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Multimedia Services - Instructional Video Production

Learn about Multimedia Services and video production to support course instruction and academic programs.

Multimedia Services, part of Educational Technology Services (ETS), can help faculty create course content for use in conjunction with classroom time as part of flipped or hybrid courses as well as fully online courses.

Current In-Person Services

Updated 3/5/21: ETS continues to offer professional video production services under the campus COVID-19 safety guidelines. Please read below to learn about the services that are currently available and the safety precautions in place.

Safety Guidelines

Before coming to campus for filming, all Multimedia Services personnel and customers must complete the campus COVID-19 screening process and verify completion with a member of the Multimedia Services team on the day of your recording. If anyone involved with the filming has a high temperature or any other symptoms identified in the screening tool, the recording session must be rescheduled.

On-Campus Video Recording

Here are the current video recording options using Multimedia Services staff and facilities:

  • Outdoor physical-distancing. Ideal for simple productions with a single camera operator and a single presenter, maintaining at least 6’ distancing between people, masks worn at all times except for the presenter when they are on camera. To get started, please complete the video services request form.
  • Limited indoor filming. Presenters can film one at a time in our studios for large Learning Glass and professional green screen format videos, with remote support by a technician during the filming. To get started, please complete the video services request form.
  • Studio U. No cost self-service recording is available on a limited basis to ensure adequate time for disinfecting surfaces between users. Remote support is available while users are in the room to ensure a successful recording and limited in-person contact.
At-Home Video Recording

Multimedia Services is available to consult with faculty on best practices for making instructional videos at home using webcams and other recording equipment such as phones, tablets and consumer cameras. We've also assembled a list of recommended recording equipment that individuals/departments can purchase to facilitate remote video production.

For a consultation, please email multimedia@ucsd.edu for more information.

Professional Video Production

For videos that need to make an impact, Multimedia Services offers a complete video production solution.

Video Studio

Faculty record online content in our campus studio, which features:

  • A teleprompter for easier delivery of pre-written scripts
  • A tablet for slide annotation or image interaction to add an extra level of audience engagement
  • Professional lighting and audio equipment to create the best looking and sounding video possible
  • Filming by video specialists who know how to properly capture video, allowing faculty to focus on their material instead of production

Editing

Expert editing creates a seamless, professional quality product. Our professional video editing services are available remotely on a pass-through basis with staff labor billed to a department index. To get started, please complete the video services request form.

Costs

The Multimedia Services team at ETS usually passes through the costs (mainly labor) of producing videos. If faculty or staff do not already have department or grant funding available, ETS can suggest some grant opportunities. If funding is an issue, ETS has a small amount available through an approval process to support projects that serve the university’s educational mission.

Studio U

Studio U is a self-service video and screen capture studio for faculty and staff use. With easy-to-use controls and high quality results, you'll be able to make engaging video content for your courses or campus communications.

Kaltura-Canvas Integration

UCSD partners with Kaltura to help faculty create, edit, and deliver videos within Canvas. Instructors can leverage the tools within the "My Media" "Media Gallery" sections of their courses to film and publish high quality videos on their own, though ETS can provide support if needed. For more information about Kaltura, including how to perform a variety of functions yourself, visit the Videos in Canvas section.

MediaSpace

Though instructors can access Kaltura’s features through their courses in Canvas, all UCSD community members with active directory credentials can use MediaSpace. MediaSpace provides access to screen recording software and editing tools, and provides ways for users to share videos to folks outside of the university. Check out our MediaSpace documentation to learn more about what you can do in MediaSpace.

Video Styles and Examples

The Learning Glass

Research shows that student engagement is higher when tools tailored to online education are used to create instructional videos. Content created with online education principles has higher student engagement than traditional lectures.

Professor Joel Watson of the Department of Economics was the first to create educational content using the Learning Glass at UC San Diego. “The Learning Glass makes it easy for faculty to transition from teaching with a standard blackboard to videotaping at high quality,” Professor Watson said.

 

Green Screen

If you normally use slides during your lectures, our green screen format is an easy transition to online videos.

Discussion

  • If you want to film a discussion, our studio can accommodate up to three people.



  • Or, if you have a location in mind, we can film the discussion there. 

    On-location interview

On-Location

Our team has all of the tools needed to produce professional looking location videos.

Aerial Footage

If you want state-of-the-art aerial footage shot with a professional drone, ETS can capture it for you: 

  • DJI Inspire 1 drone with X5R 4K Micro-4/3 raw camera
  • Dual operator system
  • Two certified Part 107 commercial pilots

Animation & Graphics

Intros/ outros, lower-thirds, character animation, motion graphics, and kinetic typography creates a professional look and illustrates your subject matter.

Panorama Player

If you have a complicated topic that requires lots of chalkboard space, where you want the students to be able to enlarge any part of the board while playing the video, we can produce a Panorama Player presentation for you.

Viewing instructions for the Panorama Player.

Panorama Player

Need help? Contact the Multimedia Services team at multimedia@ucsd.edu or use our request form.