[jitsi-users] Recording conference call


#1

Hi, I would like to find out about options for recording a group video call
and the possibility to use an existing instance of Jitsi in the short-term
rather than setting it up on my own server.

I'm part of a group of people trying to get some regular video conferences
going, looking at particular themes of governance, organisation, finance etc
in open organisations (those that seek to produce commons, empower people and
find more democratic ways of organising).
Just to give you an idea, here is a sample of the organisations involved:

Enspiral - http://enspiral.com
Open Source Circular Economy Days - https://oscedays.org
Collaborative Technology Alliance -
https://www.hylo.com/c/collaborative-technology-alliance/about
Edgeryders - http://edgeryders.eu
Robin Hood - http://robinhoodcoop.org
OuiShare - http://ouishare.net

Our idea is to have informal 'panel discussions' of ~6-8 representatives of
such organisations, talking about a topic for an hour. This call is recorded,
then transcribed and used as the starting point for further discussions,
podcasts, free culture publications etc.

We don't have a 'home' for these talks yet and I just want to prototype it
first to see if it works - I have used Google Hangouts for this kind of thing
in the past, but of course I would love to use a F/LOSS solution like Jitsi
instead - I have been using Jitsi Meet for a lot of calls recently and it has
been great!

All of us involved are flat-out busy with our individual projects right now
so are looking for the most time & energy efficient solution.
While I will look into setting up Jitsi Videobridge for OSCEdays in June (we
used Hangouts last year, not ideal: https://oscedays.org/documentation-2015),
I don't have the capacity to organize it now.

So I would like to ask if the Jitsi community has any suggestions for
existing F/LOSS solutions which can be used right now for hosting and
recording these video conferences.
There's no 'record' function in Jitsi Meet, right? And I'm uncertain if
recording my screen & sound with ffmpeg will be reliable. Any suggestions you
can offer would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
Sam

----Sam Muirhead
Open Source / Video
http://cameralibre.cc
http://openitagency.eu
https://OSCEdays.org


#2

Hello,

Hi, I would like to find out about options for recording a group video
call and the possibility to use an existing instance of Jitsi in the
short-term rather than setting it up on my own server.

I'm part of a group of people trying to get some regular video
conferences going, looking at particular themes of governance,
organisation, finance etc in open organisations (those that seek to
produce commons, empower people and find more democratic ways of
organising).
Just to give you an idea, here is a sample of the organisations involved:

Enspiral - http://enspiral.com
Open Source Circular Economy Days - https://oscedays.org
Collaborative Technology Alliance -
https://www.hylo.com/c/collaborative-technology-alliance/about
Edgeryders - http://edgeryders.eu
Robin Hood - http://robinhoodcoop.org <http://robinhoodcoop.org/>
OuiShare - http://ouishare.net

Our idea is to have informal 'panel discussions' of ~6-8 representatives
of such organisations, talking about a topic for an hour. This call is
recorded, then transcribed and used as the starting point for further
discussions, podcasts, free culture publications etc.

We don't have a 'home' for these talks yet and I just want to prototype
it first to see if it works - I have used Google Hangouts for this kind
of thing in the past, but of course I would love to use a F/LOSS
solution like Jitsi instead - I have been using Jitsi Meet for a lot of
calls recently and it has been great!

All of us involved are flat-out busy with our individual projects right
now so are looking for the most time & energy efficient solution.
While I will look into setting up Jitsi Videobridge for OSCEdays in June
(we used Hangouts last year, not ideal:
https://oscedays.org/documentation-2015), I don't have the capacity to
organize it now.

So I would like to ask if the Jitsi community has any suggestions for
existing F/LOSS solutions which can be used right now for hosting and
recording these video conferences.!

You are of course welcome to use the public instance at meet.jit.si.

There's no 'record' function in Jitsi Meet, right?

There is no such functionality on the meet.jit.si service.

If you install your own instance, there are a few ways to record a conference, but none of them are currently stable. See for example the jibri project[0].

And I'm uncertain if
recording my screen & sound with ffmpeg will be reliable. Any
suggestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

This is exactly what we do in jibri. We run it on a separate VM, and it is automated. It works great, but is somewhat tricky to setup.

We have been recording our community calls in a similar way but manually (and not using ffmpeg specifically). This also works well, but it requires attention and is error prone (I've forgotten to record the audio, ran out of disk space mid-recording, etc).

Regards,
Boris

[0] https://github.com/jitsi/jibri

···

On 03/03/16 04:35, Sam Muirhead wrote:


#3

FWIW, we are thinking of a way to enable this on meet.jit.si, so hopefully
it will be available there before long

···

On Tuesday, 22 March 2016, Boris Grozev <boris@jitsi.org> wrote:

Hello,

On 03/03/16 04:35, Sam Muirhead wrote:

Hi, I would like to find out about options for recording a group video
call and the possibility to use an existing instance of Jitsi in the
short-term rather than setting it up on my own server.

I'm part of a group of people trying to get some regular video
conferences going, looking at particular themes of governance,
organisation, finance etc in open organisations (those that seek to
produce commons, empower people and find more democratic ways of
organising).
Just to give you an idea, here is a sample of the organisations involved:

Enspiral - http://enspiral.com
Open Source Circular Economy Days - https://oscedays.org
Collaborative Technology Alliance -
https://www.hylo.com/c/collaborative-technology-alliance/about
Edgeryders - http://edgeryders.eu
Robin Hood - http://robinhoodcoop.org <http://robinhoodcoop.org/>
OuiShare - http://ouishare.net

Our idea is to have informal 'panel discussions' of ~6-8 representatives
of such organisations, talking about a topic for an hour. This call is
recorded, then transcribed and used as the starting point for further
discussions, podcasts, free culture publications etc.

We don't have a 'home' for these talks yet and I just want to prototype
it first to see if it works - I have used Google Hangouts for this kind
of thing in the past, but of course I would love to use a F/LOSS
solution like Jitsi instead - I have been using Jitsi Meet for a lot of
calls recently and it has been great!

All of us involved are flat-out busy with our individual projects right
now so are looking for the most time & energy efficient solution.
While I will look into setting up Jitsi Videobridge for OSCEdays in June
(we used Hangouts last year, not ideal:
https://oscedays.org/documentation-2015), I don't have the capacity to
organize it now.

So I would like to ask if the Jitsi community has any suggestions for
existing F/LOSS solutions which can be used right now for hosting and
recording these video conferences.!

You are of course welcome to use the public instance at meet.jit.si.

There's no 'record' function in Jitsi Meet, right?

There is no such functionality on the meet.jit.si service.

If you install your own instance, there are a few ways to record a
conference, but none of them are currently stable. See for example the
jibri project[0].

And I'm uncertain if

recording my screen & sound with ffmpeg will be reliable. Any
suggestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

This is exactly what we do in jibri. We run it on a separate VM, and it is
automated. It works great, but is somewhat tricky to setup.

We have been recording our community calls in a similar way but manually
(and not using ffmpeg specifically). This also works well, but it requires
attention and is error prone (I've forgotten to record the audio, ran out
of disk space mid-recording, etc).

Regards,
Boris

[0] https://github.com/jitsi/jibri

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