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How To Record Video Assessments

Some Navitas schools have Video recordings as a part of their assessment during term. If you have questions about the CONTENT of your video assessment, please refer to your tutorer, lecturer or school. If you have questions in regards to recording equipment, video quality, file sizes and transfers, or would like extra tips on recording conditions, please read on.


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Where should I record my counselling session?

For a good recording choose a quiet, well-lit environment which contains minimal audio and visual distractions.

Here are some suggestions of where you can find these types of environments:

  • On campus counselling rooms.  If you have access to campus facilities ideally you can use the counselling rooms. These rooms can be booked through Student Admin: via phone, email or in person at the student admin desk.
  • Book a room at your local library or community centre. Most libraries and community centres across Australia have rooms which you can reserve at no cost, contact your local council to find out more.
  • Book a meeting room in your work place. If your place of work is amenable to visitors and has private rooms available you could request use of a room after hours.  
  • A quiet room in your home. When using this option ensure that you are in a separate room from children and pets, that there are no distractions such as telephones or people coming and going and in a professional setting. Outdoors is generally not advisable as lighting, sounds and background disruptions can be an issue.

What should I use to record my video?

If you are able to use on campus counselling rooms there are recording facilities and instructions in the rooms, these rooms have all the necessary recording equipment. Otherwise you can use the webcam on your laptop or desktop to record your video.  You can also use the camera on your mobile phone or tablet device.


General Tips for recording:

  • When possible try to use a webcam as your video will record in better quality and produce a smaller file, plus then you will not have the extra step of transferring your file from a device to your computer.
  • If using your mobile or tablet device always record using landscape mode (see below for example). If you accidently record your video upside down most players will automatically rotate the image but only if the video has been recorded in landscape mode.


  • Always run a 1 min test before you make your final recording to review audio quality, the framing of your video and file size.  ​

Recommended device settings:

As mentioned above mobile and tablet devices are an easy option for recording video as they are portable and include high quality recording capabilities.  We recommend setting your device to 720p in order to create a manageable file size for your recording. Otherwise you will have a very large file and encounter difficulty in compressing your file and, ultimely, uploading your video to your assessment drop box.


How to Change your device settings for a smaller file

Device settings:  Android

For most Android devices the settings can be found in camera settings and changed to 720 or less.

Quick steps reference for HTC change video settings

HTC: Open camera app> settings (cog icon) > Scroll to Video Quality> select 720p or less


Quick steps reference for Samsung change video settings

Samsung: Open Camera app > settings (cog icon) >video size> choose 720p or less


The short video in the link below can guide you through changing your settings on an android device:

Device settings: Apple

For Apple devices, the settings are located under the settings section which is the cog icon. You may need to scroll down your screen before you find the headings.

Quick steps reference for Apple change video settings

IPhone/iPad: Settings > scroll to Photos and Cameras>Recorded video> choose 720p or less


The short video in the link below can guide you through changing your settings on an apple device:


If your device is not found here the best thing to do is to search YouTube or google for your device.

What format does the file need to be in?

Your file should be an mp4, most devices today are mp4 files as a default so converting or changing the format is not necessary.  However if you find that you have a file which does not end in .mp4 you can use Handbrake to convert the file.


How to retrieve your video file from your device to your desktop:

  • Retrieve video from your device to your PC

Once you are ready to transfer your video from your device to your desktop you will need to connect your device to your computer. If your device does not appear on your computer ) as pictured below) check your device, as it may require permissions for your computer to access photos and videos -this is most common in apple products.

Once you have found your device on your computer (as pictured below). Select your video file and drag it to a location where you will be able to easily find it.


  • Quick steps reference for transferring from Apple to PC:

Plug in device>*check your device for a permission pop up* select allow > Go to my computer >find DCIM folder open>images and movies>right click>cut and copy onto PC.

Additionally you can watch the below instructional video for android products:

  • Quick steps reference for transferring from Android to PC:

Plug in device >go to my computer> find your device> drag and drop your file onto PC.

Additionally you can watch the below instructional video for apple products:

  • Retrieve video from device to your Mac

Apple products will not allow you to browse between devices or transfer files from one device to another, however you can down Macgo a free software which will aid you in working around this difficulty.


Once you have downloaded Macgo, connect your device and run the Macgo program which should be found in your applications folder:


This will bring up the below screen, click on “Media File”:


and select the DCIM file, this will then allow you to access the video and photo files on your device:


Find your file and click the download icon:


Change the file name to something memorable and save in an easy to find location by clicking save in the pop up screen (as pictured below). Depending on the size of the file it can take around 10 minutes to copy: