Technical Guidelines for Video

Summary

Instructional videos should be produced in formats that are accessible on multiple devices and multiple bandwidth rates.

GuidelineDescription and How-To Information
Preferred file types to upload to YouTube or the Boise State Video Service are Quicktime (.mov) and MPEG (.mp4).Creating your videos using Camtasia Studio/for Mac or the Classroom Capture system allows you to easily export your videos in the MPEG format.
    • How To: In Camtasia Studio or Camtasia for Mac, select "Produce and Share" and select "MP4 only (up to 1080p)" option. You will then be prompted to save your video file--save it somewhere you will be able to find it like your desktop.
Use the MP3 or AAC audio formats for best playability and sound quality.Creating your videos using Camtasia Studio,Camtasia for Mac or the Boise State Classroom Capture system, produces videos with the correct audio format.
Shoot and create video in high definition.High definition video ensures students can see small details in your video. Uploading the highest resolution allows visually impaired people to enlarge the video without losing too much quality. High definition is generally considered to be 1280x720, 1920x1080 or higher resolution.
Use the native frame rate of your camera or screen recording software.Frame rate is the number of frames, or images, per second recorded or played back. Using the default frame rate of your camera and editing software ensures your video will play back smoothly for students.
Use aspect ratio of the source video so your video does not appear stretched or squished during playback.Use 16:9 ratio for HD video or 4:3 ratio for standard definition video for best-quality playback.

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