The Portable Recorder

The Portable Recorder allows you to record from any computer, anywhere. Use it to record presentations on a guest’s computer, or on machines where you’re not allowed to install software.

Downloading the Portable Recorder

  1. Log into your TechSmith Relay website and select Client Downloads from the navigation bar.
    Select Client Downloads from the navigation bar
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Download Portable Recorder.
    Download the Portable Recorder
    Note: Your TechSmith Relay administrator may not have opted to make the Portable Recorder available. In this case, you will not see it listed on this page.
  3. Locate and extract the contents of the .zip folder ( This is likely saved in your system Downloads folder.
  4. Transfer the extracted folder to a storage device (such as a USB stick) with a minimum of 4GB free space.

    IMPORTANT: It is not possible to run the Portable Recorder on a storage device that was formatted for a different platform. Example: To run the Portable Recorder on a Windows machine, use a Windows-formatted storage device. 


  1. Plug the storage device into any computer.
  2. Open PC TechSmith Recorder (or Mac TechSmith Recorder if running Mac OS) from the portable storage device.
    Select PC TechSmith Recorder
  3. Enter your Presentation Details and Record when ready.
  4. When you’re finished, the button that says “Submit” in the standard recorder instead says “Save” in the Portable Recorder. This lets you know that you’re saving to the storage device, not submitting directly to the server.
    Portable Recorder recording review interface

Submitting Your Recording

  1. Bring your storage device to a computer that already has the standard TechSmith Relay Recorder installed.  This is required in order for the upload process to work properly.
  2. Open the Portable Recorder from your storage device. TechSmith Relay Recorder will open, and let you know that it found saved presentations on the drive. You can choose to:
    Portable Recorder submission options
  • Cancel - Select this if you'd like to make additional recordings. You can open the Upload List later to see the saved presentations. Or, you can close and re-open the Portable Recorder to see the Saved Presentations prompt.
  • Submit All - This sends all of the presentations to the server for processing.
  • View Saved Presentations -  Choose this option to review the existing presentations, edit the details, and/or submit presentations individually.
    Portable Recorder Saved Presentations dialog
  1. The Portable Recorder then works together with the TechSmith Relay Recorder you have installed on your computer to submit the presentations to the server for processing. If you're offline, the presentations will upload once you're connected and online.

TechSmith Relay (Self-Hosted) 4 user? See Version 4 Tutorials.

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