Video Capture and Production Resources


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There are a number of resources you can use to capture and produce visual and video content to incorporate in virtual and physical teaching and presentation environments.

Image capture options

If you need to grab an image of something on your computer screen, these tools are fairly easy to use and produce a PNG image file format. These images are useful for using in how-to documentation and can be uploaded to web content (such as ELMS-Canvas pages) or presentation tools (such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides).

Image capture native to operating systems

You can use keyboard shortcuts on Mac OS and Windows computers to capture the screen.

On a Mac:

In Windows, use the Windows logo key + PrtScn to take a screenshot on Windows 10 (or Fn + Windows logo key + Space Bar). The resulting screenshot will be a JPG file.

Techsmith image capture (free download)

This tool enables very basic screen or region capture with layering of arrow, highlighting, box or text annotation features. Saves as a PNG file.

The Division of Information Technology (DIT) Learning Technology Design provides support for Techsmith image capture.

Techsmith Snagit image capture (licensing fee via Techsmith)

This tool provides screen capture and scrolling screen capture capability. Advanced features enable the recording of sequential frames as an animated GIF and numerous templates for laying out visual documentation with snagged content.

See Snagit Tutorials to get started. Techsmith Snagit is a self-support tool. 

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Screen-based video capture options

Screen capture options enable you to record whatever is displayed in a selected part of the computer screen. The tools enable a user to additionally record audio and webcam input as part of the finished video.

Techsmith video capture (free download)

Enables capture of activities performed on the whole computer screen or a region of the screen, as well as narration and webcam picture-in-picture. There is a 10 minute limit on the length of the recording and there are no editing tools built into the video capture tool.  Video capture is saved as an MP4 file.

DIT Learning Technology Design provides support for Techsmith video capture.

Techsmith Camtasia video capture (licensing fee via UMD Terpware: Camtasia for Mac, Camtasia for Windows)

Camtasia is an all-in-one screen recorder and video editor. You can record your screen, add video effects, transitions, audio and layer in a picture-in-picture effect from an activated webcam. For Windows users there is a direct recording plug-in to Microsoft PowerPoint. Video capture can be saved as an mp4 file or exported directly to YouTube or Facebook (if you have an account).

See Camtasia Tutorials to get started.

DIT Learning Technology Design provides limited support for Camtasia use.

PowerPoint narrated slide show (free as part of the University of Maryland Microsoft Office suite: Office for Mac, Office for Windows)

Microsoft Office PowerPoint can be used to generate slide timings and transitions, as well as capture narration and picture-in-picture webcam. The resulting file can be played in a live presentation or saved as a video file.

See Microsoft Narrated Powerpoint tutorial to get started.

DIT Learning Technology Design provides limited support for MS PowerPoint use.

Panopto lecture capture and hosting (free service)

Panopto is a lecture capture tool and cloud-based hosting service that integrates with ELMS-Canvas. It can be used to record lecture (or presentation) content from a personal desktop or from a University of Maryland (UMD) classroom instructor computer. You can capture primary and secondary sources, such as a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation and video from a webcam, as well as audio. Panopto recordings can be auto-captioned and can be made available not only from a Panopto Recording folder, but also linked to from ELMS-Canvas modules or embedded in an ELMS-Canvas page.

Read Create New Recordings with Panopto to get started. For additional details and features, read Panopto Automatic Machine Captioning, Upload a Video to Panopto and Student Guide to Panopto.

DIT Learning Technology Design provides support for Panopto.

Zoom recording and hosting (UMD license is free to faculty, staff and students)

Zoom is a web conferencing system that enables you to record presentation and collaboration activities that occur during a meeting. Because of its intuitive interface, many instructors use Zoom to record lecture content and make those recordings available to students via the Zoom cloud or by uploading the resulting MP4 files to Panopto. 

See Instructor’s Guide to Zoom to get started.

DIT Learning Technology Design provides support for Zoom.  

