Ever since the Coronavirus Pandemic rocked our world, people have been using video conferences to meet the need of conducting video meets, attending classes and various other social engagements.
Google Meet offers a beautiful opportunity to conduct business with colleagues, stay in touch with your friends and keep up with school work.
As per recent data rolled out from the company’s official blog, Google meet has surpassed over 50 million downloads, mainly due to the growing requirements of work from home during the pandemic.
The graph below shows the spike in the number of Google Meet users.
Since January this year, the daily usage of Google Meet has grown by a whopping 30 times, and the number of downloads from the play-store has surpassed 50 million.
Google Meet was initially planned as an enterprise solution and was part of Google’s G Suite.
However, since April 29, 2020, the company has made Google Meet available for anyone with a Gmail account.
How to record a Google Meet?
One of the best-known features of Google Meet is that it provides the ability to record the meetings.
However, the recording feature is currently available only to enterprise members.
Here are some quick steps to record Google Meet:
Step 1. Join the video meeting with the link provided, or you can log in to www.meet.google.com and click the button that says “New Meeting” and then select start an instant meeting.
If you wish to schedule it for a later time, you can do that as well.
Step 2. Once you have joined the meeting, click on the three dots located at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3. Here, you can see an option to record the meeting. Click on the option
Step 4. Soon, a “Ask for Consent” popup will show up. If you are attending the meeting, you can record the meeting by obtaining the consent of all the attending members.
Step 5. Click on accept, and the recording will start.
Step 6. If you wish to stop the recording, all you need to do is click on the three dots and select stop recording.
Step 7. The recorded meeting will be automatically saved to the Google Drive of the organizer.
How to record a meeting if you are using a free version of Google Meet?
1. Record using OBS application
To record a meeting on the free version of Google Meet, you will need the support of a third-party application called OBS.
Although the default windows application lets anyone record their laptop or desktop screen, it won’t record the audio.
Here are some of the steps with which you could record the free version of Google Meet.
Step 1. First thing to do is to download and install the latest version of the OBS application.
Step 2. Launch the application
Step 3. In the source selection, select your web browser where you will be opening the meet.
Step 4.You can check the preview window and stretch your screen as desired.
Step 5. Once you are ok with the size of the recording screen, hit the recording button under the control option) located under the right bottom.
Step 6.You can stop the recording by hitting the same button once you are done with your recording.
2. Record using FlexClip screen recorder
Another alternative to recording the free version of Google Meet is using a screen recorder such as FlexClip.
Step 1: Download and install FlexClip on your computer
Step 2: Click on the “Open Now” red button to open the application.
Step 3 :Click the red recording button and choose system audio.
Step 4: Share your audio and browser tab to start the recording.
Step 5: To end the recording, click on the blue stop button at the top.
Step 6: Go back to the FlexiClip recorder to download your recording.
3. Record Google Meet with extensions
If you don’t wish to install any application on your computer to record Google Meet, the best alternative is to use a chrome extension that supports recording.
These extensions are simple and easy to install on any device supported by Google Chrome.
Let us take a look at the three best screen recording tools.
A. Scrnli screenshot & video recorder
This extension comes in handy if you wish to take a screenshot or video of your webpage.
Steps to record:
Step 1: Search for the extension and install it in your chrome browser
Step 2: Join the meeting and click the icon to select if you wish to record part of the page or the whole page.
Step 3: Click record.
B. Fireflies meeting recorder
This is a simple and easy to use chrome extension that lets the user transcribe and record any meeting directly from the browser. In addition, you could share the transcribed notes with a simple click.
Steps to record:
Step 1: Search and add the extension to your web browser.
Step 2: Join the online meeting and click on the icon which shows the extension.
Step 3: Click start recording from the toolbar, which appears on the left.
Step 4: Click the dotted button to end the recording.
C. Screeny screen video and screenshot recorder
This is another excellent chrome extension that allows the users to record and share the recorded videos directly to google drive.
Steps to record:
Step 1: Add the extension to your chrome browser and join the online meeting.
Step 2: Click onto the extension and choose the video camera to start recording.
Benefits of recording Google Meet
Here are some important benefits of recording Google Meet
1. Record sales pitches
Google Meet provides an excellent opportunity for the sales personnel to record and save webinars and videos within a virtual event.
These recorded videos will be automatically saved in your drive, enabling you to share them with multiple customers, saving you a considerable amount of time to focus on more critical tasks.
2. Benefits non-attending employees
Recording a live meeting helps the absent employees get all the information needed to continue their work.
All you have to do is save the recordings and share them with them to have a first-hand understanding of what happened in the meeting.
3. No need to prepare the minutes of the meeting
Gone are the days where a person is required to note down the minutes of a meeting. With the recording feature in hand, all participants can be fully involved in the discussion.
The recording feature also helps to capture everything of importance that minutes often miss.
4. Helps to save cost incurred in travel
Often people have to spend a lot of time and money to travel great distances for business meetings, conferences and training programs.
With Google Meet, it is possible to save many travelling expenses and spend the money on other business priorities.
5. Improves communication
Studies have shown that, unlike text and audio, humans process visual information quicker.
Therefore, by having video conferencing through Google Meet, it is likely that your attendees retain and comprehend more information than a regular text chat or audio conferencing.
6. Helps to connect remote teams
These days we can see an increasing trend within companies to hire remote workers from across the globe.
However, vast distances don’t matter if you can collaborate with your team members in a highly interactive virtual environment.
7. Enhances productivity
Suppose you are stuck up with a tricky question, no need to compose a long email and wait for your colleague at the other end of the globe to reply. Instead, you could have quick sync up in Google Meet.
8. Helps to improve employee retention
Work-life balance is one of the essential ingredients for higher employee retention. In addition, the flexibility offered by video conferencing helps people to have more control over their life.
With Google Meet, teams can collaborate remotely no matter where they are regularly.
9. Helps to improve the meeting attendance
Often the team members may be reluctant to attend in-person meetings owing to their busy work schedules. Google Meet opens the doors to a wide range of possibilities for them, as they could join the meeting through a wide range of devices irrespective of where they are.
The COVID-19 pandemic has almost brought the world to a standstill. However, businesses must go on.
In this article, we have mentioned some cool ways to record Google Meet, both enterprise and free versions. If you use Google Meet for your business meetings or attending online classes, you can use some of these methods to record and save your online sessions.
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