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Best software for putting lectures online?

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 2 years ago


An anonymous reader writes "I'm trying to help a school put their classes online in the most minimally invasive way as possible to the teachers. A few environmental considerations:
They don't always have live internet in the classroom, or I'd just run to Skype.
I'm hoping to make it as much one touch start/stop as possible to start recording, stop recording, and upload to a server. I'd like to believe others here have already done something similar, so if a package or process worked for you that would be great to hear.
Not sure what if it's all ppt lectures or if they actually use a whiteboard, and if so what the best camera would be to use (on a school budget!).."

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Define school budget. (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | more than 2 years ago | (#38554622)

There are many webcams that will work.
Start with one for $100 or less from the likes
of Logitech (check their QuickCam Pro 9000).

Microphones are important... schools have them
in the AV department for use at assemblies... The
RF pocket packs with a lapel microphone are good.

Next it gets interesting. You need a camera operator
a sound guy and multiple cameras (inputs) and
a way to sync and edit the mess. Cameras need
tripods. Cameras do not auto track teachers that
walk and pace. Cameras do not auto "snap" key
stages in overhead or white board presentations.
A white board in a room is much higher effective resolution
than most web media (eyechart slides are impossible).

Then there are legal issues! You may need a written waver from all the
students and also the teacher. If it is not already in the contract
and there is a union -- wear Nomex.

Then there are copyright rules that go sideways. Content
that teachers often use (legal fair use) cannot be published
on the web.

Most audio content is nearly safe. Video and powerpoint
require editing and more. These blogs [] will
prove informative as a start.

The computer and encoding are important. Storage vanished
in a hurry. Often tools are license encumbered in the fine print
of even expensive cameras (Canon) should you want to use
them professionally (should you charge for or sell the content).

Some podcasts are very sophisticated and make it look easy
when it is not.

Yes it can be done on a budget....
A Google search with be valuable once
you get past the piles of product pages.

Do ask a Video podcaster/ blogger that you like to blog how they do it.

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