Instructor-Created Media

Help for creating custom videos

SRJC Media Services (on both campuses) can provide the following assistance for faculty who want to create their own videos:

  • Video and still cameras and audio recorders for checkout, with basic instruction on use.
  • Access to a non-linear production suite with video, audio and graphics editing capabilities.
  • Duplication and transcoding of original, non-copyrighted, copyright-cleared, or Fair Use media.
  • Basic advice as to what tools (freeware or college-provided) staff and faculty can use to accomplish their goals.
  • Students and staff may access our media carrels, which are being upgraded to allow for editing capabilities at all 14 Media Service stations with Adobe Premiere as of Summer/ Fall 2014.

Creating videos by screen capture

If you want to create a screencast video (voice over computer screen capture) you may want to consider one of the following resources:

CCCconfer – record and deliver videos

  • Instructors are encouraged to use CCCconfer for creation of videos for online classes. CCCconfer uses a java application called "Blackboard Collaborate" for online class sessions. Blackboard Collaborate has the ability to capture the screen and archive a video presentation of the session. The CCCconfer session can include live student participation. A live captioner can be scheduled if requested 48 hours in advance by the instructor.
  • We recommend courses that have constant changing course content use this system with the real time live captioner so their content is always captioned and accessible.

Screencast-o-matic.com

  • Screencast-o-matic.com is a web site that has free version and pay version. The free version allows for up to 15-minute videos. A caption “script” file can be uploaded.

Other software

There are various screen capture software solutions, some free, some low-cost that will allow you to capture your screen and save as a video. You will need to have a microphone connected to your computer. Software titles include:

Hardware and software available for faculty in Doyle Library

An office with a computer and software for recording and editing videos is available to faculty in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (Center for New Media) area of Doyle Library, 3rd floor. Camtasia and Snagit for recording and editing, and Adobe Premiere for editing are included on the computer.

Embedding and linking to instructor-created multimedia

When presenting large files such as video or sound files, you need to consider where you will host your files. If the resource is not already hosted online, you need to upload it to a “cloud-based repository” such as your CATE File Management area, your Moodle Private Files area, etc. You can read the How to post files In Moodle document or the How to Upload a File CATE help document for more information.

By default, your space allotment in CATE is limited, but you may request more space as needed. Moodle has a more limited amount of space in your Private Files area. 
You may choose to link to your multimedia files from inside your course. Using this method, the files will be stored elsewhere, rather than using your allotted space on the system. In Moodle, you would simply add a URL resource or insert a hyperlink into a variety of course elements. In CATE, you would simply use the Edit Link button in a variety of course elements.

Using 3C Media Solutions

Instructors are encouraged to use the 3C Media Solutions repository to store large files. This is the preferred method of delivery over the 3rd party solutions such as YouTube or Vimeo. 3C Media Solutions is an educational media distribution source for video content provided for the 112 campuses of the California Community Colleges System. When using 3C Media Solutions, the viewer is provided with a player, similar to YouTube or Vimeo. Uploaded videos are processed to work with the player. The advantage is that the user experience is smooth, reducing playback issues.

See more about using 3C Media Solutions.

Instructor-created videos delivered on YouTube

The Distance Education department recommends that all instructor-created content be either uploaded to 3CMedia Solutions or kept within SRJC resources. There are some situations when posting videos on YouTube may be beneficial, such as helping with captioning. If you choose to post your content on YouTube, you should consider setting the video to be private. Read this Google YouTube Help document on Video privacy settings.

  • You can create an education account in YouTube that will allow you to upload a video longer than 15 minutes.
  • Longer videos may play better from YouTube’s site.
  • You can add password protection to your uploaded YouTube videos.
  • Instructor-created videos posted on YouTube or other third party sites need to be captioned. Instructors are encouraged to use the DECT grant (see below).
  • Captions can be auto-generated in YouTube using their speech recognition software.
    • Reliance on these auto-generated captions is not recommended and most likely will not pass an accessibility review.
    • If the instructor chooses to caption on his or her own, use of YouTube's speech recognition software may help greatly in the captioning process by using the auto-generated captions as a starting point.
    • In YouTube, the owner of the video may access the captioned file and make necessary edits.
  • YouTube has editing tools that will allow you to clip the length and add music and text.
  • If you choose to host your videos on YouTube or Vimeo, you may choose to embed the video in your course pages by using the methods detailed above in the Embedding/Linking to Third-Party Multimedia section.