Quick Guide to Creating Video Files for iTunes U at Pitt


This guide describes how to quickly record video for upload to iTunes U.  For more comprehensive instructions, obtain the Guidelines for Creating Instructional Recordings document.

Acquire a Camera:

  • Content you wish to upload to iTunes U must conform to specific video file formats. Apple recommends the .mov format because it provides the best quality, allows faster download times, and uses less hard disk space.  For sake of simplicity, this guide will discuss only cameras that record to the .mov format.
  • You may borrow a camera from the Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education (CIDDE) for no charge to use with your course.  Call 412-648-7240 or email mediareq@pitt.edu to arrange a camera loan.

Record Video and Audio

  • Turn the camera on.
  • Use focus and zoom to frame your subject.
  • Press the red record button to begin recording.
  • When you are finished recording, press the red button again to end the recording.
    • Hint: Use an external microphone for better audio quality and a tripod for more stable video.  These items are available for loan through CIDDE.

Transfer the files to your computer

  • With the camera turned on, connect the USB cable from the camera to a USB input on your computer.
  • After the computer has detected the camera, you may drag-and-drop the recorded file to your computer.  Save the file with a name that will uniquely identify this recording, but be sure to retain the appropriate file extension.
  • If you wish, you may edit the video at this time, but it is not required.  Video editing software is available from CIDDE.  For more information on editing, see the Recording Course Related Audio and Video Content for iTunes U quick start guide.

Submit the recording to your iTunes U Content Administrator.

  • An iTunes U content administrator has been identified in each department and school.  Contact your local administrator to submit your recording to iTunes U.