Simple Video Capture for Recording Things like Job Interviews

The interview committee is finally assembled, the candidate scheduled, and then "something comes up" for one the members.  

While not quite as good as being there in person, it's easy to record an interview and share it with committee members who may not have had a chance to attend.

You'll need either:

  • A Laptop, ideally with external webcam.

or

 

In both cases, the process is the same.  First, we'll record the video using the laptop and the webcam, and either built-in software or a third-party download.  Then we'll upload the video file to Google Drive and share it with the other committee members privately.

 

Step 1: Record The Video

WARNING

Always TEST video recording before the actual event! Always use a laptop with PLENTY OF FREE HARD DRIVE SPACE. HD Video is large!

 

1. Connect a Good Webcam with Good Audio Pickup

While you can technically use the webcam built into your laptop (if it has one), we strongly recommend using an external webcam for events like these.   IT recommends the following webcams (which are already available on the "Berkeley Lab Video Carts"):

  1.  Logitech BCC950 Conference Cam.   Available on ebuy/cdw/US falcon.   This cam combines pan tilt zoom, a good speaker, and excellent microphone pickup with very little background noise.  It's also large enough that you won't lose track of it if it's a loaner in your group or division.
  2. Logitech C930e - Available on ebuy/cdw/US Falcon.   Traditional clip-on style webcam with excellent audio pickup.

 

2. Use your computer to record audio and webcam.

On Mac Laptops, this is easy. The included Quicktime Player contains a video recording option.   On Windows, there are a couple of possible solutions.  All the solutions are well described here: http://www.wikihow.com/Record-from-a-Webcam

On Berkeley Lab Video Carts, use the Mac option (Quicktime using the Record Option) and save the file to the desktop.

 

3. Upload the Video to Google Drive and Share it!

Go to gdocs.lbl.gov and login with your LBL Google Account.   Click Upload, and upload the video file (up to 10GB - see other limits).

Then Share the video file either directly via email address, or using the appropriate sharing method (probably: Anyone with the link can view).   Then share the link with whoever needs it.

Your viewers won't have to download the video, they can view it streaming right in their browser or from their mobile device.

On Berkeley Lab Video Carts, be sure to upload the file to your Google Drive account by logging in under your account - make sure the file uploads and is correctly stored - then you'll need to Delete the file from the video cart.  If you have any concerns about successfully copying the file to Drive, make a copy on a USB Flash Drive and take it with you when you leave the room.  The Video Carts are "cleaned" of user content on a regular basis and are public - so they are not an appropriate place to leave a private interview video file.

 

Need Help?

For assistance with using Google Drive, or with Berkeley Lab Video Carts, contact help@lbl.gov   Both these services are fully supported. 

For assistance with recording video on your own system, the helpdesk will attempt to provide assistance, but please be aware that this support would be "best effort" given the many differences in laptops, webcams, and software.