Squadcast quick start guide

This article will help you get started with remote recording with SquadCast.

1. Get SquadCast and connect your account

If you haven't already, get SquadCast for free and link your accounts.

GIF showing steps for connecting a Descript account to SquadCast

As a Descript user, you get a SquadCast account completely free. SquadCast’s remote recording technology will eventually be built into Descript. Until then, you'll record using SquadCast and edit in Descript.

2. Set up a recording session

  1. Login to your SquadCast account. You'll see the dashboard. This is where you can access any organizations or shows, and create and schedule sessions. For now, let's dive right into recording.
  2. Select New Session > Schedule a session. Or, select Start session now to create an instant session and skip down to Get ready in the Green Room.
  3. Set the title, date, time, and type of session you want to create.
  4. Invite your participants—the people who'll attend your recording session. You can invite them to:
    • The stage—this is who will be recorded during the session.
    • The backstage—they'll be able to watch and listen to the session but only communicate through chat. 
    • You can move participants from the stage to backstage (and vice versa) during your recording session.
  5. Select Send emails to send invitations to your guests with all the session information and link to join the recording, then select Done. If you'd prefer, you can send the invitations later.
  6. When you're ready, select Start session to enter the Green Room.

Inviting guests to the session

If you're scheduling a recording, you can send an email invitation to your guests with all the information about the session and a link to join it. Additionally, once inside a session, you can easily get your session link to invite more participants. Simply copy the stage link and paste it wherever you need to share it.

GIF showing how to copy the stage link in a recording session

Start a SquadCast recording from the Drive view or a project

You can also start an instant session from your Drive view by selecting + New > Remote recording.

3. Get ready in the Green Room

The first time you join a recording session, you'll need to give SquadCast permission to connect to your camera and microphone. Once you or your participants join a recording session, you'll each be taken to a private Green Room.

Screenshot of the Greenroom web page

This is where you can add your name and pronouns, select your microphone and camera, test your equipment and connection, and dig the poppy seeds out of your teeth before joining the recording session.

Once you're picture-perfect and your audio is good to go, simply press Join session.

Recording checklist for you and your guests

Here's a recording checklist for your guests so they feel confident joining a recording session. Make sure to also check out our video guide on making better remote recordings.

4. Record your session

Screenshot of SquadCast recording session

  1. Once you're in the recording session, simply press Record to begin recording. This is when the magic happens. Note that what you see during your session isn't the actual recording you'll get; it will be much better. SquadCast captures the local recording from each participant's device and then uploads it to cloud storage. That way, if there is a connection slip-up or dropout, your recording won't be affected.
  2. Once you're done, press Stop recording. You and your guest don't need to wait around while the uploading finishes.
  3. When you return to your dashboard, the recording you just made will also show up in the Recent recordings panel.

Next steps: edit in Descript

Now that you've finished recording, its time to edit it in Descript. You can seamlessly import your recordings without downloading them. Learn more about importing SquadCast recordings into Descript.

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