Winthrop University - Using the Video Camera for your edTPA Folio

Winthrop University - Using the Video Camera for your edTPA Folio
Prior to Filming
Check out a Video Camera and Other Items for your edTPA Video from the Instructional Technology
Center (ITC) in 307 Withers
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Purchase a 16 GB SD Card from the ITC. SD Card will cost about $15.00. It is
important to purchase an SD card from the ITC since we have tested the card for
its compatibility to the camcorder.
Tell the workers at the front desk that you would like to check out a video camera
for edTPA
Remember to bring your student ID. You will need it for check out
Remember to check out the video camera so that you have enough time to test it BEFORE the
day you will be doing the actual videotaping
Items you will receive
Blue camera bag
Canon Vixia HF R600 video camera
HDMI cable
USB cable
Power cable
Battery
Optional Items if available
 Tripod
 Wireless microphone (available to PESH students only)
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Prior to Filming
Charge the video camera
Troubleshooting
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Turn the camcorder off (shut the LCD screen) while you charge the battery
The DC in power input is located on the right side of the camera under the hand strap.
Insert the Memory Card
Troubleshooting
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Be sure to insert the memory card the correct way
The memory card slot cover needs to be closed in order for the camera to turn on
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Make sure there is space on the memory card for your estimated video length by looking at the
estimated time left on the right side of the LCD screen after the green SD icon. In the example
below, there are approximately 4 hours and 6 minutes of recording time left on the SD card.
Setting the Camera
DO NOT CHANGE THE SETTINGS on the camera. They were set for a small resolution and to save as an
mp4 file, which you will need for your edTPA submission.
Troubleshooting
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If the camera begins at the settings screen, please return the camera to the ITC so we can set
the proper settings on the video camera
Connecting the Video Camera to a Tripod
The tripod in this example is similar to how most tripods work. Depending on the model of the tripod
you check out, yours might look a little different. The ITC will have some tabletop and full length tripods
for you to check out and use while taping your lessons
On the top of the tripod is a “boot”, which is the device used to secure your video camera to the tripod.
You will need to remove it in order to secure the camera to it.
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Hold the handle of the boot, pull it towards one side to open the lock that holds the boot on to
the tripod, and lift the boot from the tripod.
Once the boot has been removed, line it up with the bottom of the video camera so that the
screw on the boot aligns with the threaded hole in the bottom of the video camera
The smooth peg in the boot should also align with the non-threaded hole in the bottom of the
video camera
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Turn the handle on the bottom of the boot so that the screw adheres to the bottom of the video
camera and the two pieces are now one.
Place the boot with video camera back on the tripod by opening the handle to unlock the boot,
and placing the boot back on to the tripod. Remember to lock the boot back on the tripod by
closing the handle.
Troubleshooting
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Make sure the camera is positioned so it is not leaning. Use the knobs on the tripod to adjust
the angle of the video camera if needed.
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During Filming
Recording
2. Remember to slide the lens switch to open
3. At the back of the camera, press the start/stop
button to begin recording
You will see a blinking red light at the upper left side of the back of the camera that shows it is
recording. This is the access light. You will also see a small red dot in the middle of the LCD screen to
show that the video
camera is recording.
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Zooming
Remember to only zoom in and out if you need to in order to capture the teacher candidate or a student
as the main focus of the video. Zooming should only be done occasionally in the video as needed.
 Use the zoom lever on the top of the camera to zoom in and out
 W- stands for Wide Angle and will zoom the camera out
 T- stands for Telephoto and will zoom the camera in
Panning and Tilting Using the TripodEach tripod will look a little different, but the basics are the same.
Tilting the Tripod:
Panning the Tripod:
There will be a knob
on the left side of the
video camera that
will allow you to
adjust the tripod so
you can tilt the
camera up and down.
There will be a knob
under the video
camera that will
allow you to adjust
the tripod so you can
pan the camera from
left to right.
Turn the knob so that
the tension while you
tilt is enough to do it
smoothly, but not
too loose that the
camera will fall
forward or backward
as you are filming.
Turn the knob so that
the tension while you
pan is enough to do it
smoothly, but not
too loose that the
camera will pan very
quickly as you are
filming.
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Use the extension handle to pan and tilt as you are filming. Remember to use smooth motions.
Things to Remember While Filming
Camera operator
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Don’t forget to press the RECORD button
Every few minutes, check to make sure the video camera is recording
Remember that the focus is on the teacher candidate, not the students
Remember to pan around the room as needed but be sure to pan slowly
Remember to zoom in to focus on the teacher as needed, but be sure that you do not zoom in
and out too quickly
Remember not to speak or interfere with the lesson as the teacher candidate is teaching
Teacher Candidate
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Act naturally
Remember to rotate around the room as you normally do
As you are teaching, focus on the students, not on the camera
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Troubleshooting
Check These Things First
 Power Supply- Is the battery charged? Is the power adaptor correctly connected to the video
camera?
 Recording- Is a compatible memory card inserted in the video camera?
 Playback- Did you turn the video camera on and click the Playback button? Is the memory card
with your recordings inserted into the video camera?
Charging
 If the camcorder will not turn on, or turns off by itself, the battery might be exhausted. Replace
with another battery or charge the current battery
 Make sure the video camera is OFF when charging the battery
 Do not let the battery pack get too hot or too cold
Recording
 If pressing the start/stop button does not start the recording, check to be sure the Access light is
not on (red)
 Check to be sure the memory card is not full
 If recording was stopped due to insufficient write speed, you need to replace the memory card
with one that is class 6 or 10
Auto Focus
 If the subjects in the video are blurry, clean the lens of the video camera
Cannot Record on the Memory Card
 The memory card might not be facing the right direction. Remove it and place it back in
correctly
 The memory card is full
 The door to the memory card is open
 The LOCK switch on the memory card is locked to prevent erasure. Change the position of the
lock switch.
Transfer to the Computer is not Working Properly
 Make sure the LCD screen remains open during the file transfer
 Make sure you have given the file enough time to transfer to the computer
 Download the Canon Transfer Utility LE software because the computer does not recognize the
video camera
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Care of the Video Camera
General Tips
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DO NOT LEAVE THE CAMERA SOMEWHERE UNSECURED- Always keep it in a locked location,
even if it is for just a short amount of time.
When not in use, keep the video camera in the provided bag.
Transfer your recordings to another device as often as you can so you don’t lose important
video clips
Save your video clips in more than one location
Do not carry the video camera by the LCD screen
Do not apply excessive force to the LCD screen
Only use fingers on the LCD screen. Sharp objects might damage it
Do not leave the video camera in a location subject to extreme high or low temperatures
Do not point the video camera towards intense light sources such as the sun
The video camera is not waterproof so make sure to keep it away from liquids
Do not use the video camera in dusty or sandy locations
When mounting the video camera to a tripod, make sure it is correctly fastened to the boot to
avoid falls
Be aware of sudden temperature changes like bringing the video camera from a cold car into a
warm building. This could cause condensation on the video camera.
Cleaning/Maintenance
 Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the outside of the video camera
 Use a lens cleaning cloth (like for glasses) to clean the lens
 Use a lens cleaning cloth to clean the touch screen LCD monitor
 If condensation occurs on the video camera, use a clean, dry cloth to wipe it
Some images sourced from:
http://www.videocamera-manual.com/manuals/canon/Canon_VIXIA_HF_R600.pdf
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