Plan your video assignment

Pre-production is the all-important planning stage, ensuring that the entire video production process runs effectively and successfully. At this stage, ask yourself:

  • What are the assessment criteria?
  • What is the video's purpose or aim?
  • What type or style of video is required—for example, pitch, interview or dramatization?
  • How long does it need to be?
  • Is a script or storyboard required?
  • Is it a group project that requires roles and responsibilities to be assigned—for example, producer, writer, narrator, videographer and editor?
  • What is the production timeline? Allow time for editing—that is, post-production.
  • What text, images, props or locations are needed?
  • Are you filming a subject or recording your screen?
  • What software and equipment is required? What you are recording or filming influences what you need.

Record a PowerPoint

Use PowerPoint's built-in tools to record narration, including webcam footage of your speaking.

You will need:

  • PowerPoint
  • USB microphone.

Learn how to record your presentation

Shoot a video

Sometimes you need to film yourself or someone else speaking or doing something. Using your smartphone is often the easiest option to ensure you catch good audio.

You will need:

  • smartphone
  • tripod
  • lights
  • microphone, or additional phone for recording audio
  • editing software.

Record a screencast

For other types of screen recording there are many tools available including built-in tools on Windows and macOS. You can record calls using Zoom and Microsoft Teams, ensure you get permission from all participants.

You will need:

  • screen recording software—for example, OBS Studio, free and multi-platform compatible.
  • USB microphone
  • editing software.

Copyright matters

Understand your copyright obligations when using music, audio, images and video content.

Filming

It is important to understand the basics of lighting and sound so that your content can be seen and heard.

Lighting

  • Use natural light whenever possible.
  • Point the camera at your subject and away from bright light—that is, keep the sun behind you.
  • Ensure your subject is fully lit, use extra light sources to light them from underneath and behind.
  • When shooting indoors use multiple lights around the room to help disperse the light more naturally.

Sound

  • If possible, don't rely on your phone's microphone—use a lapel or desktop USB microphone.
  • Run a test take to ensure your microphone is working.
  • Consider environmental and room noise.
    • Wind can interfere with audio.
    • Rooms with hard bare walls create an unpleasant reverberation or echo.
    • Use soft furniture and curtains to reduce the reverberation effect.

Watch the video to see tips on basic lighting and sound when filming.

Post-production

Edit your video

Use video editing software:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro is installed on commonuse computers
  • iMovie is freely available on Mac, iPad or iPhone.
  • OpenShot—free multi-platform, multi-track software.

Adobe and Apple offer student discounts on their professional desktop video editing software:

Watch the video to see tips on basic editing using Premiere Pro.

Publish your video

After editing your video you need to export the file for others to view. There is a large variety of video formats that can be confusing. To export your video it is best to select MP4 as your file type and H.264 for the encoding.

If your video file is large upload it to a sharing site and use the link to submit for assessment or share with others. Check any specific instructions on the assignment task sheet on how to submit your video.

Popular video sharing sites include:

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