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Ensemble Anthem

The Ensemble Anthem application creates screen capture and webcam recordings which are automatically uploaded into the user's Ensemble Media Library.

Installing and Launching Anthem

To open Ensemble Anthem, log in to video.cortland.edu and choose the Record button from the Media Library. If the Record button is not available, contact The Help Center to have an account licensed for you.

media library record button.

The first time a user clicks the Record button, they will be presented with a new window to download the Anthem application. Please allow up to 30 seconds for the application to detect and choose the proper installer before the download window appears!

Apple OS X

Install anthem on a MAC
Install Anthem on Windows
Once the Anthem application is installed, it can be launched directly from Windows/Mac without visiting the Ensemble web application. To change the library that Anthem uploads to, revisit the Ensemble web application and click the Record button from that library.

Note: Anthem Pro should always be launched using the Record button when using a shared computer like a classroom computer.

User Guide

The first time Anthem launches, click Settings from the application to confirm that your Webcam and Microphone are selected properly.

settings for Anthem

From the Settings screen, you can also adjust advanced settings like your webcam's resolution, or view the storage location for the saved capture files.

In Settings you can also:

  • check a box to Record all audio on your desktop, in addition to the audio from your microphone, such as music, videos, or anything else you can think of.
  • choose to Skip the Preview/edit step after recording and immediately and automatically upload any new recording.
  • automatically delete the desktop recording once the video has been uploaded to Ensemble Video.
  • set the video quality for Webcam recording -- the default is 1500 Kbps which is fine for most recordings, but you can choose 500 Kbps (lower quality) or 2500 Kbs (higher quality) if needed.

Click the Record tab to view all recording options: screen capture, screen capture with a picture-in-picture webcam, webcam only, or voice only. Click an option to start a recording:

anthem record

If you select Screen Recording or Screen & Webcam recording, some settings such as selected microphone and resolution are shown. Also, a red border surrounds the screen when it is selected, making it easier to identify which screen the user is recording (the red border goes away when you begin recording).

windows anthem

When a new recording is started, a timer will count down five seconds, then the application will start recording. The application may be minimized during the recording. Click on the Anthem icon in the Windows or Mac taskbar/dock to reveal the mid-recording options:

mid-recording options.

You can mute audio recording with the MUTE checkbox.  You can also pause and use drawing tools to while recording. Press Done to finish the recording and advance to the Anthem editor. Click the Titles or Credits button to load pre-made title and credit slides for adding text to the video. The first time one of these features is used,the assets will need to be downloaded. This may take several minutes.

anthem editor


To trim the beginning and/or end of the video, click the Trim button.

anthem trim

Click and drag the round orange handles to select the beginning and end points to trim the video. The Chop function works in a similar way, except the content between the handles is removed. Click the Apply button to finish trimming and continue editing. Click Done to save the content.

anthem apply done

After clicking Done, the Upload Options screen will launch.

anthem upload options

Add a custom Title and Description (if desired), then click Upload to send the content to the designated Ensemble library. Click Preview to return to the Anthem editor, or click Save to save the content to the Anthem library without uploading.

From the Library tab on the Anthem app, you can view and edit all saved recordings. Click Upload Now to upload a recording that has not yet been uploaded to Ensemble.  You can choose on any thumbnail to Preview/Edit the recording on the local computer, and when you cursor over a video you will see a trash can for deleting the recording from local storage and an eyeball icon that also lets you Preview/edit the recording.

library in anthem.

Ensemble provides a quick video tutorial that outlines even more options. 


Article ID: 118905
Wed 10/21/20 4:19 PM
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