Whether you are an instructor creating a video for your course, or a student creating a video for a project, learn the basics of recording, editing, and publishing your own video.
In his Best Practices with DIY Video blog series, instructional technologist Michael Vaughn walks you through some essential elements of video creation.
- Best Practices with DIY Video: LIGHTS!
Learn a few simple lighting techniques to make you (or your subject) look better.
- Best Practices with DIY Video: CAMERA!
Whether you are using a webcam, your phone, or a camera from Media Services, this post goes over some simple strategies to keep in mind.
- Best Practices with DIY Video: ACTION!
This final post goes over some tips for presenting a more polished presentation.
Media Services has an impressive selection of cameras and accessories to help you with your video project. Check out their equipment on the Media Services website, or stop by Belk Library and consult with one of the staff to determine the best equipment for your project.
If you are on a Mac, iMovie is the easiest tool to use for video editing and will likely suffice for basic video editing needs. If you don’t have a Mac, consider visiting Belk Library’s first floor where you can edit on one of the many Macs available.
Adobe Premiere is a more advanced video editing platform and through Adobe Creative Cloud. The software is offered on some computer labs at Elon or you may purchase your own software. Learn more about available discounts.
BlackMagic’s DaVinci Resolve is a free, full-feature video editor available for Windows and Mac users. Resolve is a mature color-correction program with a deep feature-set that can be used for the most advanced video producer, but even those who are new to video editing can utilize some of the more basic features of this tool.
YouTube and Vimeo are popular video publishing platforms that are easy to use and free. Elon offers an alternative to these platforms for those who want video that easily integrates into Moodle or has the ability to be password protected for Elon users. Kaltura is a video collaboration platform that provides users with the ability to upload, record via webcam, manage, and share video.
Many of the publishing platforms attempt to create closed captioning automatically, but none are perfect at the job. Closed captioning is essential for those users who may have hearing impairments or other disabilities, but should also be considered because many students, regardless of whether they have a disability, prefer to use closed captioning (see EDUCAUSE’s article: A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions Can Benefit All Students).