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    How did you make your video?
    question posted July 2, 2010 by Julie Smith David, last edited April 25, 2012, tagged technology tools 
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    How did you make your video?

    I really like your "introductory" video, and I wondered what technology/ies you used to create it... and how long did it take you?

    I hope one of the things you're going to include in this blog is how you use video, too... I'm just getting started with this, and I could use help!


    • Richard E Lillie

      Everyone seems to like YouTube.  I used a new feature of YouTube that makes it possible to limit who can see a YouTube video.   The feature is called unlisted video.  The feature is similar to videos that I created with video messaging services like SightSpeed and TokBox.

      YouTube is known for videos that are visible to everyone on the internet.  While this may be good for social media, it is not necessarily a good thing for higher education purposes, where copyright issues make it important to keep the teaching-learning process behind the closed doors of the classroom.

      How long did it take to record this YouTube video?  Not long at all.

       I used a second new YouTube feature caled Record Video from Webcam.  This feature makes it very easy to use a webcam connected to your computer to directly record/immediately upload to your YouTube account.  This approach greatly reduces time needed by YouTube to upload and process the video file.

      The video recording runs a little over six minutes.  It took me a couple of attempts to get the recording the way I wanted it.  I used bullet points (talking points) to guide what I wanted to say because I wanted the presentation to be conversational rather than scripted.

      Overall, the process of recording/uploading to YouTube was quick and easy to do.  We will explore these YouTube features in future postings to the Teaching with Technology blog website on AAA Commons.

      Rick Lillie

      • Gordon Peter Wilson

        Rick, thanks for taking the lead in developing the "teaching with technology" blog. You are among the few academics that broadly shares your technology tips. Moreover, you have a real knack for finding free or very low priced technology that works for professors and students alike that should be very popular given the financial limitations most everyone faces these days.

        We think you are on track to create a space for everyone to share ideas. It is especially helpful for you to provide the behind the scenes tips like the new unlisted video feature in YouTube. Providing these concrete tips will be one of the strengths of the blog.

        It would also be helpful to have more ideas that provide student productivity, as your welcome video mentions. What technologies do students want, value, and need (although they may not know that they need it)? In fact, we all want to implement technologies that add value to the learning process and not just add the latest technology for its own sake. Perhaps your blog can help us all prioritize our technology strategies to meet the diverse needs of our students. 

    • Julie Smith David

      Rick - thanks for the insights, and I'm REALLY looking forward to learning from your blog!

    • Robert E Jensen

      An Absolute Must Read for Educators
      One of the most exciting things I took away from the 2010 AAA Annual Meetings in San Francisco is a hard copy handout entitled "Expanding Your Classroom with Video Technology and Social Media," by Mark Holtzblatt and Norbert Tschakert. Mark later sent me a copy of this handout and permission to serve it up to you at

      This is an exciting listing to over 100 video clips and full-feature videos that might be excellent resources for your courses, for your research, and for your scholarship in general. Included are videos on resources and useful tips for video projects as well as free online communication tools.

      My thanks to Professors Holtzblatt and Tschakert for this tremendous body of work that they are now sharing with us.

      Bob Jensen's threads on Tricks and Tools of the Trade are at

    • Robert E Jensen

      Dell Sells 64-bit Windows 7 Computers But the Sales Division is Still Relying on 32-Bit Windows XP Computers
      Maybe that tells us something about backwards compatibility problems of 64-bit Windows 7 computers

      I sure would like to know if and why some 64-bit Windows 7 computers can run the videos such as the videos at 
      Most such computers, however, cannot run the above samples of part of my life's work.

      My experience also tells me that there's something to being able to store your life's work in hard copy on library shelves.

      When I recently bought a 64-bit Dell Studio 17 Laptop, Dell assigned me to a good guy named Charlie Mullins in the Sales Division. Charlie not only held my hand so to speak and tracked  my order before my new computer was built, he continues to hold my hand figuratively-speaking throughout my three-year onsite service warranty that I paid extra for when I bought my computer.

      When I have a hardware problem, I must pass through Charlie to get access to a Dell hardware technician who then walks me through some tests to determine if I really have a hardware problem. On this Charlie is very efficient and merely forwards my phone call to the hardware specialist. I am having troubles with a flaky on-off switch, and the hardware technician spent an hour with me yesterday on the phone guiding me through a series of tests. He even remotely took charge operating my new computer. It turns out that I really do need a new switch and possibly a new motherboard such at a hardware technician will soon visit my house. Since I live in the far-away New Hampshire mountains some Dell technician may have to travel all the way from Boston, thereby giving me his entire day and maybe more just to replace a switch (I think the motherboard is fine).

