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Recording Videos

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Recording videos

With so many video recording options available to you, where do you start? What tools can you install and use on your University-supplied PC, how do you use them and get the best out of the features available, and which ones offer NUIT support when you encounter problems? The following list of recommended software is a good place to start.

Importantly, if you already use software for recording videos, you do not need to use the recommended software listed on this page. Most video recording programs perform the same functions and, for simple videos, feature differences are minimal.

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 simple online editor to 'top and tail' recordings, delete unwanted sections, and add automatic captions. You can then easily share your recordings with students via Canvas.

PowerPoint

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 offline, slide-by-slide, before exporting to video format.

Zoom

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).

Teams

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.


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