Lecture recording refers to the process of recording and archiving the content of a lecture, conference, or seminar. It consists of hardware and software components that work in synergy to record audio and visual components of the lecture.
- 1 Hardware
- 2 Software
- 3 Uses
- 4 Pros
- 5 Cons
- 6 Lecture Capture Solutions
- 6.1 Reach US
- 6.2 Accordent
- 6.3 Arrive ViewPoint™ – Rich Media Recording System (www.arrivesys.com)
- 6.4 BlueBook Platform
- 6.5 Cisco Media Transformation
- 6.6 EchoSystems
- 6.7 Epiphan Lecture Recorder x2
- 6.8 Galicaster
- 6.9 Opencast Matterhorn
- 6.10 Panopto
- 6.11 Presentations2Go
- 6.12 Tegrity
- 6.13 UbiCast
- 7 References
Hardware is used to capture the lecturer's voice along with the video of the lecturer. Sometimes, the lecturer may use visual aids to support their speech, such as slide shows, which are presented to the public with some kind of projector; in this case such slide shows can also be recorded. Once captured, the data is then either stored directly on the capture hardware or sent to a server over a LAN or the Internet. After some processing to adapt the video formats to the desired distribution mechanism, codecs, etc., viewers are then able to remotely access the recording, either in real time or ex post facto.
The recording of a lecture or presentation may use any combination of the following tools:
Software is used both on the capture hardware, the viewer's computer, and the production server. Software ranges from simple web browsers and video players to stand-alone software programs made specifically for viewing lectures. The viewer's as well as the presenter's software must be compatible with the software on the server which receives the content from the capture hardware, produces it, and sends it to the viewer's computer on-demand.
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- Traditional Classroom Replacement - Some institutions may use lecture recording as a means to replace the traditional classroom with an online classroom.
- Supplemental Educational Resource - Some institutions may use lecture recording to create reference material as a means to supplement the in-class lectures.
- Non-Traditional Uses Outside the Classroom
- Advertising - Allows for sales and marketing department heads to disseminate information to staff as well as department staff using the technology as a means of reaching their customers.
- Collaboration - Meetings and conferences can be recorded for future reference, dissemination to those not in attendance, and archival.
- Training - New employees, students, and others could be trained using recorded trainings
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- ...compliance with Section 508 for students with disabilities.
- ...autonomous education by allowing a student to replay missed lectures or simply as a studying tool virtually anytime, anywhere.
- ...students with the ability to learn at their own pace.
- ...instructors/trainers with more powerful options to capture and engage their intended audience.
- ...a means to elevate an organization's status by offering a non-traditional classroom environment and operating at the forefront of educational technology.
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- Security - Security issues could include deciding who is responsible for housing the lectures, who may be allowed access to the lectures, and for how long that access may remain available.
- Copyright Law - Copyright law originally dictated that copyrighted material could be used for instructional purposes at nonprofit educational institutions but only for face-to-face teaching. However, with the addition of the TEACH Act, this fair use applies to digital lectures as well.
- Classroom Attendance - One major issue facing professors, instructors, and educational institutions at-large is the possibility of classroom attendance plummeting with the advent of lecture recording. Studies show an overwhelming number of students believe the recorded lectures, when used in environments where traditional face-to-face learning is practiced, is not used as a replacement. Students believed the notes taken during class could not be replaced with a recorded lecture but rather the recorded lecture was used for areas of the lecture that needed reiteration.
Lecture Capture Solutions
Below there is a non-comprehensive list of entities (institutions, non-profit organizations, vendors, companies...) providing some kind of lecture capture solution.
