update Now when prompted with the update. (This notification only appears when an update for TechSmith Relay Recorder is available.)
    Update notification in the Mac TechSmith Relay Recorder
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the update (administrator credentials required).

Check for Updates Manually

  • On Windows: Open the TechSmith Relay Recorder and choose Help > Check for Updates.
  • On Mac: Open the TechSmith Relay Recorder and choose TechSmith Relay > Check for Updates from the program menu.

 

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