Interactive Learning: Tools for Online Video Course Creation
The type of technology you will use to create your online video courses depends on your budget, the type of course you’re creating, and your knowledge of the technology. The following is a list of options for cameras, software and technology that you might need to use.
In order to help you choose what you need, first figure out what type of course you’ll be creating and outline the components of the course. Then, choose based on availability and budget.
* Computer – Your computer is probably fine; just make sure that you have a fully updated computer that works fast online and offline.
* Webcam – There are many different choices of webcam with prices ranging from 5 dollars and up. We recommend choosing a HD webcam such as the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920. It works well, producing sharp video from calls, and you can even do it in widescreen. It also has a built-in microphone if you don’t want to use earphones.
* General Camera – While a little more pricey than some of the other options, a real camera that has an external microphone jack can be used to make the most professional videos and will help you produce truly professional results. One good choice is the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.
* Pocket Cameras – There are many to choose from, such as the well-known Flip Cam, Creative Labs Vado HD, to the Sony HDR-CX260V HD Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder. Some of these cameras are still available new but some are only available used.
* IPad – If you have an iPad or other tablet you can actually use it to record and create videos and use your editing software to upload it to your LMS.
* External Microphone – It’s a good idea to invest in an external microphone if your camera has an external microphone jack. If it doesn’t, don’t worry about it; just keep that in mind when you are making your recordings so that your voice is not lost.
* Internet Connection – You want fast internet, such as cable internet service. Fast DSL might not be enough, so get whatever service you can that is the fastest available to you.
* Screen Capture and Recording Software – A really great screen capture software is Snagit, which allows you to take different types of screen shots and is far more advanced than the “print screen” method sometimes employed. If you want to record live action on your screen, a good software to use is included in Camtasia Studio’s editing software. You can also use the online program for both PCs and Macs.
* Editing Software – Many cameras come with some editing software, and so does your computer. Your PC comes with Windows Movie Maker which works fine; your Mac comes with iMovie. If you want more fully featured software, you’ll spend a bit more money on something like ScreenFlow for Macs, or Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD for your PC. For really serious editing software solution you can try Camtasia Studio.
* Lighting – One of the most important aspects of your recordings is the lighting. If you have poor lighting it can be difficult to showcase what you really want to showcase. You can use construction lights, a lamp, or invest in more expensive fluorescent lighting. You can even record outside if you want to, which always provides the best possible lighting.
* Tripod – This will help stabilize your camera, and is a great choice if you’re trying to both record, and become the star of your recording.
If all you have is your smartphone and a computer, you can still create interesting and interactive learning videos that work. Don’t let all the technology talk stop you. Jump in and give it a try.