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Introduction

Meetings Recorder Plus is a screen/audio capture program designed to record video and audio calls. When recording video calls, Meetings Recorder Plus tracks the position and size of Skype, Zoom or Google Meeting windows on the screen.

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Meeting Recorder Plus is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and Vista. Windows XP is not supported.

Meetings Recorder Plus main screen clones the screen area marked for recording so you can always see what is actually recorded

What Is Smart Microphone?

Smart Microphone is an advanced feature introduced in Meetings Recorder Plus. It improves the quality of audio recording when the computer microphone and speakers are recorded together.

Smart Microphone can be used to turn the microphone ON or OFF with just one mouse click. You can record remote or computer sound with zero microphone feedback or noise by quickly switching between local and remote audio.

Use this setting to lower or mute speaker volume when the microphone is used. The speaker sound will not interfere with your voice anymore. The smart microphone setting is adjustable, which means you can lower the volume of recorded speakers to make sure speaker volume is always lower than the microphone sound.

Features

Meeting Recorder Plus comes with a full set of features and options to make top-quality video and audio recordings of your conference calls on Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and any other video conferencing software. Here's a list of the key features:

  • Record video and audio of any meeting, chat, or conversation (VoIP) programs
  • Smart Microphone feature to maximize the recording quality for both recorded microphones and speakers, and to always keep your mic enabled when you talk
  • Automatic detection, as well as size and position tracking of Skype, Zoom or Google Meeting windows
  • Reliable default microphone settings
  • High quality HD video recorder (1080p) that can be used to record anything from your screen
  • Record in MPEG, WMV, MP4 formats, and extract audio recordings as MP3 files
  • Built-in video/audio converter

Installing and running Meeting Recorder Plus for the first time

Meeting Recorder Plus should be installed by the administrator of the computer. All other user accounts will automatically get shortcuts if the option 'Make shortcuts available to all users' is checked during the installation. Every user will have has his own recording folder and settings. The administrator installation does not need to run in order for other users to run their versions. Only the administrator can uninstall the program.

To install Meeting Recorder Plus, download the .exe file and double-click on it to run the installer and follow the steps.

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Once Meeting Recorder Plus is installed, you'll be able to launch it straight away by clicking on 'Launch Now'.

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When running the program for the first time, you need to specify your playback device and microphone as shown below.

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Meeting Recorder Plus provides detailed instructions for setting up the microphone. Follow the instructions and make sure the specified microphone is set up as the default audio recording source.

We recommend selecting the 'Noise suppression' and 'Echo cancellation' options to improve the quality of the recordings.

You can always adjust microphone settings by going to Settings - Audio Setup:

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Important: The remote audio stream picked up from the speakers may be re-recorded through the microphone and result in audio feedback when recording. This leads to echo and distortion. To minimize echo, try to lower both microphone and speaker volume as much as possible or use echo canceling settings available in Windows 10, some Windows 7 versions, and some sound cards. Meeting Recorder Plus will help you to configure these settings if they're available.

Once the playback and the microphone are set up, you can begin recording video and audio calls.

Recording with Meeting Recorder Plus

  1. Open Meetings Recorder Plus
    1. If either a Skype, Zoom or Google Meet window is open, Meeting Recorder Plus will automatically start tracking the position and size of the window on your screen. You can start recording right away.
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    2. If none of the above programs are open, you can use Meeting Recorder Plus as a general, high quality screen capture tool.
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    3. Click the MARK button to mark the area of the screen to record. A semi-transparent window is used for marking (see "Note" below to learn more about the marking window).
    4. When using Meeting Recorder Plus as a screen capture program, the message 'Screen capture mode' is shown. If you open a recognYou can also use hotkeys to start/stop, pause the recording or control the Smart Microphone recording settings.ized video conferencing program and you need to track its window, open Settings - Capture, then click "Enable tracking" or select the video call app's window.
    During recording, the selected window position and size cannot be tracked.
  2. Click RECORD to start recording. The RECORD button turns to STOP and the PLAY button turns to PAUSE, which makes it easy for you to pause or stop the recording.
    1. You can also use hotkeys to start/stop, pause the recording or control the Smart Microphone recording settings.
    2. During recording, the selected window position and size cannot be tracked.
  3. To play the latest available recording, click PLAY.

Main functions

SETTINGS - opens the Settings dialog window.

RECORD - click the RECORD button to start recording. When recording begins, the RECORD button turns to STOP and PLAY turns to PAUSE. Click STOP to stop recording. Click PAUSE to pause recording. You can also use hotkeys to control recording, playback and Smart Microphone.

PLAY - click this button to play the last recorded video, open the storage folder or set up the storage folder.

MARK - use this function to manually mark the area of the screen to be recorded. A transparent window rectangle is displayed. You can resize and move the window (grab the top of the transparent window) to match the desired screen area.

When recording the Skype, Zoom or Google Meet windows, manual marking is not necessary as Meetings & Chats automatically tracks these windows on the screen.

