Lecture Recording Services and Techniques

CITL offers a number of lecture recording services that instructors can avail of. CITL also supports instructors who prefer a do-it-yourself approach by providing software and video hosting space for video lectures. This post will review two CITL services that can be used to record and host lectures using technology available in classrooms or our specialized classroom studio. We will also review our video upload service, and a number of techniques you can use to record your lectures on your own devices.

Classroom Studio

If you are looking for a highly supported approach, the Classroom Studio may be your best option. Using familiar classroom technology, a CITL video production expert will record your lectures and upload them to CITL’s video hosting server. You can then embed your videos into your Brightspace course site. You can learn more, and schedule a session on our Classroom Studio homepage.

Lecture Capture Classrooms

CITL traditionally offers lecture capture, which is the recording of in-person lectures using specialized classrooms across campus. Due to the pandemic, this service has been modified and limited to a small collection of classrooms. If you have a scheduled class time in one of these rooms, and you wish to record during your scheduled class times, you can follow our standard procedure for signing up to lecture capture. Videos recorded using lecture capture classroom technology are automatically made available to your students in your Brightspace course site.

New for Fall 2020: If you would like to use familiar classroom technologies to record lectures for asynchronous delivery, and have arranged for access to campus, but are not scheduled in one of these rooms, you can still request a session in one of these spaces. More information is available on our Fall 2020 lecture capture page.

Below is a list of lecture capture enabled spaces that are available for the Fall 2020 semester.

St. John’s Campus

  • A-1043
  • A-1046
  • BN-2028 (Not available for Fall 2020)
  • BN-4031 (Not available for Fall 2020)
  • C-2004
  • ED-1014
  • ED-1020
  • ED-2018B
  • EN-2006
  • EN-2040
  • EN-2043 (Not available for Fall 2020)
  • HSC-2956 (Not available for Fall 2020)
  • IIC-2001 (Not available for Fall 2020)
  • PE-2001 (Not available for Fall 2020)
  • SN-2109 (Not available for Fall 2020)

Grenfell Campus

  • AS-2026
  • AS-325
  • AS-378

Do-It-Yourself

If you prefer a do-it-yourself approach, you can record your own lectures using a number of software and services, and make them available to your students. A number of approaches will be highlighted below. If you generate your own video file, you can upload them through the video upload service in the Brightspace dashboard. You can then embed the video into any of your Brightspace course sites. Some of the options below do not require managing video files.

Webex

Memorial University has acquired an enterprise Webex license that is available to all instructors and staff at Memorial. While Webex is traditionally viewed as a synchronous meeting or teaching platform, it can also be used for lecture recording.

Using your personal room, you can launch a Webex session, configure your environment, and record your session using the built-in tools within the Webex environment (audio, webcam, screen sharing).

The resulting file can be saved to the Webex cloud, and a transcript can be automatically generated for your file, or you can optionally save the video to your computer for further editing with your own editing software.

To learn more about transcriptions and recording within Webex, visit our tutorial.

Pros:

  • Can generate closed captioning files and a transcript automatically
  • Can share screen, audio and webcam easily
  • Can save to the cloud or on your computer

Cons:

  • Password required for shared links to recording
  • Cannot easily edit the resulting video

Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic is a screen recording software that allows instructors to easily record content from their computer as well as their audio, and optionally video. Memorial has procured a limited amount of Screencast-O-Matic licenses that can be used by instructors for creating content for their courses.

Screencast-O-Matic includes annotation tools, a video editor, and special effects that can be used to make your videos more dynamic. Screencast-O-Matic can also generate transcripts of your video using Google’s speech-to-text engine. You can then edit the transcript to ensure accuracy. You can publish these as open or closed captions for your video file.

Once a video is created, it can be uploaded to CITL’s video upload service, and then easily embedded into your Brightspace course sites.

To learn more about Screencast-O-Matic, how to request a license, how to start using the software, and how to host your resulting video, visit our documentation.

Pros:

  • Can generate a transcript automatically
  • Can share screen, audio and webcam easily
  • Built-in video editor for basic editing

Cons:

  • Generating a transcript can be time consuming
  • Additional work required to export closed captioning files for external players

Logitech Capture

Logitech Capture is an all-in-one content software solution that supports multiple cameras and the ability to record your desktop or an application and studio-like controls such as streaming options, live text overlays and camera customization. Since a major portion of its workflow revolves around live streaming, it’s designed for you to do all of your content creation, source switching and effects realtime without the need to edit after the fact.

Once a video is created, it can be uploaded to CITL’s video upload service, and then easily embedded into your Brightspace course sites.

To learn more about Logitech Capture, visit the product site or this overview video.

Pros:

  • Multi-camera support
  • Can share screen, audio and webcam easily
  • Live text overlays
  • Camera customization

Cons:

  • Only works with compatible Logitech webcams
  • No transcription options

Apple MacOS Screen Recording

If you are using a MacOS computer such as an iMac or Macbook, you can record your screen with the built-in Quicktime Player. This will allow you to record your screen and narrate with your microphone without any additional software.

Once a video is created, it can be uploaded to CITL’s video upload service, and then easily embedded into your Brightspace course sites.

To learn more about MacOS screen recording, visit the Apple Support article on this topic or this overview video.

Pros:

  • No additional software required

Cons:

Microsoft PowerPoint (Microsoft/Office 365 Version)

Microsoft PowerPoint, while primarily designed to create presentations, can allow you to add audio/video narration to your slides as well as screen recordings from your desktop or an application and export this finished presentation as a video. This is an easy path for content creation if the bulk of your lectures already have PowerPoint presentations as a visual aid.

Once a video is created, it can be uploaded to CITL’s video upload service, and then easily embedded into your Brightspace course sites.

To learn more about recording your screen and narrations in PowerPoint, visit Microsoft Support.

Pros:

  • An easy way to turn existing PowerPoint presentations into videos
  • Can share screen, audio and webcam easily

Cons:

  • Camera support only available in Office/Microsoft 365 version of PowerPoint
  • No transcription options

Apple iOS Screen Recording

If you are using a iOS device such as on iPhone or iPad, you can record your screen using the built-in widget. This will allow you to record your screen and narrate with the built-in or external microphone without any additional software. This is a good option if you need to demonstrate particular iOS apps and their behaviour, or wish to leverage a touchscreen device for annotation.

Once a video is created, it can be uploaded to CITL’s video upload service, and then easily embedded into your Brightspace course sites.

To learn more about recording your screen on an iOS device, visit Apple Support.

Pros:

  • Easy way to record mobile apps
  • Easy way to leverage annotation

Cons:

  • Does not record built-in camera
  • No transcription options
  • Video may need to be transferred to a computer before it can be uploaded to our upload service