      I also have a problem in that a huge part of my life's work producing educational media files will run perfectly on my old Dell 32-bit XP laptop, but my life's work will not run on my new Dell 64-bit laptop due to what a popup claims are missing codecs. It turns out that this is a huge problem for Microsoft to the extent that the 64-bit Windows Media Player in Windows 7 is not the default WMP player you see on your screen. Microsoft embeds a 32-bit WMP player in Windows 7 that is the default player in your new 64-bit Windows 7 machine. The reason is the shortage of 64-bit codecs for the world of media playback. But if you choose to do so, a few techies in the world know how to change to a 64-bit WMP:
      WMP 64-bit switch ---

      Things get more complicated when I have a software problem under warranty on my new computer. Dell only offers a warranty on applications that are built into the Windows 7 operating system and not other software that Dell installs such as MS Office software. Both the 32-bit and 64-bit WMP applications are buried in the operating system, so I argued with Charlie Mullins that my WMP problem is under warranty. He's now writing up a proposal pleading with Level 2 technicians at Dell to talk to me.

      I turns out that I do not have to go through Charlie to reach Level 1 technicians at Dell. I first did so with my codec problems. Two Level 1 technicians concluded that my codec problem cannot be solved. I will have to keep keep my old XP computer running for the rest of my life if I want to replay my life's work. And so will any other accounting educator and researcher who wants to view the videos of my professional career.

      This just does not seem right, so I want access to Level 2 experts at Dell. However, to do so I have to describe my problem to Charlie Mullins who then must write up a formal proposal on my behalf to try to convince Level 2 experts to consider my problem. Two Level 1 technicians at Dell who declared my problem unsolvable privately admitted they did not understand problems of missing codecs and how to resolve the problems of not having codecs present in the Windows 7 operating system that were and still are present in the old Windows XP operating system.

      When sending Charlie an email describing my problem I asked him to try to run any one of these sample accounting theory wmv video files on an XP machine and a Windows 7 machine ---
      In my case all the wmv videos run perfectly on my old Windows XP machine and not on my new 64-bit machine. By the way, many people have by now contacted me claiming they cannot run my accounting education and research videos on their 64-bit computers, although a few have mysteriously managed to get them to run on their 64-bit computers. In most cases they don't fully understand why they work on their 64-bit Windows operating machines.

      By the way, the Quicktime player from Apple never would play my wmv files. Nor will any other video player such as VLC that I installed play my life's work on a 64-bit machine even though these players work fine on my 32-bit machine.

      Charlie wrote back and informed me that he cannot try to run my sample videos linked above on a 64-bit computer, because nobody in his Sales Division at Dell has a 64-bit computer even though virtually all the computers sold by this division are now 64-bit computers. I'm not sure Charlie was supposed to let this out, but to me this tells me something about Dell still having worries about leaving the 32-bit architecture.

      One sign of getting too old is when years of a professor's work can no longer be used under current versions of hardware and software. It's a little like having a double tree for horses on a wagon in the era of tractors or an old threshing machine in the era of harvesting combines.

      The real definitive sign is when your wife wants you evaluated on the PBS "Antiques Road Show."

      My experience also tells me that there's something to being able to store your life's work in hard copy on library shelves.

      I sure would like to know if and why some 64-bit Windows 7 computers can run the videos such as the videos at 


      A Bit of History
      This reminds me of when Apple used to come out with new versions of the Mac operating system that were not backwards compatible. I recall sharing a cab in Manhattan with the University of Waterloo's Efrim Boritz years ago. Efrim grumbled that Apple had destroyed years of his work by not making the new version of the Mac operating system sufficiently compatible with an updated version.

      For years one huge advantage of Microsoft was insistance on making new versions of DOS compatible with older versions which led to millions of lines of code that would've been unnecessary if new versions of DOS were not backwards compatible.

      That does not seem to be the case today.

      Boo on TechSmith! Boo on Microsoft! Boo on Apple!

      They are sometimes uncaringly destroying years of our work with new upgrades.


    • Robert E Jensen


      Bob Jensen's Codec Saga: How I Lost a Big Part of My Life's Work
      Until My Friend Rick Lillie Solved My Problem
      Bob Jensen at Trinity University

      The essay below is on the Web at

      There are many newer 64-bit Windows 7 computers that will not playback videos compressed on computers such as my 32-bit Windows XP computer. Give your 64-bit computer a test. The most popular video I ever produced is my 133ex05a.wmv video that's still being downloaded by thousands of security analysts and auditors. Even before I purchased a new computer I was getting complaints that this video would not play on 64-bit Windows 7 computers.

