This is a follow up posting to the Using Presenter View in PowerPoint in Lecture Theatres posting made yesterday. This one explains how to ensure that when you are recording a lecture and you have Presenter View in PowerPoint switched on that you record the main screen version (where your actual presentation is being shown full screen) rather than the Presenter View on the presenter’s PC on the desk (which would include all the slide notes).
The trick is to start the Presentation Show in PowerPoint first, before you start the recording in Camtasia Relay. If the Show is running then Relay will allow you to choose which ‘screen’ you want to record, the Presenter View one (which you probably don’t want to record) or the main screen version that is being shown on the projected screen to the students (this being the one you probably do want to record). This video shows you how to do this and also explains a trick about switching between applications using Alt + Tab to bring Relay back to the front to start the recording after the PowerPoint Show has been started.
Some staff have reported issues displaying presentations properly in lecture theatres. Many of these issues are caused by the existence of something called ‘Presenter View’ in PowerPoint which essentially splits the regular one-screen desktop into two, one of which is shown to the presenter on the PC in front of you on the desk in the lecture theatre (with slide notes and a preview of the forthcoming slide), the other of which is shown to the students on the projected screen behind you. This has implications for things like browser windows opening (and displaying fine to you but not being seen by the students) and Camtasia Relay recording the presenter view rather than the full slides. This video will hopefully explain what’s going on. Sorry it’s not super high quality, it’s been done on a mobile phone and is subject to me putting my fingers over the microphone a bit halfway through. So it’s not going to win any Oscars for Film Production, but it might help you show web sites and record your presentation appropriately.
Staff at the University of Stirling can install and make use of the peer-to-peer communication tool Microsoft Lync. Lync allows communication by audio, video and instant messaging, as well as the recording of sessions and distribution and sharing of content such as PowerPoint presentations. Users familiar with Skype or Blackboard Collaborate may wish to try out Lync to test how it compares for meetings and teaching and learning purposes. Lync is also fully integrated with Outlook, allowing meetings to be scheduled and placed in your work calendar, with invitations sent out by email.
A couple of guides to using this software have recently been created and are housed on a new Microsoft Lync page on the Information Services (IS) web site:
The guides are:
- Using Microsoft Lync – An Introductory Guide
This guide is aimed at staff wishing to run basic Microsoft Lync sessions, dealing with installing and setting up the software and how to connect to other staff and communicate with them.
- Recording in Microsoft Lync
This guide explains how to record sessions in Microsoft Lync, where the recordings are stored, how to change the location of stored recordings and how to process them through Camtasia Studio and Camtasia Relay in order to add them to a Listen Again page.
Further guides on using Lync are in the pipeline, including a guide on how to make use of the presentation features within the product. Watch this space.
As well as being used for general lecture capture in the teaching spaces on campus, Camtasia Relay may also be used to capture recordings made off campus. This can be done via something called the Camtasia Relay Portable Recorder. This application can be downloaded to a USB stick and allows recordings to be made on computers not connected to the University network (at home, for example). Then the USB can be brought onto campus and the presentation can be uploaded to the Camtasia Relay server and added to the relevant Listen Again page in the usual way. Full details of this service are available in this guide on the IS web site: