Tools for Making Vibrant Videos


How do students learn best?

How can you make the best use of a video?

How to Optimize
Student Learning

Do's and Don'ts
of Microlectures

7 Things You Should Know About Microlectures

6 Tips for Recording Video

Check out this infographic by Michelle Pacansky-Brock.

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What Makes an Online Instructional Video Compelling?

Melanie Hibbert makes some great points in Educause Review.

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Create hip, high-energy videos that look like they belong on TV! Videos are generated from still images, text you type onto the screen, and you can choose to add 10-second video clips.

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Sign-up for an Animoto classroom account
and receive a free 6-month Plus account that includes the creation of unlimited full-length videos!

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Create professional videos in a powerful and easy to use screen recorder that records your screen movements and actions. Or import a High Definition video.

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To have Camtasia added to your campus machine, email


iMovie for Mac lets you enjoy your videos like never before. Browse your clips more easily, instantly share your favorite moments, and create beautiful HD movies and Hollywood‑style trailers. And when you’re ready to premiere on all your devices, iMovie Theater rolls out the red carpet.



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An easy video editor with fast editing tools, filters and many other effects for personalizing your videos.

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Download Videoshop at iTunes


YouTube Capture

Create movies on the go. Start recording in a snap, then edit and share videos of any length right from your phone.

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Download YouTube Capture at iTunes


The tools listed below are great for recording the screen while you are narrating. This can be useful if you're demonstrating something or if you want to give viewers a tour around your screen.

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Use your Free Zoom Pro Account as a recording tool. Login to your personal meeting room and make recordings to create video messages or microlectures. Share your screen, and you have an an instant Screen Casting tool. Upload your recordings to Youtube or ShareStream to easily embed your videos in your course.

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How to record using Zoom



A handy tool for recording and sharing your computer screen and screenshots. In just a few seconds you can start recording your screen and upload it directly from there.

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Start Recording/Download at


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Explain Everything

A unique interactive and easy to use whiteboard and screen-casting tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

Available Platforms:

iOS 7.0 or later



Download Explain Everything at MorrisCooke

You may not have to "recreate the wheel"

Some of the videos that you need are clearly going to be unique to you, your class, your situation, and your needs but sometimes... you may be able to find a really useful, high-quality video created by someone else! Why recreate the wheel? Take a moment to look through existing resources; YouTube has a great collection of videos but you will have to sift through to search for quality. You can also check out three great resources (of which CI has a license for) for high-quality videos.


This online training library teaches computer skills in video format. There are technology courses in several categories (3D and animation, audio, business, design, development, home computing, photography, video, and web and interactive design). The company also produces documentaries about creative professionals.

How to access: Login to your portal at MyCI and select from the list.


NBC Learn

NBC Learn Higher Ed is a collection of primary source videos, newsreels, documents, and images that can be used for research, projects, and in classroom and online teaching.

How to access:

To view NBC Learn resources, from your course in CI Learn, choose: Tools>NBC Learn

To add NBC Learn Resources to your course choose: Build Content>Select NBC Learn (which is under the Mashups list)

A note about captioning

Hearing loss affects 20% of adults in the United States. As you create videos, please remember that some members of your audience may not be able to hear your audio-based content for one reason or another; they could be heard of hearing, they may not have access to sound, or may be studying in a private place. Captioning videos and/or providing transcripts is a best practice in Universal Design and is required when videos will be reviewed by or targeted toward a public audience. Contact us if you need help captioning your videos.

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Tools for Making Vibrant Videos by Jaimie Hoffman and T&L Innovations is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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