Various tools are available to support your use of video in a variety of contexts.This might include editing video, producing your own videos, recording videos of teaching sessions, video conferencing or streaming of web video.

Information on how to use video for teaching at a distance is covered in the Teaching Formula on Lancaster's Embrace Digital web page.

You can find our more about the various IT services provided for video below.

  • Panopto is a leading solution for the capture and playback of your screen which you can link to via Moodle. Although Panopto has limited editing features, it is a useful tool for capturing anything from PowerPoint slides, to web pages, to just your PC screen. It can also record your 'talking head' if you have a webcam - which is really useful for hearing impaired listeners as they may lip read, and students often engage better with a presentation once they associated a presenter with the content. You can also turn on auto-captions for your recorded content to help make accessible content. This software is only licensed for staff, although students can view recordings. 

  • Lancaster eStream is used for hosting and streaming online videos, and is integrated with Moodle. Captions can be uploaded as .srt files or autocaptions can be enabled on videos. There is a screen recorder if used in the Chrome Browser. eStream is available to staff and students. 

  • Microsoft Stream enables users to upload videos and create screen recordings via Microsoft Stream. It is part of Lancaster's Office 365 package. Recorded online meetings from Microsoft Teams are uploaded automatically into Microsoft Stream for meeting attendees to view. You can edit the video settings to change access to add/remove viewers, trim the start and end of the video, and turn on auto captioning for the video (which also creates a transcript. Microsoft Stream is available to Lancaster staff and students. 
  • Microsoft Teams can record online Teams meetings, which are uploaded into Microsoft Stream.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Rush are available to staff to edit videos and apply effects. It is also available to LICA students. Adobe Rush is easier to use than Adobe Premiere and is suitable for generic video editing tasks, although Premiere offers advanced features. 

  • DaVinci Resolve is a free video editing software. It is available to staff and students on AppsAnywhere. The software vendor provides some DaVinci Resolve training videos.

  • Camtasia is a full-featured screen recording and video editing application. There is a limited number of licences available for staff wanting to produce "how to" (or similar) videos. You will have to contact ISS to request a licence. Given the limited availability, we would not recommend that you request Camtasia for general video-editing purposes.

Frequently asked questions

 Which IT service/tool shall I use for teaching?

The choice of tool will depend on what you are doing and who your audience is. Panopto is a popular recording option, but you do need to have it downloaded on your computer for it to work. Watch the short video below or use the tool to decide the option that suits you best.

Note that automatic captions are now available for eStream, instructions are available below.

 Tool to help decide which software to use

The tool below can help you decide which service is the best for your circumstances

 What advice is available to make accessible videos?

Each tool has different options for accessibility, therefore the guidance on accessibility is within the instructions for each tool. In general, you should have captions applied (transcript as a minimum) to your video. A screen reader will be able to read the captions/transcript if required. Captions are also beneficial when people work in shared areas and may not have headphones. Please see the Creating accessible videos (captions and transcripts) guidance for further information.

 Can LU Ghana and other partners access videos in Microsoft Stream?

Microsoft Stream videos are inaccessible to those outside the university. If you have staff or students from Lancaster University Ghana, or other partner institutions they will not be able to access Lancaster University's Stream and will not be able to see recordings. Please see Microsoft Stream help for further information on how to share recordings with externals.