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Recording Videos

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Recording videos

With countless recording options to choose from, where do you start? What tools are available on your University-supplied PC? How do you get the most out of them and what support can NUIT provide when you encounter problems? The following list of recommended software is a good place to start.

Recommended Recording Software

ReCap Personal Capture (PCap) 

We recommend you use ReCap Personal Capture (PCap) to create video content such as narrated PowerPoint videos, screencasts, visualiser recordings, and short 'talking-head' pieces with your webcam. Although other software and approaches are available, PCap offers a one-stop-shop for recording, editing, captioning and hosting your content.

Once recorded, you can use ReCap's basic editor to trim recordings and add automatic captions. You can then easily share your recordings with students via Canvas.


You can also use PowerPoint to make videos of slide narrations and screen recordings. This is a simple technique and allows you to edit and perfect your recordings slide-by-slide, before exporting to video format.


You can create video content directly in Zoom by recording a session. Zoom can record to your local computer or to the cloud (but be aware that cloud recordings are only kept for 30 days and must be downloaded).


Similar to Zoom, you can create video content directly in Teams by recording a meeting session. Teams recordings will be saved automatically to OneDrive (or SharePoint if the meeting was started from a group channel)

Alternative Recording Software

If you feel limited by the software recommendations above, or have an idea for a more advanced video and want to explore your options, the following tools will help you take the next step. If you still have an idea for a video and can't work out how to get started, contact LTDS and they will be happy to help.

Recording Videos: Hints & Tips

Please note, this advice is generally for teaching staff creating talking head videos. There is also lots of overlap for other video types. For more details see our types of video.