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.
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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.
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.
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".
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.
Now on to recording! Launch the application and follow these steps for easy video recording:
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.
Note that you should not disconnect devices during recording.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
Remember, your edits will not be saved unless you hit the Save Edits button -- the first, downward arrow button on the edit interface.
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.
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:
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".
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.