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Live video capture options

Mobile phone or other mobile device (free)

Mobile devices (for example, smart phones and tablets) have built-in cameras and microphones that can be used to capture video.  The size of many of these devices makes them useful for recording interviews or capturing spur-of-the-moment events. Video can be imported from the device to a local computer for post production or to then deliver to a hosting environment such as Panopto. Apps for editing the video before exporting are available to download on a wide variety of devices. 

Check out the user support associated with your mobile device for details on how to use the video features and export videos.

See Using Adobe Premiere Rush on a mobile device.

DIT Learning Technology Design provides support for Adobe Premiere Rush.

Media Recorder Tool (free and a part of the ELMS-Canvas environment)

Create audio or audio and video recordings using a computer mic and webcam that will automatically be embedded in an ELMS-Canvas page, assignment description, announcement or any place that the Rich Content Editor is available to instructors or students. Recordings created with the Media Recorder cannot be edited.

See Multi-Modal Engagement in Canvas with the Media Recorder.

DIT Learning Technology Design provides support for the ELM-Canvas Media Recorder.

One Button Studio (free resource)

A One Button Studio (OBS) is a simplified recording studio currently located in eight locations on campus that gives users the ability to create a high-quality video recording without any previous video production experience. UMD’s One Button Studios provide everything needed to create a polished video project:

Locations (listed in alphabetical order):

DIT Classroom Support provides assistance with One Button Studios.

ATI Media Studio (free resource and fee-based services)

The Media Studio provides media studio space (free or fee-based, depending on level of support and equipment needed) that allows UMD faculty and staff to plan and produce audio and video to support teaching and learning.

Location: B0324 Edward St. John Center for Learning and Teaching.

Contact: keepteaching@umd.edu (general questions), Media Studio Request (itemized list of service requests). See UMD Video Production Resources below for details.

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Do-it-yourself video production resources

Adobe Spark Video (free)

This web-based video editing tool is available from Adobe for free. UMD faculty, staff and students who log into the tool have no Adobe watermarking on finished products and the ability to save files into their Adobe Cloud file hosting space. The tool enables you to use design templates to organize visual and audio content to produce a basic MP4 video file. It’s a great tool for creating videos to welcome or orient students or to explain basic concepts visually.

DIT Learning Technology Design provides support for Adobe Spark Video. 

How Tos: Add SPARKle video: How to use Adobe Spark Video.

Adobe Rush Premiere (free as part of the University of Maryland Adobe Creative Cloud suite: Creative Cloud Apps for Mac, Creative Cloud Apps for Windows)

Adobe Rush Premiere enables you to shoot, edit and share high quality videos. You can integrate video clips, audio, and images with transitions, customized titles and a basic set of production tools to do color correction and add some special effects.

DIT Learning Technology Design provides support for Adobe Rush Premiere. 

Check out the Adobe Rush Demo video. See Classroom Video on Mobile training from Adobe: Adobe Rush Tutorial.

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UMD video production resources

ATI Media Studio (free and fee-based services)

The Media Studio provides media studio space (free or fee-based, depending on level of support and equipment needed) that allows University of Maryland faculty and staff to plan and produce audio and video to support teaching and learning.

Services include:

Location: B0324 Edward St. John Center for Learning and Teaching.

Contact: keepteaching@umd.edu (general questions), Media Studio Request (itemized list of service requests).

NFLC Art and Media Production (fee-based services)

Services include: 

Location: National Foreign Language Center, 5600 Rivertech Ct suite K, Riverdale, MD 20737

Contact: Bryan Anderson for details.

Research Commons Media Lab (service for faculty and staff of the RH Smith School of Business)

Services include: 

Location: ground floor McKeldin Library

Email: lib-rc@umd.edu

Seigel Learning Center (service for faculty and staff of the A. James Clark School of Engineering)

Services include: 

Location: second floor J.M. Patterson Bldg.

Email: slc-schedule@umd.edu

Smith School Studio (service for faculty and staff of the RH Smith School of Business)

Location: 3511 Van Munching Hall.

Email: otl-edtech@umd.edu.

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Other resources

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Related considerations

It is best practice for videos to be captioned. Videos can be uploaded into Panopto and auto captions applied (and edited) or professional captioning can be requested for a fee.

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