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Copyright and accessibility

  1. For any media you will be using make sure you are copyright compliant.
    1. Please consult the Media Conversion: Copyright Issues page for answers to questions about VHS, DVD, and streaming media conversion issues.
    2. Visit the PCC Copyright Resource Center's Copyright for Faculty page.
    3. Have a question about copyright? Call the library at 971-722-4441 or send an email to copyright@pcc.edu.
  2. Follow the captioning guidelines for online courses..

What do you need?

Instructional Support is here to help you decide which process is best for you and your instructional needs.

I need media for my course

Choose from existing media sources

Have a professional create media for your course

You have these options at PCC:

Both can be requested using the Media Production Request form. It's OK if you don't know which one is best. The professionals will help you determine the best way to go!

Do It Yourself (DIY) media

If you are feeling creative and would like to create your own media, consider Camtasia. Consult with your campus IT Specialist about your options to create your own media. If movement is not critical, then still images, text, and/or audio may be as effective as video and easier and less expensive to create.

Consider the following questions before creating your media:
  • What is my objective and concept?
    1. Topic Outline
    2. Storyboard/ Script
    3. Process Map (for more complex simulations)
  • Who is your audience?
    1. What connection speed is the majority of your audience on?
    2. Does your audience have access to audio?
    3. Check the Quick Guide to Instructional Tools Standards to ensure your audience can actually watch your production on different devices, operating systems, internet connection speeds and software installations.
  • What is the purpose of the video?
    1. I will use this video for a one‐time event. Suggestion: Don’t waste your time to do this.
    2. I will use this video as a lecture or demonstration tutorial more than one‐time. Yes, do it!
    3. Is this a Screen Recording or a Patchwork Media Project?
      • I want to record lectures for students who missed the class or want to review later.
      • I want to produce a Demonstration video tutorial.
      • I want to produce a Simulation.
  • How much time can I commit to this project?
    1. Quick and dirty‐ for volatile information, concepts, & project planning
    2. Designing and Developing Additional Features / Presentation
    3. Hello, Hollywood!
  • How do you plan to distribute the video?
    1. Will you distribute the video on a Web site, blog, college network, CD‐ROM, DVD, iPod, media player, etc.? It is important to select the appropriate settings to optimize your video for the desired distribution production. Settings such as video dimensions, file size, and file format are important when creating a video. Use the presets available in the software settings to help you select the appropriate settings for the desired distribution method.

I just need a space to publish my media

  1. Is it yours to publish? Determine copyright.
  2. Publish to a media platform that has its own accessible player.
    • We recommend YouTube and Distance Education's Kaltura platform. By publishing online to these platforms, we know that the media will be delivered to the viewer at their optimal settings and in an accessible player. If you link to the video file instead of publishing it to a platform, each viewer has to download the large video file and open it up on their own media player (which you can't help with).
YouTube: How to setup an account and upload video

Create your own YouTube channel. Have access to YouTube's captioning, editing and embed tools. You manage the channel and its privacy level.

Or have your video added to PCC's YouTube channel. Contact a campus Instructional Technology Specialist to request this.

Kaltura: How to upload and embed audio and video recordings
  1. Upload your video to Distance Education's Kaltura media platform. For the Upload tool and instructions, log in to D2L and go to the Online Faculty Resource Center. At the bottom of the Online Faculty Resource Center home page is a module called Upload Media.
  2. Send a text transcript or caption file for the media to Supada Amornchat.
  3. Search for your media from within D2L. While in the page edit mode of D2L, click on the Insert Stuff icon. Choose the Kaltura icon in the left column, and search for the media title or tags you assigned when you uploaded the media.

I have media, but it's not in the right format for use in my course

  1. First check the Media Conversion: Copyright Issues page to determine whether your VHS, DVD, mini-DV tape or whatever, can be converted to DVD or web streaming format.
  2. Next, fill out the Media Conversion Request Form.