1. TUTORIALS: HOW TO SHOOT A VIDEO. Here are some suggestions on how to do so to get started:
- 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.
- Rockethub’s Guide to Making a video: http://tinyurl.com/gohenlz
- The 2014 #SciFund Challenge Video Class
- 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).
2. PLAN YOUR VIDEO BY STORYBOARDING. These resources range in price from “free” to “not-free”.
- ACMI Storyboard generator
- List if 11 storyboard apps
- Print-ready storyboard template and blog post written for people making a music video (we’re getting’ the band back together!).
- Video – why storyboard? Geared for filmmakers and people hiring people to shoot commercials
- iMovie Storyboards
3. VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE
- Typing “Best Video Editing Software” into your search engine will bring up a ton of lists with suggestions on free software. Here is one from DigitalTrends.com and another one from TechRadar.com
- You can edit movies and photos using google photos – pretty basic but easy to use
- 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.
- Ready to Learn how to use it? UF faculty, students, and staff have access to LinkedIn Learning, which is loaded with instructional videos on a huge range of topics, including web page design and video production. Once you have figured out what software you want to use, browse around and see if there is a tutorial for it. In just a few seconds I found:
- 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.
4. RECORDING AUDIO: 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:
- 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 Ranganathan 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.
- Lapel (Lavalier) Microphone
- 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.
- 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-production
- 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 the necessary adapters and cables.
5. MUSIC. Do you want a soundtrack or background music? DON’T VIOLATE COPYRIGHT! Get music that is royalty-free or has the appropriate Creative Commons license. 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 DanoSongs.com.
- Free music by a well-known artist without licensing fees! Moby Gratis (MobyGratis.com), 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 library of pre-approved tracks that you can use in your video free of charge.
- Vimeo Stock and Royalty Free Music: Vimeo also has a catalog of songs for videos. Some free; others you pay to download.
- A list with 10 sites (I’ve used DanO songs)
6. PHOTOS: You can intercut photos of your field sites, study species, community or team members, etc. into your video. DO NOT VIOLATE COPYRIGHT. Get photos that are royalty-free or have the appropriate Creative Commons license. Remember….ROYALTY-FREE PHOTOS do not necessarily = completely free – you may have to pay to download the photo.
- a list of free images by Alex Wild (@myrmecos).
- Here is a useful blog post showing you how you can find free photos on flickr….
- ….and the link to the flickr CC search site.
- Unsplash (free, royalty free, no attribution needed)
- Photopin.com allows you to search CC databases.
- Tinyography (square photos shot with an iphone – good for instagram)
- And a list of 43 other sites.
- You can also use an app like Zoomy ($3.99) to find royalty-free stock photos.