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.
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.