In putting together a video, you’ll often need more than just a camcorder.  Listed in this article are a few helpful resources to get you started on your next video production.

Storyboarding

The first step in producing a video is to plan it out.  If your project needs it, storyboarding can be a helpful way to visually plan out each shot in your video.  Create customized PDF storyboard templates with the Storyboard PDF Generator.  If you prefer to use pre-made drawings to assemble a storyboard, visit Storyboard That.

Equipment Loan

Academic ITS has equipment available to put on hold for specific courses or assignments.  Once reserved, this equipment can be picked up from the Academic ITS service desk located on the main floor of Miller Library during most business hours.  Kits available are:

  • Canon XA10 camcorders – This also contains a wired lavalier mic and a shotgun mic.  These kits are best for basic video recording with a shallow learning curve.
  • Canon 60D DSLR – The kit comes with a 17-135mm lens, 50mm prime lens, and a shotgun microphone.  The 60Ds produce a high-quality image, but demand more from the user.
  • Audio kit – This includes an H4N Zoom Recorder and Sennheiser wireless lav mic.  This is a great standalone solution for an audio production.  Alternatively, it can be coupled with the DSLR kit for higher-quality sound.
  • LED Light kit – This is a small, camera-mounted unit which provides an extra boost of light when filming.
  • Advanced gear – this is in limited supply, but is usually available when requested.
    • Lowell 3 point light kit
    • Boom microphone
    • GoPro Hero
    • Camera slider
Video Equipment

A selection of available equipment through Academic ITS

 

The Instructional Media Center (Lovejoy 406) houses a sound recording booth, providing a professional grade audio recording facility.  This is a great option if your video is going to have a voiceover.  Please visit this page to make a reservation.

Media Resources has additional A/V equipment should you need it.

If you have a newer smartphone, it probably shoots good – or even great – video.  However, if you’re able to use one of the Academic ITS camera/camcorder kits, we’d recommend it.  While smartphones can look great, the sound they capture often leaves much to be desired.

Editing

iMovie is commonplace and readily accessible on most Mac computers, and is a great option if you need something easy to use.  If you have your own Mac laptop on campus, it probably has iMovie on it, and we’d recommend starting there.

For a more advanced editing option, there are computers with Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro in Lovejoy 400.

Stock footage

PhotographerUse of pre-shot video – stock footage – is common practice in video production, and can be a huge time saver.  Colby has an account with VideoBlocks where you can download an unlimited supply of quality video free of charge.

Precomposed audio tracks are a great addition to any video.  Colby has an account with AudioBlocks, a provider of royalty-free music and sound effects.  Like VideoBlocks, everything is free of charge.

Contact Tim Stonesifer to gain access to both of these sites.

Still images can help to supplement anything that VideoBlocks doesn’t provide.  A good starting point is Google Images, with the search settings defined as ‘Large image size’ and ‘Usage Rights: Labeled for reuse with modification.’  Be sure not to save the thumbnail, but the actual image.  Also, make a note of who to credit.

Any media content acquired through VideoBlocks, AudioBlocks, Creative Commons, or any other source, would typically be credited at the end of a student video or a film which calls for credits.  In the case of Video/AudioBlocks, a reference such as ‘Additional footage provided by VideoBlocks’ is common.

Uploading

YouTube is a simple way to upload a project to the web in order to reach a large audience and it is accessible using Colby login credentials.  Most editing software has YouTube export options, which are ideal to use.  Once posted, YouTube links can be made public or private.

Google Drive is an additional way to store videos that will have a much more limited audience, such as a class.  These videos are private unless shared, and are not searchable by the public.  Videos uploaded to drive are not compressed, making Google Drive a better archival solution than YouTube.

Support

If your group or class has video-related questions, wants to understand equipment or software more, or needs help troubleshooting a problem, please contact Tim Stonesifer to set up a time for your group to get some one-on-one instruction.