- Recording yourself on video: Getting started (Mac)
- Recording yourself on video: Getting started (PC)
- How to upload (or delete) a video for your video assignments (for students)
- How to post a video in a Discussion Forum
- How to upload a video to YouTube and share it
- What to do if your video file is too large
There are many apps that can do screen recording and if you are using one that you are happy with, continue to use it.
If you are using a Mac laptop computer, use the QuickTime appplication that is already in your Applications folder and follow the instructions below under "For Mac Users".
However, if you are a Windows user or if you do not like using QuickTime, you can use the free version of Zoom which is a software system GSC uses for all of its online video communication. It will work for all devices and operating systems for video chat sessions as well as for doing narrated screen recordings. Follow the instructions below under "Using Zoom for Screen Recording".
For Mac users:
Use the on-board QuickTime application already installed on your computer in Applications/QuickTime.
- Load the file or application you want to record on your screen.
- Open QuickTime: Applications/QuickTime
- In the File menu, select "New Screen Recording".
- When the recording panel appears, look to the right of the red record button for the little down-arrow button. Click on it to select your sound input source.
- Click on the red record button.
- Choose whether to record the whole screen or a selected portion of it.
- Make your recording and click the Stop button when you are finished. The Stop button is located on the top-right margin of your screen (near where your computer's clock and date are located).
- Name your recording and save it someplace handy so you can retrieve it later.
- Preview your recording. If it is no good, delete it and try again.
- Once you are satisfied with your recording, follow the instructions for uploading a video into your course using the Kaltura Video Resource.
Using Zoom for Screen Recording (Mac or Windows):
- Go to the Zoom website to create your own free account: https://zoom.us/signup
Once you have established your account, download the software designated for your computer system.
If you are using a desktop computer that does not have a webcam or microphone, you can either purchase a webcam at an office supply store or borrow one. (Please review the Getting Started document at the top of the page for further details)
Once you have installed the software, please follow the directions below to do a screen recording or a narrated slideshow.
- Launch the Zoom software.
- When the start panel appears, click on the orange New Meeting button.
- Once you have launched a New Meeting, you will see a new panel appear that shows your webcam feed. Your meeting has started (even though there is no one else in the meeting).
- Hover your cursor over the webcam feed’s video and you will see a row of control buttons on the bottom (see the image below). Click on the green Share button to start a screen share. Screen share will show what is on your computer screen even if there is no one else participating in your Zoom meeting.
- When you click on Share, you will see a panel with several options to select. Just click the SHARE button on the lower right so that the default selection (your main screen) will be activated.
- You will see a green frame around the edge of your computer monitor. This is the area that is being shared. The next step is to load your PowerPoint or other slideshow media so that it is displayed. Remember that what you show is what will be recorded.
You are almost ready to record but you have to check your audio input first. At the top of the screen you will see a row of control buttons.
The micophone icon on the left will fill with green when you speak indicating that it is functioning properly. If you want to change the input device for audio, click on the down-arrow next to the microphone icon and select a different input on the list.
You are now ready to record. Look at the row of buttons at the top and click on the MORE button on the right. Select “Record on this computer” (see image below). Once selected, your recording will begin automatically. You can now begin your presentation.
When you are finished, go back into the MORE menu and select “Stop Recording”.
To stop the Zoom meeting, go to the MORE menu again and click on the “End Meeting” button (see image below), then click “End Meeting for All”. Your session will end and your video recording file will start to generate.
Note: What if you just want to start over with your presentation but not end the meeting?
If you want to start over with a new recording, just follow the directions above for stopping the recording, but don’t stop the screen share or end the meeting. Just stop the recording and then click on the “Record on this computer” button again. A new recording will begin.
Retrieving Your Final Video File: Once you have finished your recording and ended the meeting, you will see a notification that your recording is being processed into a video file. This may take a while depending on how long your recording is.
Once it is finished, a window will open showing you where the video file is located. The file labeled “zoom_0.mp4” is the file you want (see below). Do not try to open any of the other files – they are just raw source files.
Note: If you did multiple attempts in recording your presentation, then you will see multiple files with a numeric progression in the file name, like “zoom_1.mp4”. If the last recording you made is the good one, choose the file with the highest number.
Move the “zoom_#.mp4” file to your desktop (or wherever you want) and rename it to something descriptive. This is the file you will upload for your assignment.
Since there are a few different ways a video assignment can be uploaded to your course, please locate the illustrated PDF that matches the kind of assignment you are doing.