Audio/Video/PC Record Resources

De Anza's Online Education Center offers faculty and staff multiple options to record audio, video, and computer content for instructional projects.  All recording resources are user-friendly requiring no prior audio/video training or experience.  Our new "Faculty Self-Record Studio" offers high quality recordings using a hands free overhead microphone, built-in PC computer, PC or Mac laptop connections, a document camera and HD pan/tilt video camera.   The "Audio Only Record Cart" records low noise audio using a high quality microphone in an acoustically enhanced room.  The "Portable Laptop Record Package" recommends quality recording components to convert a faculty's laptop to a mobile recording station.  All recordings use widely compatible (MP4) format that can be stored on a flash drive (jump drive).  Use recording in on-campus or online courses.  Get started today by reviewing the record options below.  Schedule your record reservation using our online reservation calender, call or email us.

Faculty Self-Record Studio

Self Recording Studio

The "Faculty Self-Record Studio" offers high quality recordings using a overhead hands free microphone, PC computer, PC or Mac laptop connections, a document camera and pan/tilt video camera.

Its only takes a few steps to get started recording engaging instructional content.

  1. Insert a Flash drive into the record hub.
  2. Press the power ON button on the control panel (same control panel used in most classrooms)
  3. Select a camera background image using the camera background computer.
  4. Select the first device to be recorded (PC, Laptop or Document Camera).
  5. Press the Start Record button.

Click Here to view the complete Self-Recording Studio Step by Step User Guide.

We offer a short personal orientation on your first scheduled reservation.

Self Record Package 2

Self-Record Studio Key features:

  • Camera: Select camera full screen, picture-in-picture camera box or do not use any camera image.
  • Timer:  The timer displays the current length of your recording and resets when you stop recording.
  • Picture-in-Picture: Turn the P-in-P box ON/OFF or select P-in-P position, top/right or bottom/right.
  • Lights:  The lights turn ON and OFF when you press the power ON/OFF buttons.
  • Annotation User Display:  This shows the current selected device minus all camera images.  The annotation pen features are optional.  Note: Annotation feature only works with the built-in PC.
  • Record Display: This display exactly what is being recorded.
  • Audio Meter: This meter displays the audio record level.
  • Camera Control buttons: Press center home button to reset camera to default position then use other camera movement buttons to fine tune your camera shot.
  • Laptop Connection Cables:  Connect your Mac or PC laptop VGA or HDMI ports. The built-in keyboard and mouse will control the current selected device including your Laptop. Don't forget to connect the keyboard USB cable and audio cable (VGA only) when connecting your laptop.

Audio Only Record Cart

Need to record high quality voice or sound effects recordings?  Our Audio Only Record Cart is the right tool for the job.  We use a professional microphone, a USB Audio digital encoder and Quicktime software to produce high quality m4a audio files.  To reduce outside noise interference the audio record cart is located in our recording sound stage.

We offer a short personal orientation on your first scheduled reservation.

Click Here to view the Step by Step Audio Only Record Cart User Guide.

  Audio Only Record System Image


 Record at Home or Office Options

The "Portable Laptop Record Package" recommends quality recording components to upgrade a faculty's laptop to a mobile recording station.  No need to drive to campus to record your instructional content.  Just review the recommendations below and select the components that best matches your recording features and budget needs.   These recording options support most Mac and PC desktop computers and laptops.  

Portable Self Recording Package

Portable recording equipment options:

Camera and microphone options: 

#1: Use laptop with built-in camera and microphone - Lowest cost and average video/audio quality.

#2: Use USB webcam camera ($50) and webcam's built-in microphone - High quality video, good audio.

#3: Use USB webcam camera ($50) with USB microphone ($50) - High quality video, high quality audio.

USB WebCam recomendation:  Logitech C920 HD Pro WebCam, estimated cost $50

USB Microphone recomendation #1: Blue Snowball, USB Microphone, high quality voice recording, gain control, built-in tabletop stand, Mac or PC, estimated cost $50

USB Microphone recomendation#2Blue Yeti, USB Microphone, gain control, mute button, Mac or PC, Includes stand, estimated cost $125

Home or Office Recording Software recommendation: 

Option #1: ScreenCast-O-Matic Software:

Simple screen/video/audio recording and editing software (PC or Mac).

