Record Lectures/Podcasting/Virtual Classrooms

Record your presentations/lectures: (Asynchronous)

Provided by CUNY License

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a video conferencing tool that you can also use to record lectures. See below for its use as a virtual classroom.Please consult the list of supported browsers and operating systems: Supported browsers and operating systems

ZOOM is a video conferencing tool that allows recording, as well as recording your shared screen (for example, to share and/or record a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation).

Camtasia - create and edit screencasts. For more information and instructions on how to requests a license, visit:

SnagIt - create and edit screen captures. For more information and instructions on how to request a license, visit

Paid Options

Screencast-o-matic is a subscription-based online screen recording platform. With a free subscription you can create a 15-minute video and do some basic editing.

PowerPoint Presentations

The following tutorials were created with a Windows version of PowerPoint but should work with the Mac version as well.

Create a video from your PowerPoint file (Asynchronous)

Some faculty have uploaded their PowerPoint files with narrations directly to Blackboard without converting them to a video and uploading them to Google Drive. Google Drive allows students to view a video file without needing to download it. However, this can only happen when it is converted to a compatible video format.

It is essential you do this for several reasons including:

  • Storage- Many students are operating on phones and other mobile devices that have limited room for storing files. They are likely using these devices for many classes and have no spare local memory to download files. Further, the devices provided by the college for students who do not have are ChromeBooks- devices with extremely limited local memory, but are designed to operate well with Google Drive.

  • Incompatibility- Even different versions of Powerpoint don’t talk to each other well. If you are using a Mac for example and someone on a PC tries to open your file, the audio can be missing, the file could refuse to open or any other host of issues. Uploading the file to Google Drive (even better, converting it to a Google Slide presentation) will allow it to be seen across platforms and device types.

  • Bandwidth- A common issue that has arisen is students are using mobile data plans, and are functioning with limited low-speed bandwidth. Requiring students to download a file means those issues can cause the download to timeout, become corrupted, or fail entirely.

In essence, this is a time where we need to bear in mind access, just as we need to bear in mind pedagogy.

Create a video from your narrated PowerPoint presentation


  • PowerPoint for macOS  versions 2011, 2019, and the Microsoft 365 subscription support saving in a video format. 

If you have one of these versions, please follow the instructions for saving your file in a video format: Save a presentation as a movie file or MP4


Upload files to Google Drive

Captioning Video Lectures

CUNY Assistive Technology Services and the Media Accessibility Project (CATS and MAP) support faculty and staff with captioning audio or video content for online lectures.

Podcasting (Asynchronous)


Audacity (Windows , Mac, Linux)

Recording apps for smartphones


Video converter

Podcast hosting

Upload your audio files to Office 365 OneDrive or Dropbox and share them with just your students, anyone with the link, or anyone at Queens College with the link. Go to the CUNY Technology Services page for information on OneDrive, other Office 365 apps, and Dropbox.

The fee versions of the following platforms have various limits on the number of files you can upload and the bandwidth (downloads by listeners)

Video Editors

Windows 10
Photos app is pre-installed on Windows 10. You can import a video and trim it.
Video tutorial:  The description contains time stamps to take you directly to the import, trim and export demonstrations.

QuickTime Player is preinstalled on Mac OS.
Video tutorial:​.

Additional Free Video Editors

This Teacher’s Tech video briefly covers the following free video editors. Most are cross-platform except for VSDC, which is for Windows only.

DaVinci Resolve:
Hitfilm Express:
VSDC: Windows only

Online video editors

Online Video Cutter:

  • Upload a video file up to 500 MB

Create a virtual classroom: (Synchronous)

You can create a virtual classroom, using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or Google Meet (see below), for your students to join synchronously. This is useful if your class uses a lot of real-time discussions, sharing of multimedia resources that will be discussed, and synchronous discussion or group work.

Note: Synchronous virtual classrooms require high speed connections from all participants. If you worry about that being an issue, consider an asynchronous option.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a a video conferencing and virtual classroom tool that exists within your Blackboard Course. It allows you to share Powerpoints and resources with your students, host small group discussions, and conduct polls. For best results and access to all features- you must use Google Chrome web browser.

Supported browsers and operating systems: Please consult the list of supported browsers and operating systems before beginning a session.

Getting Started: Finding your way around, setting up audio and video

Schedule Collaborate Ultra Sessions: Set up new sessions, Edit availability

Share Content: Share Powerpoint slides, the Virtual Whiteboard, your screen

Manage Attendees: Understanding the different roles, handling "Hand raising", allowing a student to speak.

Breakout groups: Setting up the groups, using the timer to remind of time remaining.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra allows students to automatically be assigned to “break-out groups” within the same Collaborate Session. Essentially, the students attending the collaborate session are split into groups of a specific size (as determined by the professor) within the Collaborate session. This gives each group more ability to discuss topics at hand to a greater degree than they could in the larger online environment. After a set amount of time determined by the instructor, students are returned to the main room. This can be done in conjunction with a Google Slides presentation where each student group works on a slide in a collaboratively shared document.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Quick Video Tutorial

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Webinar Recording

Google Meet

Google Meet is a video conferencing tool that can also be used to meet with your students. An important distinction is unlike Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the professors do not have the degree of moderating control. Therefore, we do not recommend Google Meet as a Virtual Classroom tool for large classes.

Customize video meetings

Share resources in a video meeting

Students can also work collaboratively on a Google Slides presentation while in a Google Meet session. However, Google Meet doesn’t have the break-out group feature.

Watch our Google Meet Webinar Recording