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Basics for Creating Videos

Creating instructional videos doesn’t need to be complicated.  Through WITC you have several options available to quickly create instructional videos for your classes.  This guide will walk you through a couple quick and easy solutions.

Before you record

  1. Find a quiet area in your house
  2. Write a script
    • You can either write out a script word-for-word or have bullet points in the order you'd like to cover the information
    • You can use the "Notes" included in a PowerPoint as a script
  3. Set up your webcam and microphone
    • Avoid over-head lights, lamps, and windows from being on camera
    • If you're using a headset, adjust the microphone to be just below your chin
  4. Ask everyone else in the house to avoid using the internet while you're recording and uploading your video
  5. Record your video

After you record

Select which software you'd like to use

      

PowerPoint

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You can create instructional videos directly from PowerPoint, using PowerPoints you’ve already created or ones from a publisher.  Any PowerPoint you can use in a classroom can be used to create an instructional video for online classes.

  • Start with having a webcam and microphone connected to your computer, if you’re using an instructor laptop you already have a webcam and microphone built in
  • Create or open a completed PowerPoint presentation

open completed PowerPoint

  • From the Ribbon, select the Slide Show tab
  • Click on Record Slide Show

click on Slide Show in the ribbon

  • From the recording screen
    • You can control the recording from the top left
    • You can turn your microphone, camera, and preview window on or off from the lower right corner

recording screen

When setting up your web camera:

Avoid over-head lights, lamps, and windows from being on camera

Sit so your head is in the middle of the frame looking straight forward

  • When finished recording, save your PowerPoint to your OneDrive
  • After you’ve saved your PowerPoint
    • Go back to the File tab
    • Select Save As
    • Change Save as type: to MPEG-4 Video
    • Click Save

save your PowerPoint as a PowerPoint and mpeg-4

TechSmith Capture Web Application

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TechSmith Capture gives you the option to record simple video right through your Knowmia library dashboard. You can record audio and either your desktop or web cam. Using the web recorder is quick and simple, you can trim your video later in your library but only minor edits so use this tool for quick simple recordings that wont need much editing later.

  • Start with having a webcam and microphone connected to your computer, if you're using an instructor laptop you already have a webcam and microphone built in
  • Log into your TechSmith Knowmia Library through MyCampus
  • Navigate to the folder where you'd like to save this video
    • It is recommended to create a folder per class to help you organize your videos
  • Click on the Launch Capture button located in the top left

the record button is located in the top left

  • A window will pop up saying Launching Recorder
    • You will need to download the web application the first time you record a video
  • TechSmith Capture will open
  • Hit the red Record button to begin

TechSmith Capture

When recording

Avoid over-head lights, lamps, and windows from being on camera

Sit so your head is in the middle of the frame looking straight forward

  • Select which monitor or window you'd like to record
  • The TechSmith Capture Toolbar will pop up

TechSmith Capture Toolbar

  • Capture will use your default microphone but you can change it if necessary
  • Turn on or off your webcam, you can only record your webcam or desktop. You can not record both at once but you can toggle back and forth.
  • You can turn on or off system audio (recording anything coming out of your speakers)
  • Hit the red circle to begin recording your video, hit the same button again to stop
  • Once you've finished your recording
    • Watch the preview to make sure everything looks ok
    • Save the recording
  • Embed your new video into Blackboard (http://learningcommons.witc.edu/relaybb) (video demonstration) (For Instructors)
  • Share your new video through a hyperlink (http://learningcomons.witc.edu/relaylink)

TechSmith Capture Client

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The TechSmith Capture Client is a small program installed on your computer that connects to your TechSmith Knowmia Library.  This program works similar to the Web Application but offers a couple extra options.

  • Start with having a webcam and microphone connected to your computer, if you're using an instructor laptop you already have a webcam and microphone built in
  • Open the TechSmith Capture Client (this is already installed on most WITC computers)

TechSmith Relay Client Window

  • Click on Log In
    • A webpage will open for you to login with your WITC ID# and password
    • If you have any issues logging in please contact an ETC Specialist for assistance
  • From the TechSmith Capture Client window you can:
    • Type in the title of your video
    • Select a folder in your TechSmith Knowmia Library to upload the video to
    • Select to have your webcam on or off
    • Select to have your microphone on or off
  • Click rec (big red button) to start recording
    • Minimize the recording window
    • When finished, open the recording window back up to stop recording

recording window


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