Once limited to a few college classrooms equipped with dedicated audio and visual equipment, lecture capture technologies have evolved to let instructors record course-related video just about anywhere.
Today many auditoriums and classrooms on college campuses are set up to make lecture capture simple. Nearly all of the audio and visual equipment in these spaces is possible to preset for easy, one-touch (or even zero-touch) lecture recording — enabling teachers to just walk in, press record, and start teaching.
Frequently, lectures and other online course content are recorded outside of the classroom, too. In most cases, all a teacher needs to record online course materials outside of the classroom is lecture capture software and a laptop with a built-in webcam and microphone, or a mobile device. This is one of the best ways to record college lectures.
While the lecture capture setup outside of a classroom can also be quite simple with select software and apps, there are a few tricks of the trade that can improve the quality of your recordings.
Planning your lecture content and preparing slides in advance can help maximize student engagement. Structure your presentation content in order to help your audience retain more of the material, and prune down content in your slides by eliminating anything that duplicates what you are saying in your lecture — use your slides to enhance your key points, not repeat them. Students will be more likely to pay attention to your lecture and watch it all the way through to the end.
You’ll need to download lecture capture software to your Mac or PC, if you don’t have it installed already. And if you plan to use a tablet or smartphone to record digital course material, be sure to download the mobile app, providing your lecture capture software has one.
Your recording environment will determine any extra equipment or devices you may need to maximize the audio and video in your recording. Choose a quiet, well-lit room or office, and position your webcam so that it records your head and shoulders and sits about eye-level.
In a quiet, well-lit environment, you should get good enough audio and video from the native microphone and camera in your laptop. Some things to watch out for when recording lecture content outside the classroom:
In the event that lighting and background noises are a concern, there are affordable, simple solutions that will improve the quality of your lecture recording.
You can also record lectures outside of a classroom with a tablet or smartphone, though these devices are typically more suited for field recordings or showing multiple viewpoints in a demonstration. Follow all of the above setup tips if you are recording with a mobile device and app, but also keep in mind the following:
Once you have your lecture materials and recording setup ready to go, record a test video. In this video you can not only practice your presentation, but also check to make sure you are happy with the sound, lighting, and overall video quality.
Watch a lecture video recorded using Panopto:
Load your slides into your lecture capture software, press record and begin your presentation.
Record all the way through without pressing stop in your lecture capture tool until the very end — if you make a mistake, simply stop presenting for a few seconds to leave a silent pause in the recording. This will make it easy to edit out the section you don’t want later. Once you’ve captured your initial recording, you can begin to edit out the sections you don’t want in your video.
When you are satisfied with your recording, click upload. Your lecture capture software will process, optimize, and upload your recording to your video library.
After your lecture capture recording has processed, you can share the link with students or add the video to your learning management system (LMS). And if your lecture capture software includes video analytics, you can even evaluate the effectiveness of your recordings. For example, if you notice that students are dropping off at a certain point, you can re-edit your original video in your lecture capture software to improve the learning experience.
With lecture capture technologies making it possible to record course-related video just about anywhere, campus leaders are increasingly taking steps to make lecture capture technology more accessible campus-wide.
In our new 50+ page guide, we discuss considerations for provisioning any room on campus for lecture capture and illustrate 8 examples of possible lecture capture setups for various learning spaces. We’ll also share our favorite audio and visual gear for lecture capture.
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