Personal Lecturecasting

Learning Management Systems like Quercus allow many different document formats to be posted. The most basic are course reference documents such as lecture notes, glosses, reading lists, or syllabi.

More advanced reference documents might involve multimedia: creating audio and video files and posting them. You can, for example, record a lecturecast from your office computer or from your laptop on the campus [using SnagIt] and then post it online with [MyMedia].


A short audio narrative of a lecture, recorded as a .wav or .mp3 file, which refers to a reading or textbook.

A video narrative, recorded with your webcam,

A lecturecast, which is to say, audio narration synchronized to slides or dynamic animation. Lecturecasts are becoming increasingly common in post-secondary education for the purposes of review. They can be authored in many ways:


Powerpoint / Keynote / Google Slides Audio Narration

Open Powerpoint for Office 365, Powerpoint Office 365 for Mac PowerPoint 2019, then in the “Slide Show” menu, select “Record Narration”.  Once you have adjusted the audio levels and the sound quality, speak through your presentation, advancing slides with the space bar. Powerpoint will record the timing of the slides in sync with the audio. Press ESC to finish.   Here are detailed instructions from the Microsoft Powerpoint support website.

You can then share these on your web site or using the Quercus/Canvas Learning Management System, import and share these with Google Docs (as shown below), or post and embed them a web site using Slideshare: http//

For instructions on using Apple Keynote, review this tutorial.

To use Google Slides Narration with closed captions, view this tutorial.

Techsmith Snagit

Techsmith Snagit officially replaced Camtasia Relay as the institutionally supported desktop video system in January 2019.  Snagit enables lecturers to quickly record videos and save them as MPEG-4s or animated GIFs.  With Snagit you can record a combination of the computer screen and spoken voice, so it is suitable for all forms of lecturing, not just Powerpoint. Snagit has been licensed for use throughout the University, and the resulting recording is automatically uploaded to university servers for access by students (the system sends you a link to via email).

You are licensed to use Snagit:

On your PERSONAL computer. Install on your laptop, office or home computer. Download [Techsmith Snagit] here.   Here's a recent presentation on the switch to Snagit.
Support for PERSONAL recording: or

Techsmith Snagit software will not, however, be available on UTSC's standard teaching podium PC’s due to limitations.

Screenflow or Camtasia Studio

If your subject domain involves sophisticated scientific calculations, data, or mathematical formula, video compressed for the internet might not be as clear as the same information projected over two storeys in a large lecture hall. You also might want to spend a bit of time editing, zooming, annotating, adding links and outputting in various media formats. In this connection consider investing $100 - $300 in professional software for lecture capture (yes, YOU are a professional lecturer!).

Screenflow for Mac

Screen shot of Telestream Screenflow web site.  Click this link to visit the site in a new window.

Camtasia Studio for PC

Screen shot of Camtasia Studio website

In addition to these solutions for recording lectures, consider using the live Webinar tool in Quercus, known as Bb Collaborate Ultra, as it also allows recording of lectures.

Check out this Web Conferencing Tools Comparison Chart at UofT, updated October 2018, as there are other great technologies available for different scenarios.