Recording Video or Audio


This page provides a variety of resources and FAQs for students creating video or audio recordings for class projects. 

Getting Started FAQs

What apps can I use to record video or audio?

For any course projects, make sure to follow any guidelines specified by your instructor around desired content, formatting and sharing practices.   Here are a few common approaches:

What gear do I need?

For recordings made from your computer, most laptops have built-in webcams and microphones for completing a quick video or audio presentation.  For advanced recording and editing, see the FAQs below which also addresses lighting and other questions.  

For recordings made from your smartphone, most smartphones have built-in cameras and microphones that, likewise, can work quite well for a quick video or audio presentation. 

Other FAQs

Do I need to buy a webcam?

 If your computer does not have a webcam built in, you may want to purchase an external webcam to connect to your computer.   To see a review of webcams for the classroom, visit this TeachAndGo article. 

Do I need to plug in a headset or earbud to my computer or smartphone?

Is my internet too slow?

Can I speed up my wifi with an Ethernet cable?

Yes! To speed up slower wifi, you can also connect your computer directly into your modem using an ethernet cable (rather than depending on wifi). If your wifi router is too far from your computer to connect via a short ethernet cable, there are inexpensive options online for 50ft ethernet cables that are flat, white, and come with wall tacks to prevent tripping hazards. 

Perhaps.  Arguably, quality sound is even more important than having quality video. 

If you can pick up a cheap $15 Logitech headset (from SWS or Target), or plug your smartphone earbuds into your computer, your microphone quality will increase considerably.  

As a side note, the quality of captioning improves significantly when headsets are used (e.g. for auto-captioning in Google Meet).

Is my computer too slow?

Google recommends- 2.2 GHz Intel 2nd-generation i3/i5/i7, AMD equivalent or better, processor to support HD video.

Do I need additional lighting?

Generally, your webcam will not need additional lighting for quick meetings or recordings. But, lighting can be very valuable for these reasons: the presenter is more visible day or night, whiteboards can be seen without glare, budget webcams look more high quality, and virtual backgrounds work better. There is no need to spend money on professional lighting, rearranging household lamps will work just fine. However, if you are looking for a budget solution you can get 40W LED Daylight bulbs and clamp lights at the local hardware store.  Online, there are various emerging, low-cost products like LED clamp lights that may be useful. 

Important tips for a great-looking video: