e-Learning Services

Lecture Capture Software

Videos in Online Courses

The human brain is hardwired to engage better with real conversations - where the tone of voice and moving images plus gestures create a multi-dimensional experience. And that's what video is all about: it combines text, images and sounds to create an immersive learning environment. Adding video to online courses is a sure way of increasing engagement.

e-Learning Services promotes the use of two products (Snagit and Camtasia) to capture lectures and create videos for online courses.  

Snagit by TechSmith

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What is Snagit?

Snagit is a program that can record videos and capture screen shots.  It has basic video editing capabilities and multiple tools for marking up screenshots.  Snagit is user friendly and easy to learn.

How do I get Snagit?

LCSC has a site-wide license for Snagit. Contact the IT Helpdesk to have it installed on a work computer and one home computer.  This means you can use Snagit anytime and anywhere!

Where do I learn to use Snagit?

e-Learning Services recommends three ways to learn about Snagit:

  • TechSmith offers tutorials on how to use Snagit and its features. Visit the TechSmith Snagit Tutorials page.
  • You can also work with your Instructional Designer to learn more about this product and how to embed videos into Blackboard.
  • The Universal Design for Learning course in Blackboard offers step-by-step instructions for how to record with Snagit, add closed captions in YouTube, and embed the video into Blackboard.  All instructors are enrolled in the UDL course, and it is located under "My Organizations" on the Blackboard landing page.

Camtasia Studio by TechSmith

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What is Camtasia Studio?

Camtasia Studio is a video-based screen capturing software program.  It allows for complex editing of video and audio tracks.

Where do I use Camtasia?

Camtasia Studio software is only available for use in the Quiet Room in Sam Glenn 214F.  In addition, each division has access to a single Camtasia Studio license. Individual licenses can be purchased through IT with approval from your division chair.

Where do I learn to use Camtasia?

Please note that if you are new to lecture capture, it is recommended you start with using Snagit prior to learning Camtasia.  e-Learning Services recommends two ways to learn about Camtasia:

  • TechSmith offers tutorials on how to use Camtasia and its features. Visit the TechSmith Camtasia Tutorials page.
  • You can also work with your Instructional Designer to learn more about this product.  Please note you will need to make an appointment with your instructional designer and also book the Quiet Room.