Recording Video Presentations/Performances






Your instructor might want you to present some material you've learned, composed, or analyzed. You can record a narrated slide presentation (e.g. PowerPoint), or record yourself with your webcam or mobile device. NOTE: You must store the video file in a place like YouTube or Google Drive and paste the link in your assignment in iLearn. Your instructor will not allow you to submit video files directly to iLearn.

Record your presentation, store the video file, and post the link in iLearn:

  1. Use a camera (a smartphone camera will work), webcam, or screen capture to film your presentation, performance, or project.
  2. Go to Google Drive (or YouTube or another video sharing site we can all access) and sign in with your UCR email.
  3. Once your video is posted, turn in the link to the assignment and (possibly) discussion board in iLearn. 

NOTE: There are many ways to do this, but instructions on using Zoom for recording and Google Drive for storage are posted below. See this Webinar Recording on how to record directly in PowerPoint.

How to self-record on QuickTime Player, mobile phone, or Zoom


1. Recording a Slide Presentation Video

Using Zoom

Before you begin

  • Open any documents, presentations, or websites you plan to show. 

Recording a session

  • Start a new Zoom meeting (with only yourself). Go to and login with you UCR NetID. In the upper right corner, click Host a Meeting and choose With Video On from the dropdown. Once you start your session, the camera will display, along with a menu on the bottom of the screen.
  • Click the Share Screen button in the middle of the bottom menu bar (with the green arrow).

  • Applications you previously opened on your computer will display here. Click the application (e.g. PowerPoint) you want to display and then the blue Share button at the bottom right.

  • Push the Record icon on the menu bar to begin recording. NOTE: in your settings, you can choose to store your recordings locally on your computer or to the Cloud. If you've already started, you can click the caret next to the Record icon to select Record on this Computer or Record to the Cloud*. (NOTE: If you've saved your recording to Zoom's Cloud, you can simply share that link in iLearn).

  • The red light appears at the upper left of the screen indicates you are recording; begin your presentation.
  • To stop sharing your screen, click the red Stop Share button.
  • When you are finished, you will click End Meeting (in red) on the lower right corner of your menu bar. You will need to wait while your video finishes rendering.
Other Video Recording Alternatives

There are alternatives to recording a video using Zoom. But whatever you use you must make sure that 1) the sound quality is acceptable and 2) that you upload your video to a cloud storage site so you can share that link in iLearn. 

  • Screencast-o-matic or similar tools. This is a very simple and user-friendly option that uploads directly to YouTube. See this instructional video by UCR Prof. Annie Ditta from the Department of Psychology. 
  • Camtasia or other screen recording/video editing software. If you have these tools, you can use them.
  • PowerPoint (Office 365, 2016, and 2013 versions). You can record a narrated presentation in the application itself and save it to your computer. You can then upload the file to Google Drive or YouTube to share. More information on this option can be found here.  NOTE: If you choose this option, please be aware that the video/audio quality of your recording may not be optimal; it is best to record a small (1-2 mins.) sample to upload to iLearn and then play the recording to personally gauge the quality for yourself.
  • Pre-recorded Webinar: Recording a PowerPoint Presentation
  • Google Meet is a Zoom-like alternative that auto-captions (captioning would still need to be reviewed and edited for ADA compliance). Please note that recording in Meet is only available through July 1, 2020 and not turned on by default; place a work ticket with ITS to get this feature activated.  

2) Storing Your Video

Zoom's Cloud

If you've saved your recording to Zoom's Cloud, you can simply share that link in iLearn. 

Note that Zoom will save your recording for only 6 months (and even that might not be guaranteed during this busy time). If this is a video you don't want to save long-term, then this will probably work for you. If it is a video that you want to keep longer, go ahead and download the video and store it somewhere else (e.g., Google Drive).

Google Drive

If your video file exists on your computer (or if you've downloaded the recording from Zoom's Cloud), you can then upload your file to Google Drive. This is our recommendation.

  1. Go to (make sure you are signed in with your UCR account information).
  2. At the top left, click New -> File Upload.
  3. Choose the video file you want to store. 
  4. When you're ready to share your video, don't forgot to choose "only those with link can view" (see more detailed instructions here).

NOTE: You can also use YouTube for storage and captioning, but you must be mindful of both copyright and accessibility issues with that option. While we officially recommend Google Drive, here are some YouTube instructions as well.

Create a personal channel with your UCR account

  1. Sign in to YouTube on a computer or using the mobile site with your UCR R’Mail account (make sure that you’re not signed in with your personal Google account).
  2. Create a Channel: Try any action that requires a channel, such as uploading a video, and if you don't yet have a channel, you'll see a prompt to create a channel.
  3. Upload video: Check the details (with your Google Account name and photo) and confirm to create your new channel. At the top right, select Create a video or post.  
  4. Select the file you’d like to upload.
  5. You can now share that link in iLearn. 

You can view an illustrated guide to this whole process here.

3. Putting your materials in iLearn

Remember, you cannot upload your video files directly to iLearn. To give your instructor and fellow students access to your video recordings, paste the link into the appropriate content area in iLearn.