Recording Video, Audio, and Images
The following tools are options for creating instructional videos with screen recordings, video, audio and more. You might use these applications for short chunks of information for a lesson or for an audiovisual response to a student’s inquiry. You can quickly describe concepts using multimedia and make the recordings available either as a file to be uploaded in Blackboard, shared in Google Drive, or uploaded on YouTube.
Please keep in mind, before selecting any application for use in your course, that students with cognitive, audio, visual or motor impairments should be provided with the same learning experience as their classmates. For instance, when making an audio only recording, provide a transcript. For video, use synchronized captions. Read more on accessibility.
Snagit Available for purchase only. Snagit is more robust and offers advanced image editing and annotation features. Available for Mac and Windows.
Jing The free version of Snagit offers minimal editing and annotating features. Jing requires a registration and is downloaded to the computer. It also comes with a video recording tool but does not work properly with CFCC’s computers.
Monosnap Free screen capture tool for Mac and Windows. The software is downloaded to the computer. It will soon be offered for Android and iOS too. Once installed you can use Monosnap to capture a portion or all of your screen.
Snaplr Free screen capture tool for Mac and Windows. The software is downloaded to the computer. Easy to capture and annotate anything on your desktop or running applications. Easy and intuitive tool to use.
Camtasia Available for purchase only. This application is widely used in application and allows desktop/application recording and much more. You can use a magnifier tool to highlight areas, add quizzes, and split the audio and video for easy editing. Files can be saved in a variety of formats.
- Check the Camtasia training page for short movie tutorials on all of Camtasia’s features.
Screencast-o-matic This web-based option allows you to start recording immediately without installing software. Make recordings (up to 15 minutes each with free version) and save them online or on your computer in a variety of formats. You can also upload the recordings directly to YouTube.
Camstudio This software (PC only) allows you to make screen recordings (audio, video, callouts) and do simple editing.
Audio files (such as lecture recordings) can be stored and shared via Google Drive or Blackboard. First, faculty should write a script, record the lecture, edit it and save the audio in a compatible format. Keep in mind that you should provide a transcript for podcasts to meet accessibility guidelines.
Audacity Widely used software that is downloaded to the computer. Audacity is a free sound recorder and editor to create audio files.
- Using Audacity Sound Recorder/Editor
- If you plan on converting any existing audio files to mp3, you will need to also download the LAME encoder for Windows.
All faculty and staff at CFCC have YouTube accounts tied to their Gmail and other Google Apps. YouTube provides video storage, sharing (visibility) options, and integration with Blackboard courses.
- Log in into YouTube with your CFCC account
- Recording from your webcam in YouTube
- Get the embed code for your YouTube video
- Adding your video to the text editor in Bb