Thursday, May 15, 2014

Create a video of your screen on a Mac

After reading about taking a screen capture, a photo of your computer screen,  you might have wondered about taking a video of your screen. Like taking a screen grab, recording video from your screen is easy  on a Mac with QuickTime Player. You can also record other video and audio using the built in camera and microphone on your Mac.

Just follow these steps:

- From the Finder Applications folder launch Quick Time Player:

-Click on File menu and select "New Screen Recording":

-Click on the red button to start recording:
                       - When you are done, click on the stop button to stop.

- Your video will start playing in QuickTime player:

- Save the video in your desired location:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Summer 2014 MEWS Hours

We will be offering support in the MEWS this summer Monday - Friday, 2-4pm. Drop by the MEWS for help with your video projects or send email to the Research and Instructional Support team.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Reading Day Spring 2014 Consultant Hours

Regular consultant support hours in the MEWS have ended for the term. If you are working on a project and would like our help, we have some additional consultant hours available this week. These hours are posted in the MEWS and available below.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Using your cell phone to record video

Most of you have a perfectly good video camera in your pocket or bag.  It's in your cell phone!

All you need is a few tips to help you record clean, clear video and copy the clips from your phone to a computer so that you can edit it further.

Watch our video for some tips to make that easier and more satisfying.

This video was shot using the cell phones shown in the video and edited in iMovie and Adobe Premiere. Audio was edited with GarageBand.  The MEWS video consultants can help you with all of these techniques. Come talk to us before you begin filming and we can help you plan a successful and easy video production project.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Converting a DV into DVD

Converting MiniDV or 8mm tape to DVD

[Make sure that the playback deck and Sony DVD Recorder are connected by a single cable. Also make sure that all of them are connected to their respective power sources! Bring a DVD with you (one can be purchased in the Info Commons vending machine.) ]

1) Turn on the playback deck.

2) Push the “Menu” button.

3) Under “IN/OUT REC”, make sure that “A/VàDV OUT” is set to “OFF”.

4) Insert the tape in the playback deck.

*** Suggestion: play the tape using the playback deck just to be sure that the tape is working properly.

5) Turn on the Sony DVD Recorder.

6) Push the menu button in the Sony DVD Recorder and select “Video à DVD”.

7) Select “DV IN”

8) Push the eject button and insert the DVD.

9) Hit the “Play” button in the playback deck. The Sony DVD Recorder will start recording automatically. (The white button glows with a red outline while recording. You can also press the big white button to record)

***Conversions from tape are in real time i.e., converting the tape requires the actual time it takes to play the footage.

10) Even after all the footage has been transferred, the DVD Recorder will continue to look for video signal until the tape runs out. It will finalize everything automatically at the end of the tape. Or you can stop the recording when you have what you need.

11) Once it finishes finalizing, the recorder will eject the DVD automatically.

Congratulations! You are done!

For more complete instructions, there is a document with complete instructions for using this equipment in the holder next to the equipment.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Jorge and his MEWS video consultants

Thanks to everyone who dropped by our open house last week, met us, and our Jorge consultant. If you missed the chance to have your picture taken with Jorge, drop by during our staffed hours. Come see us to talk about how we can support you in your multimedia projects.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Exporting Files from Audacity

To export the file you are currently working on in Audacity, go to File and then Export.

Give a filename and location and select the format that you want to save the file in. 

For more advanced export options, click on 'Options' button next to the Format drop down menu.


For more information about file formats  and exporting options,  see the Audacity Manual section on exporting audio. To learn more about using Audacity, try some of the Audacity tutorials.