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Video Standards and Choosing a Camera

What are ART minimum standards around video quality?

In order to publish your course with video contents, ART requires that video content is HD quality, with a resolution of at least 720p. Additionally, if your video is meant for a pre-recorded webinar, you must have at least 30 minutes of video content in your course.

You can read more about our requirements and recommendations for course videos in our Course Quality Checklist.

What kind of camera should I use to record my course?

If you’re filming video for your course, here are several different types of cameras that have been used to record published ART courses:

● Your iPhone (iPhone 4 models and above)
● Your iPad (iPad 2 models and above)
● Many webcams
● HD Flip cameras
● Go Pro cameras
● Most DSLR cameras

If you have a camera already, check your system preferences or do a quick internet search to check that your camera can shoot in 720 HD or higher. Simply search for the name of the product and the resolution it shoots. If it can shoot in 720p HD or higher, it will produce video that meets our video quality standards.

If you have any questions about your video quality, our Test Video service can provide personalized assistance and feedback before you start working on our course (read more here).

What software do I need to produce videos for my course?

If you’re making screencast recordings for your course, or if you’re looking for a tool to edit and export your videos, here is a list of tools that instructors have used to produce published ART courses:

● PC or Mac
○ Camtasia, Screenr, Snagit
● Mac only
○ Quicktime, iMovie, Screenflow
● PC only
○ CamStudio, Microsoft Expression

What are the required/recommended export settings for video files (codec
settings and video file types)?

When using video editing software you’ll need to export your recordings to a video file. ART strives to support as many video and audio settings and codecs, but for the most seamless upload experience, we recommend these settings:

Quality: Best (if available)

Codec: H.264, HEVC, ProRes

Resolution: 1920×1080 or better

Minimum Resolution: 1280×720 (*Resolutions below this are rejected)

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Picture Orientation: Landscape (not Portrait)

Framerate: 25 to 60 fps (*Currently all outputs are resampled to 30 fps)

Bitrate Recommendations:

H.264

● 1920×1080 @ 10 Mb/s
● 1280×720 @ 5 Mb/s

HEVC

● 1920×1080 @ 6 Mb/s
● 1280×720 @ 3 Mb/s

ProRes

● Automatic

Audio Track: Required (*If no audio track is found, video is rejected)

Audio Codec: AAC (256 kb/s or better) or PCM

Audio Channels: 2 (Stereo)

Multimedia Container: MP4 or MOV

Maximum File Size: 4 GB

Maximum Duration: 4 Hours

Using the site uploader you can upload files as large as 2 GB at a time. When a file is uploaded, it will appear in your library.