Thank you for your interest with Rev Create

Rev Create is a simple, direct tool that captures your desktop with/without your webcam and uploads it to Vbrick Rev. Rev Create quickly and easily generates videos for corporate uses such as CEO updates, HR announcements, or department level communications.

Rev Create is a cross-platform tool that works on both Windows (version 7 and above) and Mac OS (version 10.9 and above). (Please see System Requirements.) After an easy installation and authentication to your Rev server, you are ready to begin.

This page provides all the help you will need to generate quick videos. We also provide downloads of the newest versions. Please take a moment and review the materials on this page, and you can quickly jump between the areas with the navigation at the top of the page.

Rev Create works best with an active Vbrick Rev account. When you begin, you may need to authenticate into Rev. Once authenticated, you will have full access to the tool.

Please contact your local Rev system administrator if you do not have the Rev login information.

Capture or Live Stream. Rev Create is operated in just a few modes. Starting in our Capture mode, select a recording region from your desktop, webcam or both. You also choose any one of the connected audio inputs on your computer. You then use an intuitive interface for selecting the region of the screen. Hit the Record icon and you're capturing video! Also, you can also live Stream to a server. Hit the stop icon whenever you are done.

Edit. Once you have your video captured, you can then Edit it. We provide simple tools for selecting regions within your video and clipping them out. In this way, you can trim the front and back (top and tails) of your video, while also clipping out internal regions.

Upload. Finally, you are ready to Upload your finished videos to Rev. Once in Rev, you can distribute your videos using all the power and customizability of Rev distribution.

CLICK HERE FIRST!
This help page provides a brief description of each capability with Rev Create. It then has Q&A sections, like this one, where you can Click to expand for the answer.

Click on any of the questions below to expand and read their answers!

Question: How do I START the Rev Create application?
First, get the application -- check Downloads, then ...
 

Windows: You will find a Vbrick Rev Create folder within your system start menu. (Select "All Programs" if it does not show up automatically.) In that folder, you will find the executable that you can select.

Mac: You will find a Vbrick Rev Create link within your Applications menu.

Reminder: This version of Rev Create will work without authentication. However, if you want to upload your content to Rev, you will need to authenticate.

Q: How do I MAKE a recording?
If the application is running, then you will see either the recording overlay, or the My Local Media widow. If you see My Local Media window, click the "New Recording" button at the top left to get to the recording overlay.

From the recording overlay, select what you want to record. Click on the bar to move your selection bounding box. Click on the blue bounding box edges to re-size your recording selection, and you can resize and move your webcam also.

Now you're ready -- you will see two buttons in the center menu -- they control Recording and Streaming. Hit the round White button. You will see a countdown that will tell you when you are recording. Click the button again to stop the recording. You have recorded! Of course, there are many more options here, so please see the Capture section.

Q: How do I STOP the Rev Create application?
Windows: You will find a Vbrick Rev icon within the System tray (normally in the lower right of the screen.) Use that icon to select "Exit Rev Create".

Mac: You will find a Vbrick Rev icon within the system status menu. (This is the set of icons at the top of your screen.) Use that icon to select "Exit Rev Create".

Q: Where can I find help?
Help can be found at http://www.Vbrick.com/revcreate/index.html (this page, please keep scrolling), or by selecting "Help" from the system tray/system status menu icon.

CAPTURE your desktop and webcam with Rev Create

Capturing video with Rev Create is easy. The capture view is a bounding box that you can control the size of by clicking on the blue circles and dragging. The capture view also includes a menu bar that give you the ability to select what you are recording, start/stop recordings, change preferences, and switch to My Local Media (all your recordings) view. Capture mode, with the bounding box and menu bar looks like:


 

The blue circles are used (by selecting, holding, and dragging with your mouse) to define the size of your recording. The yellow circles, around the webcam (if toggled on), are used to dynamically re-size the webcam.