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To capture your event with multiple signals and stream them live or on demand to your audience, Reach manufacturers both hardware and software solutions to capture, stream and playback (VOD) everyday classroom events using a unique technology called multistreaming. This technology allows the client to manipulate the resolution and size of multiple synchronized images captured after the fact. Reach gives a teacher the freedom to create unattended recordings of multiple signals, (ie. cameras, document cameras, powerpoint presentations, Internet content) without the need for post production editing and publishing. Content is readily available online via a web interface and can be seen live or for playback Video on Demand. For a sample of multistreaming technology go to e.szreach.com
Accordent Classroom Recording
Accordent Solutions offers users a unique way to record everyday classroom event such as lectures, presentations, and class reviews with their classroom capture technology. This product offers the ability to record the event, upload to the internet, and provides an easy to use gateway to access any recordings posted by the educator. Accordent is used by 425 universities and growing. Some of these universities include the University of Tennessee, the University of Alabama and Brown University. This classroom technology is helping educators not only provide their students with additional classroom lectures, but also allows them to show on demand guest speaker presentations, provide distance and online courses, and helps provide education to those students that can not attend class.
The Capture Station
The Accordent Capture Station helps educators to capture their desired classroom event automatically, the user just has to press a button and the Capture Station handles the rest. The Capture Station records, codes, edits and posts the recording automatically to the website application provided by Accordent. All the user has to do is plug the Station into any VGA enabled device the user wants to capture on and the Station takes care of the rest when the "capture" button is pressed. Accordent offers the Capture Station in two forms, a stationary setup, ideal for everyday recording, and a mobile version, which offers the ability to record not only in a classroom, but anywhere.
Accordent Media Management System
With the Accordent Media Management System users can view a catalog of all captured events, search intuitively through the catalog, and protects all of the stored media with a verified user security system. With this system, professors will have an easy place to view what they have posted online for their students and they can be sure that only the correct people are watching with the unique login information each student has. Students, on the other hand, have a place to easily searched for captured classroom events and can stream the videos directly from the site.
Arrive ViewPoint™ – Rich Media Recording System (www.arrivesys.com)
Arrive ViewPoint™, family of products that comprise of Rich Media Recording Systems are created to provide the ability for system integrators and users to benefit from the AV and IT crossover opportunity of merging the wired world of AV with the wireless and cloud connected world of IT.
Arrive ViewPoint™, is a fully featured High Definition Rich Media Recording System that transforms communication and collaboration dynamics within and beyond today’s classrooms, meeting rooms, training rooms and conference rooms. The hardware and software components work in synergy to record audio and visual components of the presentation or lecture for perpetual archival and the ability to provide repeated views of integrated voice, video and data as a single view (called rich media) for unlimited amounts of time.
Arrive ViewPoint™ eliminates the need for a dedicated computer capture agent on the presenters’ side, reducing the physical layout of connectors, space and power consumption. The no-hassle installation and zero maintenance increases the reliability.
The most common applications for Arrive ViewPoint™ is Lecture capture, which refers to the process of digitally capturing and archiving the content of a lecture, conference, or seminar. It is an ideal solution for traditional classroom replacement or supplemental educational resources used for secondary and higher education and corporate training as well as for archiving and broadcasting enterprise wide or internet based presentations for unlimited views.
Arrive ViewPoint™ can be operated in two modes:
Standalone Recorder Mode: Allows the users to use the touch interface or Arrive CloudPoint™ integrated control to manage the session recordings by providing interfaces for Start, Stop, Pause, Resume recordings.
OpenCast Matterhorn** Capture Agent Mode: Allows Opencast Matterhorn to centrally manage and schedule recordings. Arrive ViewPoint™ registers to Matterhorn v1.3 and v1.4 servers.
BlueBook, the flagship offering of Fracton Technologies, is a comprehensive education package consisting of a wide spectrum of applications and services that greatly enhance the existing education delivery and reception mechanisms. BlueBook solution offers a new-age Learning Management System, the facility of automated recording and distribution of live lectures, the ability to virtually re-live classroom experience on anytime anywhere basis and a 360-degree feedback mechanism. The solution supports multiple platforms (Android, iOS, Windows) as well as devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones).
