Video Standards and Choosing a Camera
What are Earth Purpose Institute's minimum standards around video quality?
In order to publish your course, you must have at least 30 minutes of video content in your course. Additionally, Earth Purpose Institute requires that video content is HD quality, with a resolution of at least 720p.
What kind of camera should I use to record my course?
If you're filming video for your course, here are several different types of cameras that have been used to record online courses:
If you have a camera already, check your system preferences or do a quick internet search to check that your camera can shoot in 720 HD or higher. Simply search for the name of the product and the resolution it shoots. If it can shoot in 720p HD or higher, it will produce video that meets our video quality standards.
If you have any questions about your video quality, our Test Video service can provide personalized assistance and feedback before you start working on our course (Learn more about test videos).
What software do I need to produce videos for my course?
If you're making screencast recordings for your course, or if you're looking for a tool to edit and export your videos, here is a list of tools that our faculty have used to produce published Earth Purpose Institute courses:
What are the recommended export settings for video files (codec settings and video file types)?
When using video editing software you'll need to export your recordings to a video file. Earth Purpose Institute strives to support as many video and audio settings and codecs, but for the most seamless upload experiences, we recommend these settings:
Quality: Best (if available)
Codec: H.264, HEVC, ProRes
Resolution: 1920x1080 or better
Note: The minimum resolution required for video lectures is 1280x720 (*resolutions below this are rejected)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Note: Videos exceeding an aspect of 16:9 will automatically be re-modified to 16:9 by our system. If the resulting quality of the video is poor, the video may be rejected by our Quality Review Team.
Picture Orientation: Landscape (not Portrait)
Frame rate: 25 to 60 fps (*Currently all outputs are resampled to 30 fsp)
Audio Track: Required (*If no audio track is found, video is rejected)
Audio Codec: AAC (256 kb/s or better) or PCM
Audio Channels: 2 (Stereo)
Multimedia Container: MP4 or MOV
Maximum File Size: 4GB
Maximum Duration: 4 Hours
If you need to load bigger files, or want to upload multiple files to your course at a time, let us know and we will recommend the optimal method.