DLE - Choosing an Audio or Video Recording Tool

The Digital Learning Environment (DLE) supports a variety of audio and video recording tools for instructors at University of Wisconsin System (UWS) institutions. Because there are so many choices, instructors sometimes have trouble choosing the right recording tool for any given task. This guide will help point instructors to the right tools for their needs.

Planning Your Recording


Before you choose your recording tool, make a plan. What are your goals for the video or audio recording? What does your audience need to see or hear? How much content do you have? What hardware do you have available? How dependable is your Internet connection?

Next, think about what you want to say. Write a script or an outline. If your script or outline looks like it will be more than about 10 minutes,  break it up into shorter chunks, each focused on a single topic. Short chunks allow students to jump straight to the topics they need, and they make your recordings easier to deal with if students have poor or spotty internet connections. 

Finally, see the Kaltura - Video Tips for Better Recording guide for tool-agnostic tips on preparing for your recording, getting good quality video, getting good quality audio, and post-production editing and captioning.



The Tools


Now you're ready to choose a recording tool. The following tools are enterprise offerings available to all UWS instructors through the DLE or Office 365. Individual institutions may offer additional video or audio recording options.

Tool 

Notes 

Support materials 

-Built right into Office 365

-Mac or PC

-No time limit 

-Easy to update recordings

-Browser-based; no software 

-Webcam and audio, not screen recording

-10-minute time limit recommended. Can do longer.


-iOS/Android app 

-Record and upload video and audio from phone or tablet

-Screen, webcam, and audio recording

-Mac or PC

-recommend i5 processor or better with 4 gb of free ram with all applications open. 

-20 minutes or less recommended.  Can do longer.

-Note: do not log off until upload is complete.

 

-Online meeting tool with a recording feature

-Good for recording multiple people in different places

-30 minutes or less recommended. Can do longer.

-Recording link opens in new tab; can't embed directly in page

-Recordings can't be edited

-Recording tool built into Canvas.

-Webcam and audio only. No screen recording.

-15 minutes or less recommended.


Recording While Online

When creating the video and audio as an instructor, consider if you will create the content directly over the internet or if you want to create the content with the audio/video locally (offline) then upload the content after it is recorded.  

Instructors with a stable internet connection have several recording tools to choose from depending on their goals and the hardware they have available:  

Computer with microphone. No camera.

Computer with microphone and camera 

Smartphone or tablet

Do the students need to see your face or activity you are performing? 

Not possible with no camera 

-Kaltura Webcam Recorder
-Kaltura Capture 

-Kaltura MediaSpace Go

Do the students need to see content (.ppt or other content) plus hear your voice? 

-Kaltura Webcam Recorder
-PowerPoint with voiceover

-Blackboard Collaborate Ultra recording 
-Kaltura Webcam Recorder
-Kaltura Capture
-PowerPoint with voiceover 

-Kaltura MediaSpace Go

Do students need to hear your voice only? 

-Kaltura Webcam Recorder
-Canvas Media Recording

-Blackboard Collaborate Ultra recording 
-Canvas Media Recording

-Kaltura MediaSpace Go 

Do the students need to see you demonstrate a software application? 

-Kaltura Capture
-Blackboard Collaborate Ultra recording 

-Kaltura Capture 
-Blackboard Collaborate Ultra recording 

-Kaltura MediaSpace Go 


Recording While Offline

If an instructor wants to create a video or audio recording locally (without an Internet connection) and then upload it to Canvas, they have fewer recording tools to choose from. Our recommendation depends on the instructor's recording goals and the hardware they have available:

 

Computer with microphone. No camera.

Computer with microphone and camera 

Smartphone or tablet

Do the students need to see your face or activity you are performing? 

-Record locally and upload to Kaltura or upload to Canvas 

-Record locally and upload to Kaltura or upload to Canvas

-Record locally and upload to Kaltura or upload to Canvas

Do the students need to see content (.ppt or other content) plus hear your voice? 

-PowerPoint with voiceover

-PowerPoint with voiceover 

-Record locally and upload to Kaltura or upload to Canvas

Do students need to hear your voice only? 

-PowerPoint with voiceover 

-PowerPoint with voiceover

-Record locally and upload to Kaltura or upload to Canvas










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Owner:Thomas A.Group:UW System Administration DLE
Created:2020-03-18 16:48 CDTUpdated:2020-06-11 07:55 CDT
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