Do you need to be able to cover new material in classes that won’t meet on the two Monday holidays during Winter Quarter? Are there other days you will miss because of conferences or professional meetings? Do you have a need to demonstrate how to use software to students? Would you like to enable your students to easily review a lecture after class?
Then we’d recommend using TechSmith Relay for recording screencasts and lectures for students to view online at a later time.
Review TechSmith’s Screencasting Best Practices.
Before you record your first screencast, you will need to first:
- download the TechSmith Relay Recorder (log in using your SPU username and password)
- and then request a profile by contacting us. Your profile will determine how your recording will be finalized (i.e. a screencast to be posted in your Blackboard course site, an iTunes U audio and/or video file, a YouTube video).
Recording Your Screencast
- Open the documents or programs you want to appear on your screen as you are recording (i.e. PowerPoint presentation).
- Open TechSmith Relay.
- Enter your SPU username and password. Click Log In.
- Select a Profile.
Type a Title for your screencast.
Type a Description for your screencast, if desired.
- Check your audio input by clicking Audio.
If you have more than one audio input on your computer, be sure to select the one that you will be using for your screencast. The audio levels should automatically adjust during your recording, but you may also use the slider to boost or lower the volume of your microphone. Note: If you are having difficulty selecting your microphone or adjusting your volume, you may also need to select and adjust the appropriate audio input via your computer’s sound manager. If you have questions about that process, please contact us. We also recommend using a USB wired or wireless microphone for recording. This type of microphone will produce better quality audio than your computer’s built-in microphone.
- If you are using more than one monitor display, click Display to select which monitor you would like to record.
- If you would like to use your webcam to record video of you during the presentation, click Camera.
- Before officially recording your screencast, click Test to check that your audio levels and video are indeed recording as desired.
- Once you’re ready to record, click the REC (record) button. A 3 second timer will appear, counting down the time before the recording will actually begin. The timer will then minimize so that it does not distract from your presentation.
Note: If you are using a headset to record your screencast, you will not hear the audio through your headset during the actual recording process.
- Once you have finished recording your screencast, select the TechSmith Relay Recorder and click the Stop button. It may take a few moments for Relay to finalize your recording.
- Once your screencast has finalized but before submitting it for final processing, you have the option to trim the beginning and end of your presentation. Click the Trimming button. Click and drag the marker along the timeline to where you’d like the presentation to start. Click Set presentation start. Click and drag the marker along the timeline to where you’d like the presentation to end. Click Set presentation end.
- Click the Submit button when ready to publish your screencast and leave your computer running for a few minutes so that the screencast may upload to the Relay server.
- Once your screencast has finished processing, you should receive an email confirmation. You can also check the status of your screencast by logging into http://camtasia.spu.edu/relay with your SPU username and password. The length of time needed for processing is dependent on how long your presentation is and how many other users are requesting processing at the same time.
Tip: For quickest processing results, break your recordings into shorter segments (20 minutes or less). Most recordings are available within several hours after being submitted.
Note: If you would like your presentation posted to SPU iTunes U or the University’s YouTube account, please forward your screencast confirmation email to email@example.com. Doing so will require a special profile so this will need to be discussed prior to recording your screencast.