TechSmith Relay, the server-based version of the industry-leading screencasting tool Camtasia Studio, is one of the most useful instructional technology resources provided by the District to faculty and staff. This resource allows any faculty member or staff person at the District to easily create full-motion, high-quality accessible screen videos with voiceover from home or office. The videos can be deployed automatically to a variety of web-hosting destinations. TechSmith Relay makes providing captions for hearing-impaired students an integral part of the production process and can be used to caption existing video as well.
The service is available to any District employee at no charge to them. Just contact Online Learning Pathways (firstname.lastname@example.org) for access.
Here are a variety of screencast tutorials that will help you make use of TechSmith Relay and demonstrate its effectiveness as a teaching tool:
Basic Steps for Using TechSmith Relay:
- Login and Download Recorder to your local machine.
- Open the TechSmith Relay Recorder and do a test recording to ensure audio and video are working.
- Choose a profile and record.
- Receive "A presentation has been held for caption editing" automated TechSmith Relay email.
- Login to TechSmith Relay to edit captions.
- Save and publish.
- Receive "Presentation Published" automated TechSmith Relay email with links to publish destination.
- Add link as a URL in Blackboard.
- An overview of the entire Camtasia Relay production process - showing all steps from recording, to captioning, to publishing.
- Managing Your Camtasia Relay Account - reset your password; check on your presentations, etc.
- Camtasia Relay Frequently Asked Questions.
- Publishing to YouTube and ScreenCast.com.
- Captioning Existing Video - Using Camtasia Relay.
- Integrating TechSmith Relay and Camtasia Studio - edit your Relay videos using Camtasia Studio. Example: A "Broadcast" showing the solution of a simple physical science problem - I used Camtasia Studio, Relay, and a $69 document camera (not to forget paper and a pen:)