Video creation at UCF can consist of highly-produced, professional-level videos generated in a studio environment, more informal mobile video via personal video cameras, and computer-based videos such as webcam captures (video podcasting) and narrated PowerPoint videos.
UCF's video resources are concentrated on http://video.ucf.edu, where you can learn about the studio resources, tools, and help available for creating your own videos. There are numerous best practices highlighed as well.
Faculty members wishing to create computer-based videos (webcam captures, narrated PowerPoint lectures as movies) can do so at the Faculty Multimedia Center, or FMC, in the Classroom-1 building.
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Tools for Capturing/Producing/Authoring Videos:
"Screencasting" refers to a digital recording of the action on a computer screen, and is sometimes called video screen capture. The programs visible on screen, the movement of the mouse, and the speaking voice of the presenter (captured by external microphone) are all part of the video. The overall effect is similar to imagining a video camera over the shoulder of a presenter sitting at the computer, with all on-screen action captured.
Many instructors opt to "chunk" screencasts into shorter, more digestable presentations of 15 minutes or less (sometimes as little as five minutes). Such an approach has multiple benefits, including a more narrowed focus and an increased likelihood that students will find the time to view the videos.
Commercial software has been available for years to make screencasts, including TechSmith’s Camtasia ($299) and Adobe’s Captivate ($29.99/mo subscription). These full-featured programs include every editing, mixing, and re-mastering function imaginable, and are very user-friendly. However, they are expensive.
More recently, cheaper alternatives have emerged. The table below highlights several free screencast options:
|conversion of narrated PowerPoint file into .swf movie; can upload directly to Webcourses; integrated navigation bar. Free client software needs to be installed. No time limit.|
|conversion of narrated PowerPoint file into .swf movie; can upload directly to Webcourses; integrated navigation bar. Free client software needs to be installed. No time limit. Easier file integration than AuthorPoint Lite. Also allows for YouTube embed in "regular" PPT presentations|
|five minute time limit; download output in .swf|
|Camtasia or Captivate||
|full-featured software to record screen (or individual programs); editing is possible, add effects and text, add captions.|
Instructions for using some of the free software in the table above can be found here.
For assistance with any of these tools, contact the Faculty Center.
Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act specifies that reasonable accommodations toward an equivalent experience must be made for students with a demonstrated need who request accommodation. In the case of narrated videos, synchronized closed-captioning is the preferred accommodation (an unsynced separate script file, such as MS-Word, may not be considered fully accommodative).
It may be best to originally record your video while reading from a script rather than extemporaneously lecturing (since the latter would give rise to a need to transcribe your spoken words separately). Using full-screen capture (such as CamStudio.org) offers one cost-free way to display the existing video file in one part of the screen, and the appropriate close-captions in another part of the screen, perhaps via Notepad or MS-Word.
See Student Accessibility Services for further information and options.
PowerPoint can record audio and slide timings while a lecture is in a slideshow, and can save this information in the presentation. Instructors can then deliver them to students via Webcourses or another website. To do so for your own course, follow these steps:
Below are listed file types supported by Canvas. There are many factors that affect video file sizes such as image resolution, frame rate, color depth, and length of video. An approximate ratio, is a five minute video is approximately 40 MB. Canvas will accept a 500MB upload, with each course having 1500MB.
|File Extension||File Format||Description|
|flv||Flash Video||Windows can’t play this just by double-clicking.|
|swf||Macromedia flash||Same as a .flv with extra programming (the player), and includes a whole folder of accompanying material for each video. Upload all of it, and link to the .html file in Webcourses to make the video play within the Webcourses window. File size = roughly 1 MB per minute|
|aqt||Apple Quicktime||Format used by Apple/Quicktime. Most Windows machines can play it, but files are large.|
|mov||Apple Quicktime||Format used by Apple/Quicktime. Most Windows machines can play it, but files are large|
|mpg||Digital Video Format|
|mpeg||Digital Video Format|
|avi||Digital Video Format||Uncompressed, big files. Often requires codec plug-ins, so playing won’t be universal|
|wav||Digital Video Format|
|m4v||Digital Video Format|
|wmv||Windows Media||Double-click will play this with Windows Media Player. Files usually small.|
|mp4||Digital Video Format||File format that can contain any combination of audio, video, and subtitles. MP4 is commonly used in online streaming, and should play within Webcourses.|
|3gp||Multimedia Mobile Format|
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