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 home or from some podiums on the campus and then post it online.


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 Audio Narration

Open Powerpoint (2003 or 2007 - PC) (2004 or 2008 - Mac), 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's detailed instructions on 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//

Camtasia Relay

Camtasia Relay enables lecturers to record a combination the computer screen and spoken voice, so it is suitable for all forms of lecturing, not just Powerpoint. This application 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 via email).

While U of T’s current bandwidth currently doesn't provide for recording of significant numbers of lectures, please feel free to test this application out on one or two of your lectures or tutorials! We want to hear back from instructors if this is a useful tool.  Instructions at portal help.

You are licensed to use Relay:

On your PERSONAL computer. Install on your laptop, office or home computer. Download Relay to your home computer from [] (log in with your UTORid!). Video instructions from the Relay website. Support for PERSONAL recording: or

On a PODIUM computer at UTSC. Relay is now installed on all the lecture podiums UTSC! Support for PODIUM recording:

Screen shot of Relay, ready to record the desktop (or directly from Powerpoint):

Screen shot of Camtasia Relay

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

Here are some additional tools, at Life Hacker, recommended by Carl Chan.