Video Production Basics
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Educators on How They Make Videos
Three educators discuss how they make their videos. Links to their video channels are provided for examples. Note that Bozeman Science and the How to Architect are channels target a public audience, and their production values are higher than is typical for ordinary classroom use.
Both Microsoft and Apple now offer video-editing software that is both relatively easy to use and able to handle the requirements of most multimedia projects. (Professional software is available for film students & others who need it, but the learning curve is steeper.)
Windows Movie Maker. Installed on all college public PCs. Comes bundled with most new PCs, or free to download from Microsoft's website. (Note: Windows 7 or higher. DirectX update may be required on older computers.)
|iMovie. Installed on all campus Macs. Comes bundled on many new Macs, or purchase from the App Store for Mac ($15) or iPad/Phone ($5).|
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Recording on a Tablet
With their built-in cameras and support for on-screen writing, tablets are becoming the recording tool of choice for many instructors.
|You can record and edit video using Apple's iMovie app.|
|The Explain Everything app was designed explicitly for making video tutorials. You can record video, screencasts, or a whiteboard for on screen writing, and incorporate images, pdf files, & other media stored on your iPad.|
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|Believe it or not, you can use PowerPoint's built in features to record narrated slide presentations, create animated videos, and even interactive games.|
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Recording Your Screen (Screencasting)
To make a screencast, you will need a computer with a microphone (built-in or external) and special screen recording software.
You can use Tegrity to record screencasts (and video) at your desk as well as in a classroom. Tegrity has limited editing features, so it is best for quick videos you can record in a single take. Click here for more info.
Other screen recorders popular with educators include (in escalating price order): CamStudio (PC only), SnagIt, ScreenFlow (Mac only), Camtasia, and Adobe Captivate. All allow you to save recordings in common video formats (.wmv, .avi, .mp4, and/or .mov), which you can then import into iMovie or Movie Maker in order to add sound, titles, video clips, etc. (Avoid software that records only to Flash (.swf) as it limits editing and viewing options.)
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More of a paper-and-pencil demonstrator? You can use a Livescribe pen to record your writing and voice as you solve equations, draw diagrams, or take notes on specially marked paper. You can then save these "pencasts" as PDF files, which your students can replay.
For more information, or to try out a pen, contact: