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Step Two - Save and Edit

Recording Yourself Teaching in the Classroom in Three Steps

Step Two: Save and Edit Your Video

Raw, unedited video files tend to be large files that require lots of storage space. Make sure you have available space on your computer or laptop or consider purchasing an external drive to add storage space. You can also use OwlBox to store copies of your recordings before you edit them.

Save AS You Record

Whichever device you choose, make sure you have adequate storage space available to record your lessons. Estimate that you will need 2GB per 30 minutes of recording (if you record at the lowest quality recording). Many phones and recording devices accept a mini or microSD card that can expand the available storage. Low-cost cards are available through, Best Buy, or other popular retailers.

Save AFTER You Record

Do not leave your only copy of your recording on the camera for long. Flip-model cameras can be easily plugged into your computer to off-load copies of your recordings. Other cameras may require that you use an mini or microSD card reader. With this reader, you remove the mini or microSD card from your camera, place it in the reader, and then plug the reader into your computer's USB port. Be sure to delete any video files from your camera before you share the camera with others.

Save MULTIPLE copies

It is recommended that you keep an original, unedited version of your recording on your computer or laptop, on a separate storage device or drive, and/or on OwlBox. You should never edit the original file; always work from a backup copy so you can start again, if needed.

Think Privacy!

Remember: never post unedited video on a public website or tool. It is not appropriate to store your unedited videos on YouTube or other public video tool. To protect your own and your students' privacy, you'll need to review and edit your video to remove or obscure any sensitive information (like first and last names or grades on student work) and to ensure you are not featuring identifiable images of any student who did not provide you and/or your school with a signed release form.

OwlBox vs DropBox vs Google Drive

Since most classroom videos include representations of minors, you need to take care with where and how you store your videos. If you are going to store your videos onto a cloud storage service, we recommend OwlBox instead of DropBox or GoogleDrive. Only OwlBox guarantees that your data will remain within the US. You might also consider a fully encrypted solution -- such as -- however, these services require a paid subscription. Never share or post a link to your unedited video files. If possible, remove or delete these files from online sources when your project is complete and you no longer need them.

Edit Your Video

The two most-popular and free video editing tools available are:

Be sure to check the requirements for your video. Some employers and assessment companies require that the video be unedited and of a certain minimum and/or maximum length (meaning you can clip the start and stop, but you cannot cut-out segments in-between). Also, you may need to convert your video into a lower resolution to meet limitations for file size. If you are using the video as part of your job application, you may want to add a title and/or end slide that includes your name and contact information. If you are using the video as part of a certification assessment (e.g. edTPA or PPAT), you should not include identifying information in your video.

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Note: content adapted from "CSUN PACT videotaping guide" from the California State University Northridge (10 March 2015).