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This entry explores ways to plan, create and use your own video in your FLO topics. Some very helpful research-based recommendations for engaging students through video are explored in this blog article 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 
There are a number of ways to create videos for teaching. Examples include: 
  • use short and informal videos to introduce the teaching team
  • use a face-to-face lecture space to capture a presentation (manual recording options available)
  • produce 5-10 minute mini-lectures which target important or commonly misunderstood concepts 
  • produce content for revision or elaborate on an assessment item
  • capture your screen with or without a webcam image of yourself
  • use video in peer assessment and feedback practices 
  • encourage students to present knowledge and understanding through video
  • capture unique experiences or perspectives through interviews with industry experts

There is a range of free and University supplied tools available for you to record video footage ranging from 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 how complex your video needs to be.

Why use a storyboard or script?

A storyboard is a 'graphic representation of how your video will unfold, shot by shot' (see more at Video Maker Tips, 2014). Traditionally, a storyboard consists of a series of squares with hand-drawn illustrations depicting each shot, each accompanied by notes about what's going to happen, including any narrations. Storyboards don't have to be detailed, but are designed to help you think through the process of creating a video. You can find plenty of templates online, or just sketch it out on paper or use a series of post-it notes. Another option is to use a script to plan out the narration component and accompany it with notes about what will be on screen. There are also plenty of script templates available online. 

What equipment do you need?

Do you need the recording studio; a video camera; or do you have a good quality in-built camera and microphone in your computer, tablet or mobile phone?  Can you use the basic editing tools in FLO, or will you need more sophisticated editing effects available in video editing software on your computer?


You may like to use templates when developing a series of videos, or working in a teaching team, to ensure a consistent look and feel. Check out the University branded background images.

Book the Multimedia Recording Studio (for high production video)

This studio, located at Sturt Campus, is available to anyone. More information and how to book.

Installing software

See below (Build) for more information about the video creation and editing software options available and how to install these on your computer.

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. All FLO users (staff and students) can download it for free. The Desktop Recorder uploads your recording straight into your personal media repository in FLO, called My Media, where you can publish to your topic for use in teaching activities. It allows you to create videos of narrated PowerPoint presentations (ideal for video lectures), screen recordings, webcam recordings (talking head style), and 'picture in picture' videos where your webcam footage (talking head) can be combined with screen recordings or presentations. 
See the entry: Desktop Recorder to learn more about what it can do, and how to use it.  


The University provides access for all staff to the screen capture application Snagit, available for Windows and Mac. Snagit has tools to capture screenshots, screen recordings, and webcam recordings. It has basic editing tools that allow you to trim/cut bits of the video only. Go to Tutorials for creating videos with Snagit

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

The University provides access for all staff to Camtasia, available for both Windows and Mac. It's a much more comprehensive video recording and editing application. It allows you to record video at your desk via your computer webcam and/or the software's screen recording function. You can also import footage taken elsewhere and on other devices, such as on a smartphone or camera. It provides a range of advanced editing tools, including: trimming and clipping tools, freeze frame, speed up and slow down footage, transitions, the ability to add visual overlays and annotations, blur/pixelate tools, voiceover recording, and more. You can also create interactive elements (visual effects, hot spots, interactivity, quizzes) within your videos. 
To install Camtasia on your computer, go to the IDS portal > Install software. Look for the Camtasia icon Camtasia icon 

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

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. 

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 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 page 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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