  • Screen/video/audio MP4 recording, pause and resume during a recording session
  • Web Cam video window (picture in picture) or full screen                        
  • Trim beginning and end of recordings or use built-in Video Editor Suite
  • Cursor Halo                                                                
  • Zoom in/out and highlight areas of your video
  • Record the whole computer screen or just a part of the screen
  • Solo Deluxe teacher plan $1.50/month x 12 months = $18 yearly subscription
  • Website:
  • Free trial version has watermark, 15 minute record limit, no video editor and other restrictions.
  • Click Here to goto ScreenCast-O-Matic's software tutorials

Option #2: Ink2go Software:

Simple screen/video/audio recording with annotation software (PC or Mac).

  • Screen/video/audio MP4 recording, pause and resume during a recording session
  • Web Cam video window (picture in picture) or full screen
  • Screen Annotation, 8 pens, 4 highlighters and 3 erasers
  • Record the whole computer screen or just a part of the screen
  • Whiteboard/Blackboard
  • Use Hotkeys to quickly switch among different tools
  • On-time software purchase, single license $19.90
  • Website:   
  • Free trial version is full features with watermark and 7 day expiration period.


Mobile Recording with a Smartphone

Shure MOTIV MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for iphone -  $149

Joby GripTight GorillaPod Action Stand with Mount for Smartphones Kit - $37

Manfrotto Stand for Universal Cell Phone, Short Tripod or Stand - $29

Video Edit options: Trim, Split and Merge your Recordings

Basic editing terms :

  1. Trim - Remove the head and/or the tail of the clip
  2. Split or Cut - Cutting the video clip into sections.
  3. Merge or Splice - Join two video clips together

Basic editing software options:

  • Use Screencast-O-Matic built-in editing features
  • Use Apple's Quicktime software edit features
  • MPEG StreamClip software


Click Here to view the "Open and Play a Quicktime file" User Guide.

Click Here to view the "How to Trim a Movie or Clip with Quicktime" User Guide.

Click Here to view the "How to Rearrange and Add clips to a Quicktime Recording" User Guide

MPEG StreamClip

To Download the Windows or Mac version of MPEG StreamClip.

Click on this link to get MPEG StreamClip application

To see instructions on how to trim your recording with MPEG StreamClip click HERE

 Outlook Reservation Calender

Outlook Reservation Calendar: Check room availability and make a reservation using Outlook Calendar

Email: Send an email reservation request to:

Phone: Contact the Online Education Center office: 408.864.8969

 Accessing Outlook Calendar

  1. Log into your fhda email and click Calendar
  2. Find the day/time you'd like to book the room in your calendar and double-click.
  3. Adjust the length of time (we recommend 2-3 hours per recording session)
  4. Click on the Scheduling Assistant tab.
  5. Under Select Rooms, click "Add a Room"
  6. Type MLC, then press Return/Enter on your keyboard. MLC-224 Self-Recording Studio will appear for you to select.
  7. Verify that the room is available in the lower right corner of the window. If not, adjust your date/times.
  8. Send the appointment request. Someone from the Online Education Center will confirm your appointment within 24 business hours.

Contact Us

Email:  onlineeducation@deanza.eduPhone: Contact the Online Education office: 408.864.8969Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday:  8:00am-4:00pm

Other General Information

USB Flash Drive

We recommend an 8 GB or larger flash drive with a built-in LED activity light.   Most newly purchased USB flash drives will come in the required format of FAT32.   We can confirm your flash drive is formatted in FAT32 format during your orientation meeting.  The Flash Drive LED activity light indicates when the flash drive is busy starting up or recording the video file.  Do not remove flash drive until activity light has stop flashing.

Bring presentation materials.  

Bring USB Flash drive and any presentation material you plan to use during your recording.  If you plan to use your laptop, please bring your adapters to connect to the VGA or HDMI connection cables.

How to Share your MP4 recordings

Faculty have the option to share and caption their recordings using 3Cmedia Solutions on Demand video servers.   You will need an 3C Media account to uploaded videos.  (Click here to setup a 3Cmedia account)

Need assistance? Please email 

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