Most computers, tablets, and mobile phones are capable of recording and editing excellent video content. This page contains links to some of the easiest free tools you should consider to get started, organized by the computing platform.

Students having trouble can find support in the ITS Service Center.

Instructors interested in incorporating video in their teaching—either producing videos themselves or assigning videos to students—are encouraged to contact the staff in Online Learning Services for advice.

Mobile Phones and Tablets

Your mobile phone or tablet's built-in camera is fantastic for capturing video footage. If you want to edit your video recordings or combine multiple video recordings, Adobe Rush or the YouTube app are excellent options for both Android and iOS devices. 

Apple Computers

Apple computers come with two powerful built-in tools for capturing and editing video. Quicktime allows you to record either a connected camera or your desktop, perform basic editing functions, and share your videos. For more advanced editing you can use iMovie.

Windows Computers

Windows 10 users can use the Camera app for recording cameras connected to their computers. The Gamebar is designed to recording PC gaming but also allows you to record other applications for screen recordings. To make composite videos or edit videos, you can use the Photos app.

Kaltura Capture

Through your Syracuse University Kaltura Media account, you can download and utilize Kaltura Capture to record your screen and video camera.


If you are looking to record using cloud-based software, log into your Syracuse University Zoom account and start a new meeting, and record to the cloud (or your computer if you want). You can share your screen and your camera, along with other options, and the recording will automatically populate to your Kaltura Media Library.

In your Kaltura Media Library, you can select Add Media, then Express Capture, and record using your webcam. The recording will save directly to your Kaltura Media Library.

Hosting Videos

Using your Syracuse University Kaltura Media Library and your SU Google Account, (YouTube and Google Drive) are good options for hosting your videos, depending on how you need to share them.

Your Kaltura Media Library ties directly into your Blackboard classes as a student and instructor.

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