Lecture Recording

The Georgia Tech Library Recording Service records scholarly lectures based upon academic research, such as research lectures/forums, seminar series, colloquiua and symposia. As a part of this service, recorded events are required to be archived in SMARTech, GT's open access institutional repository, which provides wide, public dissemination of scholarlship generated and/or presented at Georgia Tech. This lecture recording service...


  • Academic course lectures (unless presenting research)
  • Workshops and Instructional demonstrations
  • Faculty reviews and job candidate presentations
  • Marketing/Public Relations videos
  • College/School orientations and Open House events
  • Student or campus social events
  • Is limited to Georgia Tech sponsored events AND must occur on Georgia Tech's campus between Monday and Friday.
  • Is limited to 3 hours of recording per event per day.
  • Is unable to provide extensive editing of video content.
  • Is free for events that occur between 8am and 6pm and are 75 minutes or less. (See our Fee schedule below for more information.)
  • Provides you with streaming video links and downloadable video files (mp4), which should be available 7-10 days after your event. 
  • Captures statistics on your collections and provides reports to you, upon request, at the end of the year.
  • All speakers appearing on the recording MUST agree to the SMARTech Deposit Agreement and complete the online permission form.

What type of recording are you requesting?


Recording fees will be based on the time indicated on the request form. If your event runs long, and filming continues beyond 75 minutes, you will incur a fee. A link to our online payment form will be emailed to the Event Coordinator.  The recording will not be archived in SMARTech unless payment information is received.

Events that are 76-120 minutes $50
Events that are 121-180 minutes $75
Events that 180 minutes (3 hour maximum) $100
Event before 8am, after 6pm, first 60 minutes $50
Event before 8am, after 6pm, additional 30 minutes $25


How do I submit a recording request?

Complete and submit one of the online recording request forms linked above at least 5 days prior to your event date. Phone calls and submitted permission forms will not be considered an acceptable recording request.

What is the cost of the service?

The Library's Lecture Recording service is free for events that are limited to 75 minutes or less and fall within the normal business hours of 8am-6pm, M-F. For more information, please see our Fees section above.

What does the library's video service include?

A Library videographer will arrive within 15 minutes of the event. Each speaker will be expected to wear a small wireless microphone. We also encourage speakers to supply the videographer with a copy of his or her supplementary materials, such as presentation slides, handouts, flyers, etc.  Speakers are given an opportunity to upload their files upon completing the permission form.

Do I need permission from members of the audience?

No, members of the audience will not be filmed, although their questions could be captured as audio on the recording.

What is the difference between "Approved" and "Confirmed"?

An approval email is sent to the Event Coordinator when the request has been accepted by recording staff. An event is confirmed only when all speaker's permission forms, and applicable payment forms, have been received. An event will only be recorded if has been confirmed.

Does the author retain rights to their materials?

Yes. Authors will retain copyright ownership of the materials they create, retain rights to re-use the materials in any manner they wish, and grant the Georgia Institute of Technology a non-exclusive license to distribute and preserve this material for non-commercial, educational purposes.

Who will see my material?

All materials submitted will be published as open access in SMARTech and made publicly available on the Internet.

Can I edit or restrict access to my materials?

Speakers are not allowed to edit materials created by our videographers. We are - under certain circumstances - willing to lightly edit material in preparation for inclusion in SMARTech. We do not wish to restrict access to repository materials as the purpose of the recording service is to capture and disseminate scholarly information. If you have concerns over the security of your information, please contact us.

In what format(s) will my film be presented?

All videos are provided as MPEG-4 (mp4) files and flash / html5 streaming.

What kinds of supplementary materials do you accept?

We accept supplementary digital materials such as presentation slides, posters, flyers, handouts and other ephemera. We prefer PDF for text files, however we accept a variety of text, image, video, audio, and other file types. For a complete list, see the SMARTech accepted formats. We reserve the right to convert materials submitted in a proprietary format to an open standard format that can be preserved and migrated over time.

I have copyrighted material in my presentation. Is this ok?

It is the sole responsibility of the presenting author to clear all permissions to use copyrighted material prior to filming.

How long does it take before my material is available in SMARTech?

You should expect notification of availability within 7-10 business days after the event.

Do you handle video conversion and/or collections of videos for submission?

We accept born digital files, DVDs, VHS, BetaCam, DV and miniDV copies of materials for the alternative publishing of faculty initiatives and the intellectual and documentary output of the campus. If you have a collection of videos you would like us to archive in SMARTech, please contact us.

Can I have a hard or uncompressed copy of my video?

The Library will provide hard copies of any presentation upon request for a fee. Also, the library will archive a digital master copy of the presentation in the Archives department.

Do you have technical specifications for sessions with multiple speakers?

Each event is unique and presents its own set of challenges. If you anticipate a panel discussion, please contact us, as we would prefer to meet with you to discuss special arrangements.