Tips for video creation

Regardless of the purpose of your video, or what software you are using, these tips may make the process a little less frustrating.


  • If you intend to make a long video, such as an hour-long lecture, consider instead chunking your content into topics and creating several shorter videos. Research shows that the benefits of shorter videos allow students to more easily review the content for study purposes, maximizes their concentration, and allows them to fit them into their modern study practices (watching a video on the train, for example).
  • Chunk content to logical breaks. Aim for about 6-9 minutes for each recording. Plan for revision questions at the end of each chunk. Take advantage of this in the LEO lesson activity.
  • Have a script, a plan, an outline of the steps and rehearse before hitting record.
  • Keep your script - it can be a transcript for students to read if they cannot access the video for any reason.
  • Keep a list of links used, slides and other documents referred to in your video, this can be useful additional material for students.
  • Plan for sustainability. Avoid mentioning dates or specific assessments that will limit the use of the video in the future. You can always create a separate video for the assessment tasks.


  • Explain how this topic connects to the learning outcomes and how it will benefit the student.
  • Use consistent slides, especially ones with university or faculty branding.
  • Remove dates and semester specific references from your slides.
  • Use a large font size (even 30 point) or an anchor image that represents the concept. Students may be watching your video on a mobile device. Keep the text to a minimum, use points and expand on those when presenting. Keep your slides clear.
  • Avoid reading the slides verbatim. This causes additional cognitive load for students who are watching and listening to the same text.
  • Speak clearly and slowly: students may watch the recording at higher speeds. If you make a mistake, pause, then start the sentence again. You can edit the video later in Echo360.
  • Be engaging, relaxed and show enthusiasm. Avoid a monotone. Teacher enthusiasm is one of the keys to student perceptions of good teaching.

Your recording environment

  • Minimise background noise. Do a test to ensure you can’t hear any street noise or fridges. Close doors and windows.
  • Clean up the desktop on your computer. Have the required windows open and practice navigating around the screen first.
  • Exit all other applications. Turn off notifications. Switch your phone off. You want to avoid distractions.
  • Make sure the application, window or browser you are recording is switched to full screen. You want to capture everything at the best possible size for clarity.


  • Audio quality is more important than image quality in a video. Use a USB microphone and headphones for better sound quality. The built-in microphone will pick up more background noise, especially keyboard strokes and mouse clicks.
  • Evidence so far does not indicate that a lecturer image in the corner of the video helps with learning.
  • Learn the shortcuts to control application (Play, Pause, Stop). This will avoid any annoying mouse movement across the screen. Avoid playing with the mouse during your presentation. Make sure the cursor is positioned out of view, to the side of the screen.
  • For technical reasons, making smaller videos will reduce the time lost if a video fails to upload, becomes corrupted, or something goes wrong in the recording process. It’s much easier to re-record a 10-minute video than an hour-long one. Technical problems can happen no matter what technology platform you use, and shorter videos allow you to mitigate time lost in their production.
  • If you have the option to create a separate audio track ie with Zoom or ECHO360, this can be a helpful additional tool for students.

Copyright considerations

If you are creating video content, please be aware of your copyright obligations regarding use of text, images and sounds created by others. If you're using images in a PowerPoint presentation, for example, ensure you have the right to do so. Once you use such media elements as part of a video you create, not having the proper rights to use them will constitute a breach of copyright. The right to use materials in a face-to-face classroom does not transfer to recordings.

For more information, please see the Copyright on ACU Library website.

Other guides

Lecture recordings

While you can run lectures and tutorials using the various online teaching tools available, you may choose to pre-record a lecture and make this available as a video for your students to watch in your LEO unit. This is particularly useful for online units where there are no classes, or as a replacement for an in-class lecture that may be unable to run.

Unit materials

A video that you have created yourself, or something that exists on a public streaming platform such as YouTube, can be included in your LEO unit as additional course materials.

Welcome videos

If you want to have a personalised introduction in your unit to welcome your students and introduce yourself and explain the unit outcomes, a welcome video is a nice addition to your unit materials.

File Sizes

Probably the biggest challenge with video is file size. Videos are typically large files, which means they can take a long time to save, may occupy a large part of your potentially limited local storage, and could take some time to upload. File size depends on several factors:

  • Recording quality: most devices, such as smartphones, and screen recording software you may use, have settings that allow you to change the recording quality.
  • File type: there are many different video types, each of which has its own compression method, meaning that some are more lightweight than others. Usually it doesn’t matter what type you upload to online storage, as it will convert it to its own playable format.

Video editing

Most devices (such as smartphones and tablets) have access to either in-built functions or apps you can download that allow simple editing. Software that you can use for screen recording may also include basic editing tools. Services you can use to store video, such as Echo360, have editing options as part of their suite of tools. How much you need to edit, and with what complexity, will determine what works best for you. Unless you have the time to invest in learning them, professional video editing software such as Adobe Premiere (available through IT) but may be particularly challenging to use.

Uploading to online/cloud storage

Large file sizes may take a long time to upload to cloud servers, regardless of the technology you’ve chosen to use. Occasionally, interruptions to your internet (particularly on WiFi) may stall or corrupt the upload, forcing you to start again. On an ACU broadband uploading is reasonably efficient, but from home internet connections you may have a significantly reduced upload speed. This may slow you down and cause frustration when trying to rapidly produce video materials. If you're having troubles with large files, you can download free programs such as Handbrake or VLC Media Player, which can convert videos to lower file size formats.

