ANTH 063 Tech Tutorial

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Each student group will create a five-minute presentation video and upload in a Canvas discussion group. The videos will be private and will be shared only within the course. Students will be able to view videos across discussion groups but should only upload to one discussion group.

Video Creation Workshops will be held on Friday, March 16, in the Weigle Information Commons (Van Pelt Library) for all sections in the following rooms:

Walk-in Assistance Sessions:

Steps involved:

  1. Create your presentation video
  2. Upload to Canvas (to the appropriate discussion group)
  3. Review other videos

You can also view past exemplary videos from this course on the Commons’ New Media Showcase.

We are here to help you! Please don't hesitate to contact WIC or stop by the Vitale Digital Media Lab for assistance. The Lab is staffed and open 7 days a week.

1. Create your presentation video

You can use PowerPoint, Keynote or make a screen video with Prezi or a web browser.

Note: A headset microphone provides better audio quality than built-in laptop microphones. Borrow headset mics from the Vitale Digital Media Lab.

Note: For your presentation to look its best, we recommend a slide aspect ratio of 16:9, instead of the default 4:3. When saving video, we recommend a resolution of 1280x720 size for optimal viewing on the web.

Option 1 (Preferred): PowerPoint

PowerPoint may be the simplest option. Browse our PowerPoint Guide and our Screen Videos Guide. The general process is:

PowerPoint 2013 and 2016 on PC allows direct narration and conversion to video.

PowerPoint 2011 and 2016 on Mac or older versions of PowerPoint on PC does not provide direct narration to video. You have three options:

Option 1 (Recommended): Use a PC to open the PowerPoint file created on your Mac. Save as video on the PC (see above step) and upload the video to Canvas. All PCs in Penn Libraries should work for this purpose.

Option 2: Open your PowerPoint file in Keynote (available in the Vitale Digital Media Lab). Use File / Export / Make a movie to create a video in .MOV format. Upload to Canvas. Caution: Your animations and effects may not convert as expected in Keynote.

Option 3: Go to screen recording step below.

Option 2: Keynote

Keynote, which works only on Apple computers, has better visuals than PowerPoint and can be powerful for animations and graphic effects.

Option 3: Prezi

Prezi is a web-based presentation tool. It is more visually appealing than PowerPoint but will require separate screen capture.

Option 4: iMovie

iMovie is a great way to create videos for this assignment, though it has a significant learning curve.

Screen Recording

You can use a screen capture program to make your video. Popular choices are: PowerPoint, Snapz Pro, Quicktime Player, and Screenflow. We recommend PowerPoint (PC) or Quicktime (Mac).

PowerPoint: PowerPoint 2016 for PC allows you to record your screen with audio narration. Go to Insert -> Screen Recording and select the portion of your screen that you’d like to record (Learn How).

Quicktime Player: Quicktime Player can record your screen with audio narration (Learn How).

SnapZ Pro: SnapzPro is available as a free trial and in the Media Lab. We recommend reducing the computer’s resolution before capturing your screen video. See instructions for using SnapZ.

Screenflow: Screenflow is available for use in the Media Lab. See instructions from SAS Computing.

Reducing your Resolution

Before recording your screen, you will need to reduce your monitor resolution to avoid video sizes that are too big to upload to YouTube.

On a Mac:

  1. Click on the Apple in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.  
  2. Click System Preferences.  
  3. Click Displays.  
  4. You will see a list of resolutions with your current resolution likely to be close to the bottom of the list.  Choose 1280 x 720 (or closest option).
  5. When you are done recording your video, repeat the process to restore your original resolution.

On a PC:

On most PCs, you can reduce your resolution by right-clicking on the desktop and adjusting screen resolution. You can also change your resolution using the Control Panel. Choose 1280 x 720 (or closest option).

2. Upload to Canvas

Canvas accepts many video formats (See list of acceptable formats). Canvas will not accept videos that are bigger than 500 Mb. You can work with the Vitale Digital Media Lab to compress your video.

2. We recommend recording and checking your video, then uploading it.

Once you Save Changes, the video embed will look like this:

It can take a few minutes to upload video. A wired Internet connection is much more reliable for video upload than a wireless connection. You can move files from a laptop to a desktop or other location using a USB flash drive or cloud storage, like Google Drive or Penn+Box.

3. Review Videos 

Review and comment on group videos on Canvas per the assignment description and your professor’s instructions.

Further Resources

You can edit videos to improve their quality. Resources include Windows Movie Maker (a free program for all PCs) and iMovie for Mac. One-on-one assistance is available in the Vitale Digital Media Lab.

To learn more about where to find reusable media and citing your sources, see our guide on Creating Video Presentations.

We are here to help you! Please don't hesitate to contact WIC staff or the Media Lab for assistance.