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Video and Audio Tools

Recording tools

Zoom

You can record your videos using Zoom. Texas A&M students, faculty and staff all have access to a Zoom Pro Account. You can claim your account, hots a meeting, download Zoom and get support at tamu.zoom.us.

Camtasia

Texas A&M provides Camtasia licenses for students, faculty and staff. The license and installation file must be accessed through the Texas A&M Software Store (login required).

Compression Tools

Why do we need to compress video recordings? It is easier to upload and easier for students to access. Handbrake is a open-source video transcoder that can be used to compress your videos without losing video quality. Below are some settings that can help you to improve your video file size.

  1. Summary: include web optimized; leave Align A/V start
  2. Dimensions: change to 1280x720; anamorphic: none; change modulus to 16. 
  3. Video: choose H.264 (x264), encoder profile: high. Framerate: same as source. Avg bitrate: 5000. Uncheck 2-pass encoding/ turbo first pass
  4. Audio: AAC (avcodec), bitrate 256, sample rate: 48, quality 4, mixdown stereo.

For more information, watch this video from Myra Roldan:  Use Handbrake to Reduce Your Video File Size Without Losing Quality

File Hosting Options

Mediasite

Faculty have access to Mediasite through the eCampus courses. Mediasite is a video platform where you can capture, edit, share, search and manage videos in one secure place. Lecture recordings that are automatically recorded by our AV department through RoomTraq, are uploaded to Mediasite directly. Ask us about how to access those recordings. 

To set up your Mediasite folder per course, consult our Mediasite Tutorial

Zoom

With Zoom, you can record your lecture and upload to the cloud. Then, share that link. If you want to keep your recording longer, upload it to Mediasite. See tutorial above.

For Zoom tutorials, consult tamu.zoom.us.

Camtasia

If you have Camtasia, there is an option to upload to ScreenCast. They have a free plan with a storage of up to 2GB. You can record your lecture with Camtasia and upload directly to Screencast. It creates a link that you can share with everybody, or upload the link to your course. 

Texas A&M provides Camtasia licenses for students, faculty and staff. The license and installation file must be accessed through the Texas A&M Software Store (login required).

YouTube

YouTube is another option for hosting and sharing your video, but make sure your recording is unlisted. More settings coming soon.