Audio/Video/PC Record Resources

De Anza's Online Education Center offers faculty and staff multiple options to record audio, video, and computer content for instructional projects.  All recording resources are user-friendly requiring no prior audio/video training or experience.  Our new "Faculty Self-Record Studio" offers high quality recordings using a hands free microphone, built-in PC computer, PC or Mac laptop connections, a document camera and a HD video camera.   The "Audio Only Record Cart" records low noise audio using a broadcast quality microphone in an acoustically enhanced room.  The "Record at Home or Office" option recommends easy to use software to convert your desktop or laptop into a record station. All recordings use a widely compatible (MP4) format stored on a portable flash drive (jump drive).  Integrate your recordings in on-campus or online courses.  Get started today by reviewing our record options below, then schedule a practice session using our online reservation calender, call or email us.

Faculty Self-Record Studio

Self Recording Studio

The "Faculty Self-Record Studio" offers high quality recordings using a overhead hands free microphone, PC computer, PC or Mac laptop connections, a document camera and pan/tilt video camera.

Its only takes a few steps to get started recording engaging instructional content.

  1. Insert a Flash drive into the record hub.
  2. Press the power ON button on the control panel (similar to classroom control panel)
  3. Select a camera background image using the camera background computer.
  4. Select the first device to be recorded (PC, Laptop or Document Camera).
  5. Press the Start Record button.

Click Here to view the complete Self-Recording Studio Step by Step User Guide.

We offer a short personal orientation on your first scheduled reservation.

Self Record Package 2

Self-Record Studio Key features:

  • Camera: Select camera full screen, picture-in-picture camera box or do not use any camera image.
  • Timer:  The timer displays the current length of your recording and resets when you stop recording.
  • Picture-in-Picture: Turn the P-in-P box ON/OFF or select P-in-P position, top/right or bottom/right.
  • Lights:  The lights turn ON and OFF when you press the power ON/OFF buttons.
  • Annotation User Display:  This display shows the current selected device without any camera images. Annotation over your instructional content.  Note: Annotation feature only works with built-in PC.
  • Record Display: This shows the final record image.
  • Camera Control buttons: Press HOME button to move camera to default position.  Use other camera movement buttons to fine tune your camera shot.
  • Laptop Connection Cables:  Connect your Mac or PC laptop VGA or HDMI ports.  Remotely control your laptop keyboard and mouse will master keyboard/mouse. 

Audio Only Record Cart

Need to record high quality voice or sound effects?  Our Audio Record Cart is the right tool for the job. We use a professional microphone, a digital audio encoder and Quicktime record software to produce high quality m4a audio files.  To reduce outside noise interference the audio record cart is located in our recording sound stage.

We offer a short personal orientation on your first scheduled reservation.

Click Here to view the Step by Step Audio Record Cart User Guide.

  Audio Only Record System Image

 Record at Home or Office

The "Home or Office Record" option recommends easy to use software to convert your desktop or laptop computer into a record station.  No need to drive to campus to record your instructional content.  Just review the recommendations below and select the components that best matches your recording features and budget.   Mac and PC computers options are available .  

Portable Self Recording Package

Record at Home or Office - Camera and microphone options: 

#1: Use laptop with built-in camera and microphone - Lowest cost and average video/audio quality.

#2: Use USB webcam camera ($50) with webcam microphone - High quality video, good audio.

#3: Use USB webcam camera ($50) with external microphone ($50) - High quality video, high quality audio.

USB WebCam recomendation:  Logitech C920 HD Pro WebCam with built-in microphone, cost $50

USB High Quality Microphone recomendationBlue Yeti, USB Microphone, gain control, mute button, Mac or PC, Includes stand, cost $125

Record at Home or Office - Recording Software recommendation: 

Option #1: ScreenCast-O-Matic Software:  Watch a Demo video, click HERE

Simple screen/video/audio recording and editing software (PC or Mac).

  • Screen/video/audio MP4 recording, pause and resume during a recording session
  • Web Cam video window (picture in picture) or full screen                        
  • Trim beginning and end of recordings or use built-in Video Editor Suite
  • Cursor Halo                                                                
  • Zoom in/out and highlight areas of your video
  • Record the whole computer screen or just a part of the screen
  • Solo Deluxe teacher plan $1.50/month x 12 months = $18 yearly subscription
  • Website:
  • Free trial version has watermark, 15 minute record limit, no video editor and other restrictions.
  • Click Here to go to ScreenCast-O-Matic's software tutorials

Option #2: Ink2go Software: 

Simple screen/video/audio recording with annotation software (PC or Mac).

