Creating a video requires planning, be sure to review the Pre-Production page before you continue. With your script/storyboard ready, let’s start producing the video.  We borrow the term Production from filmmaking.  It refers to the process of making or creating media. With a combination of hardware and software, there are several ways to produce a video.  As the creator, you must decide what combination will be best for you. NOTE: Video production is an iterative process, building your media skills takes time.  If you get stuck, please reach out to OFDIT for assistance (

Production Hardware to Consider

What will you use to record?

  • Webcam video connected to your computer
  • Built-in camera on your mobile device
  • Natural light or lamp lights
  • Microphone, plugged into your device or built in

Pro Tip: Audio is the most important element of your video. Bad audio will stop students from viewing your video.  A headset microphone plugged into your computer is often significantly better than using the microphone built into your laptop.

Production Software to Consider:

What will work best for you?

  • OFDIT Media Studio – On campus professional recording studio for SPS Faculty, fully supported by SPS staff.
  • Panopto for SPS Faculty – Highly recommended as the tool to create video at SPS. It’s integrated into Blackboard and fully supported by the Media Team at SPS.
  • ScreenPal (formerly Screencast-o-Matic) – webcam and screen recording software available to CUNY SPS faculty.
  • Camtasia – a professional grade webcam/screen recording software available to all CUNY faculty.
  • Snagit – a professional software program that allows you to create, edit and share screen captures and recordings available to all CUNY faculty.
  • VoiceThread – asynchronous video discussion board with a media focus available to CUNY SPS faculty.
  • Virtual Meeting Tools – Zoom, Collaborate Ultra, or Microsoft Teams
  • **Coming soon** Remote Production / Field kit – the OFDIT Media Team meets you at your location to produce video.  For inquires, please email:

A Cut Above: Making your Video More Professional

OFDIT offers a synchronous training session on best practices when recording from home.  Below is a past session. Watch the 20min video to learn about the importance of audio, typical lighting set ups, shot composition, directing the action, eye lines, and more. Here is an outline of the session as a PDF: Making Video for your Online Class.

Many of us are finding ourselves in front of a camera for synchronous virtual meetings or recording content for our online courses. Having your students see and hear you can create a sense of connection, build rapport and spark excitement for learning through seeing your passion for the discipline. No matter if you’re trying this for the first time or have been creating media for a while, this session we’ll give you tools to make your videos look more professional.”

You’re ready make your video!  The first time you make a video it won’t be perfect.  Don’t let perfection get in the way of progress.  It’s ok to have mistakes.  A video will add your presence to the class.  An imperfect video is more valuable than no video.

What’s the Next Step?

Once you’ve made your recording, continue on to the Post-Production section for help polishing and sharing your creation. You can always go back to the Pre-Production step as well.​

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Start the process by planning your video.  The Pre-Production section has resources to get you started.

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Most recordings will need small edits, but all videos need to be shared and captioned.  The Post-Production section will show you how.