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“Always put some thought into what you’re doing before you do it, and then after you’ve done it the first time, scrap it and do it again.”
—Raul Burriel, Oregon State University
there right now.” (A list is provided on the website for the National Association of the Deaf.) Those will usually charge between $2.50 and $5 per minute of recording, he estimated, and give you turnaround time of between 24 and 48 hours.
You can also provide your own captioning from a script, if it’s detailed enough — meaning “at least 99 percent accurate.” If you need to transcribe the audio from your video manually, Burriel suggested this hack: Record your video and upload it to YouTube. YouTube will apply its machine transcription to the audio as a starting point. Then you can download the captions into your caption editor and improve on the captions from there. Afterward, you can delete the video from YouTube and add it to your institution’s platform.
When you use an institutionally licensed platform such as Kaltura to host your videos, you gain a lot of benefits, said Burriel. For one, it integrates with the learning management system. For another, it accommodates the policy requirements related to accessibility. On top of those, however, is another significant difference, related to copyright.
As Burriel explained, “You can have a scenario where a copyright holder will say, ‘Yes, it is fine for you to share this documentary I have made with your students in a secure
environment so long as no one but your students enrolled in this class can watch this video.’” YouTube can’t meet that requirement, he noted. If you uploaded a copyright holder’s documentary onto YouTube, the video service’s ID system would recognize it as copyrighted content and could shut you down altogether. That’s an important consideration when there’s “basically one user ID for an entire institution.” Getting shuttered would mean every video posted by your school would be taken offline. “That can be catastrophic,” he pointed out.
8) Think Before You Record
While not everybody can expect to go viral like “Video Dad,” there’s no reason you can’t make your production the best it can be on a budget. Burriel’s final advice: “Always put some thought into what you’re doing before you do it, and then after you’ve done it the first time, scrap it and do it again.” After all, “Your first video is never going to be as good as your last video. It’s all about comfort and experience.”
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for Campus Technology.
A fledgling effort begun by Kaltura but picking up steam among other online video platforms (OVPs) is attempting to standardize lecture capture and other college-produced videos. The idea of the Open Video Standard is to allow recordings to be made on any available hardware and uploaded to any cloud service in use by the institution, whether that cloud is maintained by Kaltura or by one of the other OVPs. While Kaltura has developed an initial spec for related metadata and handed it over to the IMS Global Learning Consortium, the keeper of education technology standards, you won’t yet find much on the IMS site about it. Oregon State University’s Raul Burriel, for one, is looking forward to adoption among the vendors his university works with, because he believes it will add “intelligence” to the many recordings the institution manages.
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