Tag: video

Lighting Techniques for Webcam Lecture Recordings

Have you ever wondered how the photos on social media look so glamorous? Even the most self-produced “selfies” typically have a lot of effort put into them that may not be apparent in the seemingly effortless final product. In addition to the positioning of the camera lens and subject, using makeup, photographic filters, and editing software, the lighting is a big factor in the quality of an image. The How To Guides section of the Distance Learning website has some tips for lighting for video recordings. This blog post will explain a few cinematography concepts that can make anyone look

Estimating How Long it Takes to Make a Video

A fairly common question for anyone involved in making videos is “How long will it take?” A Venn Diagram triad is sometimes drawn in response to this question, it includes words like: Good, Fast, and Cheap. “Pick any two.” So when estimating how long a video will take to make (and in some cases also how long a video should be), I use that framework along with some simple tools and prior experiences to generate a reasonably accurate estimate. While there isn’t a simple formula, I’ll take you through some easily repeatable steps in this post that will help you

All About Captions

Captions are one of the most well-known accessibility aids. They are a common sight on TV screens in noisy restaurants, and the option to activate them is available on nearly every DVD and blu-ray menu. But as common as they are, many people may not understand the importance of captioning as an accessibility tool. They are especially vital in online courses, where pre-recorded video lectures may be a student’s only opportunity to see their teacher. What are captions? Captions are “text versions of the spoken word presented within multimedia,” such as web videos. (WebAim, Captions, Transcripts, and Audio Descriptions) Typically,

Behind the Scenes of a DL Video

While you can use a variety of tools to produce an instructional video, a video with high production value still takes some careful planning and expert use of advanced production equipment. A recent video production in Abbott Hall required an alternative setting to the DL Studio, and since one of our conference rooms was recently upgraded with echo dampening acoustic panels it made for the perfect location to set up a temporary studio environment. The value of video for establishing instructor presence and to increase student learning by balancing cognitive load through delivery of information across forms of media is well

Screencast Software: Using the Right Tool for the Job

Until recently, voice over Powerpoint has sufficed for home-based and low-budget creators when it comes to producing lecture videos, downloadable presentations, and animated demonstrations. The Microsoft software, while clunky, is familiar to most people, somewhat easy to use, and absolutely, positively, the wrong tool for the job.   Yes, you can add photos and upload videos to Powerpoint slides. You can add or record audio content onto slides. You can also insert animations to give the appearance of movement and flow. All these functions, while convenient, result in oversized output files, some of which are proprietary and which cannot be