Studio – The powerful screen capture / video recording tool in Canvas

Feeling dreadful on the ideas of producing video contents for your course in Canvas in the 9th hour? Fear not! We are here to shed some light to help you over coming those fears.
Studio, the Canvas recording system, it can do screen capture and video recording (via webcam on your computer). You can record what is on your screen with narration and store it in the Studio video system for use in your course. See the Instructions below.


1 – Open Studio:

Canvas Global Navigation MenuOpen Studio which is sitting on the your Canvas navigation bar on the left, Press Record (A) then select your preferred recording mode (B).


NOTE: If you have not used this feature on the device you are using you must DOWNLOAD and INSTALL the software for the recorder to work. Follow Step 1 & 2 as outlined in the dialog box you see when you click Screen Recording (pictured below).
download the recording software if needed - photo of dialog box


– Check your settings:

Once the software is loaded (or if you have it installed) you will need to set how you wish to record.  Set your options in the black recording box (C) They include:
set the recording settings to suit your video purpose

  • (C1) Recording type: Screen, Web-camera or Both (camera and screen)
  • (C2) Size: Usually you set this to Full screen and it will record the whole screen for you (Default is 720p)
  • (C3) Narration:  This is on by default , so your voice (by microphone) will be recorded.
  • (C4) Computer Audio: if you want computer sounds appearing on the video soundtrack (off by default).
  • (C5) Preferences: Set various options e.g. Pause recording button is “ALT+P” by default.


–  Recording:

Press ‘REC’ to begin recording (bottom left on recording bar)
Screen Capture recording bar

  • (D1) Record: Press ‘Rec’ to record. When recording ‘Pause’ button will appear in the bottom left (by default)
  • (D2) Pause: Re-click ‘Pause’ to continue recording or…
  • (D3) Done: Click ‘Done’ to stop recording
  • (D4) Draw & Zoom.: is an annotation feature and also allows screen zooming, in (i) and out (o) using keyboard keys. It is only usable in paused mode (at time of writing) so you can’t annotate on the fly while recording.
  • (D5) Trash: press to delete recording.


4 – Save and Upload:

Once you have stopped recording (pressed ‘Done”)  Publish your content so it’s ready to link. When you publish add a Title and Desc. before Saving (upload) Prior to uploading (saving) you can edit your screen capture.  Click the ‘Edit’ button to to enter the editing Screen,
Save menu for canvas screen capture

Editing (optional):

The editing panel is quite complex so this is just a short overview.  You have a timeline across the bottom with Controls and a Playhead that you can slide forward and Backwards.  Use the Tools menu to select an editing function. See the list (below image) of editing functions  that you may wish to apply to your screen recording.
canvas screen recording editing panel

  • Cut: This tool cuts out sections of video
  • Copy: Allows copying of a section of video to paste into another section
  • Hide: You can hide the Webcam and or Cursor during parts of your video
  • Insert: Insert video or new recordings
  • Narrate: Allows you to narrate a section of video
  • Overlay: Tools for adding Text and images on the video
  • Replace: Add a section of video and or freeze a frame
  • Speed: Speed up or slow down a section of video
  • Transition: add a transition to the video e.g. rotate,  Fade, Scale etc.
  • Volume: Allows you to adjust the volume in a section of video.

RE-EDITING NOTE: At time of writing there appears to be no way to reopen your edits so make sure your video is correct before your publish it (upload) to ARC. If you need to edit an existing screen capture just do a new screen capture, it only need to be a small amount, then go to edit and insert the existing footage and begin editing that new version.

5 – Generate captions and provide a transcript file.

For full accessibility, it is good practice to generate captions and provide a transcript for your students. Please view the Canvas Studio guide for full information on how to complete this step.
View the full list of Canvas Studio guides.