It is important to request permission when recording a meeting, interview or presentation (virtually or in person). If the recording is intended to be distributed outside of the classroom (i.e. YouTube) it is recommended that you get permission from your participants prior to filming. For more information visit:
Fair Use is built into the copyright law to address the tensions between the rights given to the copyright holder and freedom of speech. If you want to use copyrighted material without requesting permission from the copyright holder, you must engage in a four factor Fair Use analysis.
Aufderheide and Jaszi, in their book Reclaiming Fair Use, argue that while you need to ask yourself all four questions to conduct a Fair Use analysis, the courts have shown they are most interested in the answers to the following three questions (24). Is your use transformative? Is the amount you are using of the original copyrighted work appropriate to your use? Is your use consistent with the norms of your community? (---excerpt taken from Multimedia Production Guide, The Tufts Libraries)
For the purposes of an academic project, fair use applies for the re-use of images, audio, or video in multimedia projects for educational purposes (not including print or electronic publication of any kind) if they are not distributed outside of the classroom or housed in campus systems that require a college login and password (i.e. OAKS, Kaltura). Best practices dictate that if media used in a project is not an original creation of the author, it constitutes a borrowed idea and should be attributed accordingly. If you plan on distributing the project outside of the classroom (i.e. YouTube), you need to determine whether or not the image is protected by copyright, then find out how to get copyright clearance .Images: A Guide to Finding
The University of Cincinnati Libraries sums up citing images well in its Library "Media" guide by providing the following information:
Documenting sources for images can be challenging, especially with the variety of new electronic resources now available. Many different style manuals exist. Listed below are several writing style manuals that may be consulted along with examples. Always ask your class instructor for the style appropriate for the course.
Additionally, you may need to obtain permission to publish images found in licensed Library databases or digital collections (i.e. The Library of Congress, College of Charleston Digital Collections, Artstor). In many cases, you will need to write to the institution that owns the physical image and request permission to publish it. There is often a fee associated with acquiring permission Images: A Guide to Finding.
Creative Commons is a corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.
The Addlestone Library has a variety of loanable technology available to help you with your projects including
3 digital cameras, 5 iPad Airs, 1 GoPro Camera with Accessories and 1 TB Hard Drives. For a full list of equipment and availability visit Circulation Services.
Recording with a Smart Phone or Tablet
Most smart phones and tablets are cable of recording video that is of high enough quality for academic projects. Some tips for using a smart phone or tablet to record a subject include 1) record in landscape, 2) consider how you frame your subject, 3) get closer to your subject for a clear zoom, and 4) avoid backlit settings. You will want to check the file format on your device and make sure that it is compatible with the video editing program and platform you plan on using to complete your video project.
It is also possible to record the screen of your mobile device. Since all devices are different it is best to find the instructions for your device and verify that the file format will be compatible with the video editing program and platform you plan on using to complete your video project.
Online Screencasting Software