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This guide provides a step by step walk through to create a resource by recording your staff led sessions using DMU Replay for students to access via Blackboard. DMU Replay can record a mixture of multimedia streams from audio only to a combination of audio, a video camera, screen content, slides and the document camera. Some equipment is already available in some classrooms and the Timetabling department at DMU will be able to advise regarding the equipment that is available in your classroom. Items such as microphones and cameras can be borrowed from AVloans or from your faculty contact should you wish to record in a classroom that is not yet fully equipped. All classrooms can support at least the recording of audio along with screen and/or slides.

This guide assumes a base level of audio with slides will be recorded but there are hints and tips along the way that will help those who wish to record other devices such as a second laptop, mobile device (iPad or Android tablet), the document camera etc.

Download a transcript of the lecture theatre video

Download a transcript of the classroom video

MS Word version

What you will need

All timetabled teaching spaces at DMU can support the recording of audio with slides and/or screen without the need to borrow equipment. However, you may wish to record other devices and these can be obtained from AVloans or from your faculty contact. Your local ELT Project Officer will be happy to talk to you about deciding what to record in order to add maximum value to the resource without creating something that might be distracting and unwieldy for the students when watching it back.

1. Check that the PC is switched on underneath the lectern

2. Ensure that the red light next to the ‘on/off’ button and the red light next to the PC button on the console are illuminated

The Crestron controller

importantIn some lecture theatres you may find that there is a touchscreen rather than buttons on the lectern – ensure that PC is selected

A lectern touchscreen panel

3. If required, turn on the desktop monitor and log in as usual.

importantThe DMU Replay software that will open automatically after approximately 30 seconds. If you inadvertently close this it can opened manually by clicking on the Windows Start Menu and selecting ‘DMU Replay’

4. Log in using your usual Blackboard log in details and the DMU Replay software will open

The DMU Replay Login screen

importantIn order to log in here you must be an Instructor on a ‘Panopto provisioned’ Blackboard shell. Without this, an error will be displayed and the DMU Replay software will not open. DMU Replay provisioning can be done by Instructors on the Blackboard shell, click here to view the guide.

5. As DMU Replay opens, the following default settings will be selected:

  • Video: None;
  • Audio: DMU Replay lectern microphone;
  • Quality: High;
  • Capture Computer Audio: Yes;
  • Secondary Capture Source: Capture PowerPoint;
  • Max resolution: 1920 x 1080;
  • Bit rate (kbps): 750 and;
  • Frame rate 7.

The default classroom settings

importantIf you are using a wireless USB microphone such as an XTag (available to borrow from AVloans), plug the receiver into USB cable on the lectern and manually select DMU Replay Wireless microphone in the Audio box to make sure that this microphone will be recorded once the lecture starts

6. To select the Blackboard shell (or Panopto folder) that recording will be associated with, click the arrow button next to the Folder name field

Selecting the Blackboard shell

7. In the list that appears, click on the relevant module code

Choosing the desired Blackboard shell

8. Click on the Open a Presentation button

The Open a Presentation button

9. Using the file browser, locate your slides and click the Open button

Opening the slides

10. You will now see a box asking if you want to begin the recording once PowerPoint is open

The Begin recording option

importantClicking Yes here will automatically start the DMU Replay software recording and the first slide in the PowerPoint deck will be displayed ready for delivery

importantIf, part way through, you decide to record something else you may move back to DMU Replay and add different streams

For example, you may spontaneously decide to show your students a relevant website during a Q&A session but as only the slides are being recorded this will not appear on the recording. In this example, to include the website in the recording it will be necessary to add the Main Screen to the recording in order to capture the website

To do this, move back to the DMU Replay software whilst recording and check the Capture Main Screen box to the left hand side of the screen

A second tab will appear across the top of the recorder software labelled Main Screen and the screen content from this point on will be captured and included in the resource

Adding the Main Screen in

importantIf it is likely that content will be displayed on screen as well as within slides it would be easier to add the primary Screen prior to the recording starting

Once the lecture is finished and you are ready to stop the recording, click the Stop button

The Stop button

You will be notified that the recording has completed successfully, click the Upload button

Completing the Upload process

importantDMU Replay will now upload the remainder of the recording and you must wait until the Upload process has finished before logging off of the computer

It is now possible to log off and leave the classroom as all of the processing work to make the recording ready to add to Blackboard is completed behind the scenes

Once the recording is ready for editing and working with, you will receive an email from DMU Replay

If you wish to explore different ways in which DMU Replay may be able to help with innovation please contact your local ELT Project Officer.

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