3.1 Recording

3.1 Recording

This lesson is all about recording. We are going to go through an example together and a bunch of different tips on how to record your camera and record your screen.

As I mentioned, at the end of the second module, we're going to be using Tella for the entire process of recording, editing, and sharing. And so this is going to be your first chance to check out how Tella works.

So first, we need to get set up.

Before you can start, you'll need to create an account on Tella.

Just head to Tella.tv in your web browser, and then click up here to sign up and create an account. You get a seven-day trial completely for free. After that, it's up to you if you want to upgrade and carry on from there.

Tella gives you three ways to record videos. You can use the Chrome extension, Mac app, or record directly inside of the browser.

We are going to be recording inside of the browser for this example.

To launch a new video from the browser, head up to the top left and click New Video.

That will open up the web recorder, which looks like this.

The first thing you'll need to do is to make sure that you have given Tella permission to record your microphone, camera, and screen.

Depending on your browser, this process might be a little bit different. But you'll be prompted on-screen to permit Tella. And if you just work your way through each of those steps, you'll get to this point here where you can see your camera coming through.

The first recording we're going to make together is just a recording of our webcam, our camera.

In the Tella recorder, the first thing you're going to need to do to record your camera is to choose which mode you want to record on.

For now, you can ignore Select and Upload. These aren't relevant to the course. You just want to focus on Quick and Multi.

Quick Mode lets you record a video instantly and then download it or share it right away. Multi Mode lets you record multiple clips in a row. For most of the examples that we'll be looking at in this video, we'll be using the Multi Mode.

So if you're following along, don't worry about the rest. Just stick to Multi Mode and you're good to go.

Before we can record, we just need to make sure that the rest of our setup is good. So let's check our microphone.

We've got the microphone selected that we want and the same thing with the camera.

We've got that selected, and obviously, that's what we've got on screen here.

We're not going to be recording our screen. All we're going to be doing is recording our camera. So start the recording by pushing the big red button and that'll give you a countdown which can skip by just clicking on the Screen.

Now we are recording our camera. This is the first clip in our video.

If you want to cancel and go back to the setup because you made a mistake or if you want to restart the recording right away, just click either button then you can carry on and say whatever it is you need to say.

When you're done, head down here, and push the stop button. Give it a second, and that will save your first clip.

So, the first clip has been added down to the bottom of our clip bar and that's all it takes to record your camera.

Next, we are going to record our screen and our camera at the same time.

Head down and press Share Screen, and that'll open up your browser's screen-sharing options which depending on your browser, will be a little bit different.

So you should get something similar to this. You'll probably get three options to choose from: your entire screen, which means every single thing that's on your screen; your window, which means a specific window or specific application window; or a Chrome tab, which lets you record just one of your tabs.

In this example, I'm going to record my entire screen.

Now we are almost ready to record so why is there this weird blurry thing happening over here?

This is a preview of your screen but blurred out because what you'll find is that you are recording your screen of you recording your screen, which can get a little bit Inception like.

So we blur it here so that we don't show you the chaotic thing that is behind it, which is you recording yourself. If you want, you can remove the blur, and then you can see the absolute madness behind it.

But don't worry about that. If you see this, it does mean that everything on your screen is being captured.

So now that we've got our screen coming through, I can switch over to Google Slides for example, and now I can start presenting my slides.

I'd work my way through this, do my presentation or demo, and then when I'm done, I can head back to Tella and push the Stop Button, and that will record our second clip.

Now, if you don't want to record your camera and you just want to record your screen instead, click Stop Camera and that will just record your screen.

Sharing a little bit more about the Tella recorder. What you see here is just a preview.

Your final video is not going to look like this. The camera and the screen are not in the final place. You can change all of this and customize all of this in the edit step, which comes next.

This is just a preview. The idea here is that it's been designed just to make it easy for you to see what's happening and set up your recording. If you want you mirror your camera to flip it around, because sometimes that can be a more comfortable way to record.

Next, we're going to be looking at a specific Tella feature called Clips which act as the building blocks of a video.

In this lesson, I've shown a few examples of clips, but I haven't really talked about them. In this part of the lesson, we're going to go into a little bit more detail. Clips are kind of like blocks that combined together to create a video.

Your video can just have one clip or your video can also have 20 clips or even more. Clips just act as a small part of your video and it makes it easier for you to record and edit. So far in this video, we've recorded two clips.

The first one, if you remember, was just of my camera, and the second one was of my screen and my camera. And while I'm recording, I can record as many clips as I want, and they'll all stack up down there and I'll then be able to edit and rearrange them.

Clips are great for kind of building up a narrative or just recording multiple takes and then picking the best.

We're going to be talking about editing videos in more detail in the next lesson, but we're going to head into the video editor to talk a little bit more about clips and one more neat recording feature.

Once you're done recording your clips, to go into the editor, just click Preview.

So here we are in the Tella Editor.

I'll go into everything that you see on screen here in detail in the next lesson, but for now, I just want to talk a little bit more about clips.

So you can see we've got those two clips that we recorded. What you can do is you can click and drag to rearrange them. So when you're recording, you don't need to record in sequence. You can record in whatever order you like and then fix the order later.

The other neat thing you can do is you can add more clips from here so you can record, preview your clip, and then decide if you want to add more. To add more clips, just click add clip. That'll open up the recorder, and you can start recording extra clips from here.

The last recording feature that we want to discuss is Re-recording. This is a really powerful feature that makes recording videos, especially complex videos, a lot easier.

In the editor, I've recorded my clips, and let's say that I've watched one clip and I think I could do better or there's a problem with it. Instead of having to record another clip or start the entire video over, I can just head over the red Re-record Icon and click that.

What that's going to do is, it's going to let me just re-record over the top of that clip. So if you head down to the clip bar, you can see we're not adding a new clip, but we're just replacing this current one.

You can replace the clip with the exact same kind of clip, or you could replace it with a screen and camera recording, or screen-only recording. It's totally up to you.

So, to Re-record, just set up your recording as you normally would, push the button, start the recording, say what you need to say, demo what you need to demo and then when you hit Stop, this will automatically replace that clip.

The neat thing about re-recording is that it just replaces the content. It doesn't replace the design or the layout or anything like that. It'll just match whatever you had in there before. But we'll talk more about the visual aspects of editing in the next lesson.

So that is how you record videos in Tella. It's pretty simple, but still pretty powerful. I hope you've got an idea of how to create an account on Tella, how to set up and prepare your recording, how to record your camera, how to record your screen and camera at the same time, how to use clips and how to record clips so that you don't have to worry about getting everything right the first time.

I'll see you in the next lesson where we look at editing videos!

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