The first step in any video project is the concept, the idea. The concept can be something complicated, like creating a promotional video for the study abroad courses in your program, or it can be something as simple as recording classroom presentations.
Once you have a concept, the next step is to plan how you’re going to realize it. During the planning stage, you refine your ideas and set the scope of the project. It’s at this point where you use tools like scripts, shot lists, and storyboards to determine what needs to be shot and how it needs to look. As with the concept, the plan can be either complicated or simple. If you’re going to record student presentations the plan may be: reserve and checkout a camcorder and tripod, setup before class, and stop the recording after each presentation.
Now that you know what you want to film, film it. Review your plan when you film to ensure you get all the video you need. It’s also a good idea to check what you’ve filmed immediately so you have the opportunity to redo it, if necessary.
Copying the video you filmed from the tapes (or other media) to the computer is called capturing. Video must be captured before it can be edited or saved as a deliverable, playable file or DVD. It takes approximately 1.25 to 1.5 times longer to capture a video than the total length of the video. A 60 minute tape takes roughly 75 minutes to capture, this accounts for the time needed to setup as well as the actual capture time. Typically, video is captured in the DV format, which is compressed very little and uses a lot of space, roughly 5 minutes of DV video takes up 1 GB of space.
With the video captured you are able to edit it with a non-linear video editing software, like iMovie or Roxio VideoWave. The video editing software is called non-linear because you can jump to any point within the video without playing anything before it. During the editing stage you arrange the video in the order that you want, cut out video you don’t want, and add things like music, narrations, titles, transitions and effects. The amount of editing needed varies with each project. The study abroad video may need several hours of editing, while a recording of class presentation may not need any editing at all.
The final step of the process is to render the edited video. Rendering uses a codec to encode the edited video into a finished DVD or file playable by a video player, like Windows Media Player, QuickTime, or RealPlayer. A video can be rendered several times to different formats. Rendering takes a long time; depending on how the video is being rendered, it can take two to five times the length of the edited video to render.
CIRT has the equipment and expertise to assist faculty with producing their own videos. Please contact us if you have questions, or to setup an appointment.
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