Selecting a Method for Recording Lectures and Presenting them to your Students

There are many ways to record a lecture for your students and several ways to make it available to the student.  How do you choose which is the best solution for your needs?

If you want to record a Powerpoint lecture and your voice, you can use Powerpoint to record a slideshow, and then save it as a .mp4 video file.  This will not save the motion of the mouse as a pen or highlighter, and you need to pause in between slides while you navigate to the next one, because Powerpoint keeps the audio with the slide.

If you want to record an audio file, you can use the this Narrated Powerpoint method with only one slide.

If you want to record whatever is on your desktop (Powerpoint Slideshow including motion of the mouse as pen or highlighter), navigation to websites, demonstration of software, etc. ) you can use Camtasia, Smart Recorder, or Screencast-o-Matic.  There is a copy of Camtasia in the Instructional Technology Studio in Wenger 403.  You obtain Smart Recorder by installing Smart Notebook.  Screencast-o-matic is a free download for videos under 15 minutes.

If you want to be able to record a Powerpoint slideshow, share something on your desktop (website, program) and record input from a webcam or document camera, then you can use Blackboard Collaborate or Panopto. You need to schedule the Blackboard Collaborate classroom ahead of time, as it is a multi-user virtual classroom. In order to use Panopto, you need to download the Panopto Recorder to your PC, and contact OIT for a consultation on Panopto use.

If your students will need to annotate in the timeline of your lecture, and search for that or other text when they review the lecture in the future, then you would use Panopto.

If you want to record just a webcam and voice (no slides or other input from your PC), you can record straight to YouTube.

Lecture Recording Powerpoint SMART Recorder Blackboard Collaborate Panopto Screencast-o-Matic
Record Audio X X X X X
Record Desktop   X X X X
Record Portion of Desktop       X
Record Powerpoint Slides X X X X X
Record Webcam     X X  
Record DocCam   X X X  
Record multiple cameras       X  
Record Extended Desktop       X  
Record Pointer X X X X X
Live Webcast with Chat     X X  
Live Breakout Rooms     X    
Live Polling     X    
Ability to Edit Recording X X   X X
Ability to Edit within Application X     X  
Where is/can the Lecture stored? YouTube, Google YouTube, Google Blackboard Collaborate Panopto, YouTube YouTube, Google
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Lecture Playback YouTube Google Drive Blackboard Collaborate Panopto
Allows Viewer to Annotate       X
Allows Viewer to search text       X
Access controlled via Blackboard       X
Access controlled by list X X    
Access can be open to anyone X   X  
Requires Java      
Requires Client Download     X
Allows Embedded Quizzes in LMS X

What will you need?

If you are recording sound, you will need a microphone.  There may be one built into your laptop. Test the microphone using Sound Recorder if you have a PC.

Unless you are recording a lecture from a classroom with a built-in camera, you may need a webcam to record sound and/or video.

Useful links:

Recording a Powerpoint Slideshow (Video)
Recording a Powerpoint Slideshow (Microsoft Documentation)
Recording your Desktop using SMART Recorder
Recording to youtube
About Blackboard Collaborate
About Panopto
About Screencast-O-Matic
Uploading a video to youtube
Uploading a video to Google Drive