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Note: When using the MARK button, the selected screen area (screen region or full screen) is not memorized. If you need this option, open Settings - Capture and check the Marked Region or Full screen option. In this case, the tracking of Zoom and Google Meeting will be disabled. Click Tracking to enable it again.

Video capture modes

To access video capture modes settings, go to Settings - Capture.

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The following recording modes are available:

Marked region - when this mode is selected, only the marked portion of the screen is recorded and Google Meeting windows are not tracked. To mark a screen region, click on the MARK button.

Full screen - the entire screen is recorded.

Enable tracking - use this option to re-enable tracking Zoom and Google Meet windows when "Marked region" or "Full screen" settings are selected.

Video settings

To access video settings, go to Settings and click on the Video Settings button.

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Video bitrate: the higher this number (kbps), the better video quality but larger recorded files

Frame rate: in order to lower CPU load and file size use smaller numbers (15 or 10 fps)

Use Windows basic: this mode lowers the CPU load on older computers (Windows 7 only).

MPEG/WMV: the default recording format is MPEG-2. WMV (Windows Media) format produces smaller files but it can only be used for smaller windows (640x480). The MPEG-2 recorded files are still usable even if there is a crash or connection interruption.

Microphone setup

Open Settings - Audio Setup, then click Windows Sound. This opens the Windows Sound Control settings window and shows detailed instructions about configuring your microphone.

Alternately, click the button on the main screen to open Audio Settings, then click Setup.

Set up your default microphone and microphone enhancements

  1. In the Windows Sound 'Recording' window, click on your microphone and click on 'Set Default'.
  2. Click 'Properties' - 'Levels', then adjust the microphone level as needed.
  3. Click 'Enhancements', check 'Noise suppression', 'Microphone Focus', 'Echo cancelation' to improve the quality of the recording.

Audio setup

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To configure audio settings, open Settings - Audio Setup. The following options are available:

Record remote audio (speakers) - enable/disable recording of the speaker sound i.e. the incoming audio from the remote source.

Record local audio (microphone) - enable/disable recording of the microphone i.e. the outgoing audio from the local microphone.

Audio recording sources - these are other recording audio sources available on your system (computer). To open Windows Sound/Recording, click Windows Sound in the Audio Setup top menu.

If you want to configure these settings via Windows setting, right-click on the speaker icon in the taskbar, click 'Open sound settings', find and click 'Sound Control' panel, then click 'Recordings'. Follow the steps above to adjust the configuration.

Note: If some of the audio sources are disabled or disconnected, they will not appear on the above list. You can enable them in the 'Sound/Recording' dialog by right-clicking respective items and clicking 'Enable'.

Smart Microphone

Smart Microphone is an advanced feature of Meeting Recorder Plus, which improves the quality of audio recording when the computer microphone and speakers are used together. You can enable Smart Microphone in the Audio Setup settings.

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Here are the main features and uses of the Smart Microphone function when recording:

  1. The button on the main screen can be used to turn the microphone ON or OFF. Use this when your connection is noisy, with a lot of echo when Windows Echo suppression does not work. A Beep (click) acknowledges other participants when the microphone is ON or OFF.
  2. This setting may also help when you want to record the remote or computer sound only with zero feedback or noise.
  3. You can lower or mute the speaker volume when the Smart Microphone is ON, basically when you speak. This prevents the remote audio to cover your voice.
  4. You can lower the recorded speaker volume when the Smart Microphone is ON.

Meeting Recorder Plus settings

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To access Meeting Recorder Plus settings, click on the Settings menu item. The following options are available:

Record video - enable/disable video recording.

Record audio - enable/disable the recording of audio (both local and remote audio streams). Use the Smart Microphone feature if you need to enable/disable only the local or only the remote audio streams.

Video settings/Audio settings - opens video/audio settings

Select hotkey for start/stop recording - configure hotkeys for starting, stopping, and pausing recording and playback.

Recording duration - use the standard clock format hh:mm:ss to set a recording time limit. Leave blank for unlimited recording time.

Main screen scaling - lets you scale the Meeting Recorder Plus main screen to make it larger or smaller.

Options

To access additional settings and options, click on Settings, then click on Options in the Settings window.

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The following options are available:

Enable tracking - use this option to enable tracking of Skype, Zoom and Google Meet windows.

Show cloned video - show the cloned area of the screen to be recorded.

Reset markers - reset the marking window to the default position on the main display. This may be necessary when a second monitor is turned off but still connected.

Restore defaults - restore all settings to their original values. Warning: all customization will be lost.

Select Monitor

When using two monitors, you need to specify the monitor where you'd like to have the recording window. This is necessary if you are using the 'Marked region' or 'Full screen' modes.

Monitor 1, Monitor 2: Select the monitor where the video will be recorded. Monitor 1 is always the main display regardless of the monitor numbers shown by Windows.

When one of the auto tracking modes is used, it is not necessary to select monitors. Meeting Recorder Plus will track the Skype and Zoom 'Main' or 'Small' windows, and Google Meet windows on either one of the two monitors. You only need to select a monitor when the 'Marked region' or 'Full screen' modes are used.

Set on top - this option makes sure the Meeting Recording Plus window always stays on top.