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Pre-recording lectures

Pre-recording a personal capture is less complex and risky than trying to deliver a live stream, and allows staff to choose where and when to make the recordings, review their quality, and edit if necessary.  

Tools we recommend

Below you find the tools we currently recommend. You can produce these videos with your own equipment, at your own desk. However, we strongly recommend using a good quality headset. If you do not own one, you can request one here (home delivery is possible).

  • PowerPoint

    The Windows Office 365 version of PowerPoint includes a basic audio and video recoing facility. You can use this function to make a simple screen recording of your PowerPoint presentation with audio that goes along with each slide. 


    • A Windows or MacOS device with the Office 365 version of PowerPoint 
    • Enough disk space on your local drive to record and save your screen recording 
    • Using a headset is recommended (you can request one here


    Make sure you the Office 365 version of PowerPoint is installed. You can find step-by-step instructions and video tutorials on how to get started with recording here. When you are finished recording, you can save your presentation and export the result to a video file (.mp4). Instructions on how to store and share your recording can be found below.

    Recording Tips

    In order to prevent very large video files, please:

    • Avoid recording yourself with a webcam as much as possible. Consider to only use your webcam on your first/last slide. 
    • When exporting your presentation to a video format, export it with "standard" quality.

    Record with powerpoint?
    More information here!
  • Camtasia

    Camtasia offers advanced functionalities to make a screen recording. We recommend Camtasia if you want to do more than just presenting a PowerPoint. For example, if you want to show and explain your students how certain software works. On top of that, you have the possibility to edit your video and audio once you have finished recording. This makes it easy to cut out mistakes. 


    • A Windows or Mac device 
    • Enough disk space on your local drive to record and save your screen recording 
    • Using a headset is recommended (you can request one here


    You can request a Camtasia license by sending an email to the LISA Servicedesk. You will receive instructions on how to download Camtasia by email. Step-by-step instructions and video tutorials on how to get started with recording can be found here. You can find information on how to store and share your recordings below.

  • Explain Everything (pencast)

    If you need to create instructions that contain formulas, model or drawings and you would like to use an iPad or a drawing tablet to record, we recommend you to use Explain Everything.  


    • Recent generation iPad (2018 or later), tablet (Android) or a different device in combination with a supported browser (some limitations) 
    • Recommended: Apple pencil, stylus or drawing tablet


    If you own an iPad or tablet, you can download the Explain Everything app through the App Store or Play Store. If you use a different device, you can use the web version instead. In order to use all features of Explain Everything, you need an activated account. You can request an activation code by sending an email to the TELT team or the LISA Servicedesk. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to start with your recording here. You can find information on how to store and share your recordings below.

  • Canvas

    If you want to address your students with an audio or a video message, you can do this directly in the Canvas Rich Content Editor.

    Technical requirements 

    • A device with Chrome, Firefox or Safari (in Safari you will need Flash)
    • A webcam

    How to get started?

    If you edit or create a Page, Announcement or Assignment, you can use the Rich Content Editor to do your recordings. After you have finished your recording it will become automatically available, no additional upload is needed.

    Recording Tips

    Since you cannot do any editing on the recording, it is advised to make short clips of audio/video (up to 15 minutes). With a good internet connection you can make up to 90 minute recordings.

How to store and share my recordings?

Once you finished recording, you can upload your video files to the UT's Vimeo channel by yourself via the Video Portal (log in using your AD credentials). You can make sure that only certain people see your videos by setting them to a specific setting. Once your video has been uploaded, you can use the link to share with your students or, for example, make your video interactive with H5P elements. If you have a Canvas course, you can use the embed code of the video to embed it on a Canvas page. If you have questions about the Video Portal, contact You can upload and share videos up to 2Gb. If you want to share larger videos, you can send them via “SURFfilesender” to

Subtitles for students with hearing impairments

If you teach students with hearing impairments, it’s recommended to add subtitles to your videos. The TELT team can help you with creating and adding subtitles. If you would like to make use of this service, please send an email with (a link to) your video to Don’t forget to let us know which language the subtitles need to be. It will take a maximum of 5 working days to add the subtitles.

Need support?

Please contact your faculty’s E-Learning Specialist or the TELT team.