This article covers some of the basics of how to create video content, along with recommendations on how to edit it to compile multiple videos together.
To create your own video recordings you will need a camera of some sorts. This can be a video camera (such as the ones which are borrowable from the Faculty of Dance Library), a camera in a phone or tablet, or a web cam which can be connected to a computer.
Do I need a computer?
If you are planning on using a conventional video camera which tend to record on to SD cards or similar removable media, we would recommend the use of a computer (with any appropriate SD card readers). Likewise, if you want full control over the editing of a recording, as the most powerful video editing applications are only available on desktop/laptops.
However, mobile devices have increasingly good cameras, and apps which enable decent editing on mobile devices are now available. So if you are using a mobile device to capture content, you may be happy with the results that can be achieved solely on the device.
Steps for creating video content
For most media creation projects, there are 3 steps:
- Thinking about what and when you’re going to record (script, location, time);
- Thinking about how you’re going to record it (what you’re going to use, storyboarding);
- Gathering all required materials together;
- This is where you record or otherwise acquire the footage;
- This is where you edit the recording, or compile multiple sections together;
- Includes exporting the footage in suitable form for your chosen delivery method.
Depending on the complexity of your planned recording, you may find it useful to:
- Find a suitable location to record,
- Create a shooting script (if your recording consists of dialogue),
- Create some storyboards (especially useful if you are planning on using multiple shots and locations or scenes),
- Figure out what camera you are going to use:
- Video camera/mobile device/web cam,
- have you got enough storage available on the SD Card or device?
- Charge the batteries?
- Are you using a tripod? If not, how will you keep the shot steady?
- Think about the framing of the shot – does it include all elements that you need it to?
- How is audio captured? Does it sound good? Listen back to any tests you’re doing and consider potentially using another device which is positioned closer to the action to capture important sound (especially if you are using dialogue).
- If it doesn’t look/sound/feel great, shoot it again – give yourself some options when it comes to editing.
Using a computer to edit
Assemble all of your footage in one location on your computer. We would suggest using an external hard drive if possible.
If you need help with this, see our guide on getting audio and video recordings from one device to another.
Put all of your footage inside a folder called “Rushes” which should be positioned inside your main project folder.
Choose which editing/encoding software you are going to use (we’ve collected together resources for some of our favourites:
No edit required – just encoding
If you have only 1 file and want to upload it to eStream or another online video platform, we would encourage you to process the files simply which normally makes them smaller files which are more easily uploaded and streamed. For more information, see our guide to preparing videos for eStream.
Handbrake – Info & guide.
Adobe Media Encoder – Info & guide.
For simple edits:
Adobe Premiere Rush – Info & guide
iMovie – Info & guide
More advanced edits:
Adobe Premiere Pro – Info & guide
DaVinci Resolve – Info & guide
Using a mobile device to edit
We’ve found that using a mobile device for anything more than simple editing can be frustrating and time consuming, so would recommend using a computer if it is possible.
If you only have access to a mobile device for editing, we would recommend using the following apps (please note that they may not be available for all phones):
Adobe Premiere Rush – Info & guide
Quik – Info & Guide.
Getting additional help
If you need additional assistance or have any questions, please contact the AV Support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.