Recording Audio or VIdeo

Almost any place in Moodle where you can add text using the text editor, you can include an audio or video file that you create on your computer. This would include labels, descriptions, wikis, forum entries and so on. The only exception we know about is when creating email. In that case, although the creation appears to work, nothing will be sent with the mail.

This is an Amherst College developed feature. You should not expect to find it on other Moodle installations. It assumes that your computer has a microphone and/or video camera.

Event Multimedia Services

Multimedia Services offers audio visual equipment and technology support for events on campus.

Features and Benefits: 

Multimedia Services can provide microphones, projectors, screens, and other equipment as needed depending on availibility.  Multimedia Services staff can also assist on-site with your event and provide audio and video recording services. Pre-planning in advance is essential to ensure availability of staff. 

Getting Started: 

First, reserve your event room or space, then complete the Request Event Media Services form.


Guidelines for Using Television Programming Copied Off the Air

A faculty member who wishes to use television programs or parts of programs for instructional purposes for students enrolled in his/her courses, should follow the steps listed below. These guidelines work best for non-creative content, such as news broadcasts, and less well for creative works such as dramas.

Audio and Video E-Reserves

Faculty can submit a request to have audio or video materials digitized for use in coursework as electronic reserves (E-Reserves), which can then be streamed to student computers.

The curricular digitizing service does not provide for digitizing of research materials, archiving of collections, or any other use which is not clearly curricular and a definitive part of a planned course syllabus.

  • Film title already digitzed: posted on Moodle same or next business day
  • Film title owned by Frost library, but not digitized: posted on Moodle within 2 business days
  • Film title not owed by Frost library: please submit a purchase request and allow approx 3 weeks for ordering, deliverly, cataloging and digitizing. 


Features and Benefits: 

We can:

  • convert CD or cassette tracks to MP3
  • create digital clips from VHS tape or DVD
  • put audio content onto the campus streaming server

Once digitized, you and your students can listen to or watch streamed audio and video content related to your course as E-Reserves. Students can watch these videos any time, day or night on their own computer, or on public computers on campus.


To submit a request faculty must:

  1. read the campus Copyright Information
  2. fill out the Video Digitization and Streaming Request Form
  3. if applicable, drop off necessary materials to Room 110 Seeley Mudd
  4. pick up materials when completed from Room 110 Seeley Mudd

The curricular digitizing service does not provide for digitizing of research materials, archiving of collections, or any other use which is not clearly curricular and a definitive part of a planned course syllabus. The service also does not include recording of television or other broadcasts, even those that are curricular. However, we can digitize portions of broadcast recordings that you have already made, such as from a VHS tape. If you have any non-curricular materials that need to be digitized or if you need assistance recording broadcasts for your curriculum please contact Academic Technology Services for training and/or advice in finding an appropriate student assistant.

If you have any questions or would like more information please send an email to Academic Technology Services.

Getting Started: 
  • Video Digitization and Streaming Request Form
    Please fill out and submit this on-line form for each video or audio title you’d like to stream.

    Things to keep in mind while filling out this form:
    • The title search feature in our request form only looks for the DVD format of videos that are owned by Amherst College. We cannot digitize personal copies, or videos not belonging to the college.
    • VHS tapes do not digitize well, and should be replaced with a DVD copy by submitting a purchase request to the library. There is a link for this right inside our request form. Please add a note in the purchase request, that “this is for digitizing”, so the Library staff will know that the VHS copy is not adequate and indicate the show-date or date of class assignment.
    • Please submit DVD purchase requests at LEAST 3 weeks in advance of the show-date so that the library has enough time to: order, receive, and catalog the new DVD.
Additional Information: 

Requirements for Using Digital Video in Instruction

  1. At the end of the semester, video clips longer than 15 minutes will be automatically deleted from the streaming server.
  2. Clips shorter than 15 minutes will be stored in the faculty member’s personal web space with access limited to students enrolled in the course where it is used. Faculty are responsible for removing clips at the end of the semester. Clips may be stored locally on an office computer.
  3. For clips shorter than 15 minutes, faculty are required to post the following copyright notice on the webpage with the link to the video clip (for longer clips, the copyright notice is displayed automatically):
    "Copying, displaying and distributing copyrighted works may infringe the owner's copyright. Any use of computer or duplicating facilities by students, faculty or staff for infringing use of copyrighted works is subject to appropriate disciplinary action as well as those civil remedies and criminal penalties provided by federal law."