Capturing Audio and Video

icon of a handy-cam video recorder

Capturing audio and video content is a great way of enhancing both teaching and learning. As a member of staff you might provide FAQ style videos adding additional instruction for tricky topics, or instructional content for systems and processes or audio/video feedback. As a student recording your revision or note-taking, creating your own instructional videos where you create mock teaching sessions as a way of better understanding the content yourself.

For a primer on the basics of filming along with some advice on equipment and processes take a look at our Filming 101 section.

There are is a vast choice of devices for recording video footage, too many to go through them all here. In this resource we will concentrate on the most common devices that individuals might have available to them, the iPhone/iPad and Android phones/tablets. Many of the links bellow contain useful tips regardless of the device that you are using so it is work viewing them all.

Capturing Video with an iPhone/iPad

  1. Launch the Camera app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Swipe from left to right across the bottom to switch from Photo to Video mode. (Or just tap the word Video.)
  3. Tap the Record button to start your video.
  4. Tap the Stop button to end your video.

Capturing Video with and Android device

  1. Launch the Camera app from your android device (most manufacturers have this on the home screen).
  2. Tap the camera mode icon to switch between still shot (camera icon) and video (camcorder icon)
  3. Tap the Record button to start your video.
  4. Tap the Stop button to end your video.

Top Tips to recording video footage

  • Don’t shoot vertical video. Always record in landscape.
  • Use a tripod of hold with both hands
  • Try and use an external Mic. If using the devices built in mic check you aren’t covering it with your hand.
  • Don’t use the Phone’s zoom. Hold steady and move closer/further from the subject.
  • Light your video
  • Avoid transitions from light to shade and other high contrast light recording
  • Use the exposure lock

These guides cover two particular applications Corel Video Studio Pro x8 which is available just to staff members through the software centre and Microsoft Movie Maker which is available to both staff (in the software centre) and students (free download from Microsoft as part of Windows Essentials)

Creating a new project in Corel VideoSuite

Creating a New Project (Corel VideoSuit) [PDF]

Creating a new project in Microsoft Movie Maker

Creating a New Project (MS Movie Maker) [PDF]


These pages have been developed as part of the 2016 summer update by Helen Adeyemi, Blended Learning Summer Intern.