      Give your computer test by trying to playback the 133ex05a.wmv video at

      Playback problems are also arising in videos created by millions of people other than me, especially Camtasia videos produced on 32-bit computers. The trouble is that Microsoft's set of codecs embedded in Windows 7 leaves out some important codecs in earlier versions of Windows.Many high level tech support groups still don't know how to solve this problem. For example, two days ago three Level 2 experts in the Dell Technical Support Division did not have a clue on how to solve the problem. Even though the video above would not run on my various video players such as Windows Media Player, VLC Player, Realtime, and Quicktime, Dell Level 2 technicians suggested I try three other players. None of these players corrected my problem.

      Codec ---
      Warning: There are many outfits on the Web that offer free or fee downloads of codecs. Don't trust any of them unless somebody you really trust informs you that these downloads are safe. Many of codec downloads carry malware malicious code that will put such things as Trojan horse viruses into your computer. One outfit even claims to playback virtually all videos without using a codec. I don't trust this company enough to even try its download. Quite a few people have downloaded the K-Lite Codec Pack, but my Sophos Security blocker would not allow this download. Friends who have the K-Lite does tell me that they still can't run many older videos in 64-bit machines that will run in 32-bit computers.

      To make a long story short, a technical support expert named Ian at California State University in San Bernardino proposed a solution to the problem at the behest of my good friend and education technology expert Professor Rick Lillie.

      On Thanksgiving Day Rick sent the following recommendation:

      The problem is specifically an audio codec that did not come with Windows 7. Ian found a trustworthy place which provides that particular codec:

      Trinity University requires that I honor a relatively tough Cisco Systems security barrier called Sophos if I want to run my files on servers at Trinity. The VoiceAge download mentioned above not only passed through my Sophos barrier, unlike the K-Lite Codec Pack, the download took place in the blink of an eye.

      Now old videos play wonderfully on my new 64-bit Windows 7 laptop from Dell. However, this is a limited solution in that users around the world who do not know about this solution or an equivalent solution will either not be able to run many old videos or they will be clogging my email box. I am asking that all of you inform your tech support group about this solution. I informed the Dell Support Group.

      A better solution for my hundreds of videos still being served up on the Web would take weeks of my time. Windows 7 OS 64-bit computers will play my huge uncompressed avi files that I store in my barn. It is out of the question to serve up enormous avi files that can be compressed into files that save over 90% of of storage and transmission size. However, I did experiment with recompressing a couple of avi files on my 64-bit machine. These files will playback in wmv, rm, swf, and mov formats using only Windows 7 codecs. But at this stage of my life I don't want to spend weeks of my time solving a problem that Microsoft could solve with little cost or trouble.

      Why compress raw avi videos into compressed wmv, mov, mpg, rm, scf, or some other compressed versions?
      The reason is largely a file size issue with raw avi videos. If I captured an avi file that is over 200 mb in size it takes up a huge amount of space on a server and takes forever to download over the Internet. By compressing it into something liike a wmv format for Windows Media Player, a mov format for Apple's Quicktime, or a rm format for Real Media, or a swf format for an Adobe Flash player, I can reduce the file size by over 90% without serious loss in video playback quality. I should, however, store the original avi file somewhere if I think I may want to edit and recompress the video in the future.

      Hilarious Enron home video (originally reported by the Houston Chronicle)
      A hilarious Enron home video (really made by genuine Enron executives like Jeff Skilling at Rich Kinder's resignation party) example is shown at
      The raw Enron1.avi video of 201 mb is poor quality video that a friend at Villanova captured in 2003. It will take you over 20 minutes to download this avi video, but since it is in avi format it will play on my new 64-bit Windows 7 computer. When I compressed the video into an Enron1.wmv format it only takes up 20 mb of space (over a 90% savings) on the server and will download in less than two minutes.

      However, until I downloaded the VoiceAge codec this wmv compressed version would not play on my new 64-bit Windows 7 computer. It always did play on my old 32-bit computer. The reason is that Microsoft left out some historic codecs for in the latest version of 64-bit computers.

      In fact the problem is so severe with old 32-bit media that in Windows 7 Microsoft made the 32-bit version of Windows Media Player (WMP) the default player even though a 64-bit version is also available such that techies can, if you so choose, make the 64-bit version your default WMP ---
      WMP 64-bit switch ---

      However, even if you are using the default 32-bit WMP video player in your new 64-bit computer, there are historic Windows XP codecs missing such that many historic compressed videos will not play on your 64-bit computer using Microsoft's default 32-bit Windows Media Player, and that is the reason I am writing this essay today.


