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With Smart Microphone

Smart Microphone is an advanced feature introduced by 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 ON or OFF the microphone with just one mouse click. You can record the remote or computer sound with zero microphone feedback or noise by quickly switching between local and remote audio.

Lower or mute the speaker volume when the microphone is used. The speaker sound will not cover your voice anymore.

Lower the recorded speaker volume when the microphone is used so the recorded speaker sound is always below your voice.

Features

  • record video and audio of any meeting, chat, or conversation (VoIP) programs
  • advanced Smart Microphone feature turns on and off the microphone, lowers or mutes the speaker audio volume when microphone is used
  • Smart Microphone always enables your microphone even if it is disabled
  • automatically detect and track the position and size of Skype, Zoom or Google Meeting windows
  • reliable microphone setup using Windows
  • high quality video recorder (1080p) can be used to record anything from your screen
  • record MPEG, WMV, MP4, extract audio recording in MP3 file
  • video/audio converter included

Meetings Recorder Plus is a screen/audio capture software designed to record any Meetings and Chats players or any other video/audio played by your computer. When recording video Meetings Recorder Plus tracks the position and size of the Skype, Zoom or Google Meeting windows on the screen.

Compatible with Windows 7, 8 , 8.1, 10, Vista. Windows XP not supported.

Importanat: The remote audio stream picked up from the speakers may be re-recorded through the microphone audio feedback when recording. This leads to echo and distorsion. To minimize echo try to lower both microphone and spekers volume as much as possible or use echo canceling settings available in Windows 10, some Windows 7 versions and some sound cards. Meetings Recorder Pluswill guide you to setup these features if available.

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

Installing and first time running

Meetings Recorder Plus should be installed on the administrator account however all clients automatically get shortcuts if the option 'Make shortcuts available to all users' is checked during the installation. Every user has his own recording folder and settings. The administrator installation does not need to run in order for the clients to run their versions. Only the administrator can uninstall the program.

When running the program for the first time you need to specify your playback device and microphone as shown below. Meetings Recorder Plus provides detailed instructions for setting up the microphone. Follow the instructions and make sure the specified microphone is setup as the Default audio recording source.

Selecting the 'Noise suppression' and 'Echo cancellation' features under the microphone Enhancements improves the quality of audio listening and recording.

Another way to setup your microphone is available under SETTINGS, Audio Setup (below)

Once the playback and the microphone are setup you can begin recording.

Recording with Meetings Recorder Plus

  1. Open Meetings Recorder Plus
    1. If either a Skype, Zoom or Google Meeting window is open Meetings Recorder Plus will automatically start tracking the window position and size on your screen. You can start recording right away.
    2. If neither one of the above windows are open Meetings Recorder Plus can be used as a general, high quality screen capture app. Click the MARK button to mark the area of the screen to record. A semi-transparent window is used for marking (see Note below about this).
    3. When using Meetings Recorder Plus as a screen capture program the message 'Screen capture mode' is shown. If you open the above windows and you need to track this window open SETTINGS, Capture and click Enable tracking or select one of these windows.
  2. Click RECORD to start recording. The RECORD button turns to STOP and the PLAY button turns to PAUSE.
    1. Alternately, you can use the hotkeys to start/stop, pause or control the Smart Microphone recording.
    2. During recording, the selected widows position and size cannot be tracked.
  3. To playback the last recording click PLAY.

Main functions

SETTINGS - open 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.

Recording, Pause, Smart Microphone can also be done using the selected hotkeys.

PLAY - click this button to Play the last recorded video, Open the storage folder or Setup the storage folder.

MARK - use this function to manually mark the area of the screen to be recorded. A transparent window rectangle is displayed which can be resized or moved (grab the top of the transparent window) to fit the screen area. When recording the Zoom or Google Meetings windows manual marking is not necessary as Meetings & Chats automatically tracks these windows on the screen.

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

Meetings Recorder Plus settings

Click SETTINGS to open the Settings dialog window.

Record video - enable/disable video recording

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

Video settings/Audio settings buttons: open the video/audio settings dialog windows

Select hotkey for start/stop recording: Meetings Recorder Plus main screen has a small print and is designed to clone the main video and show what is being recorded. In most cases it should be left visible on the screen. However you can use a hotkey to stop/start recording and hide the main screen if it overlaps the recording area.

Main screen scaling: use this to make the Meetings Recorder Plus main screen larger or smaller.

Video capture modes

Click SETTINGS then click Capture in the Settings window to open the Capture modes menu.

The following recording modes are also available:

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

Full screen - the entire screen is recorded.
Enable tracking - use this option to re-enable tracking of Zoom and Google Meeting windows when Marked region or Full screen are selected.

Video settings

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

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

Recording time - use standard clock format hh:mm:ss. Leave blank for unlimited recording time.

Use Background recording - (discontinued) use this mode if you need to open other windows while recording.

Use Windows basic - this mode lowers the CPU loading considerably (Windows 7 only)

MPEG/WMV - the default recoding mode 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 and shows detailed instructions about settings up your microphone.

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

Setup your default microphone and microphone Enhancements

  1. In the Windows Sound 'Recording' dialog click your microphone then click 'Set Default'.
  2. Click 'Properties', click 'Levels', move the microphone level up or down as needed.
  3. Click 'Enhancements', check 'Noise suppression', 'Microphone Focus', 'Echo cancelation'.

Audio setup

Open SETTINGS, Audio Setup

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

(If you want to use Windows,from Windows 10 desktop right click the speaker icon on the taskbar, click Open sound settings, then find and click Sound Control panel, then click Recordings. Follow the steps above)

Note: If some of the audio sources are disabled (or disconnected) the will not appear on the above list. In the Sound/Recording dialog right click the item then click Enable.

The Smart Microphone

The Smart Microphone is a Meetings Recorder Plus advanced feature. It improves the quality of audio recording when the computer microphone and speakers are used together. Here are the main features and uses of the Smart Microphone when recording:

  • the button on the main screen can be used to turn ON or OFF the microphone. Use this on a noisy connection with a lot of echo where Windows Echo suppression does not work. A Beep (click) acknowledge the remote(s) when the microphone ON or OFF.
  • This may also be necessary if you want to record the remote or computer sound only with zero feedback or noise.
  • lower or mute the speaker volume when the Smart Microphone in ON, basically when you speak. This prevents the remote audio to cover your voice.
  • lower the recorded speaker volume when the Smart Microphone in ON

Options

Click SETTINGS then click Options in the Settings window to open the Options menu.

Enable tracking - use this option to enable tracking of Skype, Zoom and Google Meeting 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 setting to their original values when Meetings Recorder Plus was installed.

Select Monitor

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

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

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