The recording controls menu bar, which is right under the video playback area, contains all edit controls. Starting from the left the controls are:


System Display Toggle. This will let you toggle the system display within your recording/stream. If the screen is turned off, then the webcam will be stretched to fill the space/resolution you selected. The icon will indicate if the system display is on or off.
System Audio Toggle. This will let you toggle the system audio within your recording/stream. The icon will indicate if the audio is on or off.
Webcam Toggle and Selection. This will let you toggle the webcam, as well as select which one you wish to use. It will list all USB attached webcams. The icon will indicate if the webcam is on or off.
Microphone Toggle and Selection. This will let you toggle the system microphone within your recording/stream. It will list all USB attached microphones. The icon will indicate if the webcam is on or off.
Record and Streaming controls. These icons will allow you to start/stop your recordings and live streams. The link between the two icons allows you the bind the actions together.
Resolution Selection. You can change the resolution of your capture by modifying the bounding box (click/hold on the blue circles and drag), or by selecting a common resolution with this dropdown box. The box will show the resolution that will be captured.
Fullscreen Toggle. Selecting this icon will toggle the recording into full screen mode. In fullscreen mode, you can access Rev Create functionality through the system tray/system menu.
Preferences. This will launch the preferences window.
My Local Media. This will let you switch out of capture mode and display the "My Local Media" window -- which is a listing of all the captures you still have on your machine.

Keyboard Shortcuts. Rev Create provides two different keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts can be used when capturing part of a screen, but not currently in Fullscreen mode. Continue to use the system tray/menu to control flow within full screen.

  • CTRL R -- This will start or stop a recording.
  • CTRL F -- This will toggle into and out of Fullscreen (but only when no recording is happening).

Now on to recording! Launch the application and follow these steps for easy video recording:

  1. Select recording region. From the recording view, use the bounding window selectors to define what you want to record. Alternatively, you can select from the predefined resolutions in the toolbar.
  2. Pick video sources. Select if you want the webcam on or off. You can grab the webcam video and move it around (it will snap to the corners). You can even resize the webcam video if you like.
  3. Pick audio sources. Select the audio you want. You can include system audio and select one of any attached USB microphones.
  4. Always test, and then test again. When you get everything set, it is always good to test. Make a small recording and play it back in the edit page.
  5. Start recording. Now you're ready. Click on the record button, and when finished, click it again. All done! Your recording is stored for you.
  6. Options during recording. Remember, you can turn on/off your webcam during recording.
  7. Stop your recording. You can either click the stop button on the record menu, or access stop recording within the system menu. Once you stop recording, your My Local Media window will display.

Once you are recording you can still modify the webcam, it's position, and if it is displayed or not. The microphone settings are also modifiable during recording. You will not be able to move the selection/recording region.


Q: How do I record ONLY my desktop?
In the capture mode, Rev Create has an icon that represents the desktop and webcam. Each of those icons switch on either the desktop, webcam, system audio, or microphone audio. To record only your desktop, make sure to select and set the desktop icon to on, while selecting and setting the webcam icon to off. Make sure to select the appropriate audio, or you will have a silent film.
Q: How do I record ONLY my webcam?
In the capture mode, Rev Create has an icon that represents the desktop and webcam. Each of those icons switch on either the desktop, webcam, system audio, or microphone audio. To record only your webcam, make sure to select and set the desktop icon to off, while selecting and setting the webcam icon to on. In this case, it is probably best to turn the system audio off, while turning the appropriate microphone audio on. In this way, you are recording just the webcam and the speaker's/presenter's audio.

Note that you should not disconnect devices during recording.

Q: Can I change the location of my webcam video?
Yes, you can move the webcam around before and during the recording. Also, you can change the size of your webcam video.
Q: Once I finish recording, can I remove the webcam video if I don't like it?
The webcam video, if you have it turned on, is an integral part of the video. It cannot be removed during editing.
Q: What format is my recording?
Rev Create records and encodes into H.264/aac. You can change the quality settings if size is a concern; however, it is best to record in high quality and let Rev transcode into other bitrates and formats for distribution.
Q: Can I change my settings while I am recording?
Some settings you can change, some you cannot. You can move around your webcam, and turn on and off audio. You cannot change the desktop display you are recording. Also, you cannot undock laptops.


Best Practices: What are some tips to make a good presentation?