Storage and use

Typically, where you store your video content will somewhat determine how you intend to use it. If you’re uploading videos into Echo360 or Kaltura, for example, you’ll most likely be embedding them in your units as learning materials. If you’ve used a product such as Zoom and recorded an online teaching session, you may be providing a link for students to stream the recording in their browser from the cloud. Each system has its own method of storage and distribution, and you should consider which option you will find suits your needs and style of working.

Phone camera

This is a very common and practical way to make a video, as the picture and sound quality of modern devices is suitable for several purposes, such as practical demonstrations of tasks. It is recommended that if you intend to use your phone to make videos that you:

  • Explore and adjust the settings of your device before recording to make sure it is at the lowest acceptable quality for your recording (to reduce maximum file size).
  • Do a 60-second test recording to make sure the video is the quality you require, and to ensure that your final file sizes will be suitable to upload using your internet connection.

Existing or downloadable software for your computer

Your computer may already have software that allows for screen and webcam recording, with both video and audio, or there are free options available. Anything you’ve used before and are comfortable with using to create videos you may continue using. Some examples include:

  • PowerPoint: recording using slides with voice-over narration (Microsoft support guide)
  • QuickTime (Mac only): screen and audio recordings (Apple support guide)
  • One or a combination of the technologies available below.

Echo360 Universal Capture

Universal Capture (UCAP) (see LEO guides for Universal Capture) is a downloadable program that you can use to record multiple screens, webcam and audio, and upload to your Echo360 library to use in your LEO units. An app is available in the App Store and Play Store that can upload videos made on your phone to your Echo360 library.

Kaltura Capture

Kaltura in LEO (see LEO guides for Kaltura) has a downloadable program that allows you to capture screen, webcam and audio, and upload into your my My Media library in LEO to use in your LEO units.

Microsoft Teams

When hosting a meeting in Teams (see Teams user training guides), you can record your session and download a copy of the recording to upload into Echo360 or Kaltura.

Adobe Connect

If you’re familiar with running and recording sessions in Adobe Connect (see LEO guides for Connect), you can provide access to recordings to your students in LEO using the External Tool or via a direct link.


If you have a license to host meetings in Zoom (see LEO Guides for Zoom or the Zoom help center), you can record your meeting. You may then download the recording or provide an online link for students.

Echo360 is the ACU’s automatic lecture capture system, which records classroom lectures and automatically uploads them and makes them available to students.

However, you can also record lectures and tutorials in Echo360-enabled classrooms and create video content as additional learning materials in your home or office using the free, downloadable Universal Capture software.

To use Universal Capture, you can:

  1. Log into and download the free software
  2. Open the software, follow the guides below to make your recording, then upload to your library in Echo360
  3. Add a link to or embed the video in your LEO unit for students to access it.

Additional features:

  • Persistent cloud-based storage with video download option
  • Upload existing video files from your computer into your Echo360 library
  • Capture multiple inputs, such as screen, webcam and microphone
  • A browser-based video editor to edit your uploaded videos
  • The ability to creating public links to recordings

Relevant guides:

Help and support:

Kaltura is a video streaming service integrated with LEO that enables staff and students to store and access video material. You can upload videos directly to Kaltura or use the downloadable Kaltura Capture software to create videos by recording your screen and webcam with audio.

Note: due to occasional timeouts with Kaltura Capture, it is recommended you use the Media Upload function to upload existing videos when using Kaltura.

To use Kaltura, you can:

  1. Log into LEO, then under the Dashboard link in the Navigation menu click “My Media”
  2. Use the “Add New” button to either upload a video or open the Capture software
  3. Add your saved videos into your LEO units as text links or in an embedded player

Relevant guides:

Help and support:

There are several free video streaming websites (the most popular example being YouTube) that anyone can use to host online video. These services allow you to upload most video file types, as well as get direct links or embed codes to use in your units. These services are generally only for hosting video content you have already produced.

The most popular use of these sites is to share links to or embed video resources made by others in your units that are relevant to your teaching. If you need to strictly limit the ability for users to access your own videos, you should instead use an ACU solution such as Echo360 or Kaltura.

Note: that ACU does not provide support for creating and uploading videos to external sources.

"Public" and "Unlisted" videos

Typically, videos on public streaming services are accessible by anyone. You may upload your videos to YouTube, Vimeo, or any similar online platform to use in your LEO units if you prefer, however even videos that are set as “unlisted” may be found by users outside your intended audience and shared by users on social media or other websites.

Linking to streaming media from LEO units

Using the Text Editor, which is used extensively in LEO for adding content to resources such as a Label or a Page, you can add a direct link to the website, or embed the video in a player within the content. You may also use the URL resource for adding a link directly to the video of your choosing.

Relevant guides:

LEO Guides: LEO Text Editor

LEO Guides: How to embed a YouTube video into a Text Editor field

LEO Guides: How to embed a Vimeo video into a Text Editor field

LEO Guides: How to create Label, Page, and URL resources

Page last updated on 19/07/2020

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