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Operative Definitions

(Quick-tip: Determine your best option to obtain reasonably clear narrations/audio and learn basis equalizing and compression techniques with free software “Audacity”. Create short, targeted videos around voice-overs, music-beds, other available audio, etc…)

Easy 1-2-3 Video is about being confident using available equipment and technology to organize multimedia projects to produce acceptable results with minimal work and maximum fun. This is achieved by:

  1. Planning.  Setting objectives, outlining content, establishing style, defining “success” and determining workable path to get there.
  2. Production.  Capturing what has been planned, striving to be efficient and productive.
  3. Post-Production.  Putting the “magic of digital video” together making our multimedia/video look and sound great. If steps 1 & 2 are done carefully, this final step is the easiest!

Note: This is not strictly a linear process. With experience, one learns how to use available equipment and technology for best results. Each step of the process impacts every other. Please be reflective, determine what works and use previous “successes” to guide future planning, production, and post-production.

Video in Classroom

Teacher-produced lesson videos are powerful tool sif content is targeted towards student needs because material can be presented in three distinctly different contexts/teaching modes:

  1. Introduce ideas in video
  2. Watch video (created around limited set of ideas supporting lesson)
  3. Review/discuss what the video is about

Less is more: Teacher-produced videos can exactly meet a given lesson/unit and can be integrated into lesson plans with precise knowledge of how long that section of content-delivery will last. Students will immediately settle down and be ready to watch teacher-produced videos.

Shorter videos are better:  

While many are available via YouTube and other services:

Planned Productions versus Real-Time Events

Sometimes we are covering an event instead of producing a short educational piece for a lesson. These types of projects should be approached carefully (TIP: This writer suggests you AVOID providing videography for events if you are just getting started.  Everything in our 1-2-3 video presentation does applies, however, steps 1 and 2 need to be done “on the fly”, often “catch-as-catch can"). 

It is difficult to improvise and fully anticipate production and post-production needs for "real-time" event. It is also easy to fall into the trap of shooting far too much video, much more than could possibly be used for a short, targeted production. This wastes time -- potentially huge amounts of time.

Videography services for weddings and family events are expensive – there are good reasons for this. If possible, defer creating videos of events unless you have a strong personal interest / connection. And remember, “impromptu planning” is a form of planning too!

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