Record your Desktop with MDR

Mediasite Desktop Recorder allows you to capture and record your computer's desktop, webcam and microphone. Recordings that are in-progress can be paused so that you can deliver your presentation at your own pace. When recordings are finished, they can be published to your My Mediasite account where it can be shared with your audience. Mediasite also features a Web-based editor so that you may trim the start and end of your recording or make simple edits.

NOTE: IT Services has been improving the login security for the Mediasite platform. Please note that this will have an effect on the use of Mediasite Desktop Recorder.

  • Mediasite Desktop Recorder sessions must be started from, as per the instructions below. 
  • Recording durations cannot exceed 2 hours.

Using MDR for the first time

If this is your first time using MDR, you will need to install the desktop software to perform your recordings. Navigate to the "Add Media" screen and begin the installation process by clicking on "download the Mediasite Desktop Recorder". Installers are only available for Windows and Mac operating systems.

macOS Catalina Users: The MDR download in My Mediasite may not work correctly on your system. Instead, please install "Mediasite Capture" from the Apple Store or by visiting

Recording a Presentation on your computer

Once the MDR software is registered with your My Mediasite account, you will be able to start using My Mediasite to begin new recording sessions. It is also possible to begin a new Presentation from MDR, but we recommend starting in My Mediasite.

Step 1: Click "Add Media" to begin setting up your recording session. 

Select the option "I want to record my desktop now" to begin using MDR for a recording session. This will prompt you for more details before attempting to launch the MDR software on your computer.

Step 2: Enter your Presentation details and click "Create and Launch"

Mediasite will require you to give the Presentation a title before you can begin. The description is optional but recommended.

Once you click "Create and Launch", the web browser will download a Mediasite launcher and ask you to open the file in the MDR software. If this is your first time using MDR, please refer to the instructions for "Using MDR for the first time" further up on this page.

Step 3: Configure your recording preferences

DR will allow you to capture any combination of your webcam, microphone and anything appearing on your desktop. Pick a combination from the available options.

Once you have chosen the type of recording you would like to make, you can either select "Record" or you can click on "Next" to double-check or change options for your microphone and camera. We recommend using the "Next" option and always verifying that the correct devices have been selected.

Step 4: Begin recording your Presentation

While you are recording, MDR provides a Preview window. This will show your camera if you are using one, however if it is on-screen for the recording, a message will replace the image to let you know that it might be recorded accidentally.

If you need to take a break or would like to perform in short bursts, MDR allows you to pause and resume your recording. This can be done from the MDR Preview window, or by clicking an icon in the System Tray for your computer.

If you discard your recording, MDR will erase whatever has been recorded and bring you back to Step 3 so that you may try again.

Step 5: Finish your recording

After you have completed your recording, the video will be automatically uploaded to your My Mediasite account. If you would like to choose when your video is uploaded to the system, you can change the default behaviour in the Settings area for the MDR software.

Later, if you decide you would like to re-record your Presentation you can begin a new recording session from the same Presentation in My Mediasite.

Step 6: When you're ready, make the video viewable for your audiencNo

Note: By default, when a video is uploaded to My Mediasite, the "WHO CAN VIEW?" toggle for the video in My Mediasite will always be reset to "Only Me".

Before your audience can watch the video, you must change the "WHO CAN VIEW?" toggle to another setting. This can only be changed after your video has finished processing.