Eric Kunnen\’s GRCC Blog


Lecture Capture as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 !
November 10, 2008, 5:30 pm
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I’m always on the lookout for any technology that does the work for faculty… rather than the other way around.  Enter Camtasia Relay for lecture capture.  Like many products from Techsmith Inc., Relay is effective, easy, and simple!

First, a little background.  Here at GRCC, we have been looking for solutions in the “lecture capture” space for quite some time.  The most well known vendors in this space are Echo360 (formerly Apreso Anystream), Tegrity, and Mediasite by SonicFoundry.   All of them have great products and solutions.  Unfortunately, the cost of these systems is often prohibitive.

Over the past year, GRCC has been involved in beta testing and piloting a new lecture capture solution from Techsmith Inc., called Camtasia Relay. GRCC has captured some of this work in a case study and I’m very happy to report that GRCC was referenced in a  recent newletter article entitled: “TechSmith News You Can Use” (October 2008 | Issue 58).

What is Relay?  Well, Camtasia Relay includes a small footprint client recorder (mac and pc) and a server software application that work together to provide an easy way for faculty to capture their lecture.  All the instructor has to do is launch the client, choose a profile, click the “big red record button”, and stop the recording when they are finished.  The server handles all the rest, including publishing the recording to a wide array of destinations including: iTunes U, Screencast.com, Blackboard, and campus streaming servers such as a Flash Media Server, etc.

Camtasia Relay allows institutions to take advantage of existing streaming servers and technologies that are already in place.  The cost of the system is also very reasonable and provides institutions with the ability to “grow into the application”.  As we continue to evaluate solutions and products in this space, we have been very happy with the Camtasia Relay solution.

More information about GRCC’s case study is located on this GRCC’s Camtasia Relay Pilot page.  More information about how Relay works can be reviewed at the Camtasia Relay Product Tour page.


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We are also looking at Camtasia Relay at UNL, however, the Blackboard Building Block (v.0.1) came with virtually no documentation and did not seem functionally complete. Did you get a working version or is there a newer version I don’t know about. If you did, what was your impression of it? Thanks!

Comment by Kevin Borgeson

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for the comment! Yes, I think the Building Block could be improved as well. We didn’t fully test it, but see it as a definite requirement moving forward. Sorry I don’t have more details for you.

Eric

Comment by ekunnen

Kevin – If you need to connect with someone at Techsmith on the Building Block their website was recently updated: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasiarelay.asp or let me know?

Comment by ekunnen




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