Recording in Explain Everything is far more powerful than any combination of screen capture and video editors. It's worthwhile to take a moment to understand its design and workings.
Explain Everything was designed to support moments of learning. These can be where recording is helpful in keeping track of points of knowledge exchange, such as a full record of a lecture or concepts and breakthroughs taken from a brainstorming session. Other times, knowledge can be compressed into an effective and brief explanatory video to be shared with others as a digital resource. Explain Everything shines in each of these situations.
How does Explain Everything record objects?
What makes recording in Explain Everything uniquely useful in knowledge sharing is that it captures the process of object creation and object manipulation in time with the creator's commentary.
The recorded objects can be of virtually any variety of digital asset. They can be brought to the canvas (as documents) or created as you go (such as drawings or annotations). While recording, Explain Everything captures their movements along with changes to their contents. If you erase part of the picture or delete a page from the document used on the canvas - this will be recorded too! While working, the user can spawn new objects instantly (by copying the contents of existing elements or dropping new ones onto the canvas). Objects can form groups and be organized in a hierarchy of layers if needed.
When recording, Explain Everything saves all changes to their position, so it can play them back later in real time. When viewing the record - what users see on the screen are not still frames, but is instead a sequence of recorded manipulations reproduced moment by moment. Thanks to this, it's possible to 'mix' recordings, or in other words, to make changes and improve your visuals while maintaining continuity and having the action seem like one, uninterrupted record, eliminating your gaps and polishing your message.
How does Explain Everything record audio?
The audio is captured separately on an independent track. If there are more participants in a recording - each source of input will result in a separate audio track. Also, if the recording is composed of several 'mixes,' the audio input will be stored as an individual track which can be accessed separately from the visual record, as well as modified on the project's timeline.
The significance of Explain Everything's recording
The learning scenarios that Explain Everything supports create, when successful, human understanding. To stand up to the challenges, we've created the recording to support the following situations:
- Since viewers or participants observe an orchestrated sequence of movements, they have the ability to change their viewpoint at any point in time to take a closer look at documents or materials presented by the host, even if his attention has already diverged to some other topic. This flexibility helps to foster understanding.
- When creating a tutorial or explanatory video, the creator can improve existing recordings gradually by rerunning the record and adding (or mixing in) additional tools to express focal points. These changes can be highlights, drawings or callouts added after the initial recording is made to improve the clarity of the message.
- Existing material can be easily repurposed. Since recording carries an object's changes through its entire length it's easy to change the title or any element at the moment it appears in the recording, to affect all content which references that object. This makes it easy to create variations.
- In order to reach a broader audience, Explain Everything projects which carry a recording can be shared in the form of an MP4 video, which can be conveniently accessed on any device. The viewpoint of a rendered video may, however, be too restrictive for viewers to explore and expand their knowledge as the desire. This can be solved when the viewers, when supplied with access rights, can access the project directly for additional context.
- Building understanding with the help of the Explain Everything platform can resemble a process instead of a single moment. It's possible to exchange separate video snippets from a single project, so users can share their thinking and keep a virtual discussion going even when separated by time and distance.
NoteBrowsers in the project have limited recording capabilities (e.g. they will not record a YouTube video within a web page). On iOS you can use the Quicksnap button on the browser to manually capture the moment you want to be shown during playback.
You can be understood by others by presenting or brainstorming with participants in real-time, or by sharing video snippets with remote audiences for your message. The recording, in this case, is either a tutorial, a lesson, or any other explanatory video created out of materials available on the canvas.