One of the core applications of the BlueBook solution is automated recording and distribution of live lectures. The recording, audio-video quality enhancement, content security and distribution; all are carried out in a completely automated fashion without requiring any manual intervention or any change in the teaching methodology. The recording is done in a multi-view mode (Class, Podium and Board View) and is automatically converted into digital content for anytime-anywhere learning of students.
Cisco Media Transformation
One company that produces products that help enhance lecture capture technology is Cisco.Cisco's main goals with this type of Media Transformation is reduce risks involved in the distribution of media, while getting a full return on the investment consumers put into the Cisco technology. Ciscos media transformation division is all centered around the idea of wide distribution of video technology to enhance learning and business around the world. With services that help connect people across the globe using real time video capturing and recording, it opens up so many new possibilities to what future business and educational resources may become. All of the processes discussed in this article are a prime example of what will be to come in the world of advancing technologies. One day meeting and classes may all be taken from home while we view lecutures and presentations all through video capturing and realtime streaming.
Built-in automation and integration capabilities make EchoSystem easily adjustable for any type of environment, from one single class room to an entire school campus. EchoSystem allows instructors to record their lectures from anywhere. Professors can lecture from classrooms, offices, or their own homes. EchoSystems requires that special software be installed on each computer. EchoSystems allows users to capture lectures through any camera, microphone, or sympodium.
The latest version of EchoSystem is 4.0. This version of EchoSystems allows users to view lecture from any computer as well as from an iPhone or iPad. All lectures can be recorded in HD with high quality audio. A new feature called lecture collaboration allows users to take notes on the lectures, as well as join discussions with classmates. Lecture collaboration creates a collaborative online experience for all of the users. Students can use this tool to ask the professor any questions they might have about the lecture.
The EchoCenter is where users login to access the material. From the center each lecture is shown in a playlist organized by the date a lecture was uploaded. This center allows professors to follow class discussions and track all of their lecutres. EchoSystems enable a central IT department to support a single backend server infrastructure to cover the entire campus. This allows separate departments within an organization to decide if and how to implement this system.
Echo360 is also able to combine with other software. Echo360 and CaptionSync were combined to create a seamless software used by many universities. This version is able to view handwriting inputted by a tablet computer or other touch device and posts the writing under each lecture. This allows Echo360 to be used for math and science classes where there are calculations.
Epiphan Lecture Recorder x2
Epiphan Systems has created an integrated hardware platform for recording and/or streaming presentations, events, lectures, marketing and training videos. The Lecture Recorder x2 captures an HD video source such as computer with slides, and a camera with audio source focused on the presenter. Lecture Recorder x2 then streams the multimedia content to standard Internet browsers and media players. The streaming content can also be recorded to internal storage and network storage.
The Galicaster Project is an open initiative, supported by Teltek Video Research (a start-up company born at the University of Vigo, focused on providing open IT-media solutions for Academia) to provide a flexible, state-of-the-art solution for recording educational multimedia contents like lectures and conferences. This solution basically consists on a Linux-based application and a set of hardware recommendations for the computers to be running such application. Some important features Galicaster provides are:
- Live visual feedback of what is being recorded, including a vumeter for audio monitoring.
- Remote monitoring of the recording, via VNC.
- Ability to browse, play, delete or download finished recordings (also in an Opencast Matterhorn-compatible format).
- Recording may be triggered automatically or manually.
- Basic recording controls (start, pause, stop…)
- Compatibility with Opencast Matterhorn schedule and ingestion services.
- Touchscreen interface.
Galicaster supports two operation modes:
- Galicaster Class: Works as an automated recording system for classrooms and unoperated conference halls. Recordings can be scheduled and they will start and stop automatically at the configured times. Lecturers/teachers don't need to interact with the recording if they don't want to, however they have access to a restricted interface that allows them to pause, resume and stop the recordings, even those started automatically. Media browsing and reviewing capabilities aren't enabled in this mode, so that the interface remains as simple as possible.
