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  1. Camera use and recording
  2. Transferring video to a computer
  3. Preparing the video for upload
  4. Working with Word/PDF Files
  5. Uploading files to Tk20
  6. Additional Resources

Camera Use and Recording

Teacher candidates will have the opportunity to check out a camera kit through Drake Library. Teacher candidates will need a Brockport ID card and will also be required to sign a Borrowed Equipment Agreement Form. Watch this video to learn what items are included in your camera kit.

How to use the camera

Video Recording Tips

  • Be careful with backlighting - do not have a bright light source in the background if the subject is in the foreground. It will be difficult to see the subject.
  • Both you and your students should be visible and audible
  • Before you start, make sure you have enough available space on your SD card

Click this link to watch another video on some useful tips on recording yourself in the classroom from the Teaching Channel website.

Transferring Video to a Computer

Students will need to transfer video files off of their video capture device.

Students are recommended to transfer video files onto a portable storage device that will provide them access to modify and save the file during video trimming, video compressions, and for preserving backup copies.

The following storage devices are recommended:

  • SD Card (32GB or larger)
  • USB Flash Drives (32GB or larger)
  • External Portable Hard Drive
  • Google Drive (Accessed through your student Google Account)

Students are also highly recommended to work off of a copy of the original video, do not save over the original file.

Transferring the video file to a computer

Preparing the Video for Upload

After students have captured raw video required for video artifacts, there are several steps necessary to prepare the file for submission into the portfolio.

We recommend the following technical requirements for video capture as defined by Pearson in the edTPA materials:

  • Required video formats: avi, mov, mp4, mpg, m4v, wmv
  • Required Target File Size: 100MB
  • Resolution: NO HD quality, video should be captured in VGA mode

Resolution size: 320x240 or 640x480

Trimming the video

First, consider that the video file you upload must be continuous, with no interruption in the events; you cannot cut out portions of the video. If the recorded video files are longer than the required length specified by edTPA, the video will need to be trimmed. Windows Movie Maker is the recommended software used for this step. This software is available on all campus labs' PCs. Click the link below for step by step instructions on how to trim your video file.

Download Windows Movie Maker

How to Trim Videos using Windows Movie Maker (pdf guide)

How to Trim Videos using Windows Movie Maker (YouTube video)

How to Trim Videos using iMovie (word document)

Converting and Compressing the video

The target file size for video artifacts is 100MB. Students will not be able to upload a video artifact larger than 100MB. Handbrake is the recommended compression software. This software is available on all campus lab PCs. Click the links below for step by step instructions on how to compress your video file to an appropriate size.

How to Compress a video file using Handbrake On Campus (pdf guide)

How to Compress a video file using Handbrake (YouTube video)

How to Compress a video file using Handbrake Off Campus (pdf guide)

Working with Word/PDF Files

If you need to merge multiple documents together in order to meet the edTPA requirements, you may copy and paste your content into one file. If there is too much information to copy and paste, please refer to this guide: How to merge multiple word documents into one

If you need to split a PDF file into multiple files, please refer to this guide: How to split PDF files

Uploading files to Tk20

How to upload files to Tk20

Once the video artifact has been modified to the required length and size, the file will need to be uploaded into your edTPA Portfolio. Click the links below for Tk20 resources on attaching artifacts to your edTPA Portfolio and video upload guidelines.

Tk20 edTPA Student Guide

Tk20 Video Upload Guidelines

Additional Resources

Where to find help

The Brockport help desk is located in the Drake Library, at the information desk. You can contact them by calling (585) 395-5151, or by emailing

You can access more help desk information here:



Tk20 Support


iMovie Support

Handbrake Help

Last Updated 11/15/18

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