I am planning to use the video recording for the first time. Is there a limit to how long I can video myself for a lesson?
Hey, Alan! You are referring to the built in video recording in Canvas? If so, I am not sure about the time limit, but you might want to consider another option for a formal, planned lesson. Don't get me wrong; I use the video recorder all of the time for quick announcements, discussions, and anytime I need a quick video or just get tired of typing.
However, for a more formal lesson, I use something like Screencast-O-Matic, which allows the recording of your computer screen (slides, whiteboard, etc., your webcam image, and audio. The free accounts allow up to fifteen minutes,and the pro accounts are dirt cheap. With either option, you can download the video file or publish to YouTube or Screencast-O-Matic and then embed the video in Canvas. Here is a tutorial I made for my students: Screencast 2016 - YouTube
If you are a PowerPoint user, you might also consider using the free Office Mix from Microsoft, which integrates with Canvas via LTI: Integrating Office Mix using LTI . This is a nice option because, in addition to screen and webcam recording, it supports basic quizzing in video lesson, and you can use the LTI to have the quiz scores go straight to the gradebook.
Now, if you do want some simple videos of yourself talking, the built in video recorder in Canvas works great, but if you want a visual aid like some slides, take a look at these other options.
I hope that helps!
Hi, Alan, Dallas E Hulsey has given you some great advice. I know that when I need to record anything longer than a few seconds, I use an external program to create the recording; I often use a video editor to add title cards and images, and once I've got it all saved and ready to go, I upload it to YouTube with appropriate privacy settings and embed it in a Canvas page.
And to confirm, according to How do I record a video using the Rich Content Editor? , there is no time limit per se on recordings, but even the guide recommends against creating anything longer than 15 minutes using the in-built video recorder--and there is no way I would go nearly that long, especially considering this admonition: "Longer media lengths require a longer rendering time and may be interrupted without a stable internet connection."
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