There are two ways to record content from your computer in Relay. First, you can enter through Blackboard and create videos on the fly (see instructions here). That is quicker (especially when adding the video to a specific class), but it also is limited on some of the editing features. The alternative is to record the video directly in the Relay site. These instructions will focus on the latter option.
These instructions also assume that you have already downloaded and installed the TechSmith Relay Recorder on the computer you are using. If you have not installed it, please view the instructions at Installing the Relay Recorder to complete that part of the process.
Creating Videos in Athens Relay
Step 1: Login to Relay by going to https://athens.techsmithrelay.com and entering your login credentials.
Step 2: Once logged into the site, click the Record button in the upper-left hand corner of the screen. The recorder should automatically launch (although you may have a pop-up notice asking you if you want to allow it to launch). If it doesn’t automatically launch, click “Launch Now” in the message that appears. (see image below)
Step 3: When the recorder launches, you will see various options you can choose from. The first option is whether or not you want to record just an area of the screen (i.e. specific window or specific program) or the entire desktop. The second option is selecting your microphone. The third option is whether or not you want to use a webcam. In Relay, you can only use the webcam or the screen capture at any single point of time; however, you can toggle back and forth between the two. Next is the “Record System Audio” option. If you are going to record something on your computer that has noise with it (i.e. a video), you’ll want to change this option to “Yes”. Lastly, the “Record Cursor” option is whether or not you want your mouse pointer to be recorded when you are recording your screen. (see image below)
NOTE*: Currently, Relay does not have an ability to test your microphone’s volume or whether or not it is working. It is recommended you make a quick five second video, which you can delete later, to test your audio.
Step 4: Once you have select your options, click the red “Record” button or press Shift + F11.
Step 5: If you selected “Region” to record rather than full screen, you will now select the part of your desktop to record. If you have a program open, Relay will automatically try to attach itself to various parts of the screen by hovering your mouse over them. Simply click the mouse when you have selected the window you want to record. If you want to record a custom segment, click and hold your mouse button and drag the square over the section you wish to record before releasing the button. (see image below)
Step 6: Once you have selected the recording area, the recording bar will appear on your screen. This gives you a final opportunity to select a camera and microphone. Clicking the partial circle with an arrow on it to the left of the "X" will allow you to re-select the portion of the screen you want to record. When ready, click the red circle to record. (see image below)
Step 7: You will see the portion of the screen begin to countdown starting from 3. When it reaches zero, the recording will begin. (see image below)
Step 8: Record your video. Anything within the selected area will record.
Step 9: When you have finished recording your video, click the gray square on the recording bar. (see image below)
Step 10: After clicking the stop button, you will be given a preview of your recording. You may review this preview before proceeding. Clicking "Cancel" will abort the process and allow you to start over. Clicking "Upload" will send the video to Relay. (see image below)
NOTE*: You should be able to hear your recording in the Preview as well. If the sound did not record for the preview, check your microphone and redo the video. This is another reason to always do a small test video first.
Step 11: After clicking Upload, you will get a message that your file is being finalized. Do not close your browser or the recorder until you get the message stating “Upload Complete”. After the upload is completed, click on “Go To Video” to view the video on Relay. (see image below)
Step 12: After clicking “Go To Video”, you will be taken to the video editing area. This is where you can change the name of the video, add a brief description, and add it to a folder in your Relay Library if you have created a folder. When you have made your edits, click "Save". (see image below)
Step 13: Once done, you will receive a green message saying your video is saved. (see image below)
Step 14: Your video can now be found in your Relay library. You can now begin recording another new video whenever you are ready.