Mind your presentation!
  • Plan your presentation. Know what you want your viewers to take away from the presentation, and plan for it. Know your audience, and give them a reason to care about what you are saying.
  • Script out what you are going to say. Design an opening that grips them, and an Ending that completes them. Use it as a reference, and resist the urge to "just read it"! Consider a teleprompter.
  • If using materials, consider getting graphics design help. At a minimum, have your materials reviewed. More graphics, less words.
  • Practice/Rehearse! Run through your presentation/recording at least once! Then again and Record it. Watch it. Rinse and Repeat.
  • Focus on content and simplicity. Tell them what you are going to say. Say it. Tell them what you said.
  • Record and review your content for readability.
  • Lean slightly forward during the recording.
  • If recording, remember you can "fix it in 'post'" by editing it out. So, pause, take/release a deep breath, smile, and then restart scene. (Don't forget to remove it in 'post'!) If streaming, just "roll with it" -- "the show must go on!"

Mind your equipment!
  • If you are using a webcam, keep in mind the direction you are looking. If you are looking at your monitor, you are not looking directly into the camera. Eye contact can be difficult, so practice.
  • Do not to move the webcam around during recordings. Use a good quality tripod for the camera if possible.
  • Get an external microphone and external webcam if possible. Make sure they are stationary.
  • The forgotten mistake -- Always test your audio.

Mind your environment!
  • Eliminate background noise
  • If you are recording your screen, then also eliminate background computer applications. Also, disable any that would interfere -- popups destroy recordings
  • Turn off your cell phone.
  • Check your light quality and direction (Is your face in the shadows? When you look up or down, does that intoduce shadows?) Consider a light kit.
  • Dress appropriately. Avoid clothes that have small patterns, saturated reds, blacks or whites. (Suggestions: solid, muted colors.)
  • Makeup -- consider natural, muted approach with light application.

And the standard: Speak clearly, with appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure that is engaging and emphasizes the important bits. Manipulate your tone, speed and volume -- avoid monotone and speed speek. Don't say "uh" or (my favorite) "okay" ...

If you can, tell a STORY.
Best Practices: What are some tips to make a good recording?
Pease review the PREFERENCES section. There you will find details on use cases and available settings that are included in the discussion below. Some settings you can change, some you cannot before and during recording.

LIVE STREAM your desktop and webcam with Rev Create

Recording our webcam or desktop is great, but Rev Create can also live stream your recording. That means, that you can record AND live stream to a Vbrick DME which can be used in conjunction with Rev for distribution.

When using this feature, it is necessary to forward the stream to a streaming server. That server, in turn, can allow other users can view your stream. Users cannot connect directly to your PC/Mac or Rev Create.

In order to use this feature, you must specify a streaming server (a DME) in the Preference window. Please contact your DME Administrator to get the proper credentials.


Q: How do I stream to a Vbrick Distributed Media Engine (DME)?
Vbrick DMEs are powerful servers used for distribution of video streams throughout your video network. To effectively stream to a DME, you will need the DME's IP, and possibly the username and password for streaming. Please see your Systems Administrator for access to this information.

With access to a DME, you can easily push an RTMP stream to the DME. The stream must include an audio source(s) (microphone and/or system). Once the stream is in the DME, it can be viewed by other viewers, or distributed (pushed or pulled) to other DMEs throughout your network. Remember to restart your Rev Create stream if connectivity to the DME is lost or reset.

You need the following information for streaming to a DME:

  • Streaming Name This is a unique name for your stream. Please consult with your DME administrator to assure you have a unique name. The name cannot contain spaces or any special characters.
  • RTMP Streaming App This is the application name that will be utilized by the DME. Please use 'vbApp' or 'live'.
  • Streaming Port This is the port that the streaming engine listens on. For RTMP it is normally 1935, however please verify with your DME administrator.
  • Streaming IP Address This is the IP address of your DME streaming server. The address must follow standard IP format, like 127.0.0.1
  • RTMP User Name This field allows you to set a user name (used with password below) in case the DME is using RTMP streaming authentication (which is common). Please consult with your DME administrator to get a username/password.
  • RTMP Password This field allows you to set a password (used with user name above) in case the DME is using RTMP streaming authentication (which is common). Please consult with your DME administrator to get a username/password.
Q: How do I stream to Rev?
If you create a stream to a DME, as in the question above, you can then add that stream directly to Rev. You must include an audio source(s) (microphone and/or system) within the stream. Here are the steps:
  1. Set up Rev Create to stream directly to DME (see above). You will need the DME-IP, and a STREAM-NAME from the streaming parameters.
  2. Once streaming to the DME, test if it is available by
    • Use an RTSP player (e.g., VLC from www.videolan.org) by viewing the network stream: rtsp://DME-IP:5544/STREAM-NAME Note: there may be a lag, but that is to be expected. OR
    • Use an RTMP player (there are several on internet, search for RTMP PLAYER) by viewing the network stream: rtmp://DME-IP:1935/live/STREAM-NAME
  3. If the Stream is playable, add the URL (rtsp://DME-IP:5544/STREAM-NAME, Live, h264) to Rev as a stream.

