At eDU we are ready to assist all staff communities with the following; training in audio and video production, live streaming from conferences, the production of high-quality audio and video presentations, loans of cameras and audio equipment, advice and guidance about equipment purchase, and much more besides.
How can we help you?
If you’re looking for high-quality audio or video recordings to assist you in your teaching, eDU Media Production can produce these for you.
We can produce many different kinds of audio and video recordings in our studios, such as:
Video lectures using a variety of backgrounds, touch screens or green screens using one or more cameras. We can also extract PowerPoint images and use cutting and editing techniques to add simple graphics and illustrations
Studio interviews with up to four persons
Audio recordings with up to six persons for the production of podcasts or audio lectures.
Perhaps you’re organising a conference or course and want to record it or stream it live? We offer a streaming service for a variety of USN conference and event formats where video can be used at a later stage in the teaching process. Production is carried out using a camera and audio, and we can also add material from other sources such as video, PowerPoint and more.
There is no charge for using eDU’s audio and video production services for small productions designed for teaching purposes. Other projects will be invoiced.
But first read the following section to find out if you can make the recordings yourself.
How to record your teaching or stream it live
Perhaps you want to record your teaching or stream it live? The following is an easy list of different solutions that meet different needs when it comes to the recording or live streaming of audio and video content.
Think about what you want to do and why. Whether online or on campus, you may want to make a recording of your teaching from a lecture theatre, standard classroom or hybrid classroom setting. Or you may want to stream your teaching session live (in real time). Or perhaps you would rather make a video showing images from a PowerPoint presentation or similar, to which you can add your comments in sound.
• Also think about how you want your recording or streaming to be presented. There are many ways of doing this, depending on your budget and requirements. In some situations, you will be able to do a great deal yourself using your office PC. At other times you will need professional help.
In order to make it easy for you to find a solution that best meets your needs, take a look at the list of tools and resources below. These can be used in a number of different contexts. The list presents only a limited selection of all possible options.
What is a screen recording? A screen recording is a recording of content from your PC screen. You can display whatever you want and record audio and video images using a headset and web camera.
What tools or software can I use? Screencast-O-Matic; Mediasite.
What situations are screen recordings best suited to? Straightforward video productions such as tutorials or recordings of you giving a PowerPoint presentation (with or without images).
How do I get it done? Use your own PC. Visit the topic page ‘How to create high-quality screen recordings using Screencast-O-Matic’.
How do I get it published? The recordings can be uploaded to ‘My Mediasite’ via Canvas. Mediasite is USN’s video platform and is integrated into Canvas, so your recording can easily be made accessible in Canvas, or on a website.
What is an audio recording? An audio recording is a recording of sound only. You can make it in your office, at a ‘Ministudio’ or elsewhere.
What tools or software can I use? You can use portable digital audio recorders. In some situations, you can also use an iphone/mobile telephone or PC, but these are not suitable for recording lectures. If you want to record audio in a large room with a large audience, you will need better audio intake. Contact eDU Media Production if you need advice or assistance. If you want to edit your recording, you will require editing software such as Garageband (for Apple products) or Audacity (Windows). Check that you have access to the free versions via the USN Software Centre.
What situations are audio recordings best suited to? Audio recordings are ideal if you do not want or need to show any visual content, such as in a situation involving a teaching resource where you are simply speaking on a topic, or in cases involving oral feedback (comparable with video feedback).
How do I get it done? You can record your content on a portable audio recorder, a mobile telephone, a tablet, or by using the microphone installed in your PC. All employees also have access to the Ministudio at USN (details, use, booking, etc.) You can also borrow equipment from eDU Media Production. We offer instruction in using the equipment, either in person or via Skype. We can also send your recording via USN’s internal e-mail. You can borrow a tablet or a portable audio recorder for short periods from the ‘DigTekLab’.
How do I get it published? You can create an audio file in the same way as a video file. USN recommends that you use Mediasite. If you want to make a podcast, to which listeners can subscribe via a podcast service, there are many ways of doing this. Why not visit the dedicated podcast topic page?
Can I do it myself? Yes, but you should seek assistance if you want to make audio recordings in a large room with a large audience.
What is a film/video recording? This is a video recording of a lecture, teaching session or an event staged in a lecture theatre, classroom or elsewhere.
