What Video Recording Programs does LSC have?
There are two options on campus – MediaSpace and VidGrid. Both are cloud based web services that allow you to:
- Record lectures, assignments, and screen captures
- Upload videos you’ve already created
- Edit and caption videos
- Share your videos by embedding or linking to them in D2L Brightspace courses and emails.
- Store your multimedia files online
What types of videos can I make?
- Welcome videos for new faculty, staff, and students.
- “How to” videos to use software programs, explain processes, etc.
- Lectures, lessons, and supplemental resources for your courses.
Where can I record my videos?
- Your office
- Erickson Library Study Room G L172 – use the Reserve a Study Room button on the Erickson Library website. If you need help, please see the Reserving a Study Room instructions. I’ve also created a Microsoft Sway presentation on Setting Up a VidGrid Recording in Erickson Library L172. Please see Amy Jo’s Sample Video for ideas on how to use the room.
- The computer or bring your laptop and microphone to use in the conference room in CFI C210.
Before you begin recording your videos:
Use either a headset style microphone or a good quality stand microphone. Don’t use the one integrated in your laptop because it could pick-up environmental sounds and cause poor quality results in your video. The Webcam and Microphone Comparison video shows the quality differences between the Logitech webcam and the built in options.
- Make sure your videos are as short as possible, usually only talking about one topic or concept. It’s recommended that videos be under 10 minutes long.
- Create a short sample video before you begin your actual video to make sure the audio is working, you’re recording the correct screen, and the lighting or room setup is good.
- When using a webcam, the room should be well lit and hide anything that shouldn’t be “on camera” while you are recording. Also put the webcam directly above where you will be looking during the video, this will allow you to “make eye contact” with your audience.
- When using a webcam and a whiteboard, angle the camera or computer monitor so any glare from the room lights aren’t going to interfere with the area you’ll be writing on.
- If you’re going to talk or use a web cam during the video, silence your phone and put a sign on your closed office door saying you’re recording a video.
- When capturing your computer screen, close any programs that give an audio and/or visual notifications when new information (emails, instant messages, etc.) has come in.
- When capturing your computer screen, close any program or website that show confidential information unless you need those screens and you plan to blur that information out when editing the video.
- Practice your speech, lecture, or process walk through before you begin recording. Have a script or a basic idea of what you want to talk about during the video before you start recording.
- Share videos across your department, office, or division. If there is information or a process that several people in your department or office could use, plan to create a video that is generic enough other people would be able to use it. For example, a video on basic medical terms or the basics of APA and MLA writing styles that could be used by all instructors teaching in that program or on campus. Another example could be videos on the basic software/website procedures that can be used by anyone in your office.
While you’re recording your videos:
- Speak clearly and at a slightly slower speed than you normally would so what you’re saying is clear to your viewers and the captioning service.
- If you’re using a whiteboard or walking around, move a little slower than you normally would so the movements aren’t abrupt in the recording.
- If you’re using a whiteboard, dark dry erase markers seem to work best on camera – brown, blue, black, red, etc.
- Pause the recording between sections or discussion points, in case you need to split or edit the video later.
- If you make a mistake, stop talking for a couple of seconds before you resume. This will make it easier for you to edit the mistake out of the video. You could also pause the recording and write down the time in the video it happened at so you can find it easier later.
- If you’re recording a PowerPoint presentation, don’t go into presentation mode, instead set your recording area to show only the slides but allows you to read the slide notes off the screen. This will allow you to always be looking at your audience while reading. VidGrid has a Recording PowerPoint Presentations video that explains how to do this.
- Before stopping the recording, stop talking and moving for a few seconds, then move towards the computer to end the video. This will make it easier to remove the last few seconds that show you turning off the recording.
When you’re editing your videos:
If you have to trim a section out of the video, slow the playback speed down as low as the program will allow you so that you’ll be able to make cleaner edits.
- Remember to blur any confidential information like passwords, FERPA or HIPPA details, etc. that shouldn’t be visible in the video.
- If you recorded a full lecture, “chunk” it down into smaller sections that are around 8-10 minutes long that cover one topic or concept.
When you’re captioning your videos:
- Make sure you edit your videos before you send them for captioning. If you delete a section of the video after it’s been captioned, you’ll need to edit the captioning file to remove that section there as well.
- Make sure you’re captioning the correct videos. If you want to see what captioning looks like after it’s been processed, use the machine captioning option in VidGrid instead of the professional captioning option. Machine captioning is a free option and can be used to caption lengthier videos or ones that don’t necessarily need to be captioned.
- If you need help deciding if machine captioning or professional (human) captioning should be requested, please see the Multimedia Captioning Decision Tree.
- If you use the machine captioning option, make sure you review the caption file afterwards for errors, misspelled words, capitalization, and punctuation issues. Note: Even if you use professional captioning, you should still review your captions to make sure they’re accurate.
- Identify multiple speakers with dashes before their names to to signify a change in who’s talking. If you don’t know a speaker’s name, use descriptive identifiers like female or male voice.
- Make sure you label sound effects like applause, music, typing, ringing phone, background noises, etc. in brackets like [applause] or [music].