Talking head videos are often used to introduce a series of lectures or a module and are generally quite short. They serve as an ideal way to introduce yourself to the students and your upcoming topics, while putting a little more human presence into otherwise fairly distant, remote teaching.

Ordinarily we would recommend that talking heads are not used throughout a video lecture, as this can distract from the content of the slides.

Quick methods and Quality production methods are described below.

Quick

Overview

Follow the Basics guide to set your scene, lighting and other considerations first, then:

  1. Use the desktop Zoom client and record a meeting while sharing your webcam to either your hard drive or to the cloud.
  2. (Optional extra) Enable Zoom auto transcript generation (one time enable, always on after)
  3. If using the cloud (required for auto transcripts), download the resulting recording and transcript from your account, under ‘Recordings’ in the website zoom.us.
  4. Upload your video and .vtt transcript file to the video portal and embed into your course.

Detailed instructions

How to record a Zoom meeting

Audio and video quality depends on your internet connection and is generally of a lower standard than local recordings. However, for many purposes this will be acceptable.

The main advantages here are a familiar application to work with, and the editable audio transcript.

Example from Clinical Bioinformatics

A simple Meet the Team video made using zoom that has been embedded into the community space – very simple to do using zoom and a pre-agreed script.

Extras

Use Zoom auto captioning for editable captions / transcript
Check, edit and download the transcript on Zoom.us, upload the .vtt file to the video portal alongside the video (under advanced options).

Enable this before recording.

Edit in OpenShot
Add logos, text overlays or welcome slides – Before uploading to the Video Portal.

Using Zoom to record your webam and voice, uploading and sharing using the Video Portal. This method gives you the option of editing a transcript on the Zoom website (cloud recordings only).

Quality

Overview

Follow the Basics guide to set your scene, lighting and other considerations first, then:

Windows 10

  1. Use the Camera app to record from your webcam at it’s highest quality
  2. (Optional) Use OpenShot to add in some text, graphics, or images (example)
  3. Upload your video to the video portal and embed into your course, turning on cloased caption generation.

OS X

  1. Use Quicktime Player to record a new video using your webcam, adjust the quality to the highest setting and record your piece.
  2. (Optional) Use OpenShot to add in some text, graphics, or images (example)
  3. Upload your video to the video portal and embed into your course, turning on cloased caption generation.

 Detailed instructions

Record video using Windows Camera

Record video using Quicktime (OS X)

Extras

Generate automatic closed captions on the video portal
These cannot be edited currently and the accuracy with technical language is not consistent.

Edit in OpenShot
Add logos, text overlays or welcome slides – Before uploading to the Video Portal.

Recording from your webcam directly for higher quality. Relies on the Video Portal for auto generaton of closed captions, which are currently not editable.

Pro Quality

The Media Services team ordinarily offers a service to record you in their studio, they will take care of editing and any extra inserts (text, graphics, or images) and produce the final product for you.

There may be charges associated with this service.
Media Services

Pro Quality