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Video Production Roadmap | Digital Education and Innovation

I want to…

Create a video


Some general considerations when thinking about creating a video:

  • What is the goal of the video?
  • Who is your audience?
  • Where will the video live? How will it be shared with your audience?
  • Who will manage the administrative aspects of the video production, such as scheduling the presenters/actors, finding locations, etc.?
  • What kinds of permissions will you need? (recording video in schools with children is challenging)
  • When recording presentations, will you need to capture audience participation? (it can be frustrating for someone watching a video when they can’t hear what the audience is saying).
  • What kind of production quality do you need?
  • Who will need to review or approve your video?
  • What is your timeline (it always takes longer than you think!)
  • Captioning videos is recommended (see below for more info).
Should students sign a release before I record video or take photographs during class?

If you use video or photographs that include your students you should have each students agree to be recorded/photographed. The college has prepared release forms for collecting these signatures. Keep the signed forms for your records. University of Minnesota Talent Release Form

Create a promotional video

These projects often fall out of the scope of DEI video services, but we can provide consultation on how to go about it, connect you with contractors, provide coaching on how to develop a storyboard, etc. To make a request, visit our video services page and fill out the video request form.

Record a guest lecture or other special class event

DEI can record a class, guest lecture, or other special class event if one of our student video interns is available. Please plan at least two weeks in advance. To make a request, visit our video services page and fill out a request form.

Record my own lecture for a class


This software can record your screen and your webcam simultaneously or separately. You can choose to record system audio (for a software demo, for example) or from a microphone or both. It was designed record voice-over narration while delivering a PowerPoint or Google Slide presentation. With this tool you can edit video and combine video clips.  It can be simple or sophisticated depending on your needs. It’s available at the University free of charge – anyone with an Internet ID can use it.

Information and tutorials

Record an event


Because DEI is not fully equipped for event recording, your best option is usually to contract with OIT Video Services. There is a fee for service, but it’s well worth the money because they handle all of the technology and your event recording link is usually available the next day!

OIT’s Event Onsite Video Support

Options offered by OIT Video & Conferencing Services: 

  1. Broadcasting live meetings via Zoom that have a presenter and a remote audience. Participants log into the meeting online and they see a Zoom window, which displays various panes:  (a) a video of the presenter (b) their PowerPoint, and (c) a chat box, where participants can type in questions or comments throughout the presentation. Zoom meetings can be recorded. More information on Zoom.

Note:  CEHD DEI doesn’t have the resources to provide these services, so we generally refer people to either OIT Video Services, or to a freelance contractor. The CEHD Principal Media Producer can provide consultation to help you determine the best solution for you. To request a consultation, visit our video services page and fill out a request form. Please plan at least two weeks in advance.

OIT’s Video Services

OIT’s Event Onsite Video Support

DEI’s Video and Equipment Request Form

Create an instructional or documentary-style video

These are larger projects that need to go through our Projects approval process. They involve working with the CEHD Principal Media Producer to create a project plan, including storyboard development. To make a request, visit our Video Services page.

Have someone give my students a tutorial on video production for a class

More instructors are giving video production assignments to students, such as creating digital stories or creating videos using iMovies on an iPad. If you need assistance providing video production instruction to students, make a request on our video services page. This service depends on the availability of DEI staff. Please plan at least two weeks in advance.

Shoot my own footage

If you don’t need a really high production quality video, for example, if you’re recording a class lecture for students to review afterward, you can shoot your own video. CEHD DEI provides video equipment kits free of charge to faculty, staff, and grad students who are working with a CEHD instructor. For more information, go to our Video and Equipment Request Form on our video services page.


Have help creating videos with my iPad / iPhone / iPod

We have several tutorials on using your IOS device to produce videos, whether it be for the edTPA evaluation, digital story creation, or simply personal use. Visit our the How do I…? page for additional tutorials. You will also find more resources in the FAQ sections of the Mobile Learning site.

Edit existing footage

If you have existing footage and need some help editing it (adding a title screen, cutting out segments, compressing it for online delivery, etc.), you can submit a request here.


Caption Video

It is a best practice to caption your videos. Here are some ways to caption your video:

  • If your video is uploaded to YouTube you can manually transcribe it and add captions directly in YouTube (learn more here).
  • You can pay to have an external company transcribe your videos and then you can cut and paste the text into your video in Youtube.
  • Disability Resource Center has a captioning unit that will caption videos if a student in your course has requested this accommodation.


Upload a video to the web and share it with students

YouTube is the delivery platform recommended by the University. You can upload a video through your UMN Google account (under Google Apps, select YouTube). You can set three different levels of permission; public, unlisted, and private. You can read up on what these levels mean on the YouTube Video Privacy Settings help page. You can also use the Kaltura Video Resource tool within your Canvas course site. This allows you to upload videos directly to your Canvas course page. Because the video file itself is hosted on a Kaltura server, normal Canvas file size limits do not apply.

Learn more about video production learning opportunities support for video production at LinkedIn Learning

The University has partnered with LinkedIn Learning to offer free membership to all University affiliates. You can login with your Internet ID in order to access a plethora of tutorials on video production techniques and software if you are interested in further DIY support for video production. Log in to LinkedIn Learning here. 

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