Instructional Videos & Screencasts

You don't need a full film studio to easily produce short videos. Webcam or smartphone are enough to create educational videos with a few tips and manageable effort.

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Self recording with zoom

The fastest and easiest way is to record a Zoom meeting without other participants. The concrete procedure is shown in the lecture recording.

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Recording of handwritten contributions

Tablets with a pen often have the option to record the screen and thus write in an app of your choice. Likewise, visualizers usually have the function to record directly to a USB stick or SD card. Alternatively, you can also use any smartphone camera as a visualizer.

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Laptop as film studio for screencasts & co

The standard tool of professional streamers is the open source software OBS. With a few simple steps, a laptop, a webcam and a microphone can be turned into a small film studio. Whether picture in picture or different scenes with transitions when changing, OBS offers everything to implement your own ideas. The tutorial shows a simple setup to start that already works with a few simple steps and without special hardware.

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Video editing

For editing with simple means LosslessCut is suitable (e.g. cut out beginning and end, merge several videos): Tutorial for video editing with LosslessCut.

If you want something more, you can use the free program iMovie on Apple computers. On Windows PCs or Linux computers, the free version of DaVinci Resolve or the open-source software Shotcut can be used.


Videos can easily be made available to your own students via ILIAS. To do this, proceed in the same way as for self-recording.

With the possibilities of subsequent use and publication, nothing stands in the way of dissemination beyond this, for example as an open and permanent educational resource (OER).


What licenses must be observed for materials?

An overview of the various conditions for the use of third-party materials in teaching or publishing is presented here. The KIT Library offers detailed individual advice on this (link will follow at the end of September).

What has to be considered regarding copyright?

The use of third party materials in teaching is subject to legal framework conditions. In short, the rules of good scientific practice apply to any use of copyrighted works, to clearly indicate both the source and the author(s). Tips and hints can be found here.

If a recording is to be published in addition, please consult the library.

How are videos made available and published?

It is your decision whether and how the videos are shared. You can make the recording series available exclusively to your own students in the ILIAS course or open it up further step by step up to publication as OER. The settings for this are managed in OC-AV (link will follow at the end of September).