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DML Documentation

Documentation for the Digital Media Lab in Ellis Library

Screen Recording Options

You can record a narration on your PowerPoint Slides and save them as as PowerPoint slides and also export them as a movie file.

  • On a Windows computer, this option allows both an audio narration and a video input on the slide, using the built-in camera or an external camera attached to your computer
  • On a Mac, this option allows only an audio narration over the slides.

Also strongly consider adding captioning to your PowerPoint recording. See how.

A. You can record a narration on your PowerPoint Slides in two ways.

Method 1: Insert audio, video in each slide



Method 2: Record your presentation from the Slide Show


B. In both cases, you can redo your recording on all, or selected slides.





C. To export it as a movie, go to File > Export > and select the file format (MP4 in most cases).

  • Make sure to indicate Timing for slides that do not have narration indicating how long you want to display it on the movie.





Screen Recording Using the QuickTime Player is an easy option to record the content on your screen whether a webcast, or a Presentation on a Mac. Other options include recording a New Movie (e.g. yourself in front of the computer's built-in camera, or, you or anyone else using an external camera.), or, making an Audio only recording.

To make a screen recording, have the content you want to present ready to go. If you are recording a PowerPoint, do not click full-screen or presentation mode until after you click "Record" on QuickTime. You will have to clip the beginning and ends of your recording after you make the recording.

1. Go to File and click on New Screen Recording.



2. Select whether to Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion (forth and fifth screen icons with a dot on the lower right corner.

3. Click on Options to select the desired options, including the Microphone for the Audio input.


4. Other options you might consider are recording mouse clicks, timer to start your recording after you click the record button, and the location on your computer to save your recording.


5. Finally, click the record button to start the recording.


6. Stop the recording using by clicking on the stop button on the tool bar.


7. If you need to Trim the beginning and end of your recording, click Edit > Trim


8. Move the Trim slider to trim the beginning and end of your recording, and click "Trim".


7. Click on File > Save


8. Name the file, select the location for the file to be saved to, and click Save.



You can record a presentation in Zoom whether it is a Webcast, a screen cast with a presentation, or just you talking to the camera.

  1. Start a Zoom Session
  2. If you plan to record your screen, an application, a browser window, Click the Share Screen option.
  3. Or just record yourself with the built-in camera or input from the external camera.
  4. Hit the Record button.
  5. At the end of your recording, click Stop Recording.
  6. If you have shared screen, Stop Screen Sharing.
  7. End your Zoom Session.
  8. Look for your recording on your computer,
  9. If you selected to save your recording in the Zoom Cloud Storage space, you can share the recording from there, or download the MP4 file and share it.


*For Instructors*


“Beginning on December 22, 2020, Zoom Cloud Recordings will only be available for 60 days. Recordings prior to November 7, 2020, will be deleted.”

For the libraries, some areas to consider:

  1. Workshop recordings – we move those to YouTube as soon as possible – Instruction Services team has been uploading recent workshop content there. 
    • If you have done any on your own, and need to move/save and still have that content available, please let me know.
  2. Class/training sessions you may have recorded and left on Zoom Cloud for sharing
  3. All Staff/committee/ small group meetings people may have recorded and planned to hold on to for a while: We have to move them elsewhere. Please let me know.

What is Covered in the Video

1. Getting into Panopto and Canvas, (00:00:00)

2. Panopto Overview, 00:01:20

3. Screen Capture (00:02:53)

4. Share Video Link (00:05:30)

5. Edit Video (00:06:00)

6. Add Chapters (00:07:17)

7. Add Quizzes (00:08:13)

8. Add Captions (00:09:20)

9. Recording a PowerPoint (00:10:42)

10. Editing PowerPoint Video (00:12:38)

11. Importing Another Video (00:12:58)

12. Final Share Link (00:15:10)

Sharing your Panopto Video with a Canvas Course

1. Record and save Panopto Video in the MU Libraries Official Canvas Site MU Libraries Official Site :

2. Panopto Video sharing on the MU Libraries Official Site has been enabled for anyone with a link in MU. More or less restrictions can be applied as needed.

3. Click the 'Share' icon and copy the generated link.



4. Send the link to the instructor



5. The instructor can add this link in one of their course modules as an external link. They can also simply add the link to the class announcement.





VLC Media Player

  • Record
  • Convert video formats
  • Play a host of multimedia


Camtasia Studio

Screen recording and video editing tool

Suggested Use: A great tool for creating tutorials or walkthroughs. Camtasia combines screen recording, video editing, and interactive tools to help you produce customizable videos.

Tips: Camtasia is available in the DMIL. Camtasia has detailed and very helpful tutorials to help you get started or to demonstrate new features. It is available for a 30 day free trial.


Open Broadcasting Software (OBS)

Suggested Use: Can be used for video recording and live streaming. It is free to download and use.



Image and video screen capture software

Suggested Use: The ability to add effects over captured images can be useful for creating image tutorials of a database or webpage, for example.




Screen recording tool, including audio

Suggested Use: A great way to record tutorials on how to access and search databases.

Tips: For the free version, max recording time is 15 minutes and videos can be published to YouTube, MP4, AVI, and FLV movie.