Screencasts and Simple Videos

On this page, we provide you with the information you need to produce screencasts and PowerPoint presentations with little effort.

Recommendation: Also use the open discussion forums for a collegial exchange on the topic of screencasts and videos. In these discussion forums you can exchange ideas on a collegial level on topics, questions, experiences, etc. related to the digital teaching. If you click on the following link, you must first register with Moodle. Please use your myStudy username and password. You can access the forums here.

  • How Do I Produce Recordings (videos, images and audio) of My Screen?
  • How Do I Create Screenshots of My Computer?
  • How Do I Use the Windows Video Editor?
  • How Can I Improve the Quality of Audio and Video Recordings?
  • Where Can I Make These Video Files Available for Streaming/ Downloading?
  • How Do I Create a PowerPoint Presentation with an Audio Track?

MacOS:

With the help of Apple's Quicktime Player you can easily produce and save voice recordings, video recordings and screen recordings using your Mac computer.

A detailed manual can be found here. (available soon)

Windows:

In this guide, you will learn step-by-step how to record your laptop screen and how to add an accompanying audio track. This is suitable for making your own activities on the laptop visible to students while at the same time recording explanations of what is shown (e.g. PowerPoint slides, mathematical procedures or simple notes.)

You can find detailed instructions here.

How Do I Create Screenshots of My Computer?

There are three very simple ways to capture your current laptop or PC screen in a digital photo - in other words, how to create a screenshot.

Detailed instruction on how to do this can be found here.

How Do I Use the Windows Video Editor?

With the Windows Video Editor you can edit and prepare your screencasts (recordings of your screen with sound) or videos.

Detailed instructions on how to use it can be found here.

How Can I Improve the Quality of Audio and Video Recordings?

Audio and video recordings made the computer quickly tend to have an unsatisfactory quality, because the built-in microphones and cameras quickly reach their limits. External microphones, audio interfaces with microphones or recording with system cameras, DSLR cameras or action cams provide a quick increase in quality.

Detailed instruction on this can be found here.

Where Can I Make These Video Files Available for Streaming/ Downloading?

Video and audio files with a maximum file size of 200 MB can be easily uploaded to your myStudy course or Moodle and made available for download there. For larger files, or if you want to prevent the files from being downloaded, myVideo is a video platform recentlly made available at Leuphana University of Lueneburg where lecturers can make their audio and video files available to students, regardless of their file size. Depending on their settings, students can view (stream) or download the videos provided there. In contrast to YouTube, videos can be made available via myVideo in a non-public space to which, for example, only people with a myStudy account have access.

Further information and instructions on myVideo can be found here.

How Do I Create a PowerPoint Presentation with an Audio Track?

If you (want to) use the program PowerPoint to transmit the contents of your course, you can also record a text synchronously to your slides with very little effort. Such presentations offer the possibility to integrate personal auditory elements in addition to visual information and enable your students to learn 'almost like in a lecture hall'. The finished presentation can then be uploaded to myStudy, for example in the subfolder of the corresponding session. Additionally, you can use the myStudy forum or etherpad for students' questions and comments.

Instructions for adding audio to individual slides as well as for saving and sharing your entire presentation including the audio track as a small 'movie' can be found here:

The permitted file size for uploads to myStudy has been increased. However, in the case of very elaborate presentations, the file may still be too large. In this case, we recommend splitting the presentation into several sub-presentations and uploading the individual parts. Please also check whether you can do without very data-intensive elements such as integrated videos, for example by just linking the videos in question instead. Further,Slides that have been converted to pdf plus an additional audio recording can still be an alternative. Information on how to create audio recordings with simple means and upload them to myStudy can be found further down on this page.

Instructions on how to create podcasts and screencasts are available.

Access locally on your computer, after completion of your slides

Technical Requirements:PowerPoint program (Office package), microphone (via Headset or built into your computer), myStudy for sharing

Contact

Do you have any questions about production, editing and didactic applications of screencasts and simple slides?
Then please contact the Support Team Digital Teaching at: digi-support@leuphana.de