Video - Desktop Recorder (new release)

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My Media iconThis entry relates to the FLO Online Video Platform, and its Desktop Recorder tool that you can use to build videos. 

The Desktop Recorder is a free tool you can use to make simple videos for learning and upload directly to your My Media repository in FLO. You can use it to capture screen recordings, webcam and audio. When making screen recordings, you can also add annotations like drawing and highlighting to the slides, webpages or applications on screen as you record. It also has a whiteboard mode where you can record yourself drawing basic diagrams & graphics.     


Download Desktop Recorder for PC

To install the Desktop Recorder, you'll need admin rights on your computer. If you're using a University computer, you'll need to contact the IDS Service Desk for help with the installation on 08 8201 2345 or  ids@flinders.edu.au

If you have admin rights on your computer, you can follow the steps below. 

  1. Log into FLO. In the top right of screen next to your name and profile picture, open the drop-down menu then click My Media
    FLO menu My Media selected


  2. On the right of screen click Add New, then Desktop Recorder. (If it's already installed on your computer, the Desktop Recorder will launch as per step 5 below). 
    Add new select Desktop Recorder

  3. Click Download for Windows
    Download for PC icon

  4. Check your browser for the downloaded installation file (eg in Chrome you'll see it appear in the bottom left; in Firefox click the download arrow in top right). When it's finished downloading, open the file.
    Downloaded exe file

  5. The file will install; follow any prompts you see on screen. When the install is finished, Desktop Recorder will launch.
    Desktop recorder toolbar
 


Download Desktop Recorder for Mac

To install the Desktop Recorder, you'll need admin rights on your computer. If you're using a University computer, you'll need to contact the IDS Service Desk for help with the installation on 08 8201 2345 or  ids@flinders.edu.au. If you have admin rights on your computer, you can follow the steps below. 

 You will need session cookies enabled. Safari is recommended browser for downloading this program.

  1. Log into FLO. In the top right of screen next to your name and profile picture, open the drop-down menu then click My Media
    Open Flo mene select MyMedia

  2. On the right of screen click Add New, then Desktop Recorder. (If it's already installed on your computer, the Desktop Recorder will launch as per step 5 below).
    Add New button

  3. If a window about the App Store pops-up, press Cancel.
  4. Click Download for Mac
    Download for Mac

  5. Open and run the download file from your browser.
  6. Drag the Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder icon into the Applications folder and authenticate as prompted. 
    Drag to Applications

  7. The application will launch and you'll see a new icon in the Dock that looks like this:
    kaltura icon in Dock


Create a video with Desktop Recorder

  1. Open the Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder, either:
    • from the icon on your desktop(PC) or from Applications (Mac)
      Kaltura capture icon
    • or, from within FLO. Open the drop-down menu next to your name and profile picture, click My Media > Add New > Desktop Recorder
      Add new desktop recorder recording

  2. The Recorder opens. Select the recording inputs for the type of video you'd like to create. You can click an icon to toggle the input on/off. See the table below for which inputs to use for different kinds of video. 
    desktop recorder toolbar

    Video type Use cases Recorder inputs to select
    Screen recording (no audio) Record a simple, short process or demonstration on screen that doesn't need explanation / narration Screen only. Click Camera and Audio to turn them off. 
    If you have multiple monitors, you can use the drop-down menu to select which one to record. Choose whether you want Full Screen recording, or to select a specific area on your screen. 
    Screen recording only inputs
    Screen recording (with audio) Record presentation slides with narration (good for lecture videos)
    Record a demonstration of using a website or database, software application, or other learning resource. 
    Show an image, diagram etc and talk about it.
    Optional: use the annotation tools to overlay a markup over the content on screen. 
    Screen and Audio. Click Camera to turn it off. 
    If you have multiple monitors, you can use the drop-down menu to select which one to record. Choose whether you want Full Screen recording, or to select a specific area on your screen.
    screen recording with audio inputs

    Talking head (webcam video) Present directly to camera. Great for explainer videos, welcome, or announcement videos.  Camera and Audio. Click Screen to turn it off
    webcam and audio recording
    Multi-stream recording (screen recording plus webcam talking head) This is useful for when you want to show slides, websites or images on screen, but also want to connect to your audience by  being visible as a 'talking head'. Research shows that students find this more engaging than just slides with narration. 

    When you record in this way, the Desktop Recorder will create two video streams - one for the screen recording, and one for the webcam. When students watch the video, they'll be able to choose how the two streams are displayed, and change it as they watch (it's interactive).
    They can view as:
    • picture in picture view, with one stream displayed in the bottom corner and the other filling the screen. The student can switch between the streams whenever they like, ie they can maximise the screen recording and have your talking head in the bottom left corner, or maximise your talking head, and have the screen recording on the bottom corner. 
    • side-by side: splits the screen in half and plays both streams side by side. 

