College professors the world over are probably all coming to grips with how to make their own video lectures from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Using Apple devices, we have several methods for making recordings.
- On iPad, you can use the built-in screen recording feature to record the entire screen and your voice.
- On Mac, you can use the Quicktime Player to record your entire screen or a portion of the screen, along with your voice.
In both cases, the device stores the video and then it has to be uploaded somewhere. And at full resolution, these files can become large, even too large to upload to some of our platforms. Check out Apple’s video on using these features.
In this article, I detail how to use Google Hangouts Meet to record a lesson.
Google Hangouts Meet (called Meet for the remainder of this article) allows you to share a screen or a window from your Mac. In addition, it will display your video camera image simultaneously. That’s two things at once.
- Create a new Meet at meet.google.com.
- Choose “Join Now” after you see your image with the webcam.
- Inside the Meet for One (hence my title, the Lonely Lecture), click on the three dots in the bottom-right of the screen, and then choose “Record.”
- Choose to full screen or one window. A single window works well if you already have a presentation open, for instance, in PowerPoint or Keynote.
- Talk. Remember it’s recording from the video camera, microphone, and screen actions.
- Stop the recording when you’re done within Meet.
The recording will eventually be mailed as a link from Google Drive to you. At this point, you can change the sharing permissions of this file within Google Drive so that everyone in your class can view this recording. This saves you the step of uploading the video to an online space.
Choose “everyone with the link” as the sharing option and permission set to “View.”
May not be the best method for you, but we just wanted to show how to leverage this tool in a little bit different way—as a video creation tool.