webex grid view recording or live stream
April 20th, 2020 by admin

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:

Webex Meetings<personal-alias>@<site>.webex.com
or <meeting-id>@<site>.webex.com
Webex Events<event-id>@<site>.webex.com

The default video composition captured by REC.VC is the Webex Video Layout Active speaker and thumbnail as seen below.

Active speaker and thumbnail overlay
Webex Video Layout: Active speaker and thumbnail overlay (Default Layout)

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
Webex Events<panelist-numeric-password>#<layout-id>

Webex Video Layout: Active speaker
Webex Video Layout: Active speaker (Layout ID: #22)
Webex Video Layout: Active speaker & thumbnail below
Webex Video Layout: Active speaker & thumbnail below (Layout ID: #88)
How to record or live stream Webex grid view
Webex Video Layout: Grid view (Layout ID: #888)
Webex Video Layout: One plus 5 view
Webex Video Layout: One plus 5 view (Layout ID: #8888)

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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March 30th, 2020 by admin

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 support@rec.vc 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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April 28th, 2017 by admin

We are often asked if REC.VC can be used to record and/or stream Cisco WebEx meetings. The short answer is yes, and the somewhat longer answer is that it is very easy to do. Here is how:

Start recording the WebEx meeting via the REC.VC interface

Enter the SIP URI of your Cisco WebEx room (typical URI structure is <alias>@<company>.webex.com) and the PIN code (if your room is PIN code protected), and click on the red record button.

Enter SIP URI of your Cisco WebEx room

REC.VC will then call to and join your Cisco WebEx room as a passive participant and start recording.

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Start streaming & recording the WebEx meeting via the REC.VC interface

In the REC.VC interface, switch Mode to Stream & Record and select the appropriate Stream. Then enter the SIP URI of your Cisco WebEx room (typical URI structure is <alias>@<company>.webex.com) and the PIN code (if your room is PIN code protected), and click on the red Stream button.

Stream a Cisco WebEx meetingREC.VC will then call to and join your Cisco WebEx room as a passive participant and start streaming and recording.

Stop recording (and streaming)

Top stop recording (and streaming), all you have to do is to disconnect the video call between REC.VC and Cisco WebEx, either by using the stop button in the REC.VC interface, or by disconnecting REC.VC via the Cisco WebEx participant list.

Cisco WebEx Recording & Streaming Layout when using REC.VC

When content is not shared, REC.VC will record (and stream) using Cisco WebEx’ regular participant layout:

Cisco WebEx recorded layout when content is not sharedWhen content is shared, the recorded (and streamed) layout will be based on how your REC.VC account is configured (by your REC.VC admin or by support@rec.vc). Two options are available:

Layout option 1: Standard Cisco WebEx layout

REC.VC will in this case receive one mixed stream from your Cisco WebEx room:

Cisco WebEX recording without BFCPLayout option 2: REC.VC mixed layout

REC.VC will in this case receive two streams from your Cisco WebEx room (based on BFCP) and mix the two streams as follow:

  • Content 100% of screen
  • People in top right hand corner (PIP)

Cisco WebEx recording and streaming with BFCP

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