Tools for videos and audio recordings

Tools for video/audio recordings

How to compress videos/audios

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

Where to record & upload videos/audios

  • 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 Mediasite webpage.

  • 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 Account.

  • Blackboard Collaborate

Another tool available to TAMU is Blackboard Collaborate within eCampus. It has very similar features like Zoom. If you would like to try it out this option, you can consult some tutorials here: Setting up a Blackboard Collaborate session.

  • YouTube

This is another option, but make sure your recording is unlisted: How to make your YouTube video unlisted.

  • PowerPoint

PowerPoint 365 doesn't have the web camara option, but PowerPoint 2019 does it. Below you can find some tutorials on how to record a slide show with voice narration with PowerPoint. 

How to record voiceover narration with PowerPoint

Record a slide show with narration and slide timings

Since these videos are big in file size, the recommendation here is to share the file via Google Drive. See how to use TAMU Google Drive using your NetID.