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The University is currently trialling the Replay Lecture Capture system. This systems allows the recording of audio, video and slides (powerpoint or keynote) on either PC or Mac.
Recordings are uploaded onto Panopto via Weblearn; Panopto offers limited editing options, after which videos are published on Weblearn. Access to recordings can be limited, for example to current University members, via single sign on (SSO).

How to set up a site in Weblearn

Follow the instructions on the IT Services Getting started Guide

How to record a lecture on a PC

  • Open WebLearn and sign in with your SSO
  • Click on 'My sites' and select the Site
  • Click on 'Recorded Lectures'
    This opens a Panopto tab on your browser; use the link 'Download Recorder' at first use
  • Click on 'Create', select 'Record a new session' and 'Launch recorder'
  • Choose a session name including date, time, speaker
  • Setup: Video = none; Audio = USB microphone; Quality = high; Secondary capture = tick screen 2 (projector in the WHG seminar room); Resolution 1280 x 1024; Bit rate = 1500kbps; Frame rate = 25 fps
  • Start recording - Stop recording at the end of the lecture; the lecture is saved locally
  • Wait for the file to be processed; the 'completed' video can then be viewed and edited onlin
  • Return to the first tab to carry on recording another lecture

Note for the WHG seminar rooms: if several lectures are recorded back to back, 'blank' the projector between lectures (on the lectern) to set up the next PowerPoint
To view notes on the lectern display while presenting:
- set up display monitors: multiple monitors = extend this display; click on screen marked '2'
- set up Powerpoint: set up slideshow -> multiple monitors -> monitor 2; tick 'use presenter view;
After the lecture, set the display monitors to 'Duplicate'

How to record a lecture on a Mac

Synchronise the computer and the projector:
System preferences - Displays: select Build-in display - Arrangement = mirror display (1280 x 1024)

  • Open WebLearn and sign in with your SSO
  • Click on 'Recorded Lectures'
    This opens a Panopto tap on your browser; use the link 'Download Recorder' at first use
  • Click on 'Create', select 'Record a new session' and 'Launch recorder'
    Make sure that 'panopto recorder' is highlighted and click OK
  • In Panopto Recorder Preferences, for best quality select: Video Compression Options = H.264 HD 720 Audio Compression Options = AAC High Quality
  • 25 frames per second (video)
    12 frames per second (screen capture)
  • Choose a Session name including Date, time, speaker
  • Setup: Record PowerPoint, Screen Capture, Audio/Video
    audio source = USB audio CODEC
    video source = none
    Note: this interface is currently under development; once fully developed it will look more like the Windows interface and will offer more options

System preference - change Displays to Display for the slideshow

  • Start recording - (change display to build-in display) Stop recording at the end of the lecture; the lecture is saved locally
  • Wait for the file to be processed; the 'completed' video can then be viewed and edited online
  • Click on 'Create new recording' to carry on recording another lecture

Note for the WHG seminar rooms: if several lectures are recorded back to back, 'blank' the projector between lectures (on the lectern) to set up the next PowerPoint

How to edit a lecture

Panopto offers a limited editor for lectures: it is possible to top and tail the recording, cut out parts in the middle, add slides and videos.

  • On Weblearn, click 'Launch recorded lectures'
  • Select the lecture and click 'Edit'
  • In the time line, the top line is the audio recording, the middle line is the screen (usually used as a back-up, its definition is not as good as the slides), the bottom line contains the slides
  • Use the pale yellow handles to top & tail the recording
  • Usually the screen recording (middle line) can be discarded; use the dark yellow handles to shorten it on the outside of the area you're keeping
  • Use the scissors to cut out a part in the middle; click on the audio line and two more pale yellow handles will appear
  • Click 'Save' (not save as); changes are non destructive, it's possible to go back to the original file (unless, and this is the only exception, if you delete a stream)

Panopto also offers the possibility to add slides to the audio recording, as well as videos; slides are created in PowerPoint (ppt recommended).
Please note that when videos are added, there is a slight gap between successives videos in the final product, while Panopto loads the following video.

How to publish a lecture

Permission can be requested using our permission forms:

To limit access to the recordings to University members only, set up permission at the folder level:
Weblean -> Site Info -> Manage Access
Recordings within that folder will inherit the same permissions as the folder by default. In our case, we give access to our folder to Oxford staff, students & users.

Send a link (for example link to NDM seminars) to your users; they will have to sign in with their single sign on (SSO) and click on 'Recorded Lectures'

Work in progress can be hidden by setting up an embargo (availability date in the future):
Settings -> Overview -> Availability
Test videos can be hidden by setting up an availability date in the past.

How to export a lecture (mp4)

In Settings, select 'Outputs' and 'Download podcast' (all Streams and HD is fine)

Sample Replay Lecture Capture - Introduction by Steve Pierce