Getting Started

  • Request a recording site where your recordings will be listed.
  • Distribute the site URL to your viewing audience through Canvas, email, or over the web.
  • Make a recording using the recorder’s web interface to start and stop the recorder, or a recording schedule can do this automatically. You may also manipulate the camera during the event using the recorder’s web interface.
  • Edit and publish using the site’s web interface. Enter the title of the recording, trim the start and end time, and publish the recording for online viewing.
  • Export recordings to your computer as standard MP4 video files.


Request a Recording Site

All recordings made on the Lecture Capture Service are stored in collections called Recording Sites. A site usually contains lectures related to each other, such as all sessions of a particular class, or each guest lecturer in a lecture series. Each site has a unique URL that can be distributed to viewers using Canvas, email, or social media.

To request the creation of a site for your course or event, fill out the Site Request form.

Note: You can only access this request form from your U-M Google account. If you have trouble accessing the form, make sure you are logged out of any personal Google/Gmail accounts.

Distribute the URL

One common way to distribute the viewing link to students is through Canvas. This can be done by adding the Lecture Recordings tool to your Canvas course site, which creates an easy-to-find link on the left side of your site. See the video below for a quick walk-thru on how this is done.

To view a tutorial on linking recordings in Canvas, click here

Students can also view recordings associated with a course site by visiting the lecture recording portal page.  The portal will only allow students to view recordings for courses they are officially enrolled in.  The Canvas tool described above works a little differently, in that it will honor the access controls granted within Canvas.  This allows the instructor to designate others as having a student roll, such as someone auditing the course.

Recordings that are not associated with a particular course are usually open for anyone to view as long as they have the viewing URL.  Viewing can be locked down to only users with a cosign login, or alternatively, to a small group of viewers based on uniqname.

Making a Recording

A recording can be made on a scheduled or non-scheduled/manual basis. Scheduled recordings are set up by CAEN based on start and stop times you provide. The recorder will then start and stop recording based on that predefined schedule. Alternatively, the recorder can be operated in a non-scheduled mode, where you connect and control the start and stop times manually.

video available To view a video tutorial on non-scheduled recording, click here

Edit and Publish

After a recording is finished and uploaded to the server, a web-based interface can be used to:

  • Enter the title of the recording (This is shown to students when viewing the list of recordings)
  • Enter an optional description
  • Trim the beginning and end of the recording
  • Choose the desired output formats (podcast formats, etc.)
  • Set whether the recording is visible to the public
  • Move or copy the lecture to other recording sites.
video available To view a video tutorial on preparing your recording, click here.

Export a Recording

You can export recordings to your computer as standard MP4 video files. This is useful if you want to post a recording to another video service such as YouTube or Vimeo, or to archive your recording outside of the system.

video available To view a video tutorial on exporting your recording, click here.

Additional Assistance

Access to the management page is available by clicking Lecture Capture Management Page on the top-right of this page. If you have any questions about this process, or would like to meet with a staff member who can help guide you through making your first recording, please send e-mail to