Welcome to Zencastr Video Open Beta! 🙌
The team has been working hard to bring you the best vidcasting experience possible, and now it is here! After extensive testing, Zencastr video recording is launching into open beta. Below you will find some information and questions about the state of beta. This is a living document which we will update frequently. If you have any FAQs you want us to add please contact [email protected]. Happy Podcasting!🎙
Fully redesigned UI
You will now be connected in a video and audio VoIP call with your guests
You will receive a separate 720p (up to 1080p if camera allows and Max Resolution switch is set) video file for each participant
You can now mix video as well as audio using our Automatic Postproduction feature creating a 1080p mixed video
Streaming uploads for mp3, wav (for Pro users) + mov
Retired Support For
Ending support for Firefox. Read more about this decision in the Zencastr release blog post.
We no longer support running Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc. in conjunction with Zencastr. You can technically still do it, but this could cause some issues.
How do I access the video beta?
Go to https://zencastr.com and login using your credentials. Video open beta is now incorporated into the Zencastr platform.
How many people can you record at a time? What is the maximum number of people that can join a recording at a time?
Currently, both the Hobbyist and Professional plans support a maximum of 5 total participants (1 host + 4 guests) on a recording when all participants are connecting from computers or laptops that meet the system requirements.
Is there a time limit to record? Is there a maximum number of minutes or hours that I can record?
Currently, both the Hobbyist and Professional plans include unlimited audio and video* recordings with no time limits. There are theoretical recording limits. But we have yet to meet the top limit of recording time.
*Trial 1080p video recordings - Unlimited video recordings are currently a feature of the Hobbyist plan. This may be subject to change in the future.
Can I record audio but not video?
Yes, with recording modes! Hosts can create an episode in the 'Record Audio Only, Show video' mode to record only audio while keeping the video display on so participants can see each other during the call. Or hosts can create an episode in the 'Record Audio Only' mode to record audio only and turn the video display off for all participants.
Can someone join the call to listen in/watch only without being recorded?
Participants who don’t need to participate in the call can mute themselves and turn their cameras off, but empty tracks will still be recorded for them.
Will audio files tracks be available separately from the video files or will we have to strip out the audio for podcasting?
Audio files are recorded separately for each participant and are available to download from the recording page. The video files for each participant contain a mixed-in audio track.
My guest’s video is a bit pixelated/blurry, why is that?
The video stream that you see for guests is not the recorded quality. We stream the video at a lower resolution during the VoIP call to save bandwidth for uploading the HD video recording. If you have any pixelation in the recording itself, please contact Zencastr Support via chat or email so we can assist you.
What frame rate are the local videos being recorded at?
Zencastr uses Variable Frame Rate (VFR) aiming to capture at 30 frames per second. However, frame rates can be lower if camera specs are low, when recording in dark environments, and/or when a participant’s computer hardware (RAM and GPU) is not robust.
Is it possible to remove Zencastr branding from videos?
The individual, unmixed video (MOV) files for each participant do not contain a watermark and are available to download from the recording page.
When using our Automatic Postproduction service to mix the individual MOV files, there isn't an option to remove the watermark at this time.
Is there screen sharing in Zencastr Video?
There is not screen sharing in the Zencastr video beta, but we hope to offer it in the future.
Is there a speaker-only view?
The grid view is offered at the moment but we have plans for many other video preview options in the future.
Can we select to record .mp4 files rather than .mov?
The video beta only records .mov at the moment.