• Stephanie Castillo

Slide & Annotation Format with Adobe Rush

Updated: Jan 28

This guide will walk you through setting up your smartphone to screen-capture your lecture slides or recording yourself writing notes. This method of capturing your slides on your phone is more labor-intensive and we do recommend using Camtasia instead.

Recommended Equipment

Screen-capturing Lecture Slides

Most smartphones should have the capability to screen-record, which is typically located in the phone's control center.

Image of iPhone control center displaying screen recording option and with the Microphone button on. 
  1. To start screen-recording, go to your phone's control center and hold down on the screen record option.

  2. To capture your audio while screen-recording, turn on the microphone.

  3. for better audio quality, connect your lapel mic to the phone and clip to the top of your shirt below your chin and mouth.

  4. When you're ready select Start Recording.

  5. Navigate to the app you will be using to present the lecture slides.

  6. you can use apps such as Google Slides, Box, Dropbox, and other file sharing apps to present lecture slides.

  7. Full-screen the presentation and turn your phone horizontal.

  8. Begin speaking and presenting the lecture as normal.

  9. When you're done recording, exit out of your presentation, and then navigate to the control center to stop recording.

  10. The screen-recording should automatically save to your phones' camera album.

Example of screen-recording on an iPhone. Using Google Drive to present lecture slides. Microphone is attached and the phone is held horizontally to capture presentation horizontally.

Capturing Annotations [taking notes]

Image showing set-up to capture educator writing notes. The tripod and phone are perched up to hover over the desk. Below the phone on the desk is a notebook. On the desk is a desk lamp to illuminate the notepad.

  1. Fasten your smartphone into the adapter and attach it to the tripod.

  2. Place the tripod on an elevated surface.

  3. Tilt the camera so that it is parallel with the writing surface.

  4. Open up your camera app or Adobe Rush camera and prepare to record.

  5. Adjust the tilt of the camera so that your writing material can be captured.

Image showing smartphone recording the educators hands writing on a notepad on the camera app. 
  1. Before recording:

  2. clip the lapel mic to the top of your shirt so that the microphone is resting on your chest below your mouth and chin.

  3. next, connect the lapel mic to your phone and ensure the mic is set to capture your phone's audio.

  4. last, adjust your lighting so that your writing material is illuminated and writing is legible.

  5. record a test shot to ensure you and your audio is captured well. If more light is needed, we suggest using a desk or floor lamp as additional light sources.

  6. When you are ready, start recording.

Screenshot of video recording capturing the educator writing on a notepad. 

Once you're done recording, the video will either save to your camera roll or save within the adobe rush app, depending on which method of recording you chose.

For more guidance on editing on the Adobe Rush app, refer to our blog on Editing in Adobe Rush.

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