This is a guide outlining library resources for videos to place in Blackboard or to link to YouTube. There are also tutorials and examples of how to record your own videos, edit those videos and upload and share them. Feel free to contact Will Mayer at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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How to Upload and Share Videos:
How-To YouTube Video: This video shares how to create a YouTube Channel. It also includes how to; upload your own videos to YouTube, auto caption your videos, edit the auto-captions, create playlists, and share your videos and/or playlist in Blackboard for students. An important step in the creation of your YouTube Channel is to verify your account to be able to upload videos longer than 5 minutes. Either login to the email account you are using for your channel and look for a verification email from YouTube or go to the following link to verify you are a real person! https://www.youtube.com/verify
Best for Streaming and Recording
WebEx Meeting Software:
WebEx is a powerful online meeting tool that automatically records meetings. You can also record your meetings in the cloud and send out links to students. The links below will explain how. You will need a license to use WebEx Meetings. Contact IT to request a WebEx License.
WebEx Meeting download instructions (to use after you have received your license):
Blackboard Collaborate is a great tool the we already have access to at Lee College. It's fairly easy to record within Blackboard Collaborate, but the hard part is finding the file afterwards. Here are instructions.
How to Remove your Background with Chromacam:
Chromacam is free software that lets you remove your background from your video recording or in live mode, such as Collaborate. WebEx and Zoom now have this feature built into their programs. The basic version is free, but has a watermark. It's very easy to use just install the software and when starting your video app, choose Chromacam as your video source. The software will load and you can select your virtual Greenscreen.
Best for Desktop Recording
With Open Broadcasting Software (OBS):
OBS is a free, open source method for screen capturing. It's able to completely capture your screen and everything you do on it and record a video that is compatible with YouTube and BlackBoard.
This short video will explain how to download and setup OBS software. OBS is free and available at https://obsproject.com/
Note the video will appear in your Videos folder with a date and time stamp as its name.
Recap of Video:
Download and install OBS software.
After installation it will ask you if you want to do automatic setup, select yes and make sure you select the choice 'Optimize for Recording'.
Go to File->Settings->Output and change the recording format to mp4. This step makes sure it works with YouTube and BlackBoard.
On the bottom section of OBS is the Sources. You will need to use the + button to add two new sources. You will select + Audio Input Capture and change the default to the microphone you are using. Then you will select + Display Capture to add your screen.
That's for setup.
Now to start recording, hit the 'Start Recording' button in the bottom right hand corner. Minimize OBS, do your lesson. It will record everything on your screen. When you are done, just go back to OBS and hit the 'Stop Recording' Button. The video will appear in your Videos folder and will be date and time stamped.
There are a variety of video editing software packages available out there. Camtasia is a great option. It's not free, though. A great option if you want free video editing software is OpenShot and HitFilms Express. OpenShot is easier to use. HitFilms is more powerful, but has a higher learning curve. If you just want to do something simple like add a title page or are new to video editing start with OpenShot. If you want to recreate the Title Scene from Avatar, but with monkeys, use HItFilms Express.
With OpenShot (Easier):
With HitFilms Express (Advanced):
Download it from the link it sends you. After you've installed HitFilms Express, just login to activate the product.
How to Use Google Voice: make and receive calls to your students without disclosing your personal phone number
You will need to setup Google Voice over the internet first. Then you will need to install the app on your phone to make calls out with the number. You will have to use the Google Voice app to make outbound calls with your Google Phone number.
If you require further assistance, Please contact Will Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.