Now the stream is available within Rev. Remember, the stream will only play for Rev users while you are actively streaming from Rev Create to the DME. These examples use the standard DME RTSP and RTMP ports, please see your DME Administrator with questions.

Q: Can people connect to my Rev Create to view my live stream?
Right now, Rev Create pushes a stream to a source and does not allow connections like a server. People cannot connect directly to your Rev Create. Once you have pushed your stream to a streaming engine, like Vbrick DMEs, then other people can view the stream from there.
Q: Can I stream to more than one end-point/streaming engine?
Right now you can only stream out to one streaming engine.

EDIT captured videos
with Rev Create

Rev Create provides several simplified editing capabilities. Once you have generated your video you will see it in the My Local Media window. From there, you can select edit to cut pieces out of your recording. We have focused on allowing simple top/tails, as well as internal cut editing.

Before we begin editing, we need to introduce the concept of a SLICE. A slice is a location within the video that splits the video in two. These slices can be put, approximately, at 1 second intervals within your video. Also, these don't really split/slice the video, but in the old days with film it did. Think of these slices as positional markers within your video.

Once you have a set of slices within a video, you can then use them to remove regions (before, after or between slices). This can be done by clicking on the timeline between the slices and then clicking the Trashcan icon. Remember, you can always revert your edits entirely, or step-wise by using the undo/redo icons.

All edits begin from the My Local Media window. This is a listing of all of your Rev Create recorded videos. You can also import other H.264/aac files or delete files within the My Local Media window. An example window looks like:


 

The My Local Media window contains all the videos you have recorded. The window provides a count of videos, in the lower left, as well as the ability to sort. Videos can be sorted by Name, Date (of creation or last update), or Size.

Once you have selected a video (double click the video, or single click the video and use the dropdown menu (three dots)) you can edit it. The edit window looks like:


 

The timeline, which is at the bottom of the window, looks like:


 

You can drag the cursor or position within the video anywhere within the video along the timeline. Wherever that cursor is, is where you can introduce a slice. You can change the scale of the timeline (for zooming in and finer edit control), and also change the volume of the playback.

The recording controls on the menu bar, starting from the left, are:


Save Edits. This will save all the edits that you perform. Make sure to save your edits, if wanted, periodically and before you close this window.
Undo and Redo These two icons will illuminate when you can undo and redo (or reapply) your edits.
Insert Slice. After you have moved the timeline cursor to the desired time, clicking this button will insert a Slice -- like a cut in the film. Slices are not destructive, meaning it will not delete any part of your video--only induce a break point. This is one of the more powerful tools in Rev Create.
Delete Selected Region. Once you introduce some slices, and selected a region (it will change color to indicate selection), you can click this icon to remove the region. Again, this is not destructive, and you can undo this if necessary.
Playback Controls. Clicking these controls will play/pause your video playback or jump to the front or back of the video.
Revert Edits. Clicking this icon will undo all your edits and return you to the original (as saved) video.
Video Info. You can set a Title and Description for your video. These settings will also be uploaded to Rev.
Export Video. This will create a NEW copy of your video with all edits applied. That version will not have an edit history so it will not include the totality of your current video.
Upload Video. Clicking this will upload to Rev the current video with edits applied.

