Lecture Capture

Re/Play can be used to record in-person lectures automatically or manually. For asynchronous lecture recordings, see Pre-recording lectures. On this page you can:

  1. Look at the initial setup for automatic or manual recordings.
  2. Familiarise yourself with the recording process and equipment you'll use during your lecture.
  3. See what happens after the recording.
  4. Check the ownership of the recording and who will get email notifications.

You may also want to see information about policy, accessibility, copyright and external speakers.


Checklist iconAutomatic lecture capture – initial setup checklist

Re/Play is set up to automatically record unit sessions that fulfil certain criteria and publish recordings to students after 48 hours.

Automatic recordings draw on information from various places in the University, so it’s important that we have the right information about your session to make sure the right thing is recorded. Work through this checklist before teaching starts, to ensure your recordings happen as planned.

1. Is your room equipped?

  1. Lecture room graphicCheck if the room you will teach in is equipped to record: From the Central Teaching Spaces page, find your room and look for Yes under the Re/Play equipped column.
  2. Check if your room has special equipment, eg adjustable cameras or visualisers. Very few cameras in rooms are adjustable, most are fixed to record the lectern. Equipment such as document cameras and visualisers, as well as boundary or lapel mics, also vary by room, so it’s important to know what you expect. If you need any of these contact the IT Service Desk to ask for specific information about different room set ups.

2. Is the information correct in the Timetable?

  1. Timetable iconA session must be tagged as a lecture in the Activity Type field in the timetable to auto record. One way to check this is to open the web timetable, and generate a pdf version of your unit’s timetable in ‘List’ view. There, you can check the Activity Type. Note that it is possible for sessions to be called something other than ‘lecture’ for students – eg ‘workshop’ – but they need to have the ‘lecture’ tag in the system to trigger automatic recording. If your session doesn't have the 'lecture tag', contact your Timetabling Education Officer.
  2. Check the following, also in the timetable– if either isn’t correct, contact your School admin team:
    • Unit code: This is crucial to the Re/Play system finding the session.
    • Named staff member for the session, in the Staff field. This person will be the recording’s owner and will receive a notification when the recording is ready. If there is no-one or multiple/various staff named, the Unit Director will own the recording and receive notifications about it.

3. Do you know what will be recorded?

Graphic abstractly showing 3 options for recording: Slides, Video, Animation.By default, the automatic lecture recording will capture audio and the slides you show on the computer you connect to the room system at a low frame rate, which is adequate for straightforward lectures and slideshows. See an example of a recording using the Slides option (Video, 2 mins). The default option works well for most presentations, but is not able to smoothly capture movement on the screen e.g. streamed video or handwriting on a visualiser and does not include camera recording, even if the room has a camera enabled.

If you need either camera recording, or smoother movement capture, there are two non-standard capture options (sometimes called "templates"), you can request:

How to change the capture options:

  • If the majority of lectures on a unit require Screencast/Camera, contact the IT Service desk and ask for Screencast/Camera to be enabled for your sessions. This will change the settings for all recordings on the unit.
  • To change the capture option for just one lecture, stop the recording at the beginning of the lecture (a long press of the lectern button) and use the Record Now app to start a new one with your choice of capture option.

If you have checked all 3 items in this list, you are ready! Your sessions will be automatically recorded for the duration of the unit.

If not, you can record lectures manually using Record Now if your room is equipped or Mosaic if it’s not.


Hand pressing record buttonManual lecture capture - initial setup

Check if the room you will teach in is equipped to record: From the Central Teaching Spaces page, find your room and look for Yes under the Re/Play equipped column. If it is Re/Play-equipped, you can record manually with Record Now on the podium PC. If it’s not, you can record manually with your own laptop using Mosaic.

Manual recording with Record Now

You don’t have to do anything specific for initial setup, but please familiarise yourself with the available capture options to select which is the best for your lecture, the room’s equipment and how Record Now works.

Capture options

Graphic abstractly showing 3 options for recording: Slides, Video, Animation.There are three different options (sometimes called "templates") for what will be captured in the recording. Which you choose will depend on the type of visual information you would like included in a recording. All three options will record the mic audio and the computer audio - if there is any and the computer audio volume is turned up. These options cannot be changed for lectures that have already been recorded, but future lectures can be set to use a different option.

  1. Slides: This is the default. The recordings will include the slides you show on the computer you connect to the room system at a low frame rate, which is adequate for straightforward lectures and slideshows. Slides example (Video, 2 mins).
  2. Screencast: This is recommended if you need to capture moving content such as video or live annotation, visualiser or mouse movements, as it captures 30 frames per second. View examples of the different results you get with Slides vs Screencast. Screencast example (Video, 1 min).
  3. Slides & Camera: This will include your slides at a low frame rate, as well as what the room camera can capture. Slides & Camera example (Video, 1 min).

