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Making a Great Video

Making a Great Video

Making videos seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. Sure, COETAILers like yourselves are finalizing your Course 5 project videos, but teachers all over the globe are engaged in virtual learning, and many are using videos as a way of teaching asynchronously. I know I have certainly spent more time coaching my teachers on how to do screencasts!

By now you have likely put together some of the components of your final video project, or at least you’ve started thinking about it. I remember back to Online 4 when I was creating my final project video and laboring over camera shots, balancing audio, and if my voice-overs sounded natural. I thought it might be helpful to put together a few tips…some from me, but also a few from a few experts out there who I have learned from.

Video Considerations

  • Have a script…but don’t follow it to a tee: Having a plan for what you are going to say is a great tool for staying on track, but sounding too stiff can make your video come across as rehearsed and insincere. Aim for a conversational feel.
  • Choose visuals that enhance your story: Choose visuals that help rather than distract. This also goes with titles, transitions, and animations. Over-doing it with wild animations and transitions can seem fun, but if they become the focal point you’ve gone too far. You also want to try to pick one style of title or transition and stick to it as much as you can. Repetition in your design ties the whole look and feel of the project together. For example: choosing the same font style for titles throughout the video.

Wondering how to get animations you can use? Some awesome options include Keynote, Visme, and even Canva! Just download the animations you create as video files and add them to your video editor. If you download animations with a transparent background you can layer it over video clips using a green screen feature like the one in iMovie.

  • Pick great music: Music sets the mood of your video and keeps those watching it engaged. There are a lot of awesome free ways to get free (or paid) music. Some of my favorites include YouTube Audio Library and Epidemic Sound.
  • Balance your audio: You might have different clips throughout your video from various environments and speakers. By adjusting the audio for each clip within the video to match, you make the viewing experience (and listening) a lot easier.
  • Cutaways: This is a technique used by documentary filmmakers. While the narrator is speaking (you), you can cut away to show footage of your kids working, your school environment, or any other footage that communicates your ideas. 
Visit https://www.epidemicsound.com/ to download great royalty free music

Those are just a few ideas that came to mind when considering how to create your video. I am looking forward to seeing your final products!

Looking Ahead

Here is what is required before the extended May 18 deadline:

  • 4 blog posts of your choice. Take a look at the prompts located here for inspiration
  • 1 Community Engagement post. See the rubric here.
  • 1 final reflective post containing your project and video. This post should be a reflection on your process, what you learned, and contain your project materials and video. Please see the questions located in the https://coetail.com/module-1/understanding-final-project/Evidence of Learning section of the My Courses Tab (Course 5). I will be looking for reflection on those in your final post.

If you have any questions at all please reach out! I am here to help and support you.

Resources:

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/successful-youtube-video/205768/

https://lmacdonald-boucher.weebly.com/uploads/2/3/7/3/23730254/documentary__1_.pdf

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