Video still has a certain mystique about it that writing doesn’t have. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that video production, unlike writing, is not a skill taught at most elementary schools. Though I did have my elementary school class create video projects, I’ve also encountered many college students who have never touched a video camera in their lives, except to watch embarrassing baby videos recorded on Hi-8 and MiniDV tapes (don’t ask).
With Canvas though, video recording is actually really easy. It’s just as easy as typing. In fact, if you happen to have broken both arms, it’s quite a bit easier than typing. You can record video in Canvas almost anywhere where you can insert text, including discussions, announcements, assignments, and wiki pages. Here’s how to do it:
- Click on the Rich Content Editor (RCE) as though you were going to enter text.
- Click on the Multimedia button toward the right side of the RCE toolbar.
- Adobe Flash Player may ask for permission to use your computer’s camera and microphone. Choose Allow.
- Apply makeup and check lighting.
- Click anywhere in the video window to start recording. Click the white square Stop button to finish.
- If you are satisfied with your video, click Save, otherwise angrily yell “CUT!” and click the Record button again.
- Your saved video will automatically show up in the RCE. Proceed as you would normally.