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Audio recording


  • If audio is to be recorded in OpenOlat, a microphone must first be available. It must always be activated in the device.

  • The microphone must be enabled for OpenOlat so that it can also be used for recordings in OpenOlat.

  • On the other side, the possibility to record audio must have been activated in OpenOlat by the administrator:
    Administration > Module > Audio/Video recordings

Where can audios be recorded in OpenOlat

Recordings in the Media Center

Open the personal menu by clicking on the small image or the triangle at the top right. Open the Media Center there.

Among the possibilities to add new media files, there is also the possibility to "Record audio".


Recordings in the course element page

Audio can also be inserted within a layout element in the course element "Page".


Once you have decided on this, a pop-up appears to select an existing audio. The pop-up also contains a button for recording your own audio.


Recordings in the course element "HTML page"

The HTML editor (Tiny) used in OpenOlat is also used for inserting and recording audio. The option to record audio is located under the tools that are also used to insert existing media.



In principle, audio recordings are possible in the HTML editor, but in some places not all editing options are offered when the editor is called up for various reasons. It is therefore possible that the option to record audio is offered when the HTML editor is called up, but not when it is called up from another location.

Recordings in the course element "Task"

The option to record videos in a task is embedded in the workflow. You will find the recording function in the step where the video is to be inserted as a task or sample solution.



For video recordings that are recorded in the course element "Task", there is currently no option for saving and linking in the Media Center.

Recordings in the course element "Group task"

The audio recording in the course element "Group task" works in the same way as in the course element "Task".

Where are the audio recordings saved?

Audios recorded within a course element are also saved with this course element. The recordings are not listed in the author area, storage folder or in the Media Center (exception: course element page).


However, if the Audio recording is started in the Media Center, the audio is also saved in the Media Center.

In what format and quality are recordings saved?

Audio recordings made in OpenOlat are always saved as m4a files. This is due to the fact that only the m4a format is supported by all browsers.

The recording quality is preset (mono, 44 kHz).

Administrators can activate local audio conversion under
Administration > Module > Audio/Video recordings > Tab "Recording configuration
(See also: Admin Manual.)

How much storage space is available for my audios?

Download from the course element Task and Group task

Both audio recordings from the task and audio recordings in the sample solution can be downloaded directly in the course element. To do this, use the option under the 3 dots at the end of a line.


Download from Media Center

Select and open the desired video in the Media Center. Under the button with the 3 dots you will find the option to download.



An audio that was recorded within a course element is not stored in the course storage folder.