What tools or software can I use? For recording, you can use a video camera, or a web camera in a classroom setting. A video camera will also require a tripod and a ‘clip mic’ or other form of microphone. For editing, you can use image editing software such as Windows Photo/Video Editor (for Windows products) or iMovie (Apple). You can also ask for professional production and editing assistance from eDU Media Production. Check that you have access to the free versions via the USN Software Centre. It is also possible to record a teaching session using Zoom, provided that the room is suitable. eDU or IT can assist you in finding a suitable room on your campus.
What situations are film/video recordings best suited to? These are best suited to extended teaching sessions where a web camera is not appropriate. They are also ideal for those who want to film particular situations or who require high-quality video productions.
How do I get it done? You can make video recordings yourself, although this demands a little work and you may find that you will need professional help in order to get a good result. You can borrow a camera, tripod, ‘clip mic’ or other form of microphone from eDU Media Production. We also offer instruction in their use, either in person or via Skype. We can also offer assistance in the editing process if you so wish. Contact eDU Media Production if you need any help or advice in the production of advanced teaching videos. Our team offers a professionally equipped studio for both audio and video recordings.
How do I get it published? You can publish your video online in the same way as for screen and audio recordings.
Can I do it myself? Yes/No. This will depend on what you are using the video for, and the quality you are seeking to achieve. Contact eDU Media Production for advice.
Loan and purchase of audio and video recording equipment
eDU has audio and video production equipment that can be loaned out to USN employees who want to make their own recordings. Equipment must be booked well in advance. We also offer advice on what equipment is most suitable for your needs, and instruction in its use if you need it.
The following equipment is available for loan:
Digital audio recorders
Microphones that can be connected to a PC
Camera packs, including a video camera, tripod and wireless microphone
We are currently working to set up a booking system for equipment on loan, which will also contain a list of the equipment that can be loaned out.
If you are thinking of purchasing equipment for audio or video production, such as microphones, audio recorders or cameras, do not hesitate to contact us for recommendations.
Dedicated audio and video production facilities
At USN we have a selection of dedicated facilities for audio and video production located on the various campuses. Take a look at the list below:
At Bø we have a fully equipped audio and video studio, as well as an editing and control room. The studio is used for making the highest quality recordings, and eDU’s media staff work here every day. The studio can be used for high-quality video and green screen recordings, as well as for audio recordings, including podcasts.
The studio has a fibre link to a 200-seat auditorium, providing an opportunity for multiple camera video recordings or the live streaming of conferences or other events.
The studio’s equipment includes the following:
A permanently installed lighting rig
A radio cubicle equipped for audio recordings with up to six persons.
A green screen wall
A video mixing desk
A Prowise touchscreen
A teleprompter (a screen placed in front of a camera from which you can read your script).
These Ministudios are equipped with a recorder and a mixing desk, microphones for four persons, as well as headsets that enable all participants to hear what they are saying.
The recorder used is a Rødecaster Pro. This equipment can record conversations involving up to four persons sitting in the studio, another on Skype linked via a connected laptop, and two persons connected using mobile phones. The recorders also have jingle functions that can be activated at the start and end of the recordings. Recordings are made using a memory card that can easily be removed, enabling files to be transferred to a laptop.
The studios have been designed for the rapid production of podcasts and audio recordings in situations where no time-consuming post-recording work is required. In a Ministudio, with a little preparation and ten minutes of equipment testing, you will be able to create an audio recording without knowing anything whatsoever about editing.
You will be invited to take part in some instruction in the use of the equipment. We have also prepared a separate set of user instructions (in Norwegian) and a training video covering the basic functions:
Booking a Ministudio
The Ministudios can be booked using Outlook by setting up a new meeting. You simply add the studio as one of the meeting participants. The Ministudios are given the following names on the respective campuses:
Notodden:Resource USN N L216a ministudio
Drammen: Resource USN D 4506 ministudio
Porsgrunn: Resource USN P A-087a ministudio
Kongsberg: Resource USN K I-303 ministudio
Ringerike: Resource USN R A-348 ministudio
Vestfold: Resource USN V B1-69 Podcaststudio
Bø: Resource USN B Kroa A2.23 ministudio (Booked after 15.30 by the student radio)