Want to learn how to make screen recordings?
Interested in flipping your class or exploring a more blended approach to your course?

you, a mic, a computer and a recorder

How it works

Carleton uses Kaltura – a cloud-based video management system – for recording, storing, publishing, and streaming videos, video collections, and other media. It’s free to the university community and is installed in every classroom on campus. Whether you want to record a PowerPoint presentation, show your students how to use an application or use a document camera to solve problems, Capture has you covered.

The workshop will explore:

  • How to install the free software and make a recording on your computer
  • The different types of possible recordings with examples from other Carleton instructors
  • Different ways of integrating videos from you or your students into your class
  • Best practices and tips for getting the best recording

Capture – An Introduction to Creating Course Videos – March 24th, 2020 Recorded Workshop

Powerpoint Slides for this workshop are available here.

Mediaspace uploads

Workshop Agenda

  1. The Kaltura system has 3 parts (Quick Overview 5min)
    1. Media Space: Your media gallery where all of your recordings or uploaded videos live.
    2. Personal Capture: A screen recording app that you can use on any computer you own (Mac and PC).
    3. Other videocreation tools
      • Lecture Capture: A screen recording app already installed on every classroom computer.
      • KMS GO: A screen recording app that you can use on your Mobile Device (Android and iOS).
      • Youtube wrapper
      • Webcam recorder in browser
  2. What does video playback look like (5 min)
  3. MediaSpace (Carleton’s Media Server)
  4. What can you capture and examples of screen recordings
    • Your computer screen – Anything you can show on your computer
    • Your webcam
    • Mobile Device cameras
  5. How to Record Videos
  6. WebCam recording
  7. Mobile recording
  8. Tips
  9. Flipping Your Classroom, Blended & Online Teaching
  10. FAQs
  11. Resources


  • Sizing – Playback and mobile friendly?
    You are recording your whole screen, the person playing back the video might be watching on a smaller screen. 

    • Screen size for process teaching – make your screen bigger if you will be showing software or websites and you want people to be able to see the text of options or pages. (How to change your screen resolution for Windows and Mac.)
    • Powerpoint / Keynote – keep font sizes above 24 points, don’t pack the screen full of content
  • Pacing
    • Less content on each slide
    • More slides and visuals
    • Don’t talk over the same static slide for more than one minute (unless explaining complex diagram / consider zooming in on parts)
  • Plan your content in 5-10 min chunks
    • Attention spans are limited
    • Makes the video more reusable
    • Tends to keep quality higher
    • In your course page (cuLearn or D2L Brightspace) you can add interactions between videos
  • Don’t strive for perfection. Seriously! 
    • You can spend way too much time trying to get it just right.
    • The small “imperfections” make the video more real and avoids monotone hypnosis.
    • Good idea to have script or points laid out though.
    • Try to avoid post-processing videos
  • Editing your video
  • Audio quality is king
    • Try to have the best possible audio quality
    • Get a good mic
    • Record in a quiet place
    • Do a silent test recording to pick up background noise
    • Turn your speakers off while recording or use a headset/earphones
  • Shortcut Keys

    Command for Mac / Control for Windows What is the action?
    Command or Control+Shift+R Start a recording or Pause a recording
    Command or Control+Shift+S Stop a recording
    Command or Control+Shift+M Cancel a recording
    Command or Control+Shift+C Clear all Notifications
    Command or Control+Shift+M Go to your video Management screen
  • Prepare The Students
    • Bridging (prepare the students for the video before and bridge out to future concepts/material)
    • Cognitive overload results when students are presented with too much information at too complex a level or too quickly for them to properly absorb it.