Now, let's try some edits. Our example task: Removing the first few minutes of a video

  • Select video. From My Local Media window you can select a video to edit. Double-click or select the video dropdown menu item "Edit".
  • Create a slice. It's easiest if the video is not playing so hit the pause button first. Then, within the video timeline select the video-cursor (click and hold with your mouse on the time display) and move to where you want to cut. Create the slice by clicking on the Slice icon (the little scissors).
  • Select a region. Select, by clicking with your mouse, the region of video before the SNIP. It should change color to indicate selection.
  • Delete it. Click the Trashcan icon to remove the region. The region in the timeline will erase.
At this point you have removed the front part of the video. Don't worry, our edits are non-destructive -- meaning you can always "undo" to edits.

Remember to click the Play button to double check your work.

The Edit window also allows you to Export or Upload the video to Rev. Exporting will save a new version of your video, with edits, onto your hard disk. Upload will copy the video to Rev.

Q: Can I UNDO my edits?
Yes. There are a couple of ways to undo your edits. You can use the Undo/Redo arrows on the edit interface (to the left of the Slice button) to step from one edit through to another. You can also Undo All changes using the global Undo arrow on the edit interface (next to the Info button).

Remember, your edits will not be saved unless you hit the Save Edits button -- the first, downward arrow button on the edit interface.

Q: When I SNIP a video, do I lose any video?
No. You do not lose video. When you Export or Upload the video, a new video will be created and temporarily used.
Q: What formats can I import? Can I edit imported files?
You can import mp4 files that contain H.264 videos with aac audio.

You can also edit imported files, but the quality of the output is based on the quality of the original imported video. Further, videos that are recorded at LOW FPS or have large I-Frame intervals (please check the settings of your recording equipment) may introduce audio and/or video artifacts when snipped.

Note: All imported files must have video. Audio only mp4 files are not supported.

Q: Why does it take time to EXPORT or UPLOAD my video after changing it?
After Editing your video, say you SNIP and cut out time from the beginning, middle and ending, the system must create a new file to be used to Export or Upload. This can take sometime based on the size of your file, and how much needs to be written to the disk.
Q: Can I create a NEW COPY of my video?
Yes, there are several ways. First, from the My Media Library section you can select a video and use the dropdown menu to select Duplicate. Alternatively, from the Edit interface you can Export a new copy (with any changes). Lastly, you could copy the file within the filesystem.
Q: What happens if I delete Rev Creates files off my computer?
They are gone and you will not have access to them. It is advisable to use the My Media Library interface to delete files, and not to edit them within the filesystem.

UPLOAD your videos to Vbrick Rev for wide-scale distribution and management

Once you're done with recording and any editing you'd like to do, you can upload your media to Rev. Use the following steps to upload content:

  1. Check authentication. Visit the Preferences window, click on Rev Cloud, and verify your credentials by clicking the Authenticate button. You cannot proceed until you can connect and authenticate with Rev.
  2. Get in Edit Mode. You need to be in the Edit view to upload content. From the "My Local Media" window, double-click the video, or use the dropdown menu associated with each video file.
  3. Click Upload Icon. Now you are ready, click the upload icon. It will give you a chance to change the Title and Description (which will carry over to Rev) before uploading. Click Upload.
  4. Wait. Wait for the upload to complete. The time necessary will be dependent on the size of the media file and the available bandwidth.

Q: How long will it take to upload my video?
It depends on the size of your media and available bandwidth. Videos are large, so whenever possible please upload when you are on a LAN or have lots of bandwidth.
Q: What happens if I don't have Rev access to upload videos?
The process will not complete. Step 1 is to verify Authentication. If you continue to have problems connecting with your Rev, please check your internet connectivity and see your Rev System Administrator.
Q: Can I upload my videos to other services, like youtube?
Not yet.

PREFERENCES

Rev Create has a number of preferences that are necessary for using the system. These are all set/reset by selecting the GEAR icon within the Recording window or My Local Media window. All your edits to the fields are saved automatically (so you will not see a "Save" button.) You can set preferences for the following areas: General, Rev Cloud, and Streaming".


