Podcast 298 : Recording a Google Hangout with Camtasia (video)

by | Sep 15, 2011 | Digital Products, Podcast, Videos | 3 comments

I spent today trying to figure out how to record a Google+ Hangout. The biggest problem was recording both my audio from my mic, and the audio coming in through my system from the Hangout. I thought I’d cracked it early on, but the key turned out to be in the audio settings for the Hangout in the browser, as well as the software I used.

I also use Techsmith’s Camtasia for the Mac, so I really wanted to make this work with Camtasia, to save me from buying another application just for this. Another part to the puzzle was clicking the System Audio button in the Camtasia recording dialog. This prompted Camtasia to install an add-on called Soundflower. The settings for Soundflower appear to be hidden while recording, but Camtasia switches to Soundflower as the audio device during the recording.

Anyway, I show you all of these settings in the video that I captured during my adventures today. I know this isn’t exactly photography related, but I think there are enough people trying to do this at the moment that it’s worth putting this out there.

Don’t forget to hit the full-screen button Full-Screen Button in the video window to go, erm, full-screen.

Note that there is an iPod/iPhone version of this video in iTunes, but when watching on a computer, the video above is better.

Here’s the screenshot that I referenced during the video to show you the settings before starting the recording. Click it to view full size.

Google Hangout Recording Settings

Google Hangout Recording Settings – Click to Enlarge

By the way, if you are looking for an invite to Google+, click here: https://plus.google.com/i/rs1VTPLvrPA:hbBRmqxgaU4 (When these invites run out, leave a comment, and I’ll see if I can get an updated link.)

Here’s a link to the software that Jarvie showed us his images with, including his embedded webcam video — WebcamMax: http://www.webcammax.com/

I have searched for something similar to the for the Mac, and could only find CamTwist. It takes a bit of setting up, but it works well once you figure it out. Find it here: http://camtwiststudio.com/download/

Here’s a link to the Sleeping Sea Lion Project photos that Mike Spinak mentioned in the Hangout. Wonderful work Mike!!


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  1. Sanjay Shetty

    Thanks a lot for sharing this, after more than 12 hours of struggling, your blog post proved invaluable.

    I was struggling with recording skype. And Camtasia proved to be the perfect solution.

    One additional point on windows, you don’t need any extra plugins, camtasia allows you to capture the audio from the system itself. Works brilliantly, and is far superior to the crappy skype third party recording tools, which have extremely low fidelity and too many issues.

    Thank you once again 🙂

  2. Martin Bailey

    That’s great!

    Camtasia does provide the plugin for the Mac OS, but it doesn’t install it until you try to record system sound. It’s an extra step, but totally aided.

    Thanks for letting us know that this post helped out Sanjay!


  3. Jessica Murray

    Thank you for sharing such a detailed video, none of this information is even on the Camtasia forum!


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