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This entry explores ways to plan, create and use your own (self-created) videos in your FLO topics. Some very helpful research-based recommendations for engaging students through video are explored in the blog article How MOOC video production affects student engagement, which you may like to read first
For information about lecture recording videos, please see the Lecture capture entry.

1. Plan  |  2. Build  |  3. Test  |  4. Administer  |  5. Review  ||  Support 
You can use videos in learning and teaching for a number of purposes:

A range of free and University supplied tools is available for you to record video footage ranging from a screen capture or informal webcam 'talking heads' to the professional studio.

1. Plan

What is the key message or purpose of the video? Is it a quick communication or should it be a highly produced, reusable resource? Knowing the answers to these questions will influence what tools you use and how much time you invest in planning and production. A storyboard or script may be an important component in planning a video, depending on how complex your video needs to be.

2. Build

You have numerous options for recording and editing videos. For simpler videos, you could just record on a mobile phone or tablet, or via basic tools that use your computer's webcam or capture screen recordings. If your video needs to be more highly produced and have a longer lifespan as a learning resource, then you might consider using more advanced tools/resources, like the video editing software Camtasia or the Multimedia Recording Studio located at Sturt campus. 

Record on a phone or tablet 

For informal, quick-to-produce videos that don't need editing, you may like to record on a phone or tablet. Remember to record in landscape orientation, not portrait! You can upload videos recorded on mobile devices straight into FLO in the same way, you upload from a computer. 

Kaltura Desktop Recorder in FLO 

The Desktop Recorder is part of Kaltura, the video platform in FLO available to download for free. The Desktop Recorder allows you to create:

  • Narrated PowerPoint video presentations
  • Screen recordings
  • Webcam recordings


Snagit is a screenshot program that captures video display and audio output. Use Snagit Editor to preview, edit, and share your captures.

To install Snagit on your University computer, go to the IDS Support Portal > Install software. Look for the Snagit icon 

The Multimedia Recording Studio 

The Multimedia Recording Studio, located at the Sturt campus, has sophisticated video and audio recording and green screen capabilities. To see what the Studio offers and to find how to book the studio, refer to the entry: Multimedia Recording Studio. After recording at the Studio, it's recommended that you use a more advanced video editing software like Camtasia to edit your footage. 


Camtasia is a video editing and screen recording application. It provides a range of advanced editing tools and interactive elements such as:

  • Visual effects
  • Hot spots
  • Interactive video quizzes and surveys
To install Camtasia on your computer, go to the IDS Support Portal > Install software. Look for the Camtasia icon   

To learn more about recording and editing video using Camtasia, check out these helpful tutorials

3. Test

Once you've created your video, it's recommended that you test the final product by previewing it before you upload.

  1. If you're using the Desktop Recorder, use the preview window. For Camtasia, Snagit and other software, play the video in full within the program before exporting a published file on your computer. Play it with sound to check the audio.
  2. View the properties of the file to check that it's close to the recommended maximum of 150 MB for uploading to FLO.

4. Administer

No matter which tool you use to create your video, you're encouraged to host the video in FLO's online video platform Kaltura (rather than a third-party tool like YouTube or Vimeo) for easy upload, management and sharing of your content. To make a video available in your topic, you'll need to first upload it to your personal repository in FLO, called My Media, and publish it to the topic Media Vault in which you want to use it. You (and other members of your teaching team) can then embed these videos within your topic teaching activities and resources. 

5. Review

Occasionally, you'll need to review and update the video content and you may be interested in finding out how students are engaging with your videos. FLO has tools to help you do all of this. 

  • If you need to make significant updates to the video content, you'll usually need to do this in the original video project file (e.g. in Camtasia or whichever software you used to produce the video). You can then use the Replace tool to swap out the video for an updated version, if appropriate. 
  • For minor changes to the video (like cutting a section out), you can use the editing tools in FLO at any point. 
  • For insights into how students are engaging with your video content, some great data is available via the analytics in the topic Media Vault

  Training and support



  • Training is available for making educational videos in Camtasia. Refer to the Flinders University Staff Development site for scheduled and upcoming sessions
  • The first time you start Camtasia, the program will open a tutorial video. You can find this video again later under Help > Open Getting Started Project within Camtasia. This built-in video will give basic instructions on how to use Camtasia 

  • Support on installation: please contact the IDS Service Desk on 12345
  • Support on using Camtasia, Desktop Recorder and SnagIt: please contact your eLearning support team

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