General The preferences window, under General icon, will allow you to set default startup window, recording quality, and recording folder. Note: By default, the application will use the last selected recording window, window size, and microphone. Changing those are saved across application sessions. You can change:
  • Show at Startup. Here you can select the default window that will be shown at startup.
  • Protect Created Content. This toggle will allow you to set the encryption at rest setting. In some environments, this will not be user configurable.
  • Video Quality. This preference allows you to select a quality level (Low, Medium, High, Maxium) for your recording. Specifically, this controls the bitrate of your recordings and streams. A table is provided to the right which identifies the bitrate in accordance to your selection and the resolution of the capture. Again, the higher the quality, the more CPU intensive the operation will be.
  • Target Frame Rate. This defines the frame rate, or how many frames per second you will record or stream. Depending on your content, you may wish to raise or lower this frame rate. For more static video, like powerpoint slides, you can reduce your FPS which will increase the sharpness of your video. For more dynamic or high-motion videos, you may wish to consider increasing the frame rate to reduce jumpiness. Increasing frame rate will increase bandwidth, so you may wish to reduce your resolution.

Controlling the Quality of your Recordings.

It may seem obvious to pick the highest settings and record. However, this will not always give you the best results. All of these settings are all inter-related and will impact your resulting recording or streaming quality. For instance, as you increase resolution, you increase bitrate. As you increase quality, you increase bitrate. As you increase FPS, you decrease the amount of information (bits per pixel/bpp for our techie friends) you can have.

While evaluating your PC's capabilities, also consider the ecosystem that it is deployed in. If, for instance, the PC is on a weak network, then upload times will suffer. Similarly, if the PC is currently running a number of other applications, then the ability to encode will be downgraded. Also the size of the playback devices and resolution has an effect. If viewers of your video will only watch at 720 or less resolution, then recording at 1080 or higher is not the recommended approach. 'Over encoding' has impacts not only on your PC, but also within Rev for transrating and increased storage.

Recommendations:

  • Do not use PCs below the minimum technical specifications. Use recommended specification is possible. More CPU/Memory is better.
  • Weaker PCs should consider encoding at lower resolution, frame rate, and quality/bitrate settings.
  • Only encode at the necessary level

Also, the type of video you are capturing has an effect. The higher the motion, like sports videos, the higher the necessary FPS and bitrate is required. Not having enough bitrate will introduce blurry or blocking within the video. You need higher FPS for more motions, and low FPS for less motion in your video.

Also, consider the playback device of your users. It is not as efficient to generate high resolution encodes for small playback devices. Meaning, encoding uses resources (both local and on Rev when uploaded) and a video that will see limited viewing, or viewing on small devices/limited bandwidth is not an efficient. Also, if all the playback is on PCs within scaled windows, that questions the needs and assumption that 1080 resolutions is always best. Consider using a smaller resolution or quality.

Lastly, all of these settings are impacted by your environment (CPU, Memory, running processes!) A weak or overloaded CPU will struggle with higher resolutions and/or quality. There may also be environmental impacts based on necessary applications, networking, storage.

As you can see, there are many questions and interrelations between these settings.

So, depending on your use case (UC), there are several different questions you may ask:

  • Static PowerPoint presentation, no WebCam. Static ppt presentations are well suited for encoding. In this UC, the slides are not changed often and are often good candidates for easy video compression. Please consider: using font sizes > 24 pt, low-contrast backgrounds (or none), high contrast font colors -- fades can be difficult encoding, and 720p or less resolution.
  • WebCam Only. A "Talking Head" recording or streaming UC is very common. In this UC it is often one (or more) people talking directly into the camera with little to limited motion. Please consider: a 720 or less resolution of encoding.
  • High Quality Recording. If the UC calls for a high quality recording, then the first consideration would be the PC/Mac that is doing the recording. More is better in terms of CPU and Memory capabilities.

The key concern here is when you change any of these preferences, please retest by creating one (or more) recordings and streams (if you stream). Always test, test, test. We have provided a support tool/ppt (FontSizeTestingforEncoding.pptx, 209MB) that includes useful information and can be used to evaluate your encoding settings.


Rev Cloud. The preferences window, under Rev Cloud icon, allows you to set and test your authentication preferences. This is important, and will allow continued use of Rev Create. This window includes your user name, password, and Rev connection preferences. Whenever you change these preferences, make sure to click "Authenticate" to test your changes. You can change:
  • User Name. This is your Rev user name.
  • Password. This is your Rev password.
  • Instance URL. This is the URL to your Rev. (E.g., https://myRev.Vbrick.com)
  • API Key. This is a necessary API Key that your Rev Administrator will provide.
  • API Secret. This is a necessary API Secret that your Rev Administrator will provide.
  • Port. This is a necessary port that your Rev Administrator will provide.

