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.

Video Creation

In this Best Practices with DIY Video blog series, TLT walks you through some essential elements of video creation.


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.

Video Editing


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.

iMovie 10.1.8 Essential Training (via LinkedIn Learning)

Adobe Premiere

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.

Learn Premiere Elements 2019 (via LinkedIn Learning)

DaVinci Resolve

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.

DaVinci Resolve: Editing Basics (via LinkedIn Learning)

Video Publishing

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.

Learn more about Kaltura


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).


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