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Recording Video

Find a quiet place to record. (There are normal noises that will be unavoidable at times: toddlers, dogs, teenagers. But try not to run a dishwasher that sounds like a helicopter.)

Pre-recording a Lecture on the Computer Updated 3-26-2020

  1. Connect your iPad/Wacom tablet to your computer, or use your tablet computer with stylus.
  2. Open powerpoint/beamer slides or a notes app or whiteboard app (examples below)
    • GoodNotes (iPad)
      Pro tip: Use a black background in landscape mode and pastel colors for a chalk board feel
    • Notability (Mac)
    • OneNote (Windows, Android)
    • OpenBoard (Linux/Mac/Windows)
  3. Open Application to Record Video:
  4. Set up screen recording (PDF)
    Select portion of screen you wish to record.

    Tip! If you want to insert a video of yourself:
    Using Quicktime, select 'File -> New Movie Recording' from your web camera, and then select 'View -> Float on Top' to ensure the video window remains visible.

  6. Press record
  7. End recording and save file.
  8. Recording Tips
    • Consider pre-recording in smaller 5-10 minute chunks
    • Use existing video from OCW or MITx if available

Pre-recording a Lecture directly from iPad or Android tablet Updated 3-26-2020

  1. Download the Explain Everything app. Designed for creating educational videos. Press record. Teach. End.
  2. Save file to Dropbox and upload.
  3. Post link to the class website!

Recording a Live Lecture from Zoom

  1. Create a test meeting and check that audio and video are recording
  2. Either push record when you start the meeting, OR schedule your class meeting to automatically record
  3. Share your screen. What you see on your screen will be what your students see, so you have a few options for displaying slides and/or notes. These include:
  4. (Recommended) Ask a TA (or a new student from each class session) to help you manage the chat window/participant list for questions as you teach
    • While sharing a screen, to manage participants, mouse over the top of the screen (or bottom) and select manage participants next to the Stop Video button.
    • While sharing a screen, to open the chat window, click the three dots that pop up as you mouse over the top of the screen, and select chat
    • Note that you can use a third party chat like Piazza or Slack
  5. Before you end meeting, save a record of the chat, and stop the video
  6. End meeting

Uploading Video

OVS (Recommended)

  1. Everyone is getting an OVS collection to upload their videos to. Permissions to view videos are determined from Stellar website student and TA lists.
  2. You will save your videos to your MIT Dropbox and use a web form to upload into your OVS collection (More information coming soon.)

Save to Zoom Cloud (If recording from Zoom) Updated 3-23-2020

When setting up a recurring meeting, you can select a checkbox so that these meetings will automatically record to the Zoom Cloud. (If you press record from a meeting, it will automatically record to the cloud!)

  • Pros:
    • They will add captions to all videos.
    • Data is protected and must have access in order to access video links.
    • You don’t have to download, upload or do anything on your computer.
    • You will receive an email when the video is done processing so you can share the link with students.
  • Cons: It takes about 24 hours to process a 1 hour video.

(Discouraged) Upload to YouTube

  1. Create your own YouTube Channel.
  2. You must choose to upload “unlisted”
    • Private videos cannot be viewed by anyone other than you.
    • Public videos must have human edited closed captions; the automated YouTube captions are not consistently accurate enough to be ADA compliant.
    • Still a little risky as “unlisted”, but OK! (It is unsearchable, but still shareable outside of MIT.)

Legal Considerations

  1. Posting videos
    1. Copyright concerns: OK under Fair Use
    2. Private site (OVS Collection) is OK
    3. Unlisted on YouTube: if students are in recording (video and/or audio) you MUST get students to sign a media release form (and it is good practice, even if you aren't planning on using YouTube)
    4. Remember you can have students not show voice/audio
  2. Most classes will not violate FERPA but check the FERPA website to be sure.
    1. EX1: student identifying a medical condition
    2. EX2: student releasing information from confidential or private government records on the video
    3. It is good practice to tell students NOT to mention that type of information
  3. The new disability rules require us to transcribe any publicly posted videos. If you upload to YouTube they will be transcribed automatically. However, these transcripts are not ADA compliant.
  4. If you’d like more information about disability services, you can check out more details On the Student Life Website.

Editing Video Added 1-12-2021

Editing video is a time consuming process that is computer intensive. Fortunately, there is a way to edit video on the cloud using Panopto! This saves time and computer resources.

How to Get started with Panopto