Streaming. The preferences window, under Streaming icon, will allow you to set the necessary information to for live streaming from Rev Create to a Vbrick DME. Please review the settings and questions in the Stream section.
 

Q: As a user, what information is necessary to authenticate and use Vbrick Rev with Rev Create?
Of course, each user must be a valid Rev user, but there are several other pieces of information:
  1. Rev Instance URL: this is the URL to your instance of Rev.
  2. API Key: This is a Key that your Rev System Administrator will create. Your Rev System Administrator can supply it.
  3. API Secret: This is the secret that is automatically created by Rev once an API Key is created. Each Key has its own Secret. Your Rev System Administrator can supply it.
  4. Port: This is the local port used for communication between Rev Create to Rev. Rev Create will listen on this port. Do not change or block this port unless directed to by your Rev System Administrator. Default is 8888.
Q: As a Rev Admin, what do I need to do to set up access within Rev for Rev Create users?
In order for your valid users to use Rev Create, they need to be given all the information listed in the previous question: Rev Instance URL, API Key, API Secret, and port. The API Key/Secret/Port are all managed within the Rev System Settings >> API Keys page.

Visit the API Keys page and create a new API Key by clicking Add Key. Give the API Key a unique name and key. Also, enter "http://localhost:8888" into the Authorized Redirect URIs for the new key. Clicking Create will make the API Key. Now you are ready, provide the Rev url, API Key (you just created), API Secret (click Show under Secret for your API Key) to your users. If they are valid Rev users, with this information they can use Rev Create.

During authentication, Rev Create will popup a browser pointed to the Rev instance. The user will authenticate and be redirected to a Rev Create page. Behind the scenes, the system will securly communicate the security key across the port identified within the API Keys page. Blocking that local (to the PC or Mac) port will result in the inability to authenticate with Rev.

As a best practice, you may wish to consider how to actively manage your API Keys. Consider giving different API Keys out to different user groups, and then you can delete them when you want to retract Rev Create access for users. Rev Create can work with any API Key you set up and you will be sharing the API Keys with users, therefore it is a best practice to set up a Key policy and a Key that will be uniquely used for Rev Create.

Q: Can I set Rev Create to automatically look for updates?
That is its default behavior. You can, if you like, set it not to check on the Preferences > Update screen.

Find the most recent DOWNLOADS of Rev Create

The most recent version of Rev create can be found here. Before downloading, please check your current Rev Create (if appropriate) version, and your Rev version (must be Rev v7.7 or above.) The install files (.exe for Windows, and .pkg for Mac) are listed below for download. You may be required, based on you or your organizations pre-defined PC security settings, to provide access/credentials to install locally.


Microsoft Windows
This installer requires MS Windows version 7.0 or above. Rev Create is not supported on previous versions of MS Windows, or MS Surface.
Rev Create for Windows
Apple Mac OSX
The Rev Create for Mac is a pkg installer designed for OSX version 10.9 or above. Rev Create is not supported on previous version of OSX, nor it is supported on iOS (iPads or iPhones).
Rev Create for Mac OSX
All Rev Create versions require Rev version 7.7 (or above).
Testing Tool/PPT
The link to the right will download a vwMicrosoft Powerport presentation (pptx) that can be used to perform quality testing. Please view the contents, and perform tests associated with different settings in Preferences. It is recommended that you define a settings for Video Quality, Target Frame Rate, and capture Resolution that meet your specific recording and quality needs.
Quality Testing pptx Tool


Rev Create is a software based encoder. As such, the overall quality of your resulting recording is directly proportional to the capabilities of your hardware, how many other applications you are running, and the degree of motion within the video. Stronger machines can support higher quality, increased bitrate, more frames per second, higher resolution and increased motion within the recorded video. Below are our minimum and suggested system requirements, and while Rev Create will run on older processors, we highly recommend that you test your resolution and quality selections.

Minimum System Requirements: 5th Generation Intel i5/Quad Core/2.8GHz, 4GB RAM, webcam, microphone, network connectivity, and sufficient disk space for your recordings.
Recommended System Requirements: 5th Generation Intel i7/Quad Core/3.0GHz, 8GB+ RAM, independent graphics card, webcam, microphone, network connectivity, and sufficient disk space for your recordings.