      Camtasia Studio (for Windows and belatedly the Mac OS) ---
      TechSmith's Home Page for Camtasia Studio ---

      I was an early adopter of Camtasia and produced Camtasia videos on Win95, XP 32-bit, and Windows 7 64-bit computers. In the earliest days I recorded hundreds of Camtasia videos with a microphone so I could narrate while solving homework, quiz, and examination problems on my computer screen. Since many of these were textbook problems and cases  that I could not legally solve in videos  for public viewing, I served my Camtasia video solutions up on a LAN server that only my students could study. Textbook publishers would not have been happy if I put video solutions to their homework problems and cases on a public Web server.

      An example of a very early homework solution video can be found at in the
      PDQ05-15tEST2/PDQ05-.15tEST2.wmv file at
      The mouse motion in this video begins after a minute or so. J had to dig up the original avi version recorded years ago and then recompress the avi version into a wmv compressed video on my new 64-bit, Windows 7 computer.

      Some historic (e.g., 2001) compressions created on my old 32-bit computer will run on 64-bit Windows 7 computers. See for yourself by trying to run any of the sample videos at
      I suspect that I recorded these sample videos at a different audio sampling rate years ago. This does show that there will be problems playing back all 32-bit computer compressions of avi files.

      After some playing around I think that the problem is in the audio sampling rates that TechSmith used in compressing some of my historic videos. TechSmith did not always use the same sampling rates when compressing avi files into wmv,mov, rm, scf, and other compressed versions of avi files.

      The reason for this compatibility problem is that TechSmith does not write codecs. TechSmith relies on codecs available in whatever among codecs built into the Windows operating system you're using. And Microsoft in an uncaring way did not include some of the Windows XP codecs for 32-bit computers  in its Windows 7 upgrade for 64-bit computers.

      Another solution I attempted and that failed to add needed codecs (actually I need Expression since FrontPage is no longer being upgraded)
      Microsoft Expression ---
      Some known problems with Microsoft Expression---

      There are many downloads that might work that I would not trust downloading into my computer. If you want to take a chance with your 64-bit computer be my guest ---
      Also see

      Please let me know if you can playback the 133ex05a.wmv file using these or other solutions (if they did not infect your computer with malware)..
      My playback test videos are at

    • Robert E Jensen

      XtraNormal ---

      Xtranormal is a website which hosts text-to-speech based computer animated videoclips which can be created by any user and uploaded by a downloadable program or created directly online. It has had little online advertising and has spread by word of mouth and by being uploaded to Facebook and other social media sites.One website refers to controversy about an employee from Best Buy being fired for uploading an animated video complaining about customer service.

      The website offers either a free trial program to be downloaded to the computer with a fairly userfriendly interface, though limited to simple animation or creating a video while logged into the website. Popular user-created animations are available to watch.

      A growing collection of amateur animators use a do-it-yourself Web site called Xtranormal to vent comically about the academic life. And to teach.
      The online animation site they use has become a tool for teaching as well as satire

      "So You Think an English Professor's Life Is a Cartoon," by Mark Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 16, 2011 ---

      Bob Jensen's threads on Tricks and Tools of the Trade ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      Richard Cambell's Camtasia 7.1 tutorial ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      TeacherTube (a video server for teachers) ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      "Thanks to Google Plus, Picasa Gets Unlimited Storage for Photos & Videos, Also Better Tagging," by Sarah Perez, ReadWriteWeb, July 1, 2011 ---
      Click Here

      With the launch of Google Plus, there may be some confusion as to how the photos uploaded to the social network (Google+) integrate with Google's online photo-sharing service (Picasa), especially in terms of storage limits. The answer provides some great news for Google Plus users - nearly everything you upload to Google Plus won't count towards your storage limits on Picasa, with the only exception being videos longer than 15 minutes.

      And there's another nifty feature involving photo-tagging, too - your Google+ friends can now tag your Picasa photos.

