REC.VC supports recording and optionally live streaming of Webex Meetings and Webex Events. When live streaming, it can either be hosted with REC.VC or be live streamed to third-party RTMP(S) destinations including Facebook, Workplace and YouTube.
But how can you get REC.VC to capture your favorite Webex Meetings or Webex Events video layout or composition of the different participants?
REC.VC captures video, audio
and content by being a video participant in the Webex Meeting or Webex Event.
The user can via the REC.VC user interface make his/her account call to Webex
by entering the Meeting/Event video address as REC.VC Source address and
clicking on the RECORD or STREAM button.
Her is an overview on how the video addresses are structured on Webex side:
The default video composition captured by REC.VC is the Webex Video Layout Active speaker and thumbnail as seen below.
The video composition can be preconfigured to one of the other Webex Video Layouts below by entering the following in the REC.VC PIN field before clicking on the RECORD or STREAM button:
|Webex Meetings||<layout-id># if not PIN protected, or|
<PIN-code>#<layout-id> if protected
In other words, by entering your desired Layout ID in the REC.VC PIN field, REC.VC will send the Layout ID to Webex using DTMF and receive the selected video composition back from Webex.
The video layouts covered in this post is when content is not shared in the video meeting. When content is shared, REC.VC will by default capture the Webex layout for mixing of content and video. An alternative is to let the mixing of content and video to take place on REC.VC side based on one of the 18 video layouts availabel.
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We are excited to share with you that the Cisco Meeting Server (CMS) from version 2.9 natively supports third-party SIP recording service like REC.VC.
CMS customers have used REC.VC to record and live stream video meetings for years, simply by establishing a SIP session between the CMS room and REC.VC (by calling either way). The big change with CMS version 2.9 is that CMS + REC.VC customers can leverage the native recording button available in the various interfaces used by CMS users.
Cisco has shared the following details in the release notes published on April 8, 2020:
From 2.9, the Meeting Server allows configuration of an external third-party SIP recorder so that when recording is started an administrator-configured SIP URI is called instead of using the Meeting Server internal recorder component.
Note: Support for an external third-party SIP recorder still requires Meeting Server recording licenses.
The new SIP recorder feature:
- allows recorders to negotiate BFCP in order to receive separate video and content streams. This gives more flexible options for how recordings are formatted.
- supports the same resolutions as we do for standard SIP calls
- supports the same audio and video codecs as standard SIP calls
- as with the existing Meeting Server internal recorder, any media content sent by the SIP recorder is discarded
Note: The SIP recorder feature does not support TIP or Active Control.
Specifying the SIP recorder A new API parameter for /callProfile objects is introduced to specify the SIP recorder. It supports GET, PUT and POST and is defined as follows:
- sipRecorderUri — If set, this URI is used to dial out to when recording is enabled. If unset, the Meeting Server recorder component (if configured in /recorders) is used.
Starting / stopping the recording The same start / stop methods supported by the Meeting Server recorder component can be used to initiate a SIP recorder. Which recorder is used depends upon whether you have configured the API parameter sipRecorderUri. The methods currently supported are:
- With the callProfile recordingMode set to automatic, recording starts when users join. Users cannot start / stop the recording.
- When recordingMode is set to manual, users can start / stop recording using a dtmfProfile, Active Control, Meeting App or via an API PUT/POST on calls.
Finding out recording status The same methods supported by the Meeting Server recorder component can be used to find out the SIP recorder status, for example, GET on callLegs/ — the recording value in the status output found here indicates whether this callLeg is recording (true) or not (false).
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Thank you to all resellers, customers and users for your trust in the REC.VC recording & streaming cloud service.
While we wish the 208% growth in live streaming view hours in March 2020 was under different circumstances, we are proud to help organizations communicate with their employees and other important stakeholders during the COVID-19 crises.
What is the primary source for all these live streams? Customers use the REC.VC cloud service to live stream from the following leading video conferencing platforms or services:
While many customers use REC.VC to host their live streams, other customers use REC.VC to stream to third-party RTMP(S) destinations such as the followin ones:
New to REC.VC? Feel free to sign up for a free 14 day trial (it takes 2 minutes to get started with your first live stream).
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You have two alternatives for where mixing of video and content take place when using REC.VC to record or live stream (REC.VC hosted or on Facebook, Workplace or YouTube) a video meeting:
- Mixing on the videoconference platform or service (e.g. by Cisco collaboration platform/service (Webex Events, Webex Meetings, Webex Teams, Cisco Meeting Server (CMS)), or Pexip (Cloud or Infinity)).
- Mixing on REC.VC side based on two streams from the remote side.
