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Video Production and Editing Tips
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Video Production and Editing Tips | Standards Connections

Consider the following tips when helping students create their videos:

  • Keep realistic time limits in mind. Even one minute of well-produced video can be the result of hours of careful editing. Aim for creating final videos that are a few minutes in length. Longer videos could be used as a month-, semester-, or year-long project.

  • Have students work in small teams on video projects. You might suggest students take on different roles for each project, so they can become familiar with all aspects of video production.

  • Remind students to outline their project before beginning. This way they will have a clear idea of what types of clips they might need to complete the project. Ask them to consider both the purpose and the audience of the video. Ask questions such as: Why are you making this video? Why would people want to watch it? Why do you think it is important? You may want to present samples from a particular genre (i.e., commercials, profile, documentary) to help students get a sense of what types of materials they need to consider.

  • Walk students through how to create a script and storyboard. Storyboarding is one of the most important steps in video production. Students will need to consider such things as setting, camera angles, types of shots, picture composition, camera movement, actor movement, and shot sequencing. See the Resources section for links to downloadable storyboard templates.

  • Help students locate or create additional video. If students want or need to use additional footage, stills, and/or audio in their projects, they can either obtain material from other open content sites or create their own using the appropriate video- and/or audio-recording equipment, such as video cameras, still cameras, scanners, and microphones.

Video Production and Editing | Storyboard Templates | Other Open Content

Video Production and Editing Desktop Video: Editing with iMovie and Movie Maker
Features a step-by-step guide to editing digital video with iMovie and Movie Maker.

Apple iMovie Tutorials
Contains tips on how to capture footage, edit, enhance, and share videos using iMovie.

Apple Learning Exchange: Videography for Educators
Features tips and techniques to assist in video creation. Includes examples of planning documents and video to illustrate concepts and skills.

Kid's Vid: Video Production for Students
Helps teachers and students learn about the basics of video production, including scripting, making the video, editing, and how to show the final video on the Web, computer, or DVD. Includes a glossary of video production terms.

Glossary of Helpful Video Terms, Concepts & Advice
Provides a glossary of video production and editing terms. Includes illustrations and examples of different types of shots, angles, and compositions.

Video Editing in the Classroom
Presents a basic overview of the concepts needed to implement a successful video editing project in the classroom.

Video for the Classroom
Includes a step-by-step overview of the process of creating and editing video. Also includes tips and suggestions for classroom projects.

Windows Movie Maker How-To Center
Explains what you need to get started using Windows Movie Maker and gives tips for creating, editing, and adding special effects.

Storyboard Templates

Making Movies Storyboards
Features a downloadable storyboard organizer that allows students to plan the shots they need for their videos.

Storyboard Template
Provides a storyboard that allows students to include details about each shot, including descriptions, transitions, time, narration, and images.

Other Open Content

New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Offers free and open access to more than 415,000 images digitized from the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, prints, and more.

The Open Video Project
Features an open content digital video collection, containing thousands of videos, searchable by keyword, genre, color, sound, and duration.

Provides a library of free photos that can be used in nonprofit educational settings.

WGBH Lab Sandbox
Allows users to download clips on a broad variety of topics, and then edit and mix them together to create their own videos.

Wikimedia Commons
Serves as a repository for freely licensed photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, and video clips.



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