How to Record a Lecture

Here is a short video with the basics for getting started:

Recording lectures is the heart of LectureMonkey. There are 2 ways to record a lecture – fully automatic and audio only. In any case, the first step is to push the Record button record_button_menu-2 on the main screen.  After that LectureMonkey will ask for details describing  the lecture you are about to record.

If you leave the details blank, LectureMonkey will name the lecture using the current date  and time. You can always change the details by editing the lecture later, after you have finished recording and saved the lecture.

1.Audio only – If you select Audio Only , LectureMonkey will immediately begin an audio recording of the lecture. To include an image or video as part of the lecture,  use the video\camera icons  video camera to capture a full screen image or video.

2. Fully automatic – This is most valuable use of LectureMonkey, using it to record the lecture automatically. You won’t need to do anything except pay attention to class – or add a comment or two.  Lectures are stored in a very space efficient format (not video), so you don’t have to worry about space. An hour long lecture should take up only about 50MB of space. LectureMonkey uses high quality audio capture and processing to ensure your lecture sound perfect. The end result is a high quality “slide show” of all the images (presentations and whiteboards) along with synchronized audio, bookmarks and comments. You can go back to any image or point-in-time and see the board and hear exactly what was said.

   2a. Set down the iPhone with the camera pointed at the front of the classroom, making sure that you can see everything you want to capture on the screen. You can have completely automated setup by just leaving your phone sit – LectureMonkey will beep and start recording the whole screen automatically in about a minute. This is a little less optimal then if you calibrated LectureMonkey for the presentations and boards.

To calibrate LectureMonkey, touch the screen anywhere to take a calibration image. When calibration is complete you will see a green rectangle in the center of the screen. You can then pick up the phone to mark the capture areas.

            Pick up to mark capture areas
           Mark capture areas

2b. Use the highlighted rectangle to mark  presentation (or board) capture area by touching the rectangle (it will turn red) and moving and re-sizing as needed   Add as many areas as you need using the “New  Presentation”  presentation-btn@2x or “New Board” board-btn@2x buttons. When you are done adding capture areas, touch “Next”

           Mark capture areas
           Mark capture areas

2c. The areas you marked show up in green for presentations and blue for boards. Use the rectangles as a guide to place the iPhone back in the correct position. Don’t worry about being exact – just get the rectangles in about the same location – the capture process is forgiving and you can always to fix the images when you are done recording.

         Put the iPhone back in position
        Put the iPhone back in position

2d. LectureMonkey will start recording automatically a few seconds after you have set it down (or you can press next if you are in a hurry). It will flash a “Recording” notification when recording starts.

You can also add comments while recording. Just pick up the phone (LectureMonkey will continue to record audio, but stop taking images), press the “add comment” button mark-bookmark@2x and type in your comment.

Setting a Bookmark and Comment

Adding a Bookmark and Comment


About lecturemonkey

LectureMonkey is a mobile and web platform that makes it easy to use an iPhone to capture lectures for later review. All lecture content (audio, whiteboards, and presentations) is easily and automatically captured – leaving you free to pay attention to the class. LectureMonkey is simple to use, just point the iPhone camera towards the front of the room and mark areas of interest like whiteboards and presentations and LectureMonkey does the rest. LectureMonkey automatically captures all important lecture content through images and audio. The captured lecture is stored on your phone and in your personal DropBox™ account. It is much smaller than video, and much more useful. You can enhance captured lectures by adding shared bookmarks and comments, and you can make lectures you captured available to your schoolmates to help them as well – and make yourself the class hero. Just think – review all your lectures anytime, anywhere! - Automatically record the whiteboard and presentation - Automatically record everything said in class - Audio only mode – record audio and manually capture presentation and whiteboard images or video - Easy review of captured lecture review saves you time when you need it most – right before a test - Skip directly to bookmarks and short reminders - Speed up playback by up to 50% – review a lecture in half the time To view a captured lecture, you can just use the built-in player; or just drag the DropBox directory on your computer to to see the recorded lecture.
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