  • Screen/video/audio MP4 recording, pause and resume during a recording session
  • Web Cam video window (picture in picture) or full screen
  • Screen Annotation, 8 pens, 4 highlighters and 3 erasers
  • Record the whole computer screen or just a part of the screen
  • Whiteboard/Blackboard
  • Use Hotkeys to quickly switch among different tools
  • On-time software purchase, single license $19.90
  • Website:   
  • Free trial version is full features with watermark and 7 day expiration period.

Record with a Smartphone

Smartphone Accessories Recommendation

Shure MOTIV MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for iphone -  $149

Joby GripTight GorillaPod Action Stand with Mount for Smartphones Kit - $37

Manfrotto Stand for Universal Cell Phone, Short Tripod or Stand - $29

Trim, Split and Merge your Recordings

  • Trim - Remove the head and/or the tail of the clip
  • Split or Cut - Cutting the video clip into sections.
  • Merge or Splice together - Join two video clips together

Edit Software Recommendation (Mac or PC)

  • Apple's Quicktime software edit features
  • Screencast-O-Matic built-in editing features

 How to Edit with Quicktime

Click Here to view the "Open and Play a Quicktime file" User Guide.

Click Here to view the "How to Trim a Movie or Clip with Quicktime" User Guide.

Click Here to view the "How to Rearrange and Add clips to a Quicktime Recording" User Guide

Closed Caption

California Community Colleges system funds 3C Media Solutions a technology service that provides faculty, staff, and administrations resources to store, share, and distribute educational media to students and each other.   3C Media Solutions services include:

  • personal account for uploading and storing media
  • ability to share media privately or publicly (embed, email link, or post to the 3C site)
  • option to create a 'group' for joint access
  • request captioning for your media in a few short, simple steps

Don't have a 3C media account ?  Click here to Create an Account.   You must use your faculty/district email.  Check your faculty/district email for a reply from 3C Media to complete your account registration.  If you do not receive an email within a day or two, contact 3C Media support for setup assistance.

How to submit a captioning request for your 3C Media files

  1. Click here to Log into your 3C Media account
  2. Upload your media to your 3C Media Account
    1. Select "Media" menu
    2. Select the “Upload a video to 3C Media Solutions” radio button. 
  3. Submit Video for Captioning
    1. Locate and select the video title you wish to submit for captioning from your Media page.
    2. Select the “Submit this Media for Captioning” link from the "Tools" options.
    3. Provide the length of video in minutes (round up to the next whole minute).
    4. Enter the appropriate Section#, CRN, or Ticket from the course this media will supplement, for example, “MUS 100.”
    5. From the dropdown menu, select the applicable term.
    6. Select the “Submit” button.
  4. Using 3C Media in Canvas  (Click here for pdf)

Other Video Captioning Resources

  1. Academic Services and Learning Resource Video Captioning webpage
  2. De Anza Web Accessibility Policy webpage
  3. De Anza Disability Support Services webpage

Copyright and Fair Use

When using video materials in the classroom, always be attentive to copyright and "fair use" issues.  Visit the U.S. Copyright Office website and look for their Fair Use Index. 

 Outlook Reservation Calender

Outlook Reservation Calendar: Check room availability and make a reservation using Outlook Calendar

Email: Send an email reservation request to:

Phone: Contact the Online Education Center office: 408.864.8969

 Accessing Outlook Calendar

  1. Log into your fhda email and click Calendar
  2. Find the day/time you'd like to book the room in your calendar and double-click.
  3. Adjust the length of time (we recommend 2-3 hours per recording session)
  4. Click on the Scheduling Assistant tab.
  5. Under Select Rooms, click "Add a Room"
  6. Type MLC, then press Return/Enter on your keyboard. MLC-224 Self-Recording Studio will appear for you to select.
  7. Verify that the room is available in the lower right corner of the window. If not, adjust your date/times.
  8. Send the appointment request. Someone from the Online Education Center will confirm your appointment within 24 business hours.

Contact Us

Email:  onlineeducation@deanza.eduPhone: Contact the Online Education office: 408.864.8969Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday:  8:00am-4:00pm

Other General Information

USB Flash Drive

We recommend an 8 GB or larger flash drive with a built-in LED activity light.   Most newly purchased USB flash drives will come in the required format of FAT32.   We can confirm your flash drive is formatted in FAT32 format during your orientation meeting.  If your FlashDrive LED has an activity light it will blink when the drive is busy starting up or recording the video file.  Do not remove flash drive until activity light has stop flashing.

Bring presentation materials.  

Bring USB Flash drive and any presentation material you plan to use during your recording.  If you plan to use your laptop, please bring your adapters to connect to the VGA or HDMI connection cables.

How to Share your MP4 recordings

Faculty have the option to share and caption their recordings using 3Cmedia Solutions on Demand video servers.   You will need an 3C Media account to uploaded videos.  (Click here to setup a 3Cmedia account)

Need assistance? Please email 

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