Do you have Adobe Presenter files linked into any of your academic courses? Do you wish to reuse any of these files in the future? If so, you'll need to develop a plan to download and create new instructional videos.
Adobe Presenter presentations were created in PowerPoint and then saved into Adobe Connect (sometimes referred to as breeze.sc.edu or webconnect.sc.edu). If you wish to reuse any of these "Presenter" instructional materials, you should download the content you need by end of October-to-mid-November.
If you're teaching in Spring 2021, this is especially important if you will be using any of this content in these spring classes. While you have the option of uploading your accessible PowerPoint slides directly into Blackboard, you may wish to create lecture videos. You'll need time to review your content and format it to create highly dynamic, engaging micro-videos.
Read through the steps below and come up with a plan of action! You have several options on how you do this and units to support you in this process!
- October-November 20: Download and save files
- October – December: Create new videos for Spring 2021 classes
- December 18, 2020: Final day to access Adobe Connect accounts
- After December 31, 2020 – Flash-based content will be blocked from running in Adobe Flash Player after the End-of-Life Date.
Steps to Save Adobe Presenter Content and Create Lecture Videos
The first step is to download your PowerPoint files from Adobe Connect. It's recommended that you download all Adobe Presenter files at this time (source and output files). Choose a place to store and organize these files: Microsoft OneDrive, computer, external hard drive, etc. If you have a lot of files, we recommend you take a minute and organize your download process.
How to Save Adobe Presenter files.
Some of your presentation files may have been prepared several years ago. Now is the time for you to review the content and design of your PowerPoint slides to make updates. This will help ensure that your materials are not dated and can be utilized for several semesters in the future.
What to Consider:
- Slide Content: Is your content dated? Have there been updates in the field? What does it look like graphically? How can you make it more engaging or appealing to students? Do you have needed transitions? Are images readable?
- Accessibility: Review your slides for accessibility prior to recording - use sans serif fonts, check font size, check color contrast, image readability (can you easily read without zooming).
- Scripts: Many Adobe Presenter presentations had word-for-word narration scripts saved in the Notes section. This is what helped make the presentation accessible. Check your script for anything that needs updating.
- Length: Best practices are that videos are no longer than 20 minutes in length. Micro-videos of less than 10 minutes are even better. We recommend you "chunk" longer videos into multiple parts to meet these time recommendations.
- Slide Numbers: A good rule of thumb is that a slide deck be about 10-15 slides (including a title slide and wrap-up slide) to create a 15-20-minute video. This is about 1-2 minutes of narration per slide. Place a section slide to divide up content into multiple parts if needed: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, etc.
Please review these presentation and video best practices.
You have several decisions to make about recording videos: where to record and what software to use. Best practices are to also write out your script before recording. While there are many options available to you, the options listed below are simple to use and easily available. Our recommendation is also that faculty utilize the software and systems that are supported by DoIT and/or their unit’s IT department.
Where can I record videos?
- Office of Distributed Learning's Recording Studio (if you’re teaching DL courses)
What minimal technology do I need to record from my home or office?
Computer or tablet with recording software, microphone, possibly a webcam.
What are recording software options?
- Bb Collaborate or other web conferencing recording tools
- Camtasia or other video editing software
What are the pros and cons of each of the various options?
Please read over Video Recording, Software, Storage and Captioning Options Pros and Cons [pdf]. This resource contains a list of options that may help you decide which are best for your needs.
Read DoIT Knowledge articles to help you get started recording:
- Create a Presentation Using Voice-over PowerPoint
- Record a PowerPoint Presentation in Blackboard Collaborate
- Record an Adobe Presenter Presentation in Blackboard Collaborate
Recording in PowerPoint & Collaborate
Videos need to have captioning or a transcript readily available to students. Some video hosting systems (i.e., Microsoft Stream, YouTube) will automatically caption videos for you; however, you will need to edit them for accuracy. Using these systems may be the simplest method to produce captions.
Best practices are that you write out your script before you record your video. There are several benefits to that, including making captioning easier and more accurate, and helping you organize your lecture narration.
If you have students with accommodations through Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) or if you teach distributed learning courses, the Office of Distributed Learning can work with you to caption and make your videos accessible.
If you need to share your video with others, choose a video hosting system or cloud-storage system. Here are a few options linked to instructions on how to upload your videos:
- Microsoft Stream
- Microsoft OneDrive
- Video Storage, Hosting, Sharing and Captioning Options
- Vimeo (DL-courses, working with ODL)
Please note that Microsoft OneDrive does not caption or transcribe files. If you use this option, you’ll need to provide a separate transcript file for your students.
You video hosting system generates a unique URL that you can share within your Blackboard courses. You'll need to check the permissions you'll want to attach to allow public, limited, organizational or password required access.
How to share videos in these hosting or cloud-storage system:
- Microsoft Stream
- Microsoft OneDrive
- Blackboard Collaborate Recordings
- Vimeo (ODL will share a URL with you to embed into Blackboard)
Please note that Stream and OneDrive might have sharing limitations and may not be shareable outside of UofSC.