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Video camera/format for instructional video

Jan 3, 2014 11:45am

What is the best video camera and format to use for an instructional video that will reach students using a variety of computers/tablets (MAC and PC)?

  • Math / Technology
  • 6-12
  • Digital Literacy / Engagement / Planning


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    • Jan 16, 2014 8:06am


      What are you planning on using the video for? When I record lectures for my online college classes, I just use my IPhone. It's quick, easy, I can upload it in seconds, and the sound and picture is good. I do them weekly, and they work great.


      • Jan 16, 2014 9:01am

        Katie, do you ever have students that have problems viewing/accessing your videos? What you are doing is what I would like to do.

        • Feb 23, 2014 2:49am

          Is it a video of you speaking to your students? or is it something on your computer screen such as a power point? if the latter then I recommend screen casting, uploading to youTube. It will be in an MP4 format at that point. Screencast-o-matic is free and easy to use.

          If the former, then I would use a smart phone on a tripod(thet make smartphone mounts for tripods. or go to ebay and buy a Flip camera...usually very cheap. They are easy to use and work well.

          • Mar 7, 2014 12:41am


            I have never had a student who couldn't access my videos. You can just use the YouTube Capture app to get the video straight on youtube and then anyone can view it with a link. If you teach an online course, you probably have space to post the video internally as well.

            Hope this helps!

            • Jul 30, 2014 12:39pm

              Hi Candida, I always use .mp4 file for easy access to any types of gadgets.