[Solved] How to Record a Session on BigBlueButton?

September 04, 2020Ashley Mae

When it comes to web-conferencing solution, BigBlueButton is absolutely one of the most trust-worthy systems, which is widely used in online schools and businesses. With BigBlueButton, teachers can engage their students online through real-time sharing of audio, video, chat and more, no matter how far they are.

Not long ago, if you wanted to record a presentation or a screen-sharing conference on BigBlueButton, you can directly use the build-in recording feature this program offered. However, due to increased demand, BigBlueButton has temporarily disabled the recording feature.

So, in this guide, you will get more methods on how to record a session on BigBlueButton. And in case you want to use BigBlueButton to record meeting room (after recording is back to normal), we will also show you the way to record with BigBlueButton’s recording function.

Record a Session in BigBlueButton

Part 1. How to Record a Session on BigBlueButton for Free

If all you want is a simple screen recorder to capture your meeting room for free, you can give Free Online Screen Recorder a shot. Without installing software to your computer, you can enjoy recording any videos and audio on the screen with this web-based recorder. It is totally enough if you only need to record BigBlueButton occasionally. Here are the steps to record your BigBlueButton session.

Step 1.
Open the link of Free Online Screen Recorder above.
Step 2.
Click on the Start Recording button. Follow the on-screen instructions to download a small launcher to your computer. After the installation, the recording window will pop up automatically. If not, please click Start Recording again.
Start Recording
Step 3.
Now, please adjust the recording area according to your need. Enable Speaker or Microphone. After that, click on the REC button on the right to start recording your session on BigBlueButton.
Recording Options
Step 4.
When the meeting is over, click the Stop icon to end recording. The recorded video will be saved as an MP4 file to your computer by default. You are able to play, rename, remove the recording as you like. If you need, you can even share it to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. with one click.
Stop

Part 2. Professional Way to Record a BigBlueButton Session

But if you’re looking for a more professional session recorder, then Aiseesoft Screen Recorder is absolutely the solution that suits you best. This powerful recording software allows you to capture any actions from BigBlueButton with lossless quality. Compared with Free Online Screen Recorder, it provides more options for frame rate and output format including WMV, MP4, MOV, AVI, MP3, WMA, AAC, GIF, and more.

Using the built-in timer, you can set scheduled recording tasks with ease. It is quite helpful, especially when you cannot attend the meeting on time. Aiseesoft Screen Recorder also empowers you to take snapshots and edit the recording in real time through the instant annotation feature. What’s more, this program has a user-friendly interface and is easy to operate.

Screen Recorder

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Aiseesoft Screen Recorder

  • Record any session on BigBlueButton with high image and sound quality.
  • Capture all screen activities with advanced hardware accelerating technology.
  • Add computer webcam and your reactions to the BigBlueButton recording.
  • Create your own recording with text, arrows, shapes, mouse point and other effects.
  • Preview and trim the recording before exporting the video in MP4, MOV, AVI, etc.
Step 1.
Free download Aiseesoft Screen Recorder and install the software to your PC/Mac.
Step 2.
After opening this program, to record session on BigBlueButton, please select the Video Recorder option. You can also try other options, like Audio Recorder and Screen Capture, to record audio or take screenshots based on your need.
Video Recorder
Step 3.
When you enter the interface of Video Recorder, you can select the recording screen size. Then you can turn on System Sound, Microphone or both as the audio source for the recording. Click on the red REC button to start recording.
Select Region
Step 4.
Now you can open your BigBlueButton session. During the recording process, you can take snapshots and add drawing tools in real time. When you finish the session, just click on the Stop icon.
Stop
Step 5.
Then you can preview your recording and Save it to your computer.
Save

Part 3. Use BigBlueButton to Record a Session

Even though BigBlueButton doesn’t have plenty of features for recording, it is still a simple method to utilize.

Step 1.
Create a session on BigBlueButton and invite participants. Then start your session.
Start Recording
Step 2.
If you want to record the meeting, click Start recording on the top.
Step 3.
Click Stop recording after the session. You can find the recorded video in All Recordings.
Stop Recording

Part 4. FAQs of Recording Session in BigBlueButton

1. Is BigBlueButton free to use?

Yes, BigBlueButton is an open-source application based on HTML5. It is completely free to use.

2. How long does one meeting last on BigBlueButton?

Due to increased demand, you can only hold a meeting for up to 60 minutes on BigBlueButton.

3. Can I use BigBlueButton on my phone?

Yes, you can. And you don’t need to install any app. You can open BigBlueButton in the default browser on your mobile device. If you want to record the BigBlueButton session on your phone, you can use the built-in recorder to record your phone screen.

Conclusion

Considering that BigBlueButton doesn’t support recording for now, you can use other screen recorders like Aiseesoft Screen Recorder to record session in BigBlueButton. If you find that recording is available on BigBlueButton, please let us know.

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