- Galicaster Mobile: All the Galicaster features are enabled, so that the user can manually start/pause/stop recordings, edit their metadata, review recorded media, etc. This operation mode is intented for video operators that need a simple yet versatile mobile unit to record in unequipped halls or classrooms.
The Opencast Community is a collaboration of individuals, higher education institutions and organizations working together to explore, develop, define and document best practices and technologies for management of audiovisual content in academia.
The Opencast community also supports community-driven projects to solve common issues in management of academic audiovisual content as identified by the community. The most prominent of such projects is Matterhorn: a free, open-source platform to support the management of educational audio and video content. Institutions will use Matterhorn to produce lecture recordings, manage existing video, serve designated distribution channels, and provide user interfaces to engage students with educational videos.
As of 2012, Panopto offers two units of software—Focus and Unison. Focus is software that records and live-streams presentations, lectures, demos, and so forth, and then stores them in the Panopto video content management system. Unison is software that imports existing videos into the Panopto video CMS. Both Focus and Unison come with the web-based content management system, a web-based media editor, the ability to search within videos, and developer APIs for integrating Panopto with existing content- and learning-management systems.
In 2010, Learning Valley a startup company born at Wageningen University in the Netherlands did research together with University of applied sciences Utrecht into 'Live Tagging' applications in combination with rich media weblectures. This enables students to make online tags (notes) on mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads or netbooks, etc. during a lecture. Using clever, innovative technology, the positions of these tags are accurately linked to the teacher’s presentation slides. When the lecture is over, the notes can be seen on the time-line for the web lecture or webcast recorded using Presentations 2Go. This enhances and enriches the content.
With the new release of Presentations2Go, teachers and students can now also add notes retrospectively when viewing a web lecture. Presentations 2Go makes a distinction between ‘moderators’ (teachers) and ‘audience’ (students). Moderators have extra possibilities. They can introduce command ‘tags’ which can be responded to. In this case, the video recording pauses and an optional link automatically opens in a separate window. The ‘assignment tags’ that are handed in are only visible to group moderators. It’s also possible to enable students to react to each other’s notes. When watching the web lecture again, notes can be filtered using keywords and downloaded in HTML format. This means they can be utilised usefully within existing learning environments or locally.
Tegrity lecture capture Technology is a division of McGraw Hill (Link to McGraw Hill) and is an award—winning lecture capture option. Tegrity offers a cloud-based system that deploys quickly and is easily scalable. Tegrity establishes a real time connection between the user and the course they are taking. Class data is always kept up to date, and there is no need to manually enter the users for the system. There is a single sign on for users, as well as a customizable logo, color scheme, and images.
Tegrity has many applications for students. Tegrity does not require software to be downloaded. The student only needs to have access to the internet. Tegrity allows for students to bookmark content, collaborate with other students as well as instructors, as well as take notes for the lectures. Tegrity can be views from anywhere with an internet connection, anytime, on almost any device which includes many mobile devices. Tegrity allows users to search for any keyword presented in the class. Tegrity also allows users to speed up or slow down the lectures while keeping the tone of the presenter’s voice natural. Tegrity enables users to resume their lectures from the last position that they stopped at.
UbiCast is a 2007 founded French company that provides an end-to-end solution for RichMedia lecture capture called EasyCast, comprising
- EasyCast Studio, an all-in-one Linux-based capture appliance equipped with a touchscreen (both mobile and fixed form factors)
- EasyCast Campus, a distributed capture and processing recording, with an optional central editing station for high quality workflow scenarios
- EasyCast MediaServer, a web portal for organizing and sharing RichMedia content
The peculiarity of the EasyCast solution lies in its orientation towards high quality capture, video formats and protocols agnosticity and full capture automation: correctible automatic speaker tracking technology (AutoCam), automated metadata extraction from captured slides through optical character recognition (OCR), automated dynamic rendering where the video resource is showing the most relevant content, audio normalization, ...
UbiCast products are currently distributed in Central Europe (France, U.K., Germany).
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