VIDEO, AUDIO, RECORDING AND PUBLISHING GUIDELINES

Video Recommendations:

Camcorders:

‣ The recommended format to shoot video intended for web-delivery is 720p: 1280×720 using an aspect ratio of 16:9. Since your video will be used in an online course, 720p will produce high quality HD videos.

‣ You may go as high as 1080p: 1920×1080 to increase the quality of the video. Keep in mind that this will also increase your video size, and lengthen loading times for users.

‣ Video files should be compressed as H264, .mp4 format.

‣ If applicable, record your videos at 24 to 30 frames per second.

Smartphones:

If filming with a smartphone, please ensure that you avoid a common mistake – film in landscape orientation, not portrait. Position the smartphone horizontally, as opposed to vertically, while filming. This will ensure that your videos playback correctly on a computer monitor or television screen. Videos taken in portrait orientation (holding the smartphone vertically while filming) may playback incorrectly on certain screens/browsers.

Audio Recommendations:

We strongly recommend borrowing or acquiring an external microphone in order to capture higher quality audio than the internal microphone found on your recording device. Starting with higher-quality audio saves editing time and makes the final product easier to comprehend.

‣ Always avoid wind or overpowering background noises.

‣ The audio levels should generally “peak” at -8db to -6db so that they are not too loud or too soft for the viewers. You can adjust these levels using Adobe Audition.

‣ The recommended audio file format is .mp3, saved at the highest quality.

 

Adobe Audition:

Adobe Audition is a professional audio editing application that includes a non-destructive mixing and editing environment, as well as a destructive waveform editing mode.

Adobe Audition can be used for:

Recording and mixing sound projects

Creating original or remixed music

Producing radio spots

Cleaning up audio from video tracks

Compiling and editing video/movie soundtracks

When working with Adobe Audition, please make sure you create a “New Audio” file and follow these settings

For “Sample Rate” settings, select 44.100 Kilohertz. Do not select anything else.

For “Bit Depth” settings, select 32 (float) to get the best dynamic range. Do not select anything else. Dynamic range describes the ratio of the softest sound to the loudest sound in a musical instrument or piece of electronic equipment. This ratio is measured in decibels (abbreviated as dB) units.