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How to Record an Audio-Video Conference on an FTP Server
Video conferencing organizers can now record video conferences without costly and sophisticated solutions. Epiphan’s recorders series offers high-performance solutions that allow broadcasting and recording of video conference events. These products are an effective means of delivering different audio-video conference streams through the network and recording them on solid state memory or to a network storage device. This capability enables a meeting holder to record the conference in a high quality for those who could not attend.
How does video conferencing work with the VGA Recorder Lite™ recording appliance? Read on to know more on this subject. In our example the video conference organizers will stream a DVI/HDMI camera signal along with analog audio and record it on a FTP server.
Equipment Needed to Demonstrate this Application
- VGA Recorder Lite
- Laptops with network access for the meeting holder and all viewer participants
- Camcorder with DVI/HDMI output - DVI cables, HDMI to DVI adapter (depending on the camcorder output connector)
Step 1: Connecting the VGA Recorder Lite equipment
The first step is to setup VGA Recorder Lite so that it is streaming a display sources to the internet. Using a simple computer display is a good way to test this setup.
1. Hook up a camcorder to VGA Recorder Lite through its DVI In port. If a camcorder has a DVI output, use a DVI-to-DVI cable. If a camcorder has an HDMI output, use an HDMI-to-DVI adapter.
2. Hook up VGA Recorder Lite to the Ethernet through its Ethernet RJ-45 port.
3. Connect a microphone to the recorder’s Audio In port.
4. Switch on the recorder.
5. Start up the camcorder.
6. Hook up a computer display to the recorder through the DVI Out port. Make sure the stream is being displayed on the monitor.
7. If you know the URL/IP address of the broadcast, use it with your browser or media player to make sure the video/audio feed is streamed over the network. If you do not know the URL/IP address, perform this operation in the step 2.
Step 2: VGA Recorder Lite Settings
If you do not know the URL IP address for your VGA Recorder Lite installed above, download the Network Discovery Utility from the VGA Recorder Lite’s product page to the laptop you are using to configure the system.
1. Install the Network Discovery Utility application on your laptop and start it up.
2. Click the Search button.
3. Your recorder will be found on the network. Its IP address will be also available. Provide the participants with this information.
4. Click Web config to start the Web admin interface.
5. Select the Viewer Access section of the interface to set up the viewer’s access to the broadcast. Specify the viewer password.
6. To adjust the audio settings use the Audio section of the Web access interface.
Step 3: Server Settings and Conference Recording
Once the participants know the address of the streaming broadcast and the viewer broadcast’s credentials, they are able to watch and listen to the video conference. To record the conference for the participants who could not attend, do the following:
1. Make sure the server is functioning.
2. In the Automatic File Upload section of the Web admin interface make settings as shown on the image below. On file rotation means that the VGA Recorder Lite device will upload each video file after it stops recording the current video file and start recording the next one. Set remote path to the path on the upload server to upload the video files to. This path must match an actual path on the server.
3. Specify data to access the FTP server and click Apply. The VGA Recorder Lite device starts copying video files to a configured server.
Using this approach you can record an audio-video conference and make this record available for remote audience.