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Creating a video

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Video may be required for an e-Portfolio or for assessment. Staff may want to create video content for courses.

Working with video can create problems as the resultant files are very big. They will need to be hosted on a specialist video platform e.g. YouTube or Office 365 Stream


Hosting Video files

Video files are very big so for it to be used in other systems such as Mahara, the video should be uploaded to a video hosting platform such as YouTube or Office 365 Stream. Hidden or unlisted files are used to hold videos that are not generally findable but only accessible via another service such as a Mahara page. See our help sheet on Hosting video files for Mahara or WordPress*

    • YouTube is very good with video but the data is stored outside of YSJ and possibly the EU. Videos can be unlisted. Embedding into other services is good and closed captions can be automatically generated.
    • Office 365 Stream is good with video and the data is held within YSJ space. Videos can only be viewed by logged in YSJ accounts so cannot be used for external websites or shared with others such as external examiners. Closed captions can be automatically generated. See our Stream help page*

Making videos

There are many ways to make a video. The options below are not exhaustive but if you are using a different device then please test all aspects of the production including filming, editing, adding voice and submitting the final result. Moving video between devices can be tricky both because of the file size and compatibility of file types.


Record video on a phone

For live action videos including language examples or talking head videos. This is suitable for situations where a video is recorded as a whole and then uploaded to a video hosting site or submitted directly to Moodle. Simple edits for video on phones are possible using apps such as iMovie.


Make a PowerPoint into a video

This option is the easiest for screen-based videos. Start with an ordinary PowerPoint then add a voice track and export the finished presentation as a video file.

See our page on Making a video in PowerPoint*

Note PowerPoint on a Chromebook or mobile app cannot add voice tracks and create a video. We suggest using Screencast-o-matic to record the screen and voice.


Screencast-o-matic (SoM)

For more complex screen-based videos. Record anything that is on a screen along with commentary. SoM also includes many facilities for making edits, highlighting or blurring video and exporting the finished result.

See our page on Screencast-o-matic*


Using iMovie on a library iPad

For live action videos where multiple recordings need re-arranging and trimming. iMovie is easy to use and can record video, add captions and voice-over, edit or re-arrange and finish a video.

Help sheet on Video creation using iMovie*


Analysing another video using Coach's Eye on a library iPad

To create a video analysis. Coach's eye allows the addition of commentary, drawing over video and slow motion replay to make a new analysis video. This app is available on the Library iPads.

Analysing video using Coach's Eye*


Submitting video to Moodle

For some submissions the requirement is to submit the finished video directly to Moodle. There is a specialised submission type which handles this.

See our help on Submitting video to Moodle*


Embedding Video into Mahara e-Portfolio

Once uploaded to a video hosting site you can embed video into a Mahara e-Portfolio which enables the video to play within the page.

See our Embedding video in Mahara help page*

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