How to Record on BigBlueButton

Tutorial – 2 Easy Ways to Record a Session on BigBlueButton

Selena Thomas

October 09, 2020 15:44Posted by to Record Video

Different from the commercial competitors, BigBlueButton is a free web conferencing platform for GNU and Linux servers. Teachers can teach remote students online. The BigBlueButton real-time sharing of video, audio, slides, chat and screen are really helpful. Of course, you can also record a BigBlueButton session for replay and offline playback. Thus, even though some students cannot attend this BigBlueButton session, it is still possible to learn in other times. Now, let's see how to record a session on BigBlueButton step by step.

How to Record on BigBlueButton

Part 1: How to Record on BigBlueButton as a Participant

BigBlueButton allows the host to record a screen conference on BigBlueButton only. If you want to record on BigBlueButton, and you are just a participant, you can use Blu-ray Master Screen Recorder to record a session on BigBlueButton for free. It is supported to set the output video quality from the lossless to the lowest based on your need.

Step 1

Visit the screen recorder online site. Click Launch Free Recorder to download its launcher for BigBlueButton recording.

Launch free recorder

Step 2

Set the BigBlueButton window as the screen capture area. Turn on System Sound to capture BigBlueButton session audio from others. You can turn on Microphone to record yours as well.

Select audio source

Step 3

Click the gear Settings on the lower right corner. You can change the output video quality and location folder.

Step 4

Click REC to start recording on BigBlueButton. You can pause and continue recording BigBlueButton video freely.

Start recording

Step 5

When you click Stop, the program will save the recorded BigBlueButton video into WMV format automatically.

Or you can upgrade to Blu-ray Master Screen Recorder to record BigBlueButton sessions to MP4, WMV, MOV, AVI and other formats losslessly. The maximum frame rate reaches to 60 fps. So if your computer does not perform well, it is recommended to record BigBlueButton with the full version. Thus, you can record a presentation and session on BigBlueButton without delay. The advanced recording functions are powerful, such as schedule task, hotkeys, annotations and more.

Part 2: How to Record on BigBlueButton as a Moderator

Or you can use BigBlueButton to record a session directly. Just enable your conference or activity recording function. Be aware that you still need to click the record button to record on BigBlueButton. There is no auto recording function in BigBlueButton.

Step 1

Click Start Recording to record in the BigBlueButton live session. You can find this option on the top centre.

Step 2

Click Yes in the popping-up Start Recording notification to confirm.

Step 3

You can see the top Record button turns red. There will be a timer counting how many minutes the BigBlueButton video is recorded.

Step 4

Click the red icon in the same place to stop BigBlueButton recording.

Step 5

That's all to record a session in BigBlueButton. You need to wait the same amount of time as the BigBlueButton full session to get the video. The BigBlueButton sessions have a duration of 9 hours approximately.

Record a session on bigbluebutton

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Part 3: FAQs of Recording BigBlueButton Videos

Why the BigBlueButton record button does not appear?

It is because the BigBlueButton video recording function is limited. During this time, you can change Instance type as Room/Activity with recordings. Remember to enable the option before Session can be recorded. Later, the BigBlueButton record button can be visible.

Why the recorded BigBlueButton video doesn't show?

The most likely reason is that it is in the processing queue. You can wait up to 24 hours to see your recording file. Or you can use Blu-ray Master Free Online Screen Recorder to get the recorded BigBlueButton video immediately.

How to share the recorded BigBlueButton video?

Click Meetings and then go to Recordings. Click on the area link to get the video link. You can copy the web address for sharing or posting.

With the above 2 BigBlueButton recording solutions, you can record a session on BigBlueButton into digital videos. Later, you can get BigBlueButton session recordings for sharing or playback. The BigBlueButton recording function is available for moderator only, usually the teacher. If you want to record BigBlueButton sessions and get the output video instantly, you can take a look at Blu-ray Master Free Online Screen Recorder.

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