Camtasia Relay is an application you can run on your PC to record a screen cast or presentation. This software is often referred to as "lecture capture" software, and is freely available to all U of M staff. Here is a link to the U of MN download page for the Relay software.


Lecture capture software has lots of uses, not just lecture capturing! I use it often to turn in assignments and updates for class here at the U, and also to record tutorials for Quick Bytes. It is the perfect tool for a no-frills "classroom flip." And I know people who use it to simply rehearse their presentations and watch them back. (Wait--people rehearse presentations? What a concept!) The application also provides a one-click publish to YouTube. And it's almost literally a big red easy button.
Camtasia Relay is similar to Adobe Presenter, a tool widely used in Extension in the past. If you are interested in a free (Presenter is $75/year) and very simple similar tool, Relay might be it! Presenter has some added features, like the ability to re-record a single slide and add quizzing, that Relay doesn't have. But Relay videos can be watched on mobile devices. So there's not a clear winner for lecture capture.

How To

A tutorial on setting up Camtasia Relay: (which I had to record in Hangouts on Air, because you can't record yourself recording yourself with Camtasia Relay! Gah head exploding!)


But wait! There's more!
Here is a bonus tip on how to have Camtasia Relay one-click publish to a program team YouTube channel (as opposed to your individual YouTube channel).
Note: if you do not have a program team YouTube account but think it sounds like something you might want, contact Alison Link, Extension academic technologist, BEFORE setting it up for quick and easy instructions. She will help you set up an account that allows multiple users, and help you get the channel set up right from the start.


Try It

Go ahead! Download Camtasia Relay and play for a few minutes! Fun! This is what Quick Bytes is all about--take the time to explore.

Share It

What could you use lecture-capture type software for? What do you think of Relay? What do you use for this type of thing now? Leave a comment and let us know!
As part of our initiative to connect technology more closely will the field work of Extension throughout Minnesota, representatives from our team are visiting Extension offices and events throughout the state. Please join us on our adventures!

In April, I (Amy) visited the Worthington Regional Office!

Destination: Worthington Regional Office
Miles Traveled: 395 mi, round-trip
Time on road: 6 hours 50 minutes, round-trip (I got lost at a detour! Twice!)
Tech Team Members: Amy and IT Goldy
Vehicle: Ford Fusion from Fleet Services, equipped with extra uncomfortable seats
Number of hours on road spent talking to a stuffed animal: 6 hours 50 minutes

On the drive down, the sky was glorious. See?

Those are just two of the 4000 pictures I took. Amazing.
Also: long drive. Loooooong. Driiiive. It's a lot of miles to entertain yourself. Hats off to you Worthingtonians who make that drive regularly. Respect.

Teammate Neil Anderson was planning to come with me, until the last minute when one of his more important U-wide committees changed their meeting to that day. As I have long suspected, the University cannot survive one day without him. Not one measly day!

Anyway, back to my visit!

The Worthington office is chock full of super fun and interesting people, and they all had lots of great questions about tech tools. After a really delicious pizza lunch, we dove into my brief spiel overviewing our team's services and strategy, then did a training on the office's selected topic, Google Drive, then wrapped it up with a listening session/Q&A. With just me and IT Goldy presenting, I got entirely sick of hearing myself talk. After over 2 hours, Amnesty International began to contact participants to see if they needed evacuation assistance. Release the hostages, it's time for a tour!!

Right, IT Goldy? Right! You wait here under this super sweet vinyl sign.
(see I told you I was talking to the gopher)

And now for the part you've all been waiting for, a video report from the field!

Thank you Worthington, for letting me crash your party for half a day! A fantastic time at a fantastic office!