Tips and Tools for Asynchronous Class Videos

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In this video post we share tips and tools for record and editing videos including light, sound, and hardware.

Federica Zoe Ricci , Wendy Rummerfield , Mine Dogucu

Over the summer as we were getting ready for yet another term of remote teaching, we recorded a video on recording and editing lecture videos which we did not get to publish until now. We thought it is better late than never and are publishing it now.

Instructors can consider to use video editing techniques to improve their pre-recorded lectures, and this is why we had asynchronous classes in mind when writing this post.

Pros and Cons of asynchronous lectures

Pre-recording provides instructors with greater control on the content and on the delivery of their lectures. In light of this greater control, asynchronous lectures have a strong potential that, in our experience, video editing techniques allow to fully reach. However, pre-recording and editing video lectures comes at some costs. Here, we summarized what we believe are the pros and cons of pre-recording and editing video lectures.




There is a specific vocabulary used in video editing. Having these keywords in your back pocket might be of use while searching for help online.

Basic Editing:

Keyword Description
Trimming Removing (cutting) the beginning or ending of a clip
Splitting Breaking a single clip into two or more clips
Screensharing Recording your computer screen
Video Transitions Cut, dissolve, fade in/out, etc.

Adding layers/features over a video:

Keyword Description
Overlay Add sound/images/video “on top of” a clip.
Ex: text, title, sound effect, watermark, blur, …
Picture-in-picture Place and image or play a video in a small window above the main video
Watermark An image, logo, or text typically used to protect video content from illegal use and distribution
Thumbnail A small image/video that exemplifies larger content
Overlay Greenscreen Video “Putting yourself in your slides”
Lightboard / “learning glass” Glass board filled with light. You will appear in the video and your writing will glow in front of you.

These lists represent some of the jargon that will be most useful to you as you begin the process of video editing.