Recording Lectures using SMART Recorder

If you want to record a Power Point Lecture, an introduction to your Blackboard course, a tutorial on how to use SPSS, or some other demonstration, here’s how to do that using SMART Recorder.   The Smart Notebook Recorder is terrific because you can record or include anything imaginable that you can pull up on your screen, except for video content (the recording speed is not fast enough for video.)

1. Make sure you have Smart Notebook installed on your computer.  To download Smart Notebook, go to and click on Support and then Downloads.  DO NOT download Notebook 2014.  Download Notebook 11.3 or 11.4

2. Plug in/turn on a microphone.  Most laptops have mics built-in, most desktops require an external one.   Contact Instructional Technology Service Desk Ticket or to check out a mic if you want to try this technology out prior to purchasing it.

3. Open your created PowerPoint on your computer (or word doc, or the internet, or Smart Notebook file, or any other non-video file you want to display to students). You do not need to convert your file into Smart Notebook software.

4. On the bar on the bottom of your screen, you will see the icon that looks like a blue square with a white donut. Unless you are connected to a computer, it will also have a small red square with a white “x” superimposed on it. Click this icon and select Recorder.  – OR – Click on Start, All Programs, Smart Technologies, Smart Tools, Recorder.

5. SmartRecorderIconThis will bring up a small window that has the recorder’s buttons, probably on the top left portion of your screen. You can move this to another location on the screen if that works better for you.

6. Click the red circle to start recording.

7. Go through your presentation as you would in front of a class, talking through your PowerPoint as you scroll through your slides, or navigating through the software application or to the website you are describing.

8. When you finish, click the blue square on the recording window to stop the recording.

9. You will be prompted to save your .wmv file to the location of your choice. Click Save.  Make sure to remember where you save it.

10) If you need to edit your recording, follow the instructions here:

10. Next, upload your file to youtube.  You already have a youtube account using your Mary Baldwin Gmail address and password.  Directions on how to do that are here.

11. Within your youtube account, under Video Manager, you will be able to locate the URL for your specific video. With this link, you can send the link to anyone by email who you want to have access to view your video. You can also post the link on Blackboard.

Note that youtube will limit you to 15 minute videos at a time. There is a way to get permission from youtube to extend that time, but 15 minute mini-segments is quite long enough for most folks’ attention span.