Recordings & Media

At the University, we have a variety of tools for recording and video editing. For an overview, Compare Video Recording Tools.

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Recording in Elliott Studio N108 "recording made easy"

Provide your slides, show up, and the rest will be done for you... 

The studio has quality audio, video, light, and a large tablet (presenter view, slide animation, teleprompter support).

Video editing, caption editing, and Canvas integration are provided.

Contact Silke Moeller ( for more information, and for scheduling a recording. 

Screen Recording with Kaltura Capture

Short videos can be helpful to introduce the instructor to the students before the class starts, and also to “walk” students through the syllabus and/or Canvas course site. Our media platform is Mediasite/Kaltura.

How-to instructions: 

Some of Kaltura's main benefits are:

  • Secure video publishing.
  • No advertisements.
  • Easy and robust Automatic Speech Recognition tool. Auto-captions are automatically provided. Caption editor available. 
  • Dual video stream available (presenter video and slide/animation video).
  • Easy sharing of videos via either a direct link to the video or embedding it in a Canvas page. Embed with transcript available.
  • Option for in-video questions.

Recording with Zoom

Zoom is an online video conferencing system. The tool facilitates online meetings (max 300 participants) and webinars, along with real-time messaging and content sharing.

Zoom can Record a Meeting or Webinar (or screen recordings an individual recording when sharing the screen).

Zoom recording offers two modes: 

  • Recording to the Cloud (cloud recordings are only available for a limited time)
  • Recording to the Computer (local hard drive)

When recording a Zoom meeting, don’t forget to Enable Recording Disclaimer.

Accessible Video and Audio

Guidelines for accessible video and audio:

  • Videos should include both human-edited captions and audio descriptions.
  • Audio-only content should include a transcript. 
  • Evaluate the accessibility of video and audio materials made by others (e.g. from YouTube). 
  • Don’t share inaccessible materials, or follow steps to make them accessible. 
  • Don't use auto-play.

For more information and how-to’s, see Accessible U - Video and Audio.

UMN Supported Media Hosting Platforms

  • YouTube (part of your University account Google Suite)
  • Mediaspace/Kaltura
  • Google Drive (not recommended)


List for Instructional Video Self-assessment

  • Purpose of Instructional Video
    The instructional video is either a:
    1. Welcome/introduction
    2. Overview/Summary of Lesson
    3. Highlights/Key concepts of Lesson
  • Element of Engagement: Length of Video
    The length of the video is not more than six minutes long. After six minutes, the attention span increasingly decreases.
  • Element of Engagement: Relevance of Video
    Instructional video is aligned with the course learning objectives for the lesson.
  • Element of Engagement: Tone of Video
    The instructional tone is conversational and engages learners with the topic.
  • Element of Engagement: Signaling Key Points
    The instructor highlights and signals at key ideas and concepts for the topic/lesson.
  • Accessibility
    The instructional video includes closed captions.
Christina Wiencke
Associate Director of Curriculum & Instruction
S257 EltH | 626-1732
Heidi Wolff
Curriculum and Graduate Services Specialist
S258 EltH | 624-5002
Silke Moeller
Academic Technologist
N211 EltH | 625-0644
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