If you are recording the lecture manually using Record Now, you can choose your preferred capture option before you start recording.

Manual recording with Mosaic

Install Mosaic – an application that enables the creation of Re/Play presentations - on your laptop. Familiarise yourself with how recording with Mosaic works and make sure to bring the laptop, mic and webcam to your lecture. Once your lecture has been recorded, you can set permissionsedit the video itself and its captionsadd it to your Blackboard course and see the analytics.


Recording in equipped rooms - what to expect during the session

The sections below are relevant if you are teaching in an equipped room. Non-equipped rooms don’t have recording technology, but academic staff can bring their own laptops and manually record the lecture using Mosaic.

Unless you have made a different arrangement with IT, the recording will only capture the slides shown on the main screen and the available audio. Make sure you’ve worked through the initial set up checklists for automatic and manual recording before your sessions.

Here you can learn more about how recording works during automated or manual recordings, as well as get information about microphones, presentation slides and cameras.

How recording works in the room

Sound

A close-up picture of the boundary microphone model used in Re/Play equipped rooms. The mic is roughly the size and shape of a large eccles cake.It’s recommended to use the lapel microphone if one is available in the room (during COVID19 restrictions lapel mics are unavailable) for maximum recording quality and better auto-captioning. A boundary microphone will also pick up the audio of the whole room. If you can’t use the lapel mic, please remain near the boundary microphone, otherwise your recording may have no sound or poor quality sound.

When using the lapel mic, ensure it is charged, ON, not set to Mute, and secured close enough to your mouth for your voice to be recorded clearly. Make sure you correctly replace the microphone in the charger after your lecture so it can be used for the next recording. Spare batteries are also provided in all Lecture rooms.

If you use a lapel mic and the sound is still not recorded, please contact the IT department.

Computer audio can be recorded if the AV system volume is turned up to a decent level on the control panel.

Presentation slides on computer

If you want your presentation slides to be recorded, make sure you plug in a computer with a presentation. To avoid recording issues, please note the following:

  • If you use an Apple Mac computer, you can now connect directly to the HDMI.
  • Ensure the screen resolution of the lecture room monitor matches what’s on the sticker on the monitor.
  • If you play a DVD, its video content will not be recorded (due to copyright) and only audio will be available.

If your recording only has audio recorded or the recording is green, it's for one of the reasons above.

Camera

Camera recording for scheduled sessions must be requested in advance from IT support.

The cameras are in a fixed position on the ceiling in the back of the rooms, and shouldn’t be tampered with. The camera is usually set to capture the main chalkboard and anyone standing in front of it. There are markers to show the area that is captured by the camera.

In a few rooms the cameras have zoom presets to show several fields of view. You can pick a field of view by using the touch-screen control panel on the lectern. The monitor will show what the camera will be recording. If your choice of zoom captures any students you should inform them and give them the option to sit elsewhere where they won’t be seen on camera.


After the recording

Video presentation graphicYou will receive an email when the recording is ready for you to edit and publish. You can access recordings via the My Re/Play tab in Blackboard (at the top of the screen), once you have logged into Blackboard. Once you are in the ’My Re/Play’ area, you can locate a specific lecture via the shared folder for the unit (found from the left navigation bar).

You can edit the description, tags and title of a recording. Please DO NOT change the unit code and ensure that you keep the year suffix (eg ABCD12345_2015) at the beginning of the title. This will enable the recording to be found in searches by students and lecturers and enable the running of essential performance reports

You can also edit the video or publish the video yourself within the next 48 hours. If you don’t do either, the recording will be automatically published, unedited, after two working days.

Captions will be added automatically once the video is published. You can edit the captions to ensure they are accurate.

Automatic lecture recordings will be added to the unit's collection via the Re/Play link in Blackboard, where students will be able to access it. We strongly recommend making sure the Re/Play link is not hidden from students. You can also add the video to a different place in your Blackboard coursesee the analytics and share editing permissions with colleagues. To give access to an external speaker, please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk first.

If you can’t see your recording, the most likely cause is that someone else has been made the owner.


Recording ownership and notifications

Recording owner represented as a hand holding video recordingsRe/Play recordings can only have one owner. This is the person who receives email notifications. The owner can give others editing permissions.

For automatically recorded lectures, the owner is the named person for the session in the Staff field in timetable, or - if there is no-one or multiple staff named - the Unit Director.

Re/Play has been set to grant access to all academics on a shared unit without having to ask the Unit Directors for access.

If you can see recorded lectures that are not yours in My Re/Play, that’s probably because you are a Unit Director or academic on a shared unit.

If you are receiving email notifications about lectures you did not deliver or not receiving notifications about lectures you did, this could be caused by incomplete or incorrect data. If the Staff field in the timetable is not correct, contact your School administration team to change the information.