REC.VC offers 18 layouts when mixing takes place on REC.VC side:
- 16 layouts for regular 720p (1280×720) recording & streaming
- 2 layouts for special 720p x 2 recording for maximum quality
How to enable or change a layout?
A REC.VC Admin Users can change the layout for a user within own organization:
- Go to the edit interface of the Recorder in question
- Enable BFCP* (if not already enabled)
- Select layout from the Video Layout dropdown
If you do not have admin permission, please contact your REC.VC Admin User or email email@example.com to request a Video Layout for your account.
* Technical: When BFCP is enabled, REC.VC will receive two streams from the remote side (content + people) and mix according to the selected Video Layout. For customers on the rec.vc domain, or for customers with Recorders registered to own VCS, the VCS will do the interworking between H.239 (H.323) and BFCP (SIP).
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REC.VC, the secure, scalable and ease-to-use recording & streaming cloud service, experienced 99% growth in recording hours from January 2019 to January 2020.
REC.VC is used by
organizations around the world with use cases such as recording & sharing
of meetings, recording of telemedicine sessions for compliance and quality
assurance, recording of financial advisers (MiFID II), lecture capture, and townhall
REC.VC supports capturing
from the following sources:
- SIP/H323 (BlueJeans, Cisco, Pexip, Lifesize, Polycom,
- RTMP (Pexip, Zoom, and any IP camera/device and
software supporting RTMP)
- Connected Camera (capture with any Chromium based browser
using integrated or connect USB camera (WebRTC capture))
The service is provided out
of REC.VC data centers in the following locations:
- Ashburn, VA, USA
- Frankfurt, Germany
- Oslo, Norway
Each location has one data center for production and a separate data center for backup.
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The REC.VC cloud service enables any organization to live stream from a Cisco videoconferencing system (from a MCU/bridge or an endpoint) to YouTube (with REC.VC acting as a SIP to RTMP gateway).
For use cases where users have their personal Cisco video collaboration devices (e.g. Cisco Room Kit Mini), or where users are authenticated upon entering the meeting room (e.g. based on RFID), the Cisco Touch 10 panel can be customized and personalized with a YouTube button for one-click-to-stream ease of use.
- On Cisco side, this can be enabled by using In-Room Control and Macros (to add the button and to trigger a SIP call to a REC.VC SIP URI when clicked). See example code in the guide below.
- On REC.VC side, the SIP URI is configured and associated with the RTMP URL of the YouTube account in question.
Once configured, all it takes is one click on the Cisco Touch 10 YouTube button to start the YouTube live stream from the Cisco device.
Want to learn more?
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Security has been and will always be a key component of the REC.VC cloud service.
We have over the last 3-4 monthsÂ further enhanced the security framework by introducing several new features including a new additional security layer when sharing live stream and playback links with third-party viewers.
Here is how …
REC.VC makes it easy for you to share a video recording with third-party while maintaining your desired level of security. To share one of your recordings,Â simply click on the Share icon:
The Share media window will then give you the following link options:
- Link lifetime (define when you want the link to expire):
- Custom (set expiry date)
- 24 hours
- One week
- One month
- Link password (optional)
- Make video downloadable (includes download button in video player)
You can then decide if you want the copy & paste the unique enscrypted LINK or share it byÂ E-MAILÂ to any e-mail recipients you add.
You can view a demo recording (no audio) with password protected link here ( password:Â Demo=1234).
Live streaming links
REC.VC makes it easy for any user (with live streaming permission set) to live stream from a video conference endpoint or virtual meeting roomÂ to hundreds or thousands of viewers. And with the latest enhancements, the live stream link can optionally be password protected.
First step is to Add new stream via the Stream drop down (you may also generate unique encrypted and password protected link on any existing Streams):
Once you have added the Stream title, you’ll get the Share stream window with the option to add Link password and generate a new encrypted and password protected link:
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Healthcare organizations can with the new REC.VC HIPAA Edition securely record and store video meetings with healthcare professionals and patients using a cloud service that meets the requirements of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
The following are included in the REC.VC HIPAA:
- Use of the REC.VC fully redundant data centers in Ashburn, VA, with Equinix
- Customer branded portal and domain
- Single Sign-On (SSO) for any user within an organization
- Automatic provisioning of new user accounts based on SSO
- Optional automatic secure FTP export (for organizations wanting the recordings to be stored on premise and not with the REC.VC cloud service.
SSO is based on REC.VC´s support for SAML 2.0 which enables integration with any SAML 2.0 supported authentication source.
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Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a quote for a REC.VC HIPAA subscription for your organizations.
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