The HelpDesk+ Media Lab provides equipment and expertise to help get you started on your next video project. Whether borrowing A/V equipment, learning editing software, or consulting for a class video project, this guide should serve as a hub for informational resources and useful contacts.
Once you’ve planned out your video project, you can begin shooting.
Video recording can be done with a cell phone with a built-in camera and microphone, but you will produce a much higher quality recording if you use better recording equipment.
One option is to record in an video studio, like the one located in The Media Lab. The video booth in The Media Lab has the equipment for a professional quality recording. To use the video booth, reserve the video studio in advance through Libcal.
Another option is to borrow equipment from The Media Lab. This is a good option if you want to record interviews at an event or record lectures from your home office. Equipment is available first come, first served basis. Click here to view and reserve video equipment from The Media Lab.
The Media Lab, located in Moody Library, has staff available to help for all aspects of multimedia projects. Faculty, staff, and students who need help during project creation should schedule an appointment and visit Moody Library to get assistance from our experienced Creative Labs staff.
The Media Lab contains a video booth equipped with a professional quality video camera and an easy to use set-up.
For help setting up and using the equipment in the audio studio, schedule a consultation with Media Lab Staff.
The Video Booth is designed for simple to use professional video capture.
The Media Lab has a variety of cameras and equipment available to help record a video project on the go. Equipment is available to anyone in the Baylor community and is checked out from the Garden Level of the Moody library.
The Media Lab computers are equipped with editing software. Feel free to visit Moody Library to use any workstation to complete your meida project.
Recommended software includes:
You've written your scripts, done your recording and you're ready to put it all together. But exactly how do you do that? This process of cutting and assembling your final project from all your components is called editing.
You should start by compiling your assets, which are all of the components including video clips, still images, and audio files like music and sound effects. Then you'll bring your assets into an editing program. When you've completed your project, export it as a .MP4 or .MOV and upload to a sharing platform.
The art of editing takes time and practice to improve. Some general tips to get started include:
|Know your footage: Review what you've recorded, take notes, and know how you're going to shape the story|
|B-Roll is important: Shoot as much B-Roll, or extra footage that correlates with your subject matter. The more footage you have, the easier it is to edit over mistakes.|
|Learn the Hot Keys: Each program has its own set of hot keys, or shortcuts, that allow for quicker editing. The more familiar you are with a single program, the faster your editing time will be.|
|Add music and sound effects: Find music that fits your tone and sound effects that enhance your video.|
Background noise: steady, constant background noises like fans and hums can be taken out in Adobe Premiere. It is much harder to take out random noises like other people talking or sirens.
Engaging video usually includes some form of sound or music Music can also be added into the background of a noisy interview clip to mask the noise.
Royalty free music allows you to purchase a license for a piece of music that entitles you to use it for the duration of the license.
For free music, search for creative commons licensed music, which generally allow you to use a piece of music for free and without permission, as long as you credit the artist. Some creative commons licensed music is restricted to non-commercial uses. Always make sure you have permission to use a piece of music. You can also search for music that is in the public domain, in which the copyright has expired. Websites to browse through include:
|Free Sound||A collaborative database of CC-licensed sound. Freesound focusses on sound and sound effects, not music|
|Archive.org||Non-profit digital library with collections of digitized free movies, music, images, websites and more|
|Free Music Archive||CC-licensed music grouped by genre||||
|ccMixter||CC-licensed music for film, video and games||||
|CCTrax||CC-licensed music grouped by genre||||
|Incompetech||CC-licensed and royalty-free music from one composer||||
|Soundcloud||Audio-sharing site with a decent amount of CC-licensed music||||
|mobygratis||Electronic musician Moby has released many of his songs to use for free in educational projects||||
If you have a musical friend, consider asking them if you can use their music or if they’d like to partner with you to create sounds specifically for your project.
Kaltura Mediaspace allows for video upload and web storage for all Baylor fac/staff. Kaltura also seamlessly integrates with Canvas to add videos to your online classrooms. For a full Kaltura Tutorial Click Here
Social video sharing sites provide an increasingly popular forum for uploading and distributing original audio content. YouTube offers a way to upload video and share via popular social networks such as Twitter or Facebook, as well as embed video into websites.
Recording For Online Courses
Making the content you create universally accessible is a good habit to form. When creating a lecture recording or screencast, remember to be descriptive in your narration. This will help ensure that your video is easily understood by your viewers.
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