Teaching and Learning Services has reviewed these products and determined that they are suitable for making short videos for course assignments.  However, TLS does not support or answer questions about these tools; you must use the vendor's support and documentation resources.

Check with your instructor about specific requirements for the assignment, including how to share completed videos with the instructor and other students, before selecting a tool.

Remember that all media produced for class assignments must be captioned

ToolFeaturesTutorials, How-to's



Student can upload their own video that they have created themselves or pull media from other social tools such as Flickr, Instogram, DailyMotion (I tried this but didn't get it to work yet). Can create text overlay, transitions, and soundtrack bytes and themes.

Publishing options: export as mp4, can export videos clips to YouTube account.

https://www.wevideo.com/academy (video tutorials don't appear to be captioned)

However, a searchable support page at https://wevideo.desk.com/ with text-based help information and instructions. .



VideoAnt is a web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices. Use VideoAnt to add annotations, or comments, to web-hosted videos. VideoAnt-annotated videos are called “Ants”.https://ant.umn.edu/help

Camtasia (Free 30-dayTrial):


Create screen grabs/record screen, as well as edit with captions, text overlay, transitions, and other effects.  Check system specs on local computer before installing.

Publishing options: export as a .mp4, publish direct to Youtube

Windows video tutorials: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8.html (not captioned)

Mac video tutorials: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-mac-current.html (not captioned)

From Camtasia toolbar: Searchable "help" menu with text-based how-to's

Community support forum: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith



Works with Google Chrome browser only.  10 minute recording limit per video. Videos are stored  on google drive  or youtube, youtube editor could be used.

Publishing options:

Upon logging in, was able to access the following:

chrome-extension://mmeijimgabbpbgpdklnllpncmdofkcpn/app.html#/getting-started (all written instructions with screencast)



Not your typical presentation tool, but could possibly be used as such. A Powerpoint Presentation can be uploaded. Then a video comment can be recorded on each slide. Caveat: can not captioned the video comments. However, could potentially export the VT as a movie file which in turn could be captioned.

E. Voicethread Resources and Documentation