The ability to rename a Recording is very important. Some instructors use a single Collaborate "session" to meet with various groups, and they need to be able to identify the Recordings by more than the time and day.
(Pausing a Recording is also a very valuable technique.)
I agree being able to edit the recording name is a useful feature.
Recording pause/resume is also useful when using breakout groups. With a pause/resume button moderators can pause the recording when participants are in breakout groups. Without this feature there's either a period of inactivity in the recording when participants are in breakout groups or the moderator starts and stops the recording for each use of breakout groups which leads to multiple recordings.
The ability to pause a Recording is very important in various
Collaborate Classic (mentioned as a benchmark) comes with a very intuitive approach to implement the PAUSE/RESUME/END recording functionaly: There is no "END recording" button at all! The recording is final automatically, after the last person left the session. The single RECORDING button / keyboard shortcut is just flipping between the [Start/Resume] and the [Stop/Pause] state.
This approach might also apply to Ultra, for lecture purposes at least . I can't see any use case, where a teacher might want to save several short recordings during a lecture. Any ideas, why one should need that ?
At this stage, there is nothing to change in the current user interface.
The only improvement needed is in the technical implementation.
Developer's note:: "Stop Recording=End of File" appears more as a bug than a feature. The main driver for this initial implementation in Ultra seems not to be use case driven, but a (too) simple gear writing the file down to storage in realtime instead of buffering on server for later storage of the final record..
One single record button or menu entry might do the trick
However, there is a divergent use case requesting a second "Finish Recording" function,the current Ultra behaviour
In fact, the current Ultra behaviour is matching that use case 5 . perfectly. No need to pause, as any congress speech should be recorded in total.
OT: Collaborate Classic has a strong disadvantage in this use case. I have seen major fails during big online congresses celebrated on Elluminate and Classic, where halls are open more than 8 hours long and never get empty. The recording of many consecutive presentations in one session produces very large recording files at the end of the day. This needs to be cut down into pieces on a video processing machine able to handle such large files efficiently. This leads to a longer delay in recording publication. The visitors dislike the fact, that any recording is published far after the congress closed (BBworld 2017 btw showed a surprisiingly long post-production duration to provide recordings on the BBworld-Live site). The inability of Collaborate Classic to write down recordings prior to room emptyness caused the first legendary 3 days 24h "follow the sun" global spectacle to loose most of it's recordings, as the Calgary datacenter failed..But this was 13 years ago ...
I would love to see some improvement of Collaborate Ultra's recording matching all use cases given above, 1-4 at least.
Additiona sidenotes and remarks:
Collaborate Classic comes with more great sophisticated recording features worth to review in this circumstance
Each Stop/Pause condition puts an index anchor into the recording stream, which later enables "jumping to the next index" navigation. This works similar to Ultra's Chat Integration, where clicking on a chat message shown in playback jumps to the appropriate moment in the video, when the chat message was posted. My proposal:
Idea extension 1:
Each Stop/Pause should generate an small entry in the chat (eg. "--------------------") enabling to later jump to the moment in the video, when the next snippet starts.
Recording Quick Undo
Classic comes with another recording function: Delete anything previous from buffer since begin of the session. This is great to wipe any unwanted early start of recording. It enables to restart the total recording from scratch. However, this particular Classic function is turning a headache, if you made a mistake in the middle of your lecture. This lead to many request for enhancement in my Classic master classes.With Collaborate Ultra, Blackboard development has a great chance to do it better by implementing that enhancement
Idea extension 2: Implement a Quick Undo Last Record function, which deletes anything from buffer SINCE THE LAST PAUSE
This would greatly improve the introduction of the PAUSE funtionality mentioned in this idea, especially for the use case 1 and 4 above, where you may assemble educational videos step by step (now: with capability to correct any mistake having made in the last step)
In use case 2, teacher may propose a conclusion sentence and raise a poll, if the students agree. If a student disagrees and provides a better form of conclusion, just UNDO the sentence of the teacher and record the sentence of the student.
In use case 3, the ability to undo partially is a handling breakthrough:Prior to a critical presentation, just stop-start recording to set an index, then let the presentation go on. If there is a severe issue happening during the presentation, let it finish. Then execute stop recording and execute quick undo to strip that from the final recording. If the presentation runs not that critical, you may proceed straight forward.
Just a remark, to complete the picture around the Collaborate Classic Native Recording as a benchmark:
Classic sessions can be configured to strip privacy-sensitive data from native recordings by checking in the Session Administration System. This mostly relates to Classic's almost complete native recording, which is not exspected to ressurrect on Collaborate Ultra.
Anonymous recording means, that all the participant names are obfuscated, and the profile does not join the native recording at all.However, there is a third kind of anonymization in Classic, which applies to Collaborate Ultra also
Just to mention bottom lining
Anonymization is an important precondition to gain maximum benefits from the lean video production approach
Record the relevant parts of your individual current class to
gain a general learning video for future classes
without any additional efforts.
Instructional Design celebrated live is becoming also Instructional Design for a Video Learning Content
if you have knobs at hand in live sessions to strip anything individual, short-term or irrelevant from content
Give us a PAUSE RECORDING button - at least
We have also had requests from our Academics using Collaborate Ultra to be able to pause recordings, this would be a very valuable feature we could definitely use!
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