Recording Lectures

Distance Learning should be simple, flexible, and accessible.

The FTS supports state-of-the-art distance learning classrooms and desktop lecture capture technologies, allowing remote students to view your lectures live via a streaming webcast. Captured lectures are posted for on-demand viewing at any time. You can pre-record a lecture if you need to miss a class, to go over remedial material, or to present material that cannot be covered in class due to time constraints.

Distance Learning Classrooms

Your first option is to schedule a recording in one of our two distance learning classrooms. These classrooms are are monitored as you record so you will receive immediate technology assistance should the need arise. Recorded lectures are delivered online through the MediaSite system.

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To schedule a recording session contact Andrew Campbell

Recording a Lecture from Your Desktop

Another option is to record a lecture on your own computer is another option. Several options are available:

Please email Kara Blake to assist you with any of these options.


Recording Microsoft PowerPoint Slideshows

*This method is not recommended on Macs if an external mic isn’t being used.

Microsoft Powerpoint allows you to record and narrate your presentation as you step through the slides on your own computer. This recording can easily be posted on Canvas or YouTube for your students. Microsoft provides an easy to follow step-by-step tutorial.

Once you've recorded your video you'll need to save the presentation by clicking on File > Export > Create a Video. (Or, in PowerPoint 2016 only: On the Recording tab of the ribbon, click Export to Video.) You will then want to place your video in Canvas.


Use QuickTime on Mac to Record Your Lecture

Since there are issues on a Mac recording audio in PowerPoint , an alternative is to use the built in Quicktime tool to record your presentation. To do this:

1) Start Quicktime and find New Screen Recording under the File menu.

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2) Select the down arrow next to the red recording button and choose desired microphone.

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3) Test the microphone to ensure that audio is being captured. 

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4) Fire up your Power Point Presentation and select the record button and proceed to follow QuickTime’s instructions displayed on the recording screen.

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5) To save the recording as a video, go to the File tab > Save.

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6) Name the recording and select the desired destination.

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7) Finally you need to place your video in Canvas.


Record your Lecture Using Screencast-o-matic

Screen recording technologies such as Screencast-o-matic allow you to record anything that appears on your computer screen (i.e. your PowerPoint presentation) while you provide narration. A free version can be downloaded from $15/year adds additional functionality such as drawing tools, webcam, basic editing, and longer recordings).

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Recording Lectures with Adobe Connect

 1) Log on to Adobe Connect with your UT EID & Password: https//



2) Under the Home tab, click on the Create New Meeting button.

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3) Fill in the required information for your meeting and select Finish.

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*You do not need to invite or send an invitation to students.

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4) Once you have entered in your meeting details, select Enter Meeting Room.

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5) Select Allow to record audio using built-in or external mic.

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6) Select your microphone and make sure the icon is green to turn on mic.

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7) To record documents such as PowerPoints and pdfs, select Share Your Screen and choose your teaching method.

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8) Go to the Meetings tab and select Record Meeting.

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9) To pause or stop your recording, move your cursor over the red button in the top right corner and select desired action.

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10) To exit the meeting, go to Meetings tab and select End Meeting. Exit out of the window.

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11) Use the URL provided to share the recording or see below to export the recording to a video file.

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12) To create a video file from your recording, select Recordings under the Meetings Tab.

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 13) Under the Actions section of the recording and select Make Offline. Make sure the necessary Adobe Connect programs are installed to continue.

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14) Navigate to the Offline Recording Dialog.

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15) Select desired output settings.

*Recommended settings: MP4, HD, 720p

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16) Name your file and select the desired destination.

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17) The recording will playback as it gets recorded to a video file.

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18) A dialog box will pop up with details of the recording.

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19) See below to place your video in Canvas.

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Recording Lectures with BigBlueButton in Canvas

*Recordings with BigBlueButton are only available on Canvas for two weeks without a subscription. Videos cannot be downloaded.

1) Navigate to your course. Select "Conferences" on the side panel


2) Select Conferences from the Canvas side menu.

3) Fill in the title of the conference, the duration of the conference, IMPORTANT select "Enable recording for this conference". For a long running conferences, check the box for "No time-limit". Click Update.



4) Under New Conferences select Start.



5) Select Microphone for your audio. Allow web browser to use microphone...DO NOT press Block.


6) A dialog box of recording navigation will pop up. Use this icon to begin and stop the recording.


7) BigBlueButton allows the sharing of webcams and screens. 


8) To load files into Big Blue Button, choose the the “+” icon on the bottom left corner of your middle panel.


9) To begin recording, select the recording icon


10) The title of your conference should now read “(Recording) [Conference TITLE]”. 



11) To logout, navigate to the top right corner and select the right arrow icon.



12) Return to Conferences of your course. Select End to close conference.


13) The conference will now appear under Concluded Conferences.

14) Give the recording some time until it will be available to be reviewed by students enrolled in the course.


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Place Your Video in Canvas

In Canvas you'll need to create a new Content Page.


where you can use the Upload Media from the text editor toolbar to upload your video or simply paste in the URL if you choose to post your video on UT Box or YouTube.