Recording videos or audio tracks is relatively simple. This explains some of the basic concepts (so you can understand what’s involved) and provides some tips.
You can then upload them to a ‘platform’ such as YouTube or Vimeo or to your website for people to access.
- Use your smart phone
- Use a “proper” camera
- Use Zoom – start your own meeting and use the ‘Record’ option
- Download software/app/program to allow you to record videos/audio on your computer/laptop
Using Zoom to record Video and Audio
Simply start a Zoom meeting on your own. Then, when you’re ready, start recording! It’s as simple as that. And you can pause or stop and then restart as much as you need to.
Anyone can record locally to their computer. And Zoom will record both a video file and an audio only file …
If you have a paid account, you can record to the cloud and then download later. These have been downloaded …
‘Top and Tailing’ a file (removing part of the beginning and/or part of the end) is the easiest editing
In Windows you can right-click your video and ‘Open With’ and choose ‘Photos’
More complicated editing (removing sections in the middle, merging sections, adding extra clips of videos or images, editing the sound, overlaying background sounds) will need a dedicated editing program.
Free audio software Audacity
There are three ways to make your videos/audio available to people
- Upload them to the Cloud – so people can get to it whenever they need it
- Send them – via email. However, many videos will be too big for email (e.g. Gmail and Yahoo [as of 2021] have a 25MB limit)
- Send them via a large file transfer program such as WeTransfer – just Google ‘transfer large files’
Uploading videos/audio to the Cloud
This way people can get to your files whenever they want, and you just have to send them people a link (the address of the video/audio)
You can upload videos/audio to the following:
- Your website (not all websites allow you to do this and there may be a limit on how much space you have – and videos can take a LOT of space)
- A video ‘platform’ – somewhere that specialises in hosting videos – such as YouTube, Vimeo etc. or Facebook (Google ‘where to upload videos’)
- An audio ‘platform’ – such as YouTube, SoundCloud etc. (Google ‘where to upload audio files’)
- A ‘cloud storage service’ – somewhere you can upload files and send people a link to them – such as Google Drive, DropBox, iCloud, OneDrive