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AI Show Notes
Feature that analyzes the recording's transcipt to generate a description, chapters, and takeaways.

AI Speaker Layout
An option in the Editor that controls the layout of participant videos in the exported clip. The positions of videos dynamically swap based on who is speaking, so that the speaking participant is always displayed larger on the exported video.

Aligned track file (MP4 / WAV)
An uncompressed media file that includes empty space at the beginning of the track to sync with other separate tracks when imported to editing software. Aligned audio (WAV) tracks are available when a Studio is set to record Audio Only.

All Participants Cloud Recording
A backup file that contains the audio and/or video of a session's recorded participants in one MP4 file.

Async Recording
A participant can record by themselves and share the footage with the Host afterward.

Audience Member
Participant role that allows people to watch the recording session in the Studio. They are not recorded unless granted permission during a Live Call-In.

Audio Input Device
Microphone or virtual mic used during a Studio recording session.

Audio Interface
Hardware that connects one or more microphones to a computer (usually via USB). It converts the mic's analog signal into a digital signal.

Audio Mixer
Hardware or software that combines the signals from one or more microphones and allows each input signal to be adjusted in real-time during a performance or recording session.

Audio Output Device
Speakers or headphones used during a Studio recording session.

Audio Sample Rate
Number of times an audio signal is digitally sampled per second. Riverside's default audio sample rate is 44.1 kHz but it can be changed to 48 kHz.


The number of bits per second that are recorded in a media file. Typically, a higher bitrate leads to larger files with higher quality. For audio, Riverside uses Linear PCM.

Bit depth

The number of bits of information in each sample, in other words, the amount of information that can be stored in each sample. Bit depth does not affect sound quality.

Business Advanced
Riverside for Business plans let multiple people collaborate closely on projects together and include different permissions for the members of the team as well as a Customer Success Manager. (Previously called a Teams account.)


Use Chapters in Riverside's Editor to quickly navigate, group, and rearrange your content.

In-studio feature that allows all participants to send messages to everyone in the studio or to a single person

The media file created when Riverside's Editor combines the separate tracks from a recording session that is ready to download and share. Clips can be a short excerpt or include the entire recording session. (Also called an Edit.)

Audio distortion and reduced quality that occurs when an audio signal is louder than the allowed limit. This is shown from the participant's volume meter in the Studio's sidebar.

Cloud Recording
Internet-based files of the session's recorded audio and video, useful as a backup. The quality of each person's depends on their internet connection during the live call. (Also called an internet backup track.)

Constant Frame Rate
In the Studio, Riverside records participants' video tracks with the same amount of frames per second so the videos can be more easily imported to desktop editing software.


Pages on Riverside where you can create new Studios, adjust Studio settings, access past recordings, share recorded files, and change your account settings.


Echo Cancellation 
If you are not using headphones, this limits how much the audio of other participants is picked up by your microphone to reduce audio feedback in the Studio.

Edit and export your full combined recording or clip excerpts on Riverside in your computer's browser. In just a few steps, you can customize the video layout, apply audio processing, and add a logo or background graphic. (Also known as the Magic Editor.)

External mic
A microphone connected to a computer or mobile device, rather than an audio input that is built into the computer or mobile device.


Frame Rate
The rate at which individual image frames are recorded or displayed in a video to simulate movement, such as 24, 25, or 29.97 frames per second (FPS).

An individual Riverside plan that is free for users and includes basic features with limitations on track hours.


A participant who is invited to a Riverside Studio and recorded.


High Quality Track
Media files that are locally recorded by a participant's computer or device. Unlike Cloud Recording files, these tracks are not impacted by a partipant's slow internet connection.

The recorded participant in a Riverside Studio who has full control over a session and its settings.


Individual account
A Riverside account owned and managed by a single person including free, Standard, and Pro plans.

Input monitoring

Riverside does not (yet!) support the ability to hear the audio as you record.


The time a signal takes to travel to a device which processes and records or broadcasts it, similar to lag or delay. Also a factor during a live stream.

Local Recording
A recording that takes place on the computer or device instead of over the internet. This recording is in studio quality and won't include the disruptions caused by bad internet connection. For each Guest, you can download a separate locally recorded track.

Before joining a Studio, participants enter a display name and select the mic, camera, and speaker to use during the recording on this page. (Also known as the Green Room.)

