ANTH 063 Tech Tutorial

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Each student / 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 by Section:

Walk-in Assistance Sessions:

Steps involved:

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

We are here to help you! Please don't hesitate to contact the WIC Desk at 215-746-2660 or stop by the Vitale Digital Media Lab for assistance. The lab is staffed and open 7 days a week. You can email us at 

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 or ask at the Weigle Information Commons (WIC) Desk.

Note: For your presentation to look its best, we recommend a slide aspect ratio of 16:9, instead of the default 4:3. YouTube provides suggested resolutions, - we recommend the 1280x720 size for videos.


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

PowerPoint 2010 on PC allows direct narration and conversion to video.

PowerPoint 2011 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 and upload the video to YouTube. 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 YouTube. Caution: Your animations and effects may not convert as expected in Keynote.

Option 3: Go to screen recording step below.


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


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


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: Snapz Pro, Quicktime Player, Snag-It, Adobe Captivate. We recommend SnapZ Pro.

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.

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

Adobe Captivate: Captivate is available on all PCs in Van Pelt. It is a professional screen video program that allows fine audio editing, addition of text bubbles.

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).

Working with YouTube Videos:

Setting a start and end time:

You can use ?start=<seconds> and ?end=<seconds> to define start and end points, such as:

Downloading YouTube videos:

Enter link of video and you can download it to your computer

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. (See instructions on how to compress videos.)

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 a data DVD.

You can edit videos to improve their quality. Online tutorials are available for Windows Movie Maker (a free program for all PCs) and iMovie versions 08 and 09. Monthly workshops are available for iMovie, and one-on-one assistance is available in the Media Lab.

We are here to help you! Please don't hesitate to contact the WIC Desk at 215-746-2660 or the Media Lab at 215-746-2661 for assistance. You can email us at