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Video Production: Create

Tips, tools, and inspiration to start creating a video.

Video Production Step-by-Step

If you are following along with this guide, you now have:

  • An objective statement
  • An idea of the content that you will present in your video and the audience who you will be targeting
  • A written video script
  • A storyboard

Next, you will have to start to do the work of collecting the visual elements which you will use in your video. These visual elements may include video captured with a camera or smartphone, still photos, charts, graphs, or animations that you have created.

Remember that the audio is also a very important part of your video production and you may have to record voiceover, sound effects, or find music which sets the tone for your video.

Lastly, you will assemble the collected video and audio clips into your final video using an editing program.

Shooting Your Project

How can I shoot good quality video for my project?

Tutorial on creating a video final from the Office of Online Education.

Following the tips below will help you to shoot quality, professional-looking footage.

  1. Horizontal Shooting - Take a moment to think about watching a video on a monitor or a television screen. The orientation of the screen is landscape and not portrait, right? Make sure to capture your footage in the correct orientation. 

  2. Keep it Steady - Shaky camera footage can be very distracting for the viewer. To keep footage smooth and steady, you might want to secure your smartphone on a tripod, prop it up on some books, or just steady your elbows on a table while shooting the video.

  3. Composition - Before you begin shooting video, take a step back and look around your setting. Is there anything in the background that might detract from the content of your footage? Is there sufficient light? Are you close enough to the subject of your video?

  4. Audio - Clear audio may be even more important to a professional-looking video than the footage. Record some test audio to be sure you are able to hear the action. Make sure to record your footage in a quiet space. You can also boost the volume later when you are ready to begin editing.

  5. More is Better - Go ahead and capture more video than you actually need for your project. It will be much easier during the editing process to have more to work with and you can always cut out things that you didn't need.

Video Recording Room

Where can I find information about the Video Recording Studio at Lied Library?

You can also use the Video Recording Room on the first floor of Lied Library to record your production. You can find information on the equipment available, making a reservation, and booking a consultation to get help on the University Libraries' Multimedia webpage. Access this page via the link below.

There is a binder in the video recording room that walks you through the process of creating and saving a video with the equipment located in the room. However, you can also find these documents linked below.

General Tips for Video Editing

Once you have created a goal and collected all the pieces that you need for your video project, it is time to start arranging them into a coherent whole.

The following steps can be used to arrange the pieces of your video footage into a final video production. However, there is no right way to assemble your video and using your creativity will help make the final product more memorable. 

  1. Import - Any video footage, photos, or other visual elements that are going to be part of your video should all be imported into the editor of your choice.

  2. Create a timeline - Drag each of your visual elements into the timeline of your editor in the order that you want them to be viewed. Experiment with different ways of arranging the pieces.

  3. Watch - Once you have created a timeline, take the time to watch it from start to finish. You will probably need to do this several times throughout the editing process. It can be tempting to scroll back and forth or scrub through all the footage quickly, but in doing so you may miss something that needs work.

  4. "Ins" and "Outs" - The interesting parts of your video footage probably don't line up perfectly with the beginning and the end of your clips. So, what you need to do is to mark the start point of each clip and the end point of each clip. This is called marking your ins and outs. You can do this either on each clip itself or in the timeline.

  5. Audio - Many editing programs have some music and sound effects that you can use for your video. These are built right into the program. When using different kinds of audio such as recorded interviews, voiceover, music, and sound effects, be sure that none is too loud or too distracting. Lower the volume of background music, or remove it entirely, when someone is speaking. You can also increase the volume for someone who has a quiet voice and decrease it for someone with a loud voice.

  6. Open and Close - You will want to create titles to introduce your video to your audience. These can be created directly within video editing programs and usually have various options for fonts, colors, and animations. At the conclusion of your video, you will add your credits. These will include your resources, names of anyone who was involved in the project, and anything else you might want your audience to know such as a URL that they might visit for more information.
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