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How to Record Google Hangout Meetings and Calls

record google hangout Google Hangout is a video call and messaging application launched by Google in 2013. The app lets you contact and communicate with other users around the world. It is a great app to conduct a meeting since it allows you to create a group video chat with ten members. One of the best things about using this app is that its video call and messaging features are free. Recording these video chat conversations and meetings is useful nowadays so that we can watch them anytime. Keeping a meeting record is more efficient than writing the essential details on a piece of paper. This article will show you the best ways to record Google Hangout calls and some crucial keynotes to remember before recording.

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Best Way to Record Hangout Video Calls

For you to record Hangout Video Calls, we strongly suggest you use the AceThinker Screen Grabber Premium. This tool helps you record screen videos in HD quality like 720p and 1080p. This tool can also capture audio along with its audio like System Sound, Microphone, or both. Another good thing about this tool is it can put annotations on the video like shapes, lines, texts, and arrows while recording. You can check the steps below to start using this tool.

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Step 1 Install the Google Hangout Call Recorder

First, click one of the "Download" buttons above. Then, launch it, and follow the installation guide to install the software on your computer completely. Once installed, open it so we can access its main interface.

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Step 2 Set-up the Recorder

From its main interface, please select "Video Recorder." Then, click the "Gear" icon at the toolbar's rightmost part to open its settings. You can change the output folder, video format, quality, bitrate, hotkeys, and more. Once done, click the "OK" button to apply the changes.

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Step 3 Record Google Hangout Call

To start, you can choose your preferred video mode from the leftmost part of the toolbar. You can choose if you want to record in Full-screen or Region mode. Then, click the "REC" button at the rightmost part of the toolbar to start. While recording, click the "Pen" icon from the recording toolbar to access the annotation feature. You can add different shapes, texts, lines, and you can choose any color you want.

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Step 4 Save and Play the Google Hangout Recording

Once done, click the "Stop" button at the leftmost part of the recording toolbar. A video playback window will appear where you can watch the recorded video. You can also save the video to your computer or re-record it if you are not satisfied with the output.

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Price and System Requirements:

  • $29.95 for 1 year subscription
  • Windows 7/8/10
  • Mac 10.8 and above

What does it best for?

AceThinker Screen Grabber Premium is widely used for creating infomercials, presentations, and tutorials since you can insert annotations in real-time.

Recording Google Hangout Meeting with Paid Subscription

Suppose you wish to record your Google Hangouts call using the app itself. In that case, you must avail of a G Suite Enterprise or G Suite Enterprise Education membership subscription. If you have one of these subscriptions, your Google Hangout app will activate its built-in recorder. Hence, once you are a member, you may follow the guideline below to teach you how to record Google Hangouts video calls.

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User Guide:

  • First, go to your Google Hangout account, click the "Video Call," and input your team member's email addresses on the newly opened window. Then, click the "Invite" button to notify your team members.
  • Next, when the web meeting is ready to start, hover your mouse at the lower-right part of your screen to click the "3 dots." You should then hit the "Record Meeting" button and wait for a few seconds until it starts the recording process.
  • Lastly, to end the recording, you need to click the "3 dots" again and simply hit the "Stop Recording" button. It will take a couple of minutes to automatically save the recorded file to the meeting facilitator's Google Drive. Once done, open it and go to the folder named "Meet Recordings" to watch the output. You can also play or download the Google Hangout recording on the designated Google Drive.

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Setting Up to Record Google Hangout Conversations

Above are the useful tips on how you can quickly record Hangout calls. On the other hand, If you are engaged in a meeting, you must have the proper set-up. Since you'll expect that the other party will see you, ensuring that you have a perfect scene is a must. Let's discover the best elements you need to check before engaging on a Google Hangout video call.

1. Lighting

Good lighting is a crucial aspect of a video. Having a good one ensures that you'll have great exposure. You can achieve that if you have great natural light; make sure the room has windows. In case natural lighting is not enough, you can purchase some light sources like a ring light.


2. Audio

Your webcam or even smartphones now have microphones to detect up your voice. However, most of these devices are too sensitive and can also pick up unnecessary noises. To avoid that, make sure that you're in a quiet room. Also, avoid starting a Hangout video call in crowded places, or you can also advise the other party ahead about the noises in your background.

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3. Framing

The last one is kind of technical, and you must have at least a background or have necessary photography skills—the framing your placement on the camera frame when engaged on a video call. If you got good framing in your video, it is 100% that you'll get the viewers' attention. One of the standard techniques of framing is the "rule of thirds." It will help your viewers to focus more on you than on the background.


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