Producing Your Own Videos

Overview

Although you can find a lot of video on the Internet, sometimes you can't find exactly what you want or the quality is poor. Your students may say they don't understand a concept or a process. They may have a number of frequently asked questions. You may want to bring a subject matter expert to your class – maybe a conference presenter or attendee.

In these cases, you can produce your own video. While it will take some time to create the video, it can save you much time in the future – especially if the material is information or a concept that you repeat many times from one semester to the next. The advantage is that the video will be customized for your specific goals and objectives.

You can then easily add your video file to a Moodle course using the Video Resource.


Video creation

If you choose to record your own video, you may want to look at using an ultra compact camera like the Flip Video. These cameras are very easy to use – point and shoot – and can record at least 60 minutes in their internal memory. They include simple editing software and are optimized to upload to YouTube and other video hosting services.

Here's an "eLearn Magazine" article by Laurie Rowell that might inspire you to try one of these small camcorders, How Tiny Camcorders are Changing Education. The Center for Teaching and Learning has one Flip Video camera available for faculty checkout.

Another possible source of production assistance is our Learning MDs (Multi-Media Developers). They are CTL interns who can record and edit your video projects. For more information, see the Learning MDs page on our Web site.


Video editing

You can use simple-to-learn desktop video editing software like iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. There are even web-based services available. Two that offer free options include:


Recording how-to videos and mini-lectures

Camtasia Studio

To record a how-to video including all cursor movement on your screen along with your voice narration, you can use a full-featured screen capture recording and editing program called Camtasia Studio. You can publish Camtasia videos in a wide variety of formats that can be viewed in computer-based or mobile media players. Here's an example produced by the Center for Teaching and Learning. (NOTE: This video has audio and is close-captioned, 1:03 min.)

Windows users can install Camtasia Studio 7 by contacting the Help Center. Mac users also need to contact the Help Center and request installation of Camtasia for Mac.

TechSmith, the company that produces Camtasia Studio, offers many excellent online resources including tutorials created using the program:


Centra

To record mini-lectures or simpler how-to videos, you can also use Centra, the University's campus-wide Web conferencing and virtual classroom program. You can access Centra two ways:

Moodle courses
Our Centra Web site

You can either link to Centra recordings or download them and convert them to a video format you can then add them to your course as a Video Resource. You'll need the Centra Recording Studio for the conversion. Contact CTL for help with this process.

For more information about Centra, see the Center for Teaching and Learning's online resources. You can find Centra trainings on the CTL workshop calendar on the CTL Web site.


Adding a Video File to Your Moodle Course

After you've created your video, you can easily upload, convert and add it directly to your Moodle course. The video can be any length and your students view it in a media player right in the course – just like watching a YouTube video. Note that you can upload the most common video file types: AVI, WMV, MP4, MPG, MOV, ASF, FLV and QT. See our video tutorial or how-to guide for instructions.

Classroom Lecture Capture