Always, always, always test with your target capture environment, settings, and video inputs. Once you have the correct settings, you need not worry again -- but getting to those settings often requires multiple recordings and video evaluations. Try to capture at the highest quality possible for your hardware. Remember, you can always transrate to a lower quality/resolution later, but you cannot add quality.

If you notice 'artifacts' within your video, like studdering or areas rendering in blocks, then please review the PREFERENCES section and possibly reduce your recorded resolution and/or reduce your frame rate (frames per second, FPS), and retest. Also review your system requirements, any running applications, and OSes introduced power savings modes that impact your performance. Laptops, in particular, often have default settings that reduce processor base frequency (when not plugged in) and lower-wattage CPUs that maybe dual core.


Q: How do I install Rev Create?
Download the version for your platform -- Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac. Please note and conform to the minimum system requirements. Once you have the installer, open it and follow the directions. You may need to restart your system on install completion.

If you have problems installing over an older version of Rev Create, uninstall the older version and retry installing the newer version. Rev Create cannot be running during uninstall, please shut it down if running. All your files will be maintained.

We utilize a third party sound mixer, SoundFlower, on the Mac. Depending on your version of MacOS, you may need to elevate or provide privilages for installation. Please follow displayed prompts from MacOS.

Q: What version of Rev do I need to use Rev Create?
You must have an account on Rev version 7.8 or beyond to use Rev Create. Your Rev Administrator can identify the Rev version.
Q: How do I uninstall Rev Create?
Windows: You will find a Vbrick Rev Create folder within your system start menu. (Select "All Programs" if it does not show up automatically.) In that folder, you will find the Uninstall executable that you can open and remove the application.

Mac: You will find a Vbrick Rev Create link within your Applications menu. Drag that application link to the Trash.

Note: Rev Create cannot be running during uninstall, please shut it down if running.

Q: Can I update Rev Create? What version is available, and what am I on?
The Preferences windows of Rev Create has an Update button. Clicking this button identifies your current version and will look to see if a new version is available, and will let you download the installer.

Note that Rev Create will also automatically check for updates each time you launch the application. You can disable this on the Preferences >> Update screen as well.

Attributions
Rev Create uses several available components. They are listed here:
  1. FFmpeg. This software uses code of FFmpeg licensed under the LGPLv2.1 and its source can be downloaded here.
  2. VLCLib
  3. QT

TROUBLESHOOT issues with Rev Create

 

Remember, in order to use Rev Create you need to have an active account on Vbrick Rev. When you begin, you will need to login to Rev. Once logged in, you will have full access to the tool. Please contact your system administrator if you do not have the Rev login information.


I don't see my USB camera or microphone listed as a source. What do I do?
Double check that the camera is plugged into and registered with your system. You may need to reseat or unplug and replug in the device. Also, please shutdown any other applications that might be utilizing the device. If you still don't see your device, please restart Rev Create and/or your system.
The quality of the video is not what I want. What do I do?
Check the capture settings on the preference page. This controls the overall quality of the capture. The power of your computer, if it is older or reduce in capacity, may also impact your recording quality -- please review the System Requirements.

Once you make the recording, you cannot change the quality within Rev Create. So make sure your settings are in place before the recording. Please review the PREFERENCES section for a detailed discussion of preferences and settings.

Lastly, check the transcode/transrate options up on Rev. Once your recording is uploaded into Rev, depending on the Rev system settings, your content may get transrated (down) which would impact the quality.

My Rev Create for Mac captures are not playing back correctly using the Rev player. What do I do?
Rev Create for Mac is designed to work and interoperate with Rev. If you have uploaded a video and are having problems with playback using the Rev Player, please review the Rev transcoding options for uploaded Rev Create content. While not required for Rev Create for Windows, captures using Rev Create for Mac require transcoding up on Rev. Normally, this is part of the upload process -- the file is uploaded to Rev, and then Rev transcodes it, and pushes it out to your Rev distribution network.
Known Issues
  • REV Connect will need to be restarted on systems that go to sleep.
  • Only single window support at this time.

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