Creating a Video
Creating your own video has become almost as easy as aiming the lens and microphone at a subject and pressing the record button. Video capture is accessible to many of us and is often built in to may of the devices we use. What was once a complex task has become simplified, however there are some questions you'll need to ask yourself before you get started on your video project:
- What's my purpose—why am I making this video?
- Who is it for?
- Is the quality (production value) important or is the purpose to document and share?
- Do I have permission from the subject or representative of the site I am shooting?
You may be creating a video for a course, project or just simply to demonstrate a concept. Whatever the purpose you'll need an online hosting service to publish your content.
Here are some examples of video hosting services:
Uses and Benefits
- Documenting a process
- Visual story telling
Holly Willis' piece in the EDUCAUSE Review: Video: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly identifies keys to the success for video assignments as follows:
- A clear relationship between the course content and the assignment.
- Faculty members' experience with video.
- Discussion, before production, regarding the need for students to understand the video form and content.
"An important question for faculty to consider centers on what video brings to the assignment that writing would not. Further, faculty members need to really look at moving images as they are structured through editing and, ideally, work with video themselves to understand its possibilities and its complexities. Finally, offering and explaining a grading rubric beforehand is critical." EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 44, no. 6 (November/December 2009): 106-107
Students are likely to be successful if they play to their strengths and keep it simple. Some additional considerations:
- Plan you video assignment as you would a writing assignment.
- Start early and get familiar with the technical resources you will be using.
- Play to your strengths and (if possible) form a group for your assignment that includes people with diverse skill sets.
To see a sample of our own student/staff/faculty created video at UBC, have a look at UBC's YouTube Channel
You likely have the tools to make a video already, even if you don't have a camcorder. Web cams, digital cameras, and even cell phones often have video recording features—many digital cameras even have a simple switch to choose between stills and video.
Most devices record in either the .AVI or .MPG formats, both of which are supported by most hosting services, and the video shot with them can be uploaded directly from the device or after being copied to your computer.
The first place to start in planning your shoot is with the story. What's the story you want to tell? What's interesting or novel about it? Knowing exactly what and how you are going to shoot (your subject) why you are shooting (your message), as well as the audience for which you are shooting, is very important part of planning.
Gather together all of the equipment you need:
- Recording device: webcam, phone cam, digital camcorder (one that captures in Digital8, MiniDV, HDV, or any of the DVD formats. Flipcams are very easy to use and don't require any additional cords or devices.
- Connection to your computer, either to the USB or FireWire ports or by inserting the DVD you've recorded. Flipcams have a built in USB device that connects directly into your computer's USB port.
- Video editing software: iMovie for Mac, Windows MovieMaker or free software such as Cinefx
Tip: Make sure you have all of the equipment you need and test it (including the transfer to the computer you'll be using) to ensure it is in good working order and the recorded quality is what you need. If you don't have your own equipment you can borrow some from the Chapman Learning Commons.
Consider preparing some sort of a script to guide you. The process will help you refine your ideas about exactly what you want to capture. Developing a basic storyboard of your ideas will be very useful. How to Storyboard a Video Shoot is a great resource.
Gather any permissions you may need from interviewees or representatives from any of the privately owned sites that you may want to shoot. UBC Public Affairs provides a consent form for your use.
- Video Editing and Digital Storytelling Resources a wealth of tutorials and resources from Fondren Library at Rice University.
- Video Editing Tutorials
- Video Editing from YouTube
Explore the following courses on lynda.com. For registration information, visit lynda.ubc.ca. Take note that the service is only available to UBC faculty, staff and post-doctoral fellows.
Video Recording and Shooting
- Foundations of Video: Cameras and Shooting
- This course provides you with the information to start shooting your own movies and videos. It covers topics such as lighting, exposure, sound, and equipment.
- iMovie for iPad Essential Training
- You can start shooting and editing your own video using your own mobile devices. This course will walk you through the process of recording, editing, and exporting video on your iOS devices (e.g. iPad/iPhone) using the iMovie app.
- Camtasia Studio 8 Essential Training
- Camtasia Studio is a screencasting program where you can capture what is happening on your computer. This course will demonstrates how to set up, record, edit, and share screencasts for online lectures and assignment feedback.
- Final Cut Pro X Essential Training
- Final Cut Pro X is a powerful video editing program widely used by professional videographers and filmmakers. It is available for use at various Mac Workstations in UBC Vancouver Library locations. This course will help you with the full editing process, from preparation to exporting.
Storing and Sharing
- YouTube Essential Training
- YouTube is one of the most popular online video sharing platforms, used for a diverse range of learning goals. This course will show the basics of YouTube from starting an account to some tips in shooting and editing.
- Vimeo Essential Training
- Vimeo is an online video sharing platform geared towards independent filmmakers and artists. This course provides an introduction to the service's features and tips on editing and compression.
- The Media Scholarship Project: Strategic Thinking about Media and Multimodal Assignments in the Liberal Arts *:an excellent overview of the process of designing multimodal projects—the faculty perspective. Full of good, practical information.
- Video Editing and Digital Storytelling Resources
- a wealth of tutorials and resources from Fondren Library at Rice University.
- Video Editing Tutorials
- Video Editing from YouTube
- Consent form from UBC Public Affairs
- How to Storyboard a Video Shoot
- Top Ten Tips for Better Video
- Videomaker: Tip Sheet for Videographers