As part of the SFU Teaching and Learning Centre’s commitment to supporting faculty in the creation of Educational Media we have a few items available for loan. Through contact with the EdMedia Team, content creators (you!) can borrow certain pieces of equipment and get started, making media. This document will help outline how to use the Q2 ZOOM HD Audio/Video recorder we now have available.
When to use the Q2?
The size and high quality recording ability of the Q2 Zoom recorder make it ideal for small, intimate, recording environments.
1) Interviews: Whether using both the Audio and Video functions of the Q2, recording an interview is managed perfectly with this device. Small, portable and with a high quality microphone, the Q2 allows you to get up close while also being unobtrusive.
2) Out in the Field: Perfect for those long walks out in the field, the portability of the
Q2 once again lends itself to being a highly suitable recording device to record research material, whether its a bird call, animal movements, or even capturing irrefutable HD evidence of that elusive “manimal.”
Recording a video that is playing on your computer can be tricky, especially if you want the sound from the video to be recorded. Suppose you have a video you have made and want to play the video and also talk over it, to provide more information or context. By default you can’t do this. Below are a couple of quick and relatively painless solutions to help you do this.
1) Camtasia http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html
Camtasia for both mac and PC has educational pricing, see website for specifics. Generally, this program is quite easy to use and allows you to:
- Record your screen to capture PowerPoint slides, software demos, webpages, and more
- Edit your screen recordings and camera video by cutting, splicing, and combining clips with the powerful, yet easy to use, video editor
- Import camera video, music, photos, and more to truly enhance your screen recordings
- Customize your screen recordings and videos with ready-to-use media themes, animated backgrounds, graphics, callouts, and more
- Create interactive videos with clickable links, table of contents, search, and more
- Easily share videos that your viewers can watch anywhere, on nearly any device —Camtasia website
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2) Quicktime Pro + Soundflower (MAC only)
Quicktime Pro is available for approx. $35 from quicktime.com. Among many of its features it allows for you to make audio, video and screen recordings. However, if you want record the audio of a movie playing on the computer instead of recording your voice for example, you will need to also download Soundflower.
- Once you have installed Soundflower, you will need to go into SYSTEM PREFERENCES and change your audio input to Soundflower. This will redirect your system audio to play and be recorded. Without this, the audio you hear on the computer will not be recordable, only the video.