Linear PCM
Recordings on Riverside use this method to save uncompressed high-quality audio. (See also Bitrate, above.)

Live Call-In
A feature in the Riverside Studio that allows Audience members request to join the conversation and be recorded like other invited Guests.


Magic Audio
Enhances your audio tracks with AI so you get a sharp, studio-quality sound.

Magic Clips
Feature that employs AI to find and extract the most shareable clips from a recording longer than 5 minutes.

Media Board
Studio feature where the Studio's Host can upload and play video and audio content during recording sessions; the media is available as a separate track download after the session.


Noise Reduction
If enabled when recording, this setting lessens background noises such as AC fans, heaters, and other ambient sounds on the separated tracks of all Studio participants.

Normalize Gain
When exporting a clip or combined recording from the Editor, this option equalizes the audio levels of the participants to bring them within the same volume range.


Participant Role
Each person in a recording session joins the Studio in a specific role—Host, Guest, Producer, or Audience member—and has different abilities in the Studio depending on their role.

Private Studio
Studio setting that, when enabled, prevents Audience members from watching a recording session live, even if they have an invite link for that Studio from a prior session.

Riverside for Business accounts are organized into Productions that contain Studios. The owner of the shared account can invite other users to join one or more Productions.

A Studio participant who monitors and assists the recording session with similar abilities as the Host. The Producer is not recorded and a local High Quality Track is not created for them.

Public Studio
Studio setting that, when enabled, allows anyone with an Audience invite link to watch the recording session live.


A Riverside Studio creates a new recording each time the Host starts and stops a recording session.  Each recording includes separate high-quality tracks of the recorded participants and additional files such as transcriptions and extra media.

Recording ID
A unique, 32-character code that helps Riverside's Support team check your recording and provide assistance.

Resolution (video)
The number of pixels a digital video can display, expressed as width × height, such as 1920 × 1080. You can change a Studio's default maximum recording resolution, however the resolution of the final High Quality Track may depend on the capabilities of a participant's camera.


Screen share
The Studio's Host, Guests, and Producers can share a program's window, a browser tab, or their entire desktop screen with other participants during a recording. The shared screen is recorded as a separate video track and can be downloaded.


In-studio feature that allows Hosts to write notes that only they will see during the recording.

Separate Track
Audio/video that is recorded locally on each participant's device and is not affected by their internet connection.

The panel on the right side of the computer browser's recording Studio with key information about the current recording, participants, and text chat.

Sound Bleed
Leakage of one audio output into another audio input that can cause an echo, such as your microphone picking up the sound of your headphones or speakers. Also known as audio spill or leak.

Spotify for Podcasters

A service for creators to host and distribute podcasts. It also integrates Riverside's Studio and Editor.

Stream Key

A streaming platform provides this unique code, similar to a password, so Riverside can connect and send your multimedia stream to the correct video page or post.

Stream URL
Together with the Stream Key, Riverside uses this specific web address to send a multimedia live stream to another platform like YouTube or LinkedIn.

The Studio is where you can access your recording studio, download previous recordings, customize studio settings, and invite participants.


In a SVG transcript file, these numbers tell media players when to display the caption text during playback.

Track ID
A short identifier assigned to every recorded track file (a participant's display name followed by a series of numbers of letters) that helps Riverside's Support team provide assistance.


Upload Control
Setting that allows the Host or Producer to pause the automatic track upload of a participant to preserve their internet bandwidth during the live call.

Upload Page
Web page on that automatically checks for any track uploads still in progress after a recording session on a participant's computer and completes them.


Video Frame
In a Riverside Studio, each participant's video is displayed in a frame (or 'tile') that you can expand, reposition, or make fullscreen. The frame shows a participant's initials if their camera is turned off or they have an unstable internet connection.

Video Input Device
External camera, webcam, or virtual camera used during your recording session.


The uncompressed audio of a participant's locally recorded track that you can download after the Studio session.


XLR connector
A cable used to connect certain microphones to an audio mixer or audio interface. The audio mixer or interface can then be connected to a computer, usually with a USB cable.

1, 2, 3, 4K

A very high resolution video dimension of 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels high, often referred to as '2160p (4K) video.' Compare it with Full HD 1920 × 1080, and Standard HD 1280 × 720.

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