Before You Record Your Video
Quality video recording requires attention to a few things to make sure you have a good recording environment both visually and technically. Before getting started, run through our Video Recording Checklist to make sure your setup is good.
Recording With a Mobile Device (Phone, Camera, etc.)
Mobile Device Without the App:
To record outside of GoReact on any device with a camera and then upload the video for review, please see our guide Uploading a video.
iOS Device with the App:
On iOS devices (iPhone/iPad), you can use the GoReact Recorder app for faster recording and posting to GoReact. NOTE: The GoReact Recorder App will not work inside an LMS.
Peer review note:
Please note that LIVE peer review is only available with a LIVE recording. If you are recording with a mobile device, peer comments may only be entered after the recording is completed and posted.
Recording With a Webcam
There are two ways to record when using a webcam:
1. Recording a "Live/In-Class" session where multiple users view the presenter and give feedback simultaneously
2. Recording your own individual session for an activity.
To record a video for a Live/In-class session, the instructor must first create an Activity and choose the "Live/In-Class Record" option. If you are not doing live reviews, the instructor will select one of the other activity types.
Note the following requirements for webcam recording:
- Requires a connected webcam on Windows or Mac PC
- Requires latest version of Adobe Flash
- Requires that Adobe Flash be granted access to your webcam
1. Click “Create Video” on Your GoReact Dashboard.
First, select an Activity from the Activity List in the bottom box on the left hand side of the screen. After clicking the red "Create Video" button you will be able to add a title, set the Activity this video recording will belong to, and add or remove Presenters as needed.
- To add Presenters, click in the Presenters field to choose from a list of all students in the course. To delete a presenter, hover over their name in the Presenters field and a red "X" will appear. Click to remove that Presenter from the video.
- For Live Recordings, select whether you will be recording now or at a later time.
Click the grey “Create Video” button to begin your recording session. If you choose “Go directly to recording screen” or are not setting up a recording for a Live Review activity, go to Step 3.
2. Click the Record Icon on the Video from the Dashboard List.
If you did not go directly to the recording screen, your new video should indicate “Awaiting Start” on your Dashboard. Click the Record icon next to it to create your video.
3. Verify Your Recording Setup.
You’ll see a preview of your webcam’s current view. (If the preview is a black screen, make sure your webcam is connected and that Flash has been allowed access to the camera.)
We highly recommend recording using a wired internet connection, though if you have reasonably solid wifi that will usually work as well. We also strongly encourage doing a 5-10 second test video first to make sure you're comfortable with the quality. (Make sure you don't attempt a test video on an actual Test activity!)
For additional help on setting up your webcam and your recording environment, please see the Video Recording Checklist for proper device setup and tips on creating a good video environment - lighting, positioning, audio etc.
4. Click “Record” to Start Recording.
The red light will flash while recording. To Stop or Pause, click “Stop,” then "Resume" if needed. When finished, the video will be automatically posted for Live Review recordings. For non-Live Review recordings you will see tools for trimming, posting, or discarding your video if there is no source media for your activity. (For activities with source media, the trim function is disabled to keep the source and recorded videos in sync.)
5. Click “Trim” to Edit the Beginning or Ending of Your Video.
There may be times where you wish to trim your video - maybe the few seconds where you reach for the mouse to start or stop the recording, for example. To do so, click the scissors icon to enter Trim Mode. Then click and drag the handles at either end of the trim bar or click the up and down arrows to adjust by time. When finished, click "Trim and Post" at the top of the video window.
To cancel your trim, click the the scissors button again to exit Trim Mode.
6. Post or Discard Your Video
Once you have previewed and/or trimmed your video you can enter a title and post it so that it will show up on your dashboard or discard it if you've decided you'd rather start again. Discarded videos will not show up on the dashboard but will be in your trashcan and can be restored if you wish. (If your account has a limited amount of recording time, discarded videos will not deduct any minutes from your account.) You're done!
Having trouble? See our Troubleshooting - Video Recording page for help!