Most modern PC laptop computers with an up-to-date operating system come with built-in camera and microphone hardware. They do not, however, include a recording application to record video/sound into a digital media file. You will need to download and install an application to complete this task.
Hardware Checklist: Skip this if you already have a webcam and microphone
- Recent PC laptop. Most recent models include a built-in camera and microphone. If you have an older laptop, a recent laptop without a camera/microphone or if you are using a desktop model, you will need to borrow or purchase an external webcam with a standard USB connector. Check your local office supply or electronics store for an inexpensive model that is PC compatible. You do not need anything fancy, but you will need both video and audio input capability. Basic models range from about $35-$50.
- Recent version of the Windows operating system - Vista or higher. If you're computer is running Windows XP or something older, please contact IT Help for further instructions.
The easiest way to record yourself with a webcam is through GSC's Zoom video conferencing tool. Every instructor has an Zoom account, though if you have not activated it yet, then you will need assistance from IT Help.
Once you have activated your Zoom account and installed the software, it will be located in your Windows system under the Start button's "All Programs" list. Look for the Zoom folder, click on it to show the Zoom application, then right-click on it to "Pin to Taskbar". Once pinned to your Taskbar, launch the Zoom application. Follow the steps below.
How to make a webcam recording:
This section will only explain the technical aspects of making a recording. There is a separate page that describes recommended practices, such as preparation and setup.
The steps below also assume you have met the above hardware and software requirements to move into the recording phase.
Although Zoom is typically used for video conferencing, it can also be used as a webcam recorder to make videos of yourself.
- Open the Zoom application. A popup panel will appear. Check that the blue "Computer Audio" tab is selected.
- If this is the first time you have used Zoom, click on the "Test Computer Mic & Speaker" link below the green button.
- In the next panel, check that the Audio input is using your headset (if you are using one).
- Check the Recording setting and change the Local Recording destination to your Desktop or wherever you want your recordings to be saved. You will be retrieving your recordins later to upload to Moodle.
- When you have completed each of these settings, just close out the panel.
- When you return to the first panel with the green button, look on the bottom left corner and check the checkbox labeled "Automatically join audio by computer when joining a meeting". This will save these settings for all future conferences and recordings.
- Click on the green "Join audio conference by computer" button.
- You will see a webcam video feed and a seeries of buttons across the bottom. Try an audio check and you will see the microphone icon on the far left showing a green audio level indicator.
- When you are ready to begin your webcam recording, click on the RECORD button, which is just to the right of center, next to the CHAT button. If you cannot see the RECORD button, either expand the window horizontally or look for the MORE menu (with three dots above the label). Click on the MORE menu and select RECORD.
- If you would like to include your computer screen as part of the recording, click the green "Share Screen" button. You will see some options for which source to share with "Desktop" pre-selected (in green). Click the blue "Share Screen" button to begin. Once initiated, you will see a red tab at the top of your computer screen to STOP SHARE. This will stop the screen sharing but it will not stop the recording.
- When you are done with your presentation, click on the "PAUSE/STOP RECORDING" button. Then click on the red END MEETING button on the lower right, then the blue "End Meeting for All" button.
- Zoom will process your video file and place it in a folder wherever you designated it to be saved in Step 2b.
- By default, you will see three media files. Locate the one named "zoom_0.mp4" and rename it to whatever you want it to be.
- Upload this MP4 file to your Moodle course using the Kaltura Video Resource option (see below).
How to upload your video into your Moodle course:
You don't have to do anything to your video prior to uploading it. Our Kaltura media streaming system will take care of converting your recording to whatever format it needs to be in order to work for your students' various devices. Follow the directions below, or review the illustrated PDF guide found in the Kaltura for Instructors page
- Login to your Moodle course.
- Enable Edit mode.
- Click on the "Add an Activity or Resource" link in your selected module.
- In the popup panel under Resources, select "Kaltura Video Resource" and then click "Add".
- Name your video resource as you would like it to appear in your course.
- In the Video section, click on the "Add Media" button.
- In the pop-up media window, click "Add New" in the upper right, then select "Media Upload" from the dropdown menu. Navigate to your video resource and upload it.
- In the Upload Media panel, name the media file something descriptive like "SCI644 WN18 Module 3 Intro". In the Tags section, type in "captionasr" to enable automatic captioning (you may have to select it from existing tags that will appear automatically).
- Click the blue SAVE button, then click the "Back to Browse and Embed" link.
- When you return to your media library, click on the blue SELECT button. You will then see your video in a preview player. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save and Return to course"
- NOTE: It takes about about the same amount of time to process your video as its actual running duration. You may see an error message in the preview player if your video is not done processing. Let the processing complete and you will see your video playing as it should. You do not have to wait for this to happen in order to save your resource in Moodle. The processing will complete automatically.
- That's it. You're done!