Description: Video recordings can be streamed from YouTube and linked in Moodle for viewing.

Best Practices for Pre-Recorded Videos

  • Limit video recordings to 6-8 minutes
  • Segment lengthy topics sub-points to record separately
  • Write a script or outline for prepared content
  • Determine key points; deliver them concisely
  • Extend longevity for lecture content intended for reuse by avoiding: references to current events, dates, page numbers, the weather, etc.

Best Practices for Live Stream and In-Class Lecture Capture

  • Be intentional about addressing both audiences - the face-to-face students and the students joining by live stream
  • Look at the camera regularly to engage your remote students
  • Plan how you will Include remote students in class activities and discussion
  • Frame yourself in the camera so that your remote students can see (at a minimum) your face and shoulders
  • When there is a class discussion turn the camera so that it streams the face-to-face students
  • Do all you can to get good audio quality of yourself and the in-class students
  • Share slides, documents and/or your screen through Zoom
  • Project the Zoom screen in the classroom so that the face-to-face students can see the remote students
  • Strive to treat your remote students and face-to-face students as equal members of the learning community

Examples of Use:

  • Course lecture content
  • Guest speakers
  • Interviews
  • Discussions
  • Demonstrations
  • Weekly communication
  • Summaries of forums, assignments, blog posts, wikis, etc.
  • Video contributions to assignments or forums by students
  • Live stream and in-class lecture capture

Apps and Equipment

Locations:

  • For pre-recorded slide presentations, audio and video faculty may reserve the Voice Over Booth (ANC265) using this calendar link. It is equipped with a PC, webcam and lighting.
  • For live stream and in-class lecture capture faculty can use the Webcam and VLC on the classroom instructor workstation.

Setting

  • Ensure that the place you are shooting will remain quiet
  • Avoid settings that easily echo
  • Static backgrounds make cuts between clips less distracting
  • Keep the background simple so viewers are not distracted from the subject

Lighting

  • When recording videos of people, softer light sources are generally best
  • Large light sources create softer light
  • Windows are prone to vary in intensity due to cloud and sun movement, so avoid using them as a light source unless you are confident that the light will remain steady throughout your recording session
  • Don't use different color temperatures to light the same subject (e.g., using a tungsten bulb with daylight)
  • Never position light sources lower than the subject's face

Video

  • Position camera at or slightly lower than the subject's eye level
  • Placing the camera closer to the subject will make the video seem less formal. However, if the camera is too close, the subject's face may appear distorted
  • Allow for a couple seconds of silence between clips you may be editing together

Sound

  • Place microphone as close to the subject as possible, but at least a few inches away from their mouth
  • Even light wind can negatively affect sound quality
  • Microphone windscreens can help block out wind interference
  • An audio recorder or smartphone may be used instead of a wireless microphone if the camera has no external microphone jack. However, this method requires syncing the audio with the video in an editing program
  • Make sure audio quality and levels are good by recording a quick test and listening back to it
  • Drink water before recording to avoid mouth noises
  • Silence all devices
  • See Tips for Recording Audio for more ideas, especially for webcam recordings

Tips for Recording From Home:

  • Find a quiet room to record in
  • Record during a quiet time of the day or night
  • Avoid other voices, traffic noises, barking dogs, kitchen noises, etc.
  • Mute phones and other devices with alarms or audible signals
  • Select a room that has a significant amount of "softness" which will reduce echos. This includes items like:
    • carpeting
    • drapes
    • furniture upholstered with fabric
    • bedding
    • clothing
    • pillows

How To Do It Yourself - Pre-Recorded Videos:

Step One:

  • Decide what it is you are going to record
  • Develop a script, outline or interview questions
  • Practice your presentation
  • Share interview questions with your interviewee and ask them to prepare their response
  • Schedule the location and time of the recording session
  • Record your content

Step Two:

  • Edit your footage as needed

Step Three

For Pre-Recorded Video

How To Do It Yourself - Live Stream and In-Class Lecture Capture

  • Live stream and record using Zoom
  • Stream the recording from Zoom in Moodle
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