An effective component to transforming your online course into a dynamic learning community is creating and embedding personalized audiovideo content. There are many methods and tools available for audiovideo production, as well as services to store and deliver your content. This article presents general information related to video production at NCTC, including camera options, lighting, sound, and online hosting services.
Instructors often want to record video for an introductory message to their students, briefly summarize a topic, or demonstrate a particular skill. There are various approaches you can use to create a video for Canvas. The most efficient and effective is to use the Record Media feature in Canvas. This feature is available via your browser, as well as Canvas apps for mobile phones and tablets. If you are using a browser on your desktop you will need to have a webcam on the same machine. Likewise, your mobile device will need to have a camera built-in.
The NCTC eLearning Department also has Kodak ZI8 High Definition Pocket Digital Video Cameras available for faculty checkout on the Gainesville and Corinth campuses. The department offers various accessories for checkout as well, including clip-on microphones, wide angle lenses, and mini tripods. Related training at the individual and group levels is also available. Please contact the eLearning Department to reserve any of these items or schedule training.
Lighting & Sound
Light has different characteristics. Hard light is direct and creates sharp shadows, like the sun on a clear day. Soft light is indirect and results in few shadows, like classroom fluorescents. Quality and placement of light is more important than amount of light. The most common lighting model diffuses light from three different angles to a single point, i.e., instructor, student, etc. Indirect natural light can be very useful as well. Recording whiteboard-based instruction is tricky as these surfaces easily reflect light back into the lens. Contact eLearning Department staff to schedule recording time if you want to produce a whiteboard-based video.
Whenever possible use either a clip-on or handheld microphone to record sound. Use one clip-on microphone per person. If recording multiple people simultaneously, provide each their own clip-on microphone. Place both the clip-on microphone and/or handheld microphone relatively close to the speaker's mouth. Make sure the top of the microphone is unobstructed and not touching anything.
The eLearning Department supports general video editing for faculty, such as trimming, adding text, and basic effects like fade and filters. Department editing projects are conducted using either Apple iMovie or Adobe Premier Pro. Contact eLearning Department staff for more information on these services. See the Additional Resources section below as well.
Hosting & Streaming
Video files not created in Canvas that are over 50 MB should be uploaded to NCTC Show and Share. Go to NCTC Show and Share; login using your NetID and password. Once uploaded, copy the Show and Share embed code for your video, then paste it into the Rich Content Editor via the Switch Views option. For NCTC Show and Share support please contact the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department. Click here to request NCTC Show and Share publisher access through the ITS Department.
Hosting & Streaming
Click here for more free audiovideo resources.