Video and Media Creation

Media has become part of stock and trade of both teaching and learning, in order to reach out to "visual learners" or to fulfill Universal Design for Learning goals.  And it's easier than ever to capture a scene with your smart phone, shoot a video with a palm-sized camcorder, or capture moving images from your computer display; and then process them into an instructional presentation. Read further and browse the listings for more.

Canvas Studio

Formerly known as "Arc Video," Canvas Studio is a video creation tool and repository for original and videos imported from YouTube.  It is also a powerful platform for building interactivity into a video to sustain student attention spans and engagement ...

Screen Capture Solutions

Screen captures are images of all or portions of computer screen displays. These images can be still frames or they can be videos known as "screencasts". Typically they show how a software works or show how to navigate a web site. Screen captures are increasingly becoming an important tool in the instructor's toolkit, and some of them are free.

Video Editing Checklist

The purpose of this page is to display the steps necessary to prepare a video for submission to Canvas. Peruse the PDF document "Video Editing and Submission to Canvas ", which you can also download to your computer or print out.

Video File Sizes

An explanation in plain English on how a digital video clip's size is determined can be informative when you are producing a video for upload to an online destination, be it YouTube, Facebook, or a learning management system such as Canvas. 
  • Converting old videos to web-ready formats using “Handbrake” If you have old videos that were shot on camcorders using outdated formats (e.g., VHS or hi-8) and then digitized into your computer, they may not be playable if they are in old unrecognizable formats. A free utility called "Handbrake" enables you to quickly convert those old videos into usable web-ready formats (e.g., mp4, H.264).  Watch the screencast, next.
  • Free video editor may solve instructor’s media needs Educational Technologist Glen Gummess, Ed.D., reviews "DaVinci Resolve," a free, open source video editor that fits on a PC or Mac and can be used to edit instructional videos.
  • Introducing “Films on Demand” in Canvas With Films on Demand, you can perform a video online in a manner similar to that of performing it in a Classroom.  Nearly a quarter million video segments are available covering all subjects.  The 3 minute demonstration depicts the use of a title in a Canvas discussion on "ethics."
  • Can a Student Watch a (YouTube) Video in Canvas for Credit? YES! A professor asked this interesting question:  Can a YouTube video be put into Canvas with students earning credit for watching it?  The answer is "Yes," with a modest amount of set-up by the instructor.  The video needs to be added to Canvas Studio.  Then it needs to have a one-question quiz added at the end to generate the points.  Then the in-video quiz needs to be added to a Canvas assignment, with the points total set to 5 (or whatever you wish).  The four and a half minute screencast shows you the entire process from start to finish, including a look at the experience from the student's point of view.
  • How to Submit a Video to a Canvas Assignment with Canvas Studio Students are occasionally required to submit a video to a Canvas assignment for grading.  The following screencast (two minutes 11 seconds) shows the steps to upload a video from a computer to a Canvas assignment using Canvas Studio, so that the instructor may annotate the video and assign it a grade.
  • How to Submit an iPhone Video to a Canvas Studio Assignment For iPhone 7 or later users, these procedures cover how to set up your iPhone for the quickest and most efficient video recording possible, and then how to submit your video to a Canvas assignment via Canvas Studio.  What follows is a short screencast (3 min. 42 seconds), and a handout you can print.  For best results, watch the video in full-screen view.
  • Clinic: Create an In-Video Quiz with Canvas Studio A quiz placed in a Canvas Studio can sustain student attention and engagement.  Here is a 13-minute clinic on the process of importing a YouTube Video and creating a quiz to be embedded on the video timeline and eventually installed in a Canvas assignment.  The same steps can be incorporated for an original video added to Canvas Studio.
  • PowerPoint Now Publishes to Stream after One-time Setup PowerPoint Recording and Publishing to "Stream" The ability to publish directly to Stream from PowerPoint is available now for 2019-2020 academic year. It has been a long time in coming.  It requires some setup that Tech Support can implement, but it’s doable.  Here are the one-time only setup instructions.  Then, below the document, watch the screencast on ...
  • Innovation for Lecture Capture: TechSmith Relay TechSmith Relay is a solution for capturing lectures on video using a simple one-button procedure to initiate recording.  In theory, all an instructor has to do is enter the classroom environment which is set up for recording with TechSmith technology, push a button, and record the lecture and any media associated with the lecture.  The lecture would then have to be published (to Canvas as a media embed or as a Canvas Studio video).  Here is TechSmith's promotional video
  • Infographic in Support of Using Media for Student Engagement This Infographic-21-Reasons-Video-Increase-Engagement is supported pretty well with links to research at the bottom of the infographic. @import url(https://learnitnow.stfrancis.edu/wp-content/plugins/siteorigin-panels/css/front-flex.min.css); #pgc-2657-0-0 { width:100%;width:calc(100% - ( 0 * 30px ) ) } #pl-2657 #panel-2657-0-0-0 { } #pl-2657 .so-panel { margin-bottom:30px } #pl-2657 .so-panel:last-child { margin-bottom:0px } @media (max-width:780px){ #pg-2657-0.panel-no-style, #pg-2657-0.panel-has-style > .panel-row-style { -webkit-flex-direction:column;-ms-flex-direction:column;flex-direction:column } #pg-2657-0 > .panel-grid-cell , ...
  • Screencasting with Canvas Studio (Arc Video) Using Arc Video in Canvas, you can record a screencast of a website or a software operation for instructional purposes, in minutes.  The screencast is saved and embedded in a content page, discussion posting, or any Canvas content that uses the rich content editor.  Students may be prompted to discuss the presentation on the video timeline itself with a chat feature, or the instructor can point out highlights.  This process is best utilized for short presentations that can be recorded and published quickly. View the screencast for details.  Also see this handout: arcScreencasts.  
  • Transferring a video from a camcorder to a Windows 10 PC This screencast tutorial assumes that you are choosing the "browse files" option when you connect your camcorder to a PC.  Similar procedures are used for the Macintosh. 
  • Compressing your video on your smart phone Note:  Previous information that stated you could upload your video to Canvas from your smartphone was wrong. Students do not yet have that right. These amended directions will show you that compressing your video on your phone to a manageable size has value to your efforts, especially over a "home internet connection" (DSL speeds).  Here are the written instructions that you can print out.
  • Canvas Studio (Arc Video) Overview Canvas Studio (previously "Arc Video")  is a service that combines media and conversation in a way that builds social engagement with video in Canvas. For faculty, Arc fits well with assignments in creating the ability to assess student videos, creating meaningful discussions, and other collaborative/cooperative learning activities.  Watch the preview video:
  • Tips for shooting demonstrations. For videos that involve the demonstration of how to do "something", whether it be working with technology or showing ingredients for a recipe, you will need to consider close-ups to achieve the objective.  A two-person operation, a camera operator and talent, is ideal to achieve the desired result.  But if it's a one-person job, you'll need to frame the demonstration area and lock down the camera mount's pan and tilt controls to stabilize the image.  All other basic recording techniques discussed elsewhere apply.  Watch the video to see these tips in action.
  • Editing video? Look At It First Look at the video before you edit, and give yourself plenty of time to think about it. The first thing to keep in mind is that video does not edit itself.  You have to look at the video and apply some creative decision-making and critical thinking to decide what to keep in the finished product, and ...