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CTL Professional Video Recording

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) professional video recording studio captures high-quality videos for:

  • One or more speaker(s)

    • Course/topic introductions, interviews, roundtable discussions, debates, etc.

  • On-location and 360 video filming

    • Research lab tutorials, location tours, environments, experiences, etc.

The studio currently supports both in-person and remote/virtual recording options.

Scheduling a Video Recording

Video recordings require a prerecording meeting with an instructional designer and the video production supervisor to discuss recording options, logistics, and recording schedules. This is also an opportunity to ensure that the speaker(s) feel comfortable and confident ahead of the recording session(s). Recording sessions are typically scheduled during this logistics meeting, or shortly afterward via email. CTL recommends that faculty schedule a session for at least twice the length of the produced content to account for feedback, retakes, or technical issues. For example, if a faculty is recording a 30-minute interview, then the reservation should be for at least 60 minutes.

Preparing for a Video Recording

The instructional designer and/or video producer will contact faculty with guidance for video logistics, citations, and optimal video quality. Faculty can always reach out with questions as well! Any slides or other media (video clips, images, audio, etc.) to be incorporated into the video should be shared with the instructional designer and video producer at least one week in advance of the recording appointment to allow time for feedback to increase the efficiency of the recording session. It is recommended to limit the number of slides per video to 10 or fewer slides. If more slides are needed, then consider recording a separate audio + PowerPoint section with the audio studio that can accompany the video.

During a Video Recording

Recordings can be conducted remotely or in person at CTL’s Baltimore video recording space, located at 2021 E. Monument Street, or on location. 

If recording remotely, the speaker(s) will need to send the video producer their contact information before the recording session so that the producer can initiate the virtual recording session. The producer will provide support and feedback during the recording to ensure the quality of the produced content during both remote and in-person recording sessions.

After a Video Recording

When the recording session is complete, the video producer may identify information that is needed from the speaker(s) to fully produce the content (e.g., source citations for content, a speaker’s name and professional title, a formal title for the recorded content, etc.). Any missing information will also be communicated to the speaker(s) and their instructional designer via email. Once all the needed information is gathered, the produced materials are then sent through the CTL production process [.pdf] to produce a high-quality, accessible video, including captioning and an audio transcript. CTL web developers publish the professionally produced video to the corresponding page on the CoursePlus course website. Once published, the video is then reviewed by CTL quality control specialists to ensure excellence.

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