Canvas Studio Video Recording Tool

Canvas Studio is a communication tool that allows instructors and students to actively collaborate through video and audio media. Learn more about Studio on the Studio website.

Canvas Studio allows you to record your screen, webcam, or both simultaneously. The screen recording tool comes with a powerful video editor. 

1 – Open Studio:

Open Studio which is located on your Canvas navigation bar on the left, Press Record (A) then select your preferred recording mode (B).

NOTE: If you have not used this feature on the device you are using you must DOWNLOAD and INSTALL the software for the recorder to work. Follow Step 1 & 2 as outlined in the dialog box you see when you click Screen Recording (pictured below).
download the recording software if needed - photo of dialog box

– Check your settings:

Once the software is loaded (or if you have it installed) you will need to set how you wish to record.  Set your options in the black recording box (C) They include:

  • (2.1) Recording Settings: Click the clogged wheel to open up the settings you see above.
  • (2.2)Recording type: Screen, Web-camera or Both (camera and screen)
  • (2.3) Size: Usually you set this to Fullscreen and it will record the whole screen for you (Default is 720p)
  • (2.4) Narration:  This is on by default, so your voice (by microphone) will be recorded.
  • (2.5) Computer Audio: if you want computer sounds appearing on the video soundtrack (off by default).
  • (2.6) Preferences: Set various options e.g. Pause recording button is “ALT+P” by default.

–  Recording:

Press ‘REC’ to begin recording (bottom left on recording bar)

  • (3.1) Record: Press ‘Rec’ to record. When recording ‘Pause’ button will appear in the bottom left (by default)
  • (3.2) Pause: Re-click ‘Pause’ to continue recording or…
  • (3.3) Done: Click ‘Done’ to stop recording
  • (3.4) Draw & Zoom.: is an annotation feature and also allows screen zooming, in (i) and out (o) using keyboard keys. It is only usable in paused mode (at the time of writing) so you can’t annotate on the fly while recording.
  • (3.5) Trash: press to delete a recording.

4 – Save and Upload:

Once you have stopped recording (pressed ‘Done”)  Publish your content so it’s ready to link. When you publish add a Title and Desc. before Saving (upload) Prior to uploading (saving) you can edit your screen capture.  Click the ‘Edit' button to enter the editing screen.

Editing (optional):

The editing panel is quite complex so this is just a short overview.  You have a timeline across the bottom with Controls and a Playhead that you can slide forward and Backwards.  Use the Tools menu to select an editing function. See the list (below image) of editing functions that you may wish to apply to your screen recording.2021-08-23_08-42-27.jpg

  • Cut: This tool cuts out sections of the video.
  • Copy: Allows copying of a section of video to paste into another section.
  • Hide: You can hide the Webcam and or Cursor during parts of your video.
  • Insert: Insert video or new recordings.
  • Narrate: This allows you to narrate a section of the video.
  • Overlay: Tools for adding text and images to the video.
  • Replace: Add a section of video and or freeze a frame.
  • Speed: Speed up or slow down a section of the video.
  • Transition: add a transition to the video e.g. rotate,  Fade, Scale, etc.
  • Volume: This allows you to adjust the volume in a section of the video.

RE-EDITING NOTE: At time of writing there appears to be no way to reopen your edits so make sure your video is correct before your publish it (upload) to ARC. If you need to edit an existing screen capture just do a new screen capture, it only need to be a small amount, then go to edit and insert the existing footage and begin editing that new version.

5 – Generate captions and provide a transcript file.

For full accessibility, it is good practice to generate captions and provide a transcript for your students. Please view the Canvas Studio guide for full information on how to complete this step.
View the full list of Canvas Studio guides.

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