In both in-class and online environments, video is an effective way of demonstrating concepts. Using readily available equipment on your computer or phone, simple presentations can be created. Listed below are a few of the tools available to teachers and students and UIW.
And if you're working from an off-campus Internet connection, here are some things you'll want to know.
In many cases, you can use the same camera utilized for web-conferencing. Most laptops have a built-in camera. If yours does not, an external camera can be easily and inexpensively attached. Please be aware that your laptop or computer will need to have an open USB port to plug in a camera. You may also use your cell phone or tablet to create videos.
A microphone is also commonly built into your laptop or other device. If not, a microphone can be easily and inexpensively attached. A headset with built in microphone is recommended, an open USB port or mini-plug will be required. Mics that plug into a dedicated mic jack on your computer are not recommended because they might amplify internal computer noises.
As part of UIW's Office365 suite of products (PDF), the video-sharing platform Stream can be used as a screen-capture application. To use it, log in at Cardinal Apps, click "Employee Office Portal," then from the O365 icon tiles select "Stream." If it doesn't appear, click "All apps" on that page to find it. This is an in-browser application, which doesn't require a download. Here is a list of recommended browsers.
Learn more about using Microsoft Stream for video hosting.
Your Zoom program can work as a screen-capture tool for your instructional materials. You can invite other attendees or start a meeting for yourself alone. To use it, log in at Cardinal Apps, click the "Zoom" icon to download or launch the application.
Check out the archiving options for your videos under the "Storage" tab.
If you plan on using your computer to edit video, these applications can be memory intensive for the system. See what the minimum specifications are below.
Also, video files can be large and uploading these could put a strain on your home network. Please review the suggestions below for assistance.
We recommend a minimum bandwidth of 1.5 Mbps for both upload and download speed. Most providers, even satellite, should offer basic packages that exceed this amount. If users are unable to obtain these speeds, they should not worry. Most applications and products will work just fine at slower speeds. This recommendation is a speed that will provide an optimal experience across all applications.
If your household does not have internet, some providers may offer special access deals, including free access for a limited time:
Also, many wireless providers are providing assistance as well:
Before you get started, learn about what is acceptable in recording your lectures and students.
The purpose of this policy is to govern the use of the recording and privacy functions in teleconferencing applications. These applications include, but are not limited to Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and RingCentral Meetings.
Stream is the live-streaming and video playback option for UIW. It's part of the Microsoft Office365 suite of products found at Cardinal Apps. After logging in, look for the "Office 365" (Employee Office Portal) tile, then peruse the available applications. If this is your first time using MS Stream, either type "Stream" at the search bar at the top or click on "All Apps" (—>) and select it from the next view.
Once you've accessed the program, you can upload videos, share to the UIW community or selected individuals and groups, and get transcriptions. You can also make simple edits using the online tool within Stream.
Using YouTube Studio, you can make simple edits such as trimming the beginning and ends of your videos. You can even add copyright-free music if desired.
To get you started, follow the instructions found here on the YouTube Creator Academy website.
In Camtasia, videos are created on the timeline, moving sequentially from left to right. This is where you arrange and edit your screen recordings, audio clips, titles and more.
Camtasia is available at UIW is on our Available Software page. Log in using your UIW credentials. From there you can get the download link for the program, the license key, and instructions on how to install.
Learn more about getting and using Camtasia at UIW here.
The Adobe Creative Cloud Suite of products has applications for the advanced user.
Get Adobe applications by logging in at Cardinal Apps, then going to the "Adobe Creative Cloud" tile. If you have trouble locating it, type "Adobe" in the search field at the top of the page and access it by clicking on the result.
iMovie is an editing software application that comes pre-installed on Mac computers. You can use this quick-start guide (PDF) to familiarize yourself with some basic editing techniques.
Just choose your clips, then add titles, music, and effects. Learn more about how to get started.
Some help with:
Sharing is much the same as OneDrive; however, you can only share with those at UIW (PDF) (student.uiwtx.edu or uiwtx.edu email addresses). You may share with everyone in the UIW community, but in order to make it less viewable, you'll need to grant each viewer separate permissions (PDF) to access the material. Learn how to set up a Group within Stream (PDF) and add Members (PDF), to facilitate this for your classes. Saving the video to a group (PDF) allows only the group members can see the video (PDF).
Here's a quick-start guide for Stream.
More great how-to's:
Online video-hosting services are also an option. You can select Public, Private, or Password-protected as viewing options. Also, using the link or embed code for the player is possible. YouTube is one of the most popular video-hosting services.
Due to space limitations, your Zoom cloud (on the web) are only retained for 30 days. For those recordings you would like to keep, Microsoft Stream (seen above) is a good choice. You can use recordings from the cloud or your computer.
If you haven't done so already, upload your audio-visual material to Stream (PDF).
You'll learn how to:
This will work with any video file.
When you have your video or audio files created, you need to have a transcription or close-captioned version available to be in accessibility compliance.
Using products listed below can help with Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) features, but keep in mind that "machine-transcribed audio" isn't perfect and might not be ADA compliant. You can go in later and make updates to the script to increase its accuracy as needed. This is not to discourage you from using these services, but some instructional terms might be very specific and not rendered correctly. Something to keep in mind depending on its use.
To get as clean a transcription as possible, make sure the audio track is clean of extraneous noise. That means no background music, loud sounds or muffled speech. You can go back and manually create a transcription, but it might not be generated automatically or require extensive editing.
In YouTube, if automatic captions are available, they'll automatically be published on the video. Automatic captions may not be ready at the time that you upload a video. Processing time depends on the complexity of the video's audio.
Here's how you can review automatic captions and make changes, if needed:
Read more at the YouTube Help webpage.
Zoom doesn't provide real-time closed captioning, but does create an audio transcript. To use this feature, the session must be recorded to the cloud along with the audio-caption file.
In your Zoom webpage's profile, select "Settings" from the left side, select "Recording" (not Recordings"), scroll down to "Advanced cloud recording settings," then tick the " Audio transcript " box.
When the video is ready, make sure to include the audio transcript file in the download. These files can be edited with a text editor of your choice, but make sure you don't change the time or the video it's attached to. If the time stamps or the video is edited before the transcription is attached, sync issues will occur. This means the text will no longer accurately convey what is being said in the video.
The Zoom transcription service is useful for other video platforms such as Vimeo. As noted above, you can upload the audio-visual content to Stream or YouTube and wait for a new transcript to be created.