Teaching with Technology

Computing & Information Services

Recording, editing, and sharing lectures

Created a recorded lecture for asynchronous viewing is a three-step process:

  1. Record your lecture
  2. Edit your lecture
  3. Share your lecture

Record Lectures

Recommended tools: Panopto, PowerPoint, Google Slides, QuickTime, Zoom, iMovie

Panopto
ITS recommends using the Panopto desktop app or the browser app to create your videos. Either app creates higher-quality recordings that integrate with Panopto’s video tools. After recordings are completed, they are automatically uploaded to Panopto.

To access the tools, please request a media library for your course or administrative office. Then, use the Create button at the top of the Panopto activity block in your Moodle course, or go to the Panopto website. Learn more at the Panopto help documentation or contact its@reed.edu for assistance. 

PowerPoint
PowerPoint allows for both audio and/or video recording within the application. PowerPoint records the audio/video one slide at a time; you can re-record only one slide if you need, and you can also re-order slides after recording, without affecting the audio/video associated with each slide. The video recording puts a video image of yourself overlaid on top of your slides (aka picture-in-picture); you can reposition the video on a per-slide basis if desired. After recording, follow these instructions to save as a movie file

You can also record your PowerPoint slide deck in combination with Zoom, if you want a picture-in-picture recording and want to record in Zoom. Or, you can annotate your PowerPoint slides with Zoom.

Google Slides
To record a lecture using Google Slides, use either Zoom or QuickTime to make a screen recording. You can also turn on and capture automated captioning via Google Slides.

QuickTime
Use QuickTime to create videos of yourself using your computer camera, or make a screen recording.

Zoom
Use Zoom to record your screen while you are screensharing. The resulting video can include your screen and voice only, or it can be a picture-in-picture, showing both your screen and yourself. View instructions on how to record a PowerPoint presentation with Zoom on the Zoom help pages. Our team has also prepared some simplified instructions for recording your PowerPoint presentation with Zoom that may be helpful.

iMovie
If you're on a Mac, use iMovie to record yourself along with slides, images, videos, audio, and other elements. Learn to use iMovie.

Video Recording Tips:

  • Rename your pre-recorded video with the date it will be presented to students, your course number, and your last name: for example, "2010-05-16-Eng101-LastName." This will help keep your videos organized.
  • We suggest keeping pre-recorded lectures short; consider breaking longer lectures into shorter segments.
View additional video recording tips.

Edit your recordings

Recommended tools: Panopto, QuickTime, iMovie

You may want to trim your recording to cut off the beginning or end of your video. You can edit your recordings in a variety of programs; we recommend these three for general ease of use:

Panopto media server video editor
You can edit videos in Panopto.

QuickTime
QuickTime can trim the beginning or end of your video

iMovie
If you use a Mac, iMovie is free and recommended for more extensive editing. You can use iMovie to trim your video, edit out middle sections of your lecture, add titles to your movie, add Ken Burns-style animation to your images, and more. Read more on using iMovie.

Share your recordings

To share your media with students, you will need to request library space on Panopto, our media server, and then upload your content. We do not recommend uploading video files to Moodle. 

Read more about uploading to Panopto after you have requested a Panopto media library for your course.

If you have any questions about recording, editing, or sharing lectures, please contact the remote teaching team at its@reed.edu .