Tutorial - Recording and Streaming Lectures

Hey all, Professor (Kyle) Havens here!

On this page I will provide step by step instruction for how to record lectures using either Zoom or Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), and how to then upload your lectures to YouTube or live stream on Zoom or YouTube. Note that you don't have to do everything on this page, but have personally used them to record lectures in the past, and I find each program to be uniquely useful to create a quality content. Here is a rough preview of my lectures and the features of using the software I describe.

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Part 1 - Using Zoom (Meet with Students, Record Lectures)
  • Enable/move the location of the Zoom addon in Canvas by going into "Settings" and then clicking "Navigation." Drag "Zoom" to the desired location.
  • After it is enabled, click Zoom in Canvas, and follow any instructions to install the application.
  • After it is installed, you may now "Schedule a New Meeting" 
  • To enable it to repeat for each class session, click the "Recurring meeting" box and schedule it for once per week
  • There are useful option under "Meeting Options"
  • To record your lectures with Zoom, I suggest using the "Personal Meeting Room" option
  • Make sure to click the "Record the meeting automatically on the local computer" option
  • It will save all content of the meeting, including Screen Share or Webcam to your computer in the folder "Documents->Zoom"

Part 2 - Uploading to YouTube
  • The file saved by Zoom or Open Broadcaster Software will be either a movie file such as MKV or MP4, both of which can be uploaded to YouTube
  • To use your PLNU account with YouTube, log into your PLNU email, click the Google Apps button (top right, it looks like 9 little tiles next to the PLNU icon)
  • Scroll down until you see YouTube and click that from your email
  • You can then click on your account icon and click "Your channel" and then "YouTube Studio" to upload
  • Click "Create" and "Upload Video" and navigate to "Documents->Zoom" to find the recorded meeting

Part 3 - Using Open Broadcaster Software (Recording Lectures)

I personally use OBS instead of Zoom to record my lectures, partially because I already know how, it is free, and also because I feel it is designed more for recording and streaming (whereas Zoom is designed more for conferencing). I'm not sure if your PLNU laptops can run this software, so this might not be an option for those without a home PC, but just in case I'll write up a quick tutorial.
  • Download OBS from www.obsproject.com, and install it
  • Run the "Auto-Configuration Wizard" and say that you'd like to "Optimize for Recording" and use the settings it suggests
  • Afterwards, you will need to configure what you would like OBS to record for you by adding media "Sources"
  • Click the "+" button under "Sources" near the bottom center of the program
  • Start by adding your screen by selecting "Display Capture" and hit "OK." 
  • If you use two or more monitors on your computer, you can select which one you'd like OBS to record next, or just hit OK
  • The top screen of OBS represents what the program will be recording. It should look mirrored if you are only running one screen.
  • Make sure that OBS is detecting your mic under "Audio Mixer." If you make sound, it should appear green under "Mic/Aux"
  • If it is not working, try hitting the settings button below Mic/Aux bar (the gear) and go into properties to select your device
  • Next, if you'd like to record your webcam as I do in my videos, click the "+" button under "Sources" once again
  • Select the "Video Capture Device" option, hit "OK," then under device select the name of your webcam and customize if you'd like.
  • You can move and resize your Webcam image as I've done to the bottom left of the screen by click and drag
  • Once you are happy with your interface, click "Start Recording" under the "Controls" bar to begin a sample recording 
  • After experimenting, click "Stop Recording"
  • OBS should default to saving under your "Videos" folder, mine is nested within "This PC"
  • You can then upload that file to YouTube or edit it with a video editor software

Part 4 - Streaming on YouTube using OBS
  • Go to your YouTube studio as in Part 2, click "Videos" and then click "Live"
  • You will likely need to "activate" your ability to live stream on YouTube which takes 24 hours
  • After the 24 hours are up, click "Get Started" from the "Live" menu
  • Select "Stream" and then type in the name of your Stream and click "Create"
  • YouTube will then provide you with a "Stream Key" which you need to save to OBS
  • Open OBS and go to "File->Settings" then click "Stream"
  • Under the service dropdown menu, select YouTube
  • Copy and paste the "Stream Key" from YouTube into OBS under "Stream Key"
  • Click "Apply" then "OK"
  • Now if you click "Start Streaming" under "Controls" in OBS, you can begin a live stream
  • You also must click "Go Live" in YouTube
  • You can simultaneously record these live feeds by clicking "Start Recording" while streaming
  • Your students can then watch a live lecture and can also comment under "Live Chat" from the YouTube window
  • If you watch their commentary while streaming, you can get questions from them during the lecture and answer them as you like.
  • When you are done, click "End Stream" in YouTube, "Stop Streaming" in OBS, and "Stop Recording" if you chose to record it.

Part 5 - Using AwwApp for a Virtual Whiteboard
  • www.AwwApp.com is what I currently use for a virtual whiteboard while recording or holding office hours
    • ALTERNATIVE - Zoom also has a whiteboard feature which you could hypothetically use by joining the meeting on your iPad
  • You can start a board by simply going to the website and click "Start Drawing"
  • Since my recording computer is not a touchscreen, I like to use a different device to write on the whiteboard
  • I currently use my touchscreen laptop, but you should also be able to use your iPad
  • To connect multiple device to the whiteboard, click the green person icon with the "+" and click "Copy Link"
  • You can then open up AwwApp on your iPad or touchscreen and go to that copied URL, 
  • This should allow you to synchronously join that same board that you are recording
  • You can zoom in and out of the whiteboard, scroll, change color, create more boards, and save them after you are done
  • You can then use the whiteboard on your iPad or touchscreen to write anything you'd like on your screen
  • If it interests you, you can paste the link to the whiteboard into your Zoom meetings which will allow your students to use the board at the same time as you

Using all of the above methods is a bit daunting, so pick and choose what ideas you want to take from this. Please email me if you have any questions or need any help improving your lectures. At the end of the day, keep it simple if you are feeling overwhelmed, because all the bells and whistles aren't completely necessary.

-Professor Havens