      Thus far I past my photographs on two Web servers at Trinity University:

      Server One
      Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories

      Server Two
      More of Bob Jensen's Personal History in Pictures ---


    • Robert E Jensen

      Most faculty serve up video from their university's servers, YouTube, and Tech Smith's Screencast, but there are other alternatives

      "How to Choose the Right Host For Your Online Video," By Robin Miller, ReadWriteWeb, July 25, 2011 ---

      Bob Jensen's video helpers are at

      Also see

    • Robert E Jensen

      Video on "Capitalism at Risk," by Dutch Leonard and Lynn Paine, Harvard Business Review Blog, September 2011 --- Click Here
      September 26, 2011 reply from Ruth Bender

      Cranfield uses its ‘Hot Topics’ videos to get a message across; one video = one message.  Current ones can be accessed at  Or the sidebar on the left lists the lot by subject.  For example, mine are under ‘business, economics and finance’. (The latest was when I got very irritated about something the media were saying about bank privatisation (back a couple of months ago, when we still believed the banks were worth something – which just shows how lousy my forecasting skills are!), so I phoned down to our media studio and asked if they could give me a slot to sound off - .)

      The main challenge is to get your message across quite quickly.  We try to come in under 5 minutes; I don’t think there are any at more than 10.  Nothing too long, as the view is that people’s attention spans on the net are very short.

      Some, like this one, come about because a member of staff or a doctoral student has something to say and wants a platform.  Others come about because the studio asks for a speaker on a topic in the news.

      The other thing which we have built up is a presence on iTunesU (under Cranfield University) which I understand are building quite a following. 

      As to the technicals – we do nothing complicated.  An interviewer against a black background. The interviewer is briefed; the interviewee talks freely.  Some people need editing, and others go out more or less ‘as is’.

      Hope that answers your question.  All of our work is accessed through the Knowledge Interchange on the School’s home page.


    • Robert E Jensen

      Videos Illustrating How to Make Videos Using Camtasia Version 7.1

      October 13, 2011 message from Rick Newmark

      Here are three videos that I made to show my colleagues how to use Camtasia to make a class video for when you go out of town, or to create a tutorial for your class. I figured that some of you might be interested, so here they are. Please note that these are not Richard Campbell-quality videos. I shot these quickly and without any script. I made only a couple of minor edits.

      Also, please note I used Screencast-O-Matic to make the first part of Part 1 so that I could capture setting up Camtasia Recorder. Pay attention to before and after I press the Record button to see the differences between the two applications.

      How to record a class using Camtasia 7 Part 1 - Setting up Camtasia Recorder and recording a class video. Part 2  - Producing your Camtasia recording for posting in BlackBoard. Part 3 - Posting your video in BlackBoard.


      FYI, In Part 1, I used the following to demonstrate different ways to use Camtasia

      1.       Running virtual machines on your PC using Virtual Box

      ·         Apple Snow Leopard 10.6

      ·         Linux Ubuntu 11.04

      2.       Creating a two-table query in Access 2010

      3.       Demonstrating how to use Windows Journal with a Tablet PC—also applies to using the Sympodium on a classroom computer.

      ·         I showed how to use the REA Enterprise Ontology, t-accounts, and journal entries to explain the following

                                                                     i.       The nature of accounts receivable and unearned revenue, including the duality imbalance that creates them

                                                                   ii.      How to use t-accounts to design database queries to compute accounts receivable and unearned revenue.




      Richard Newmark
      Professor, School of Accounting and Computer Information Systems
      Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business

      2004 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Winner
      University of Northern Colorado
      Campus Box 128, Kepner Hall 2095D
      Greeley, CO 80639
      (970) 351-1213 (office)
      (970) 351-1068 (fax)

      Bob Jensen's threads on Camtasia are at

      Note that I find the F9 toggle key very useful for pausing for periods of rest and preparation during the recording of a relatively long video.

      Many of my old videos will not run in Windows 7 because Microsoft dropped an an audio codec.

    • Robert E Jensen


      ScreenCast from TechSmith is a leading storage/server alternative for your Jing and Camtasia videos ---

      However, there are quite a few other screeencast video capturing alternatives and hosts ---
      This is a pretty impressive Wikipedia comparison site!

      Bob Jensen's video helpers ---

    • Gulraze Wakil

       First, Julie you do a lot of work with AAA commons. I/we really appreciate it. We met at the Ohio region CTLA two years back.

      I did not read Rick's youtube stuff. I am still behind on that. What I do is just record an important part of a lecture or item students will ask about often using my laptop webcam. I then tell my education development office to set the recording up on my webct. They set it up so that students can stream it fast. If I upload it then it becomes quite slow. I have used mostly 5 min videos, for e.g. how to use a financial calculator to calculate NPV.

      My educational office secures the link so that it is hard for students to change or post to web. I am still shy of being on whole web.


    • Robert E Jensen

      "10 Faculty Perspectives on What Works in Lecture Capture," Chronicle of Higher Education, November 4, 2011 ---

      Bob Jensen's threads on Tools and Tricks of the Trade ---