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hotComm User Guide

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Recording and Playback are described in these topics:
     Recording and Playback Overview

     Recording with Standard/Pro   HCR   WMV
       Timed Session Recording (Std/Pro)
       Session Recording Files (Std/Pro)

     Recording with CL and Lite
     Record Audio
     Playback Audio Recording

     Playback .HCR Session Recording
     Playback .WMV Session Recording

Recording with CL

CL Plus users can record a session in Windows Media Video format (WMV). Your recording can include the hotCam window by itself, plus audio. Or, you can record the full screen of your primary monitor. Playback is through Windows Media player or other programs that support WMV format.

Regular hotComm CL users can record audio only. For information, see Record Audio. This article describes session recording for CL Plus.

The recording icon shows which is available to you:

If you have the A-in-a-circle button, your hotComm CL offers audio recording. For information about audio recording, see Record Audio.
If you have the R-in-a-circle button, your CL Plus offers session recording in Windows Media format (WMV). For information, see below.


Start and Stop Recording

To setup recording, right-click the Session Recording button (R-in-a-circle), make your selections and click Ok. See Session Recording Setup.

To start recording a session, left-click the Session Recording button (R-in-a-circle). Wait several seconds until the background of the button turns blue, which indicates that recording has started.

To stop recording, left-click the button again. While recording continues, the button has a blue background.

When timed recording is enabled, the color of the circle is green.

Playback the Recording

Please click Playback .WMV Session Recording for information on how to playback the recording.

Session Recording Setup

To configure a WMV format recording:

  1. Right-click the R-in-a-circle icon or select Session Recording Setup from the Session menu. This opens the WMV Session Recording Setup window.

    Session Recording Setup - CL Plus

  2. Choose the visuals you want to record.

    Option Description
    Full Screen To record Full Screen, check the Full Screen box. If this box is checked, the recording captures the full screen of your primary monitor.
    hotCam windows To record the hotCam windows (where charts and graphics are displayed), un-check the Full Screen box. If this box is un-checked, the recording captures any hotCam windows that appear on your primary monitor.
    Note: Make sure that everything you want to record is visible on your primary monitor. The recording will not capture minimized windows or windows that display on other monitors.

  3. Set the WMV fps option, which is the frames per second. This is set by default at 1.0 fps.

  4. Click OK.

Volume slider

The Volume slider allows you to view the volume of the speaker as it is being picked up by the recorder. This can be helpful because the audio is being recorded by Microsoft Encoder, which uses different audio codecs than hotComm does, so the recorded volume level may be different that what you are hearing directly through hotComm.

Timed Recording

You can set the recording to start and end at specified times.

  1. Check Enable Timed Recording.
  2. Use the timer arrows to set Start and End times.

  3. Click Ok.

  4. Start hotComm CL and join the room you want to record in advance of the recording start time.

When timed recording is enabled, the color of the R-in-a-circle icon is green.


  • You can set one time period.
  • The time is taken from your computer's time settings.
  • The recording timer is automatically reset at midnight, so the time period must be within a 24-hour period running from midnight to midnight, based on your computer's time settings.
  • You can not set the timer for a future date. However, if you leave Enable Timed Recording checked, another recording will be made at the same time every day.

If Enable Timed Recording is set, you can also make other recordings at any time by clicking the Record button. Note that if your other recording overlaps the End Time for a timed recording, the recording will stop according to the End Time setting.

Maintain Library

Click Maintain Library to open the T'SCRIPTS folder, where the recording files are saved. This view shows all files in the T'SCRIPTS folder, not just recording files.

Record Yourself with WMV

If your sound card has a stereo mixer option, in most cases, you can record your own presentation, provided you follow these steps:

  1. Join the room.

  2. Get your content ready, and select your recording format.

  3. Turn on the camera and start presenting the visuals.

  4. Start the recording. Wait 10-15 seconds until it is firmly established. While it is starting up, your screen (or the edge of the area you're recording) will blink. When the blinking has stopped, then the recording is firmly established.

  5. Then turn on the mic and start talking.

Note that your computer must have adequate resources to record with the Microsoft Windows Media Encoder as well as to run your presention.

Note that some common sound cards, such as Sigmatel Audio, do not have a stereo mixer option, and therefore you cannot record yourself on computers with those cards.

Intellectual Property protection

Room moderators may disable recording in their session.

If the moderator has disabled Recording, then third-party recording products are automatically closed, with a notice.

When Recording is disabled, other methods of copying or saving session contents are also disabled.