Record Interface

The Freeseer recording interface provides the main window for recording a video. This interface is designed with features that enable you to record talks at a conference very easily.

Freeseer's recording interface

Freeseer’s Recording interface with a sample talk loaded

Freeseer's recording interface with annotations

Freeseer’s Recording interface with notes

Select a Talk

Typically the first task is to find the talk you want to record out of all the possible talks that are stored in the Freeseer database. You can filter the list of talks by selecting an Event, Room, and then a Date from the dropdown lists.


When you record a talk, the output file will contain some of the associated talk data as metadata.


You can enter new talks or modify existing talks using the Talk Editor tool.

Conferences typically release information about their talks prior to the event. It’s good practice to enter such data (e.g. title, speaker, event, etc.) for every talk you plan to record, prior to attending the conference rather than last minute.

Audio Feedback

At the bottom right of the interface there is a checkbox with a headphones icon. Checking this will enable audio feedback, which will play any sounds being recorded back to your speakers. This is useful if you need to check the audio levels. We recommend using headphones when using this feature.


  • You cannot enable or disable audio feedback while recording; the checkbox will be locked
  • Audio feedback is only audible while recording

Status Area

At the bottom of the interface where it says “Idle”, is the status area. It shows information such as what state the program is in and how much free space is remaining once you start recording.

Recording Controls

Pressing “Prepare to Record” will initialize the Freeseer recording backend. Freeseer has to be “prepared” to record because of a technical limitation.


Freeseer is ready to record

Once “Prepare to Record” is clicked, new buttons “Record” and “Pause” will replace the “Prepare to Record” button.

Click “Record” to begin recording.

During a recording you can click “Pause” to pause the recording and resume it at a later time. This is useful if presentation contains a break period.


Freeseer shows a Stop button during recording

When a recording is in progress the “Record” button will change into a “Stop” button. Clicking this will stop recording and Freeseer’s interface will return to its initial state.

Report Tool

Issues can occasionally occur during a recording, such as the audio or video not working, or perhaps the presenter does not wish to be recorded. After a conference, it’s difficult and time consuming for one person to know which recordings have issues, especially if 100s of talks were recorded at the event.

To solve this issue, Freeseer comes with a basic reporting tool that allows the person recording to report issues with their recordings inside the application. This will allow whomever is uploading the recordings to quickly scan through and find those which have issues.

Using the Report Tool

To access the report tool:

  1. Open freeseer-record
  2. Click Help > Report

A basic form will open for the currently selected talk.

The form has 3 fields which need to be assessed by the reporter.

  1. A textfield for a short comment describing the issue
  2. A dropdown list containing options for the type of issue
    • Current options are “No Issues”, “No Audio”, “No Video”, and “No Audio/Video”
  3. A checkbox indicating if a Release Form was received [1]

After an event is complete the organizer can use the Report Editor to view the submitted reports.

Record Over a Network

Via Command Line Interface (CLI)


Document using SSH and Freeseer’s CLI to record over a network.

Via Graphical User Interface (GUI)

The client tool is used for controlling Freeseer over a network. The client connects to a running Freeseer Server. The server can be used to start, pause, and stop recording on multiple remote instances of Freeseer.

To set up your client:

  1. Open freeseer-record
  2. Click File > Connect to server

The client window

Simply enter the host name or IP address of the server tool, enter the passphrase, then hit Connect.

If you’ve connected to a server in the past, you can also use the Recent Connections tab to select a server.


[1]The “Release Received” checkbox was added since many events require presenters to sign a legal release form indicating they are giving permission to record their talk.