How the videos were made


On this page I describe the different methods I've used to make videos for teaching. In almost all cases, the final steps are "upload to YouTube" and "add as a 'YouTube mashup' in Blackboard. In all case, several "takes" were required to get a video, or narration, I was (mostly) happy with. These videos seem to be successful: at the current time, they have over 2,200 views.

Video

Aim and process

Tools and sources

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Aim of the video
  • To give students an overview of the process involved in collecting marine benthic samples, to provide context and background for an assessment task.
Steps
  • Locate suitable images (sourced from public domain repository).
  • Import into MS Photo Story.
  • Arrange in sequence and adjust transitions (not essential).
  • Add titles (helpful).
  • Add narration (essential for this video) -- this is easily done in Photo Story -- and add music (not essential).
  • Save completed video (use "Save your story for playback on your computer").
  • Upload to YouTube and add as "YouTube mashup" in Blackboard.
  • MS Photo Story
  • Images from Wikimedia Commons
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Aim of the video
  • Welcome students to the unit, connect with external students and provide a quick overview of assessment tasks and other relevant issues (statistical software).
Steps
  • Record with webcam (several takes required).
  • Upload to YouTube and add as "YouTube mashup" in Blackboard.
  • Webcam (Miscrosoft)
  • Webcam video recording software (Microsoft)
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Aim of the video
  • To illustrate the steps involved in ranking variables for certain non-parametric statistical tests; students were having difficulty understanding the written instructions (this is the first video I uploaded and still the most popular, accounting for about 30% of my views).
Steps
  • Prepare props (page, make a few copies, and pen) and mount webcam (somehow) to point at document holder.
  • Record with webcam (several takes required).
  • Upload to YouTube and add as "YouTube mashup" in Blackboard.
  • Webcam (Logitech)
  • Webcam video recording software (Logitech)
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Aim of the video
  • Illustrate how to start the Excel statistical add-in, XLSTATS, and how to use it to do some simple analyses.
Steps
  • Start Debut Video Capture and start recording.
  • Record the demonstration and save the video.
  • Add titles and trim the video using MS Movie Maker.
  • Save completed video (use "Save your story for playback on your computer").
  • Upload to YouTube and add as "YouTube mashup" in Blackboard.
  • Debut Video Capture
  • Microphone (MS LifeChat LX 300)
  • MS Movie Maker
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Aim of the video
  • Illustrate how to complete a statistical exercise.
Steps
  • This is done with a Tablet PC, rather than a normal PC, so is more specialised.
  • Start Uniboard and prepare the workspace by copying the exercise text.
  • Start the Uniboard "podcast" recorder.
  • Work the exercise, using the Tablet PC pen to write on the workspace.
  • Stop the Uniboard "podcast" recorder.
  • Upload to YouTube and add as "YouTube mashup" in Blackboard.
Note
  • An example of a similar video tutorial, but using NotateIt software, is here.
  • Tablet PC (HP Elite Notebook 2730p)
  • Uniboard "electronic whiteboard" software
  • NotateIt Pro "electronic whiteboard" software
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Aim of the video
  • Provide information about a site and animals to a student (and test video camera).
Steps
  • Shoot scenes in the field.
  • Transfer video shots (scenes) to computer using camera transfer software.
  • Import sequences into Windows Live Movie Maker.
  • Trim sequences, add transitions and titles.
  • Save project (in case I want to edit it later).
  • Upload to YouTube -- this can be done directly from Movie Maker -- and send link to student.
  • Video camera (Canon Legria HF R16)
  • Video camera transfer software
  • Windows Live Movie Maker
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Aim of the video
  • Welcome students, make contact with external students, introduce the types of environments to be studied and provide some context.
Steps

  • Shoot scenes in the field.
  • The main shot, with me talking to the camera, was shot as a continuous sequence, with the camera on a tripod (I just started the camera and did several "takes" until I was, more or less, happy). I then wandered around the area taking other short, relevant sequences.
  • Transfer video shots (scenes) to computer using camera transfer software.
  • Import sequences into Adobe Premiere.
  • Trim sequences and add "cut away scenes" over the main sequence (this is done in Premiere by simply placing the sequences in the second or third video track). Mute audio in "cut away scenes" (problems with wind noises).
  • Save project (in case I want to edit it later).
  • Upload to YouTube -- this can be done directly from Adobe Premiere -- and add as a "YouTube mashup" in Blackboard.
  • Video camera (Canon Legria HF R16)
  • Tripod
  • Video camera transfer software
  • Adobe Premiere Elements

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