    You don't need to do any additional editing to make this interactive viewing experience possible. When you create a multi-stream recording, the video player students to watch the video in FLO provides that functionality. 

    All three inputs - Screen, Camera and Audio
    If you have multiple monitors, you can use the drop-down menu to select which one to record. Choose whether you want Full Screen recording, or to select a specific area on your screen.

    Multistream recording inputs selected
    Audio only You could use this for voice-only content, for example as a way to 'speak' to your students for a reminder or topic announcement.  Audio only. Click Screen and Camera to turn them off.
    audio only recording input


  3. Click the red Record button. You'll see a 3-2-1 countdown, then the recording begins. 
      Click record

  4. The recording toolbar will reduce in size and display in the bottom right of screen. You may need to move it or minimize it to make sure it isn't included in your video. As you record, you can pause and resume at any time. If you make a mistake and want to discard what you've recorded, click the cross icon to cancel the whole recording.
    Note: if you make a mistake while recording, don't worry! You can always cut it out after uploading your video to FLO, with the the editing tools available in My Media.  
    desktop recorder recording toolbar

  5. When you're done, click the Stop button then Yes, Stop it to confirm. 
    Stop recording

  6. A preview of your video opens in a pop-up window. Enter a name and description (both mandatory fields that are required to publish the video for use in teaching activities), and optional, add tags (keywords) to increase the 'searchability' of your video in FLO. 
    Video name descriptions and tags added

  7. Click Save and Upload. This saves the recording and uploads it directly into your My Media repository in FLO.
    Note: the Save option saves the video into your Desktop Recorder library, but won't upload to FLO. You can always access the video in the Recorder library at a later stage and upload it. 
    Click save and upload

  8. You'll see the upload progress percentage displayed; it may take a few minutes to complete. 
    Upload progress

  9. When the upload is complete, you can click the URL displayed under the video to access it in My Media. From there, you can edit the video if necessary, publish it to topic Media Vaults for use in topic activities, add captions and more. 
    Click URL to open in My mEdia

Annotating as you record 

The recorder has some basic inbuilt annotation tools you can use to add drawing, highlights etc to the content on screen as you record. You can use these tools over the top of any content displayed on your screen, including slides, images, and websites. 

You can use the annotation tools once you've started a screen recording. You can pause the recording while you add the annotation, if that works better for your style of video, but you don't have to. 

  1. On the recording toolbar, click the pencil icon to open the annotations menu. 
    Click pencil to open menu

  2. Click the annotation tool you want to use: 
    • the pencil icon allows free-form drawing. Select the ink colour and pen width, then draw. 
      pencil tool to draw

    • the arrow icon lets you click and drag to draw arrow shapes. e.g to point at something on screen. Select the ink colour and line width, then click and drag to draw the arrow. 
      arrow tool

    • the T icon allows you to add a text box and type into it. Select the text colour and size, click and draw a textbox, then type into it. 
      Text tool

  3. Add your annotation. It'll stay on screen as an overlay, so if you scroll up or down or otherwise move or change the content underneath, the annotation won't move with the content.
    You can use the Select icon to select and move/resize the annotation if need be. 
    Select an annotation  >  Move an annotation

  4. To stop annotating and use your mouse cursor again, click the cursor icon
    Cursor icon

  5.  To clear the annotations, click the bin icon. This will delete all of the annotations on screen. 
    clear annotations



The whiteboard tool

This is a blank white 'canvas' that you can draw on electronically to create basic graphics and diagrams. Using this works best if you have a tablet and stylus to work with; drawing with a mouse is a bit clunky. This option can be useful for 'explainer style' videos where you want to roughly illustrate a concept as you explain it. These 'drawing style' tutorials are good when the graphic element doesn't need to be precise or perfect. 

Start a screen recording, then access the whiteboard as follows:

  1. On the recording toolbar, click the pencil icon to open the annotations menu, then click the whiteboard icon
    Desktop Recorder whiteboard

  2. A whiteboard pop-up window appears over the the top of what's on your screen. Note: You can't adjust the size. Use the annotation menu to select the drawing pencil, arrow, or text tool, and add annotations to the whiteboard.
    Whiteboard drawing

  3. Before you stop the recording, decide whether you want to keep a copy of it as an image. 
    • If you don't want to save it, just stop your recording. 
    • If you want to save it, pause your recording, the click the download icon to save a copy. The system will launch a save window where you can name the file (it'll be a .jpg image file) and specify the save location. 
      Save copy of whiteboard annotation

  4.  When you finish the recording, save and upload your video as per the usual process (explained above).  


Edit a video created with the Desktop Recorder

To edit a video you've created in the Desktop Recorder, you have to upload it to your FLO My Media repository first. Once your video is in My Media, you'll be able to use the Edit tools to do things like trim and cut out content from the start, end, and middle of the video; add captions; create chapter markers; and more. 

See the Edit in FLO entry for the details of how to use the editing tools. 


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