Moving Image Media: Add a Powerful Multipurpose Tool to Your Courses

Video is everywhere and there are many proven ways to use it in the classroom. There are many devices and recording methods, and all allow you to capture images and sounds.

Whether used to cover the same material quarter after quarter, record student presentations and guest speakers, or demonstrate a procedure, video is a powerful multipurpose tool.

In this workshop, you will learn about:

  • various recording tools and devices
  • general recording principles and guidelines
  • uploading media to the Ensemble Video Server
  • including your video in a Blackboard Course, faculty website, or program resource page

VIDEO RECORDING

Instructional Design Services (IDS), at Fort Omaha Campus, supports video capture and consults with you to determine the right tool for the job.

THE DEVICES, METHODS, AND APPLICATIONS

Smartphones:
•    iPhones and Android phones are very popular and can record high quality video.

Tablets:
•    iPads and Android tablets also record high quality video.

Camtasia Computer Software:
•    Camtasia is a screen capturing software. It records computer screen displays.

Desktop Video:
•    Recording video from the PC via a webcam and for uses such as Lync Videosharing.

Smart Podium:
•    Also called Digital Ink, records hand drawn information, equations, and formulae.

LifeSize Campus Share System:
•    A video conferencing and lecture capture technology, Campus Share connects classrooms across the college. Available at all campuses with ten systems now in place, presentations can be stored in individual instructor channels. Visit http://www.mccneb.edu/ids/conferencing.asp for more information.

IDS also helps you record video and produce programs by:

•    Providing small cameras for in-class or location recording, handheld or on a tripod
•    Recording your presentation for you
•    Producing a program on your topic or program area from script to final program

After you’ve captured your presentation or produced your program, save it to a computer, either in a folder you’re familiar with or on the desktop.

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER:

•    Make sure your Internet connection is not interrupted and that your file has the appropriate file extension (.MP4, .MOV, .WMV, etc.). Failure to do this will result in a “Conversion Error.”
•    The maximum upload-size is 12 Gigabytes. While this is a very large allowance, some cameras record at extremely high-definition, which can make a large video file.
•    If you are recording video with a smart phone or tablet, make sure you are recording with the correct side facing up. With smart phones, this usually means holding the phone vertically. With tablets, this usually means holding the phone horizontally. If you are unsure, record a practice video to double-check. Failure to do this will result in your video being upside-down or sideways, and this cannot be corrected in Ensemble.

Ensemble Video

1.    Open a browser and navigate to http://mccneb.ensemblevideo.com.

2.    Use the drop-down menu at the top of the page to choose the course library you’d like to add video to.

3.    Click the “+ add” button to add a video.
4.    Enter a title. Click the “Save & Continue” button at the bottom to continue.

5.    The “Credits” page does not need to be filled out. Click the “Continue” button to skip this page and continue uploading your video.

6.    On the “Manage Content” page, click the “Browse” button to locate the video on your computer.

7.    After selecting your video, click “Save” or “Choose,” and its name will appear on the page. Click the “Upload” button to begin the upload. You’ll know your video is uploading when you see the percent completed, the progress bar advancing, and the spinning upload indicator.

8.    Below is an image of the upload progress bar and the spinning upload indicator.

9.    Once the upload is complete, you will see a “Pending Conversion” message. This indicates your video has been successfully uploaded. Your video will continue to “Convert” behind the scenes—it is not playable yet but you are safe to continue through the “Add” menus. Depending on the video file size, the conversion process can take anywhere from a few minutes to 10 or 15 minutes. Click the “Save & Continue” button to continue.

10.    The “Publish” page may not have any “web publishing points” listed under Playlists (see the image below). If this is the case, click the “Save and Publish” button to skip this page and continue uploading your video.

11.    After clicking “Save and Publish” you will be taken to the Media Library page, where you just uploaded your video or audio (see the image below). If you see the words “Ready” beneath the video’s title name, this means your conversion is complete. It may also say “Conversion Pending.” In this case, you will need to wait until it switches to “Ready.” If it displays “Conversion Failed” or any other negative message, you should try to “+add” your video again. If you continue to have trouble, contact the IDS team listed at the bottom of this handout.

Embedding your video in Blackboard:

1.    “Embedding” your video means that a video player is included on a webpage. To embed your video, click the title link for the video you want to embed.

2.    Your video will open in a small window inside the webpage. Under your video, click the “Embed Code” link.

3.    Select all of the text in the code box, and “Copy” it by right-clicking on the selected text with your mouse, and choosing “Copy.”

4.    “Paste” this code into a website or Blackboard page by going to that page’s HTML editor, and pasting the code. Save that page and your embedded video will play if it has been converted successfully and is “Ready” to play.

5.    If a video displays a “Conversion Error,” make sure your internet connection was not interrupted and that your file has the appropriate file extension (.MP4, .MOV, .WMV, etc.). Also, remember that the Maximum upload-size is 2 Gigabytes. While is this a very large allowance, some cameras record at extremely high-definition, which can make a large video file.

6.    If you have any questions, or if you’d like to brainstorm ways for using Ensemble in your course, contact:
Blackboard Support – 531-622-2834 – blackboardsupport@mccneb.edu

7.    You can find further information about Ensemble and including video in Blackboard at the IDS website, blogs.mccneb.edu/ideas.

Creating a public link to your video:
1.    To create a public link to your video in Ensemble, start at the Media Library page of the library where the video has been uploaded.

2.    Click the “Web Publishing” button at the top of the Media list:

3.    Click the “Add a New Destination” button.

4.    Type in the Name of the destination. This can be your course code or the name of the site where the video will be.

5.    After you save, you should see your Web Publishing Destination listed. Next, click the “Quick Publish” button.

6.    Click the “Web Site” link to open a website with links to your video on it. You can remove this page at any time by clicking the red warning sign next to the Web Site link.

7.    To share links to your videos, either copy the individual titles by right-clicking on their title-links, and choosing “Copy.” Then paste them into a document, Blackboard weblink item, or email by right-clicking and choosing “Paste.”

8.    If you have any questions, or if you’d like to brainstorm ways for using Ensemble in your course, contact:

Blackboard Support – 531-622-2834 – blackboardsupport@mccneb.edu

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