Video Recording Tools

Challenge

Research tells us that short videos can enhance student engagement and learning in online, hybrid, hyflex, or remote courses. But what video recording tools should you use and how do you get started? Below is an overview of the tools supported by the University and available to you free of charge. [See: Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement]

Solutions

To determine the best solution for your needs, the following selection criteria should be considered:

  • Ease of Use
  • Editing options
  • Auto-generated captions and caption editing workflow
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Kaltura

Kaltura Webcam Recorder (in Canvas)

Kaltura's webcam recorder can be used to create short (10 minutes or less) talking head videos. These recordings can be embedded in Canvas on any editable Page or resource, i.e., Assignment, Discussion, Announcement, or wherever the Canvas Rich Content Editor (RCE) is available. These video recordings can be viewed on mobile devices and computers. 

Effort Required

Low

Key Considerations

  • Available for Mac and Windows (Recommended Browsers: Chrome or Firefox)
  • Basic video editing options (trim start and/or end of clip)
  • Access in Canvas>Edit
  • Auto-generated captions (up to 90% accurate)

Zoom

Zoom can be used to record your computer's screen, camera, and/or microphone. Although it is possible to store recordings in the cloud, it is recommended to save recordings to your local computer. Once saved, recordings can be uploaded to Kaltura (UMN media management system) and then shared in a Canvas course site.

Effort Required

Low

Key Considerations

  • Available for Mac and Windows (Recommended Browser: Chrome)
  • Basic video editing options (trim start and/or end of clip)
  • Access using Chrome Browser or Zoom Desktop Application
  • Auto-generated captions (up to 90% accurate)

Kaltura

Kaltura Capture

Kaltura Capture allows instructors to create multiple kinds of video recordings, i.e., talking head video, voiceover presentations, screen capture, or audio-only. Once recorded, videos will be uploaded to Kaltura and can be embedded in Canvas on any editable Page or resource, i.e., Assignment, Discussion, Announcement, or wherever the Canvas Rich Content Editor (RCE) is available. These video recordings can be viewed on mobile devices and computers. 

 

Effort Required

Medium

Key Considerations

  • Available for Mac and Windows (Recommended Browsers: Chrome or Firefox)
  • Basic editing options (trim start and/or end of clip)
  • Access in Canvas>Edit
  • Auto-generated captions (up to 90% accurate)

Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic allows instructors to create multiple kinds of video recordings, i.e., talking head video, voiceover presentations, screen capture, or audio-only. The UMN does not provide cloud storage for Screencast-O-Matic - you must save your recordings to your local computer. Once saved, recordings can be uploaded to Kaltura (UMN media management system) and then shared in a Canvas course site.

Even though Screencast-O-Matic is capable of generating "open" captions for your recordings, we recommend you upload to Kaltura and use the auto-generated closed captions through that system.

Effort Required

Medium

Key Considerations

  • Available for Mac and Windows
  • Robust editing options
  • Access using Chrome Browser or Screencast-O-Matic Desktop Application
  • Recordings need to be uploaded manually

VoiceThread

VoiceThread allows instructors to create video recordings that are embedded in an online multimedia presentation. These presentations can be shared in a Canvas course site for students to view and/or comment. To view VoiceThread recordings on mobile devices users will need to download the VoiceThread mobile application.

Effort Required

Low

Key Considerations

  • Available for Mac and Windows
  • Access via your browser
  • Basic editing options (Re-recording individual slides)
  • Auto-generated captions (up to 90% accurate)