Resources for Video Production

Smartphones are an ideal tool for shooting video.

One of the things you need to prepare for your Crowdfunding Project is a video, and we will have time in class on Wednesday to play around with different tools to shoot and edit video and sound.  For now, here are some useful resources to look over before Wednesday.

Want to shoot a video? Here are some suggestions on how to do so to get started:

  1. Producing Your Own Video Program, an excellent overview by UF Faculty Member Ricky Telg. It’s part of a series he’s written on Video Production.
  2. Rockethub’s Guide to Making a video:
  3. The 2014 #SciFund Challenge Video Class
  4. Great post is about why you should make a video to accompany your papers and how to go about doing so from the team at the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution (the suggestions and motivation are perfect for crowdfunding videos).

GEAR:  You’re also going to need some tools – minimum is a camera, microphone, and editing software.


  1. Typing “Best Video Editing Software” into your search engine will bring up a ton of lists with suggestions on free software.
    1. Here is one from and another one from
  2. You can edit movies and photos using google photos – preety basic but easy to use
  3. UF Students have access to a TON of great software through UFAPPS The Adobe suite of apps, including Adobe Premier Pro, is available for a small fee.
  4. Ready to Learn how to use it? UF faculty, students, and staff have access to, which is loaded with instructional videos (click the yellow box on the right-hand side of the page to log on).Once you have figured out what software you want to use, browse around and see if there is a tutorial for it on the Lynda site. In just a few seconds I found:
    1. One that teaches you to use iMovie for Mac
    2. …and another one on shooting video with your iphone
    3. …and another one called “Techniques for shooting non-profit videos
  5. If you use iMovie, you can either create a project (movie) from scratch or use a pre-made template.  Here are some resources on using and modifying templates, including how to make them longer than the default time.
    1. Storyboard tutorial
    2. Mastering iMovie trailers
    3. PDFs of the trailer storyboards to help you plan



The right Mic is critical, and what kind depends on what you are going to do: are you filming from far away? Interview-style?  Here are some options:

Lapel (Lavalier) Microphones

  • If all you want is a lapel mike that plugs straight into the iphone so you can record interviews this Rode smartLav+ is highly recommended on the interwebs.

External Microphones

  • Zoom makes some really nice, moderately priced microphones.  The Zoom IQ5 is a small stereo microphone that iphone or ipad. It makes a huge difference when recording video and is a good mic for filming straightforward videos. You can rotate in the direction of the speaker but it will still pick up external sound, so for interviews a lapel microphone (i.e., lavalier microphone) will be better. However, this has the advantage of not having to sync sound and video in post-production. My one complaint is that it is tough to plug in if you have a case on your phone, so I might try one of these adapters.  (NB: the new zoom mikes seem to have accounted for this – finally – and have longer stems for the lightning connector).  There are other external mic options, and googling finds lots of posts on the topic. I found this one by Jeff Geerling useful.
  • If you want a mic that doubles as a recorder. Jai recommended the Zoom H1. It’s reasonably priced and you can pair it with a lav mike for interviews. Get a 32 gb memory card for it. You can also plug it into a video camera with some extra cables.

Wireless Lavalier Microphones: Wireless lav mikes are tough – the good ones can be very expensive (>$600) but there are some budget options.

  • This Audio-Technica PRO 88W-R35 Wireless Lavalier System is generally well recommended., You’ll need to get a lav mike like this one the speaker plugs into the unit they carry on their belt. You can record into a portable recorder like the Zoom H1, then sync sound and video in post
  • You can also rig it so the sound is recorded directly into your video camera.  Here are some tutorials on how to do this:
  • Don’t forget! You’re going to need some adapters and cables.

BONUS: MUSIC. Want a soundtrack? DON’T VIOLATE COPYRIGHT! Get music that is royalty-free or lisenced under creative Commons.  Remember….ROYALTY-FREE MUSIC does not necessarily = completely free – you may have to pay to download the track.  Thanks to Megan O’Neill and Devon Glenn for the blog posts with these lists

  • Incompetech. All kinds of different genres; requires attribution.
  • Dan-O: composer that offers original songs for free download at
  • Free music by a well-known artist without licensing fees!  Moby Gratis (, where Moby provides music for free download and use provided your film is non-commercial or non-profit.
  • ccMixter: community music site where music is posted under Creative Commons license. NB: some creative commons licenses require you give credit to the source in the  video.
  • Partners In Rhyme: music loops, sound effects, midi files and more. Some of the royalty free music is for sale, but they’ve got a selection of free music loops and full-length tracks for free download
  • PacDV free music and sound effects; requires attribution.
  • Public domain music, video and other content can be used in any way, including in your online videos. Public Domain 4U is a great site for finding public domain music downloads.
  • Musopen is another free site that provides music that has the copyright expired. Especially good for classical music.
  • Beatpick licensed music but if you are using it in a non-commercial or non-profit production it’s free (choose song, click  “License Song”,  choose “Non Commercial projects.”)
  • SoundCloud Special section for tracks were uploaded under a Creative Commons license.
  • YouTube Video Editor: Inside the YouTube video editor is a ibrary of pre-approved tracks that you can use in your video free of charge.
  • Vimeo Music Store: Vimeo also has a catalog of songs for videos. Some free, while you pay to download.




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