CaptureSpace allows a user to record in various ways and upload the created content to the videoportal afterwards. The recording methods allowed include:
- Voice/microphone only.
- Webcam and voice/microphone.
- Screen and voice/microphone.
- Screen and webcam with voice/microphone.
- Presentations and Lectures which also include a webcam and voice/microphone option.
To start recording via CaptureSpace follow the following steps:
- Click on the ‘Add New’ menu option to expand the menu.
- Select ‘CaptureSpace’.
- Tick the box to agree with the terms of service and continue the process.
- In the popup click ‘Open URL:kaltura-lc Protocol’ and optionally tick the box next to ‘Always open these types of links in the associated app’ to not get this popup in the future.
- In the newly appeared section below the terms of service select the appropriate download for your computer (Windows or Mac).
- Select a destination for the file, generally this should be the ‘Downloads’ folder.
- Either open the downloaded file from the browser as shown in the image below (by clicking on the button) or browse to the file from Explorer or Finder and open it from there.
- Choose to run the installer.
- Once finished installing the application will open automatically.
- If by accident you clicked to another window at the time the application opened you can bring the application to view by either clicking on the icon in the taskbar or dock or using alt-tab to locate the application.
Prior to starting your recording it is a good idea to check the settings tab for CaptureSpace. Depending on what you are planning to record you should adjust your settings accordingly and always test your recording settings before putting all the effort into creating a product as the settings might need adjusting to optimize quality and smoothness.
- Click on the settings tab in the CaptureSpace window:
- First select the proper webcam input at ‘Select a Webcam’. In the video screen to the right of this section you can see if it is the right webcam by checking the feed.
- A presentation that you will be sharing with your lecturers would be best recorded in optimal webcam settings such as 720P or 1080P (depending on the quality of your webcam). Recordings shared only to a limited and non essential group of users could do with a lower settings. Set the appropriate quality at the options below ‘Select a Webcam’.
- A Screen recording will always have the best definition in 1080P+.
- Is the screen recording not the best in quality, turn off all unnessecary applications and try again.
- If the screen recording still looks/feels choppy or otherwise poor in quality even at a high setting of 1080P or above you might want to tick the ‘Slow PC Setting’ option.
- Still not great? Choose a lower recording setting.
- Your microphone options are limited to choosing what source you would like to use, it is set to ‘Default’ if you haven’t changed anything. If you have multiple microphones you can select the microphone with the best quality:
- For instance the build-in webcam microphone, a microphone in your headphones cord or otherwise.
- Generally the best quality will come from the microphone you can place closest to the sound source to avoid unnecessary static noise due to having to boost your input signal.
- When done checking all these settings press save to continue.
- As said there are limited options available to adjust the microphone quality from the CaptureSpace window. A few tips to improve quality are:
- Place the microphone as close to the source as possible.
- Check input volume, a high input volume will also result in more static noise. Changing input volume can be done from the sound settings menu, follow the links below the operating systems listed:
- For Mac OS X:
- For Windows 7:
- For Windows 8:
- For Windows 10:
- For Mac OS X:
You are now ready to use the application, proceed to the next sub-chapter for an explanation on how recording works for the various methods.