We’ve been running the Telligent Community UK User Group for almost a year now, and I think we have now started to get the hang of organising them! As Telligent is a product used worldwide, and we are currently the only user group, we’ve been asked by a few people since the first session if they could be streamed or recorded for people who can’t get to London on the day.
With the new year, we decided to try a new challenge and record the sessions this year to be put on YouTube for people to view later. When looking at ways of doing this I didn’t manage to find a huge amount of posts on the topic, so this is my notes on how I setup for our first recording, and a call for help and suggestions on how we can improve going forward!
This was our first session hosted at Which?, we wanted to be able to record the session simply and unobtrusively. The session was presented by Deborah Wyatt of talkheath who kindly agreed to be our test candidate for recording a session!
We borrowed a Flip Ultra to record the video of the session, this was setup on a table to the side of the room, using a Joby GripTight XL GorillaPod Stand, and framed it to give a good view of the screen, and the speaker.
The flip was very simple to get running, and has very few options that you can configure (which could be a bad thing for more advanced users!). The model we were using is pretty old, and the video quality was good, but not amazing, as can be seen in the clip below, giving a 1.37GB MP4 file. The major problem with the flip was discovered a few hours before the session – the capacity meant we could only get 45 minutes of footage, most of our talks end up being 45-60 minutes, and this one ran to 70 minutes with questions.
Audio was recorded separately using a Sony ICDPX240 Digital Recorder with external microphone placed on the lectern at the front of the room.
This worked surprisingly well, the audio was recorded in the “Super High Quality” mode, which produced a 100MB MP3 file. This definitely gave a better audio quality than the microphone in the camera the other side of the room.
Click here to play this audio clip
The other benefit of recording the audio separately is it helped get around the limited capacity of the Flip, in the final video you will see the video fade out at around the 42 minute mark, but the rest of the session is captured from the audio.
The video and audio tracks were imported into Camtasia Studio, and the Video track split into it’s audio and video components. A copy of the slides we’re exported from PowerPoint as PNG images and imported along with a background image, containing placeholders and the session details, this gave the following tracks in Camtasia:
The background image is heavily inspired by the NDC London videos, and used to layout the screen content and presenter video. The presentation content is given the most priority, with the video of Deborah still visible as secondary content. Details of the talk title and the user group are also provided for reference.
The video file of Deborah was imported into Camtasia and the “Separate video and audio” option used to create one track containing just the video, and one track containing the audio recorded by the Flip.
The audio file from the digital recorder was added as it’s own track, this track was then aligned with the audio from the video, in a similar method to the one described by Scott Hanselman. This allowed the separate audio track to be synchronised with the video, once this was done the Audio track from the video could be disabled to give only the recorder track.
The screen wasn’t recorded as part of this presentation, this meant the main presentation had to be recreated in time to the video and audio tracks. The slides were exported from PowerPoint as a collection of PNGs which were then added to this track. The video and audio tracks were used as a guideline of when the presentation changed, and the slides were changed at those points. The overlay track was used to show hide certain elements of the slides and provide transitions. for example when a new bullet point appears.
This was a manual process, and only worked as the entire presentation was slide based, if there had been other screen content shown this would have been lost.
The final video is on the Telligent Community UK User Group channel on YouTube
We’re planning on recording the next few sessions, and I’ll try and blog about what we learn as we go. I’m pretty happy with the results given it was a first attempt, the two main things to look at for next time are:
If you have any suggestions on these, or ways to improve any of the process please let me know in the comments!
The next Telligent Community UK User Group is on Tuesday 22nd March in London, full details of this and future events can be seen on our meetup page.
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