To create a video, you have several choices to meet your needs. First of all, most computers come with a built-in video production and editing software program albeit basic. The type of software you have on your computer depends on the operating system. Second, remember to provide closed captions for all video productions. If you need a Webcam and/or headset with mic, they're available for check out from the Burke' Library's Circulation Desk for 1-2 weeks. (See presentation on the hardware available for checkout on the Tech Resources page.)
For PC users, there are many options. You may already have Microsoft's MovieMaker on your computer. This will produce a Windows media video (WMV) file, which isn't compatible with all devices. You'll need to convert it to an MP4 file, which is compatible. One way to do this is to upload the media file to a YouTube Channel and convert (reproduce) it as an MP4. The added benefit of using YouTube is the media will be automatically captioned. Check for errors in captions and make corrections within YouTube's video editor. (See video tutorial below.)
An alternative, free, video, and screen capturing application is Screen-o-matic.com. The limitations of the free version are the lack of editing capabilities and limit of 15 minutes. The pro version only costs $18 and includes automatic speech-to-text captioning, as well as other editing features.
Another alternative is narrated PowerPoints, which now allow you to save them as an MP4 file. You'll need the latest version (.pptx) to do this. To learn how to narrate a PowerPoint, view my short tutorial.
For Mac user, you have Apple's QuickTime Player (quick capture) or iMovie (video production and editing) installed on your computer. See how-to guides in the box below.
Additionally, the Library has Camtasia Studio 9 video production and editing software installed on two computers in the Faculty Development Room (BL112). This license also comes with SnagIT, an image capturing and editing tool. Camtasia Studio and SnagIT are TechSmith tools, which offer great video tutorials. For example, watch this video tutorial to learn how to use the captioning features in Camtasia Studio 9.
For online courses, we recommend creating your own unlisted YouTube channel to share your videotaped lectures for storage, as the media files will be very large. This will make the sharing and posting of content to your courses easier. Most of the Theology graduate department has done this. Speak with Drs. Carmody and Viscardi who are e-leaders on creating unlisted YouTube channels! See video tutorial below to learn how to correct automated captions on YouTube---if you enunciate clearly, you won't have to make many corrections afterward.