Recording and Uploading Your Video

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Inquire: Recording and Uploading Video Assignments

Overview

This lesson is to help you understand how to record and upload videos for assignments in this course. You will learn about different devices and how they record and save video, as well as how to upload video to your computer. Lastly, this lesson provides a step-by-step guide to uploading an unlisted video on to YouTube.

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Big Question

How do you record video and upload it for an assignment?

Watch: Recording a Presentation: An Example

Read: Recording a Video for Your Assignment

Overview

Sometimes, in business and in school, you will be asked to record a video and upload it for a demonstration or presentation. If you are giving a presentation, you’ll want to make sure to film your entire body, head to toe. It will be important to do a couple of tests to make sure you have a good shot when you are filming. In many cases, you will be required to film your audience as well to verify that you are speaking in front of an audience. You should do this all in one go, without starting and stopping the recording. The following sections will help you get started on recording your video, depending on the device you have for recording.

Recording Video on an iPhone or iPad

To record a video on your iPhone or iPad, simply locate and press the camera app.

The camera automatically opens to the photo setting.

iphone camera setting

Select VIDEO. You will know you are in video mode when you see the red button at the bottom and a timer at the top. To start recording, press the red button.

iphone video recording setting

You will know you are recording when you see the red button turn from a circle to a square and the counter clock starting at the top.

When you are finished recording, press the red button again. The video is automatically saved to your phone, scroll down to learn how to upload a video to your computer.

Recording Video on an Android Device

To record a video on your Android device, locate and press the camera app.

The camera will automatically open to the photo setting. Click the video camera button to select the video option. You will know you are in video mode when you see a red dot in the center of the record button at the bottom of the screen.

To start recording press the button. You will know you are recording when you see a timer start at the top of the screen and the button turns red and a square appears in it. When you are finished click the button again to stop recording.

The video will automatically save to your device.

Using Your Webcam

You can also use your computer’s webcam to record your video. This might be tricky if you have to rotate your computer to show your audience. However, it can be a good set up to help you see what you look like framed up in the video shot and you can adjust as needed depending on how much you move during your presentation.

Depending on your computer, there are a couple of different ways you can record using your webcam. On a Mac, the easiest way to record is to use a pre-installed program called QuickTime.

Locate your LaunchPad at the bottom of the screen. Then, either search for or locate the QuickTime App. It may be located in the “Other” folder. Look for a big black Q with blue in the center.

Mac taskbar with launchpad highlighted

Mac launchpad with other in focus

 

The "other" folder opened on a mac computer

 

When you open QuickTime, you will see a central box that allows you to open a folder. Just click on Done. It will look like nothing is open, but if you look at the top left of your screen, you will see QuickTime and some menu options.

quickplayer menu

Select File and then New Movie Recording. This will open up a screen with your webcam.

Quicktime menu with the "File" navigation tab open

The bottom button is used to start the recording. When you start recording, the counter clock will start.

Quicktime movie recording with mouse over start button

As you talk, you should see the audio bar pulsing with each noise. If you don’t see yourself, or if you are having difficulty with audio, you can select the down arrow next to the recording button to select the audio and video inputs.

quicktime movie recording with mouse over input and output options

On a PC with Windows 10, go to your Camera app in the start menu.

Once the app is open, click the video camera icon to switch to select video mode. Then, click it again to start recording.

You will know you are recording when the timer at the bottom of the screen starts and the button changes to a red circle with a square in it. You can use the pause button to pause the recording at anytime. Click the square button to stop recording when you are finished.

The video will be automatically saved to your Camera Roll folder.

Using a Camera with an SD Card

If you want to record your video with a standard camera, you will likely need to do so with a camera that has an SD Card. An SD Card is the memory card for your camera, and it is where the video will be stored when you finish recording.

Four SD Cards

To transfer your video to a computer, you will either need a computer with an SD slot or an adapter SD Slot.

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Another way to transfer files is to connect your camera directly to your computer. Your camera should come with a cable that has a USB end. This end will connect to your computer.

USB cable

Uploading Video from Your Device

You can upload a YouTube video straight from your tablet or phone. However, if you want to transfer your video to a computer, it can be a bit tricky depending on the type of phone and computer you have. As you are transferring your files, make sure you pay attention to where the file is being transferred or saved. Many videos (and other files) are lost because a person wasn’t paying attention to where the file was saving.

If using an Android device, you can back up your video to your Google Drive and then download it to your computer. If you are using an Apple product, you can connect your device directly to your computer or use AirDrop to transfer files. Check out the Toolbox to get more detailed information depending on your scenario.

Expand: Uploading an Unlisted Video to YouTube

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The easiest way to share videos with others without sending them the full video file is to upload the video to YouTube as an unlisted video. An unlisted video is a video that no one can see unless you provide them with a direct link to the video. This means that no one can see this video if they look at your channel or try to search for it on YouTube or Google.

You will want to keep in mind that a ten-minute video is usually a very long file to upload to YouTube. Check out the Toolbox for information on how to reduce your file size. Otherwise, you will be uploading your video for an hour or more! To upload an unlisted video on YouTube, you will first need a Google account. If you have a Google email address, then you already have a YouTube account. If not, it’s easy to create one. You can find more information about creating a Google Account at this link: https://accounts.google.com/signup/v2/webcreateaccount?hl=en&flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=SignUp

Uploading a YouTube Video from your Computer

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Click the upload icon in the top right of your screen.
  3. Screenshot of the upload icon on YouTubeSelect the privacy drop down and change to unlisted.
  4. Screenshot of YouTube Upload PageEither select the files to upload or drag and drop your video.
  5. Screenshot of the unlisted option on YouTubeYou can also select unlisted as you are downloading your video. Locate the link for your video and copy it so you can attach it to your assignment.

Lesson Resources

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Additional Resources and Readings

Article: 7 Ways to Transfer Data Between Your Phone and a Computer

This article will show you seven ways to move a video from your phone to your computer depending on the type of computer and type of phone you own.

Import Photos and Videos from Your Phone to Your PC

This article details transferring video and photos from your phone to your PC computer.

How to Import Videos from iPhone to PC or Mac

This article demonstrates how to transfer videos from your iPhone to either your PC or Mac.

Article: Four Methods to Transfer Videos from Your Camera to Your PC or Mac

This article will help you learn how to transfer your video from your camera to your PC or Mac.

Article: How to Reduce Video Size

This article discusses different methods to reduce the file size of your video for easier uploads.

Article: 5 Easy Ways to Reduce Video Size on iOS (iPhone)

This article discusses 5 different methods to reduce the file size of your video for easier uploads on your iPhone.

Article: 5 Ways to Reduce Video Size on Android, iOS and Windows Phone

This article discusses 5 different methods to reduce the file size of your video for easier uploads on your various devices.

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Authored and curated by Cat D. Jackson, M. Ed., David Thomas for The TEL Library. CC BY NC SA 4.0

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