Learn@UW - Which should I use? Options to create instructional videos
This document compares the major features of five tools that can be used to create video for remote instruction: Microsoft Powerpoint for Office 365, Kaltura Webcam Recording, Kaltura Capture, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and TechSmith Camtasia.
There are many tools that instructors can use to create online instructional videos. The table below summarizes some of the most popular options for instructors at UW-Madison. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list but information to help instructors get started choosing a tool:
|Feature||Microsoft Powerpoint for Office 365||Kaltura Webcam Recording||Kaltura Capture ||Blackboard Collaborate Ultra||TechSmith Camtasia|
|Screen capture||Slides only||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Webcam capture||macOS - No|
Windows - Yes
|Records system audio1||No||No||macOS - No|
Windows - Yes
|Ability to update material||Instructors can edit slides, re-record audio, and export a new version of a video.||Instructors cannot easily update videos.||Instructors cannot easily update videos.||Instructors cannot easily update videos.||Instructors can edit and export a new version of a video.|
|macOS / Windows support||Available for macOS and Windows||Accessed via web browser||Available for macOS and Windows||Available for macOS and Windows||Available for macOS and Windows|
|Support||DoIT Help Desk||DoIT Help Desk||DoIT Help Desk||DoIT Help Desk||TechSmith Support and Community|
|License / cost||Licensed by UW-Madison||Licensed by UW-Madison||Licensed by UW-Madison||Licensed by UW-Madison|| Licensed by UW-Madison as of 8/28/20|
- macOS instructions
- Windows instructions
|- MediaSpace instructions|
- Canvas instructions
|- Ultra Overview|
- Recording Ultra sessions
- Downloading Ultra sessions
|- TechSmith Camtasia - Faculty and Staff License |
- Software library download
|Notes||Powerpoint is a good option to create narrated slide videos. Many instructors already have it installed. Some macOS users have noted occasional issues with slideshow audio recording and that macOS Powerpoint can sometimes produce files that have silence at the start after uploading to Kaltura MediaSpace. Technologists are investigating.||The Kaltura MediaSpace Webcam Recording tool is simple, easy-to-use and good for short introduction or response webcam-only videos.||Kaltura Capture is a newer tool that can capture and upload both your screen and webcam. The viewer can then switch between them on Kaltura MediaSpace. Kaltura Capture has proved to have some issues (especially on macOS), so we recommend you keep your recordings shorter - 4-6 min.||Instructors familiar with Ultra from its main use for synchronous lectures could create online videos using Ultra to record sessions ahead of time. The recording will only show either the webcam (if active) or what is shared - both aren't visible at the same time. Audio quality isn't as high as other options.||Camtasia is a very capable tool with a solid history that’s worth looking at if you want to create a variety of online videos including narrated slides, capturing your screen, and webcam. It also has good tools for editing and updating your material in the future. It is the recommended screen and webcam capture tool for instructors and staff.|
TechSmith Camtasia - newly licensed by UW-Madison as of 8/28/20 - is recommended for instructors and staff to consider when they want an easy to use but also powerful screen and webcam recording solution. It allows you to do edit your files for easier updating and saves you time in the long run.
Some instructors may find recording slideshows with Powerpoint for Office 365 an easy way to get started creating video for remote instruction. Kaltura Webcam Recording is most useful for short webcam course or module intro or response videos. Kaltura Capture is useful for when you need to record something outside Powerpoint - walking students through a website for example and which can be done in one take (a shorter 4-6 min video that doesn't need editing), but we still recommend Camtasia over Kaltura Capture for instructors and staff for this use case. Instructors who have used Blackboard Collaborate Ultra may find it to be an easy way to get started creating videos. A more in depth discussion of the benefits of video, student outcomes, and technology recommendations is in the Blended Learning Toolkit article Delivering Video Content to Students.
Instructors who would like help choosing a tool should first contact their local support as they may have a preferred solution. Instructors can also contact the DoIT Help Deskand request a consultation with a DoIT Academic Technology consultant.
1 - Records system audio - This means that the software can record audio that is being played back from your computer along with your microphone. For example if you're recording your screen and you play back a video the software can record the audio from that video as well. A non-ideal workaround is to record your screen on a laptop using the built in microphone to record as it will then also record the audio coming out of your speakers. The audio will not sound as good as using software that can record system audio and a dedicated microphone.