Video Made Easy
With today’s technology, making videos for presentations is easier than ever. You can make videos without expensive movie cameras or even any experience.
First, determine the type of video that best suits your needs – what is the topic? Next, develop a storyboard. Storyboards have the same concept as creating an outline before writing an essay. This is the planning stage of making the video. Storyboards are rough sketches of the overall concept broken down into scenes. There are many free templates for storyboards available on the internet, or you can just make your own. During this planning stage, characters are chosen, props are considered, and scripts have been written. Gather the supplies you will need. Next, begin filming raw footage to add to your video. Once you have filmed everything, it is time to begin the editing process.
Editing the Video There are many free video editing tools available to create great video presentations. Some video editors allow you to mix photos, words, and video clips online and then share the video on YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter. Animoto and Stupeflix are great for this type of editing, and they are free to use. Both Animoto and Stupeflix have templates that make creating video easy for first-timers. Most newer PCs come with Microsoft Movie Maker; if not, then it is free for download. Movie Maker comes with tools that allow you to edit photos and videos from your phone or camera and add transitions to create a seamless video. Adding special effects is easy with Movie Maker’s drag and drop feature. After your photos and videos are edited together, you can add music and/or voice over to complete your video presentation. Sometimes, as a video presenter, you may want to add a clip of what is on your computer screen. This may be the case if you are making an informative presentation that teaches the audience how to use a program or search a website. You may have already created a PowerPoint or Prezi on your topic and want to turn it into a video.
There are plenty of screen-capturing applications that allow you to add what is happening on your computer screen. Camtasia has a free trial download that allows you to capture images on your screen, edit in photos, sound, video clips, and add active hyperlinks to create great interactive video presentations. Screencast-O-Matic is free, and you can either download the app or use it directly from their website. After using their editing features, share the video to Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube and you’re done.
More advanced video editors may wish to try using Lightworks. Lightworks is an impressive free high-quality video editor that has been used to produce top Hollywood movies such as Batman and Mission Impossible. The learning curve on Lightworks is steep, but if you are already familiar with video making and are up for the challenge, their website offers several video tutorials to help get you started.
Are you shy about appearing on film? There are even video editors that allow you to type in your text and create videos using animated characters. Use a website such as Go! Animate or Xtranormal to create a free account to make animated videos. Pick your characters; pick your scenes; use your voice; or type in your text and choose a voice to make videos quickly and easily.
Now that you know some of the best video editing tools, here are a few suggestions on how and when to make one for a composition class.
Make a Book Trailer Video
Movie trailers are used to promote and entice an audience to watch a particular movie. Book trailers are used in the same way. Use images you have created, music that fits the tone, and excerpts from the book to create a book trailer that will entice others to read the book too.
Create a Video Book Review
Have you had to write a book review for class? Slightly different from a book trailer video, a video book review is your opinion of the book. Using the same elements that you would for writing a book review, turn it into a visual one that persuades the audience to view your opinion on the book.
Make a How-To Video
Want to help classmates learn a new skill? Make an informative how-to video that teaches them. Teach others how to use advanced functions in Microsoft Word or use an app on a tablet or phone. Have you mastered using the library databases for researching for paper? Make a video to share with your class and teach them the tricks.
Present your Research Topic
Presenting your research paper or topic through a video allows you to share your research with not only classmates, but others as well. And classmates can use the video to refer to when studying for finals. It’s a great way to preserve all of your hard work, and you will always have a copy to give to graduate school admission offices or use at a conference.
Make a Public Service Announcement
Have an opinion about a campus, community, or global issue? Make a video to share and bring the issue to awareness. Alerting others of potential concerns is the first step in making a change. Similar to writing an OpEd, a public service announcement alerts others to an issue and strives to bring about a change.
Create a Video Photo Journal
Have you traveled abroad, been to a conference, been to a museum exhibit on a topic you are studying, or seen a play of the book you read for class? Create a photo journal to highlight the experience. Share your experience with your class or family on your Facebook or Twitter page. Websites, such as Animoto and PhotoPeach, are great to use when all you want to do is turn your digital photos into a photo journal that tells your story in pictures.
Make a Video Proposal
Have a great idea about a research topic? Want to propose a new idea or technique for class? Make a video proposal to present the information in an impressive and professional way. Demonstrate the topics potential visually and capture your audience, professor, organization, or department’s attention.
How do I . . .
make a video for YouTube?
For APA citations:
cite a video in-text for APA?
cite a video for the Reference page in APA?
For MLA citations:
cite a video in-text in MLA?
cite a video for the Works Cited page in MLA
This sample is a tech presentation done by Darby Dyer for an online Rhetoric and Composition of Electronic Texts class. She used Screencast-O-Matic to do a video and voiceover to demonstrate how Prezi can be used in the classroom.
This sample is a tech presentation done by Ginger Hughes for an online Rhetoric and Composition of Electronic Text class. She used PowerPoint and Screencast-O-Matic to do a voiceover for a literature review.
This is a sample of an Animoto photo journal of Oxford, MS and the 39th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference: Fifty Years after Faulkner July 7-11, 2012.
This sample is a tech presentation done by Ginger Hughes for an online Rhetoric and Composition of Electronic Text class. She used Screen-Cast-O-Matic to demonstrate how AnyMeeting.com can be used as an online meeting tool.
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