Software Options: Audio and Video Editing

Posted August 24th, 2020 at 11:15 am.

Faculty planning to assign projects that require students to produce audiovisual recordings may be wondering about what software is available to themselves or their students to complete this work. Examples of recording assignments might include longform edited audio pieces, weekly recorded oral practice in language courses, or recordings of group presentations. This Tech Doc is a comparison of several tools that might be used to create these different kinds of student work. If you’re not sure which tool best suits your purpose, please contact edutech@brynmawr.edu or help@brynmawr.edu (x7440) to arrange a consultation with a member of our educational technology staff.

Bryn Mawr offers its staff, faculty and students three main software to complete audio or video editing projects–WeVideo, Audacity, and Adobe Premiere. The pros/cons/uses of each are touched on below:

 

WeVideo

WeVideo is an online, subscription-based cloud-based video-editing platform. Bryn Mawr College has an institutional subscription that allows current Bryn Mawr students, faculty and staff to have accounts. Haverford and Swarthmore students enrolled in Bryn Mawr courses are also eligible for accounts while enrolled at Bryn Mawr.    

When you have an account on Bryn Mawr’s license, you should have access to Premium features like an Essentials Library of video and audio clips and the ability to preview video projects full-screen. If you see any messages on the screen about upgrading to a Premium account, it means you have a free account but are not on Bryn Mawr’s license. Please email help@brynmawr.edu and let us know that you have a free WeVideo account that needs to be converted to a Bryn Mawr account and we will send you instructions for how to do this. 

Pros

  • Setup is easy: Each course has a dedicated Panopto page that is automatically integrated with our Moodle instance, and the user interface is fairly simple.
  • Upload any size file: Panopto has no file size limits for uploads!
  • Share with a wider audience: Recordings, once uploaded to Panopto, can be shared with others either via a link or by embedding the player on a web page.
  • Restricting access: Recordings can be left “unpublished,” which allows only the instructor and the student uploader to view them.
  • Interaction & Learning: Teachers can create quizzes or surveys within Panopto for students, or comment directly on a recording; with the Bookmarks and Notes features, instructors can leave comments for students that are linked to particular points in the recording.

Cons:

  • Organization: All student submissions appear together under “Student Recordings” and are not grouped by student, although they are labeled with the student’s name.
  • Managing recordings: Once uploaded, students cannot rename or delete their own recordings. (KW NOTE: Ask VK if this is still true w/Panopto??)
  • Software requirements: In order to upload for the first time, students need to download the Panopto app if using their own computers. Lab computers on campus already have this app installed

 

Audacity

Audio editing: Audacity is a widely used free tool that is available on all library lab computers and can be downloaded here: http://www.audacityteam.org/

Pros

  • Setup is easy: Each course has a dedicated Panopto page that is automatically integrated with our Moodle instance, and the user interface is fairly simple.
  • Upload any size file: Panopto has no file size limits for uploads!
  • Share with a wider audience: Recordings, once uploaded to Panopto, can be shared with others either via a link or by embedding the player on a web page.
  • Restricting access: Recordings can be left “unpublished,” which allows only the instructor and the student uploader to view them.
  • Interaction & Learning: Teachers can create quizzes or surveys within Panopto for students, or comment directly on a recording; with the Bookmarks and Notes features, instructors can leave comments for students that are linked to particular points in the recording.

Cons:

  • Organization: All student submissions appear together under “Student Recordings” and are not grouped by student, although they are labeled with the student’s name.
  • Managing recordings: Once uploaded, students cannot rename or delete their own recordings. (KW NOTE: Ask VK if this is still true w/Panopto??)
  • Software requirements: In order to upload for the first time, students need to download the Panopto app if using their own computers. Lab computers on campus already have this app installed

 

Adobe Premiere

Audio editing: Audacity is a widely used free tool that is available on all library lab computers. To download Adobe Premiere or other Adobe Creative Cloud software, check out this documentation. To learn more about how to use Adobe Premiere, check out these helpful tutorials from Adobe.

Pros

  • Setup is easy: Each course has a dedicated Panopto page that is automatically integrated with our Moodle instance, and the user interface is fairly simple.
  • Upload any size file: Panopto has no file size limits for uploads!
  • Share with a wider audience: Recordings, once uploaded to Panopto, can be shared with others either via a link or by embedding the player on a web page.
  • Restricting access: Recordings can be left “unpublished,” which allows only the instructor and the student uploader to view them.
  • Interaction & Learning: Teachers can create quizzes or surveys within Panopto for students, or comment directly on a recording; with the Bookmarks and Notes features, instructors can leave comments for students that are linked to particular points in the recording.

Cons:

  • Organization: All student submissions appear together under “Student Recordings” and are not grouped by student, although they are labeled with the student’s name.
  • Managing recordings: Once uploaded, students cannot rename or delete their own recordings. (KW NOTE: Ask VK if this is still true w/Panopto??)
  • Software requirements: In order to upload for the first time, students need to download the Panopto app if using their own computers. Lab computers on campus already have this app installed
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