Video Animation For Business | Animated Video Production

Username:

Password:

Forgot Password? / Help
Call Us Today +1 408.780.8693

Video Marketing News

Video Marketing News

127 Video Marketing Facts Infographic

Wow, thanks to Website Builder for this insanely detailed – and fun – infographic on video marketing facts! Take the time and give this a good scroll through.. like, who knew that a 1% increase in active videos can bring in an extra $13,000 a month!? Great stuff:

127 Video Marketing Facts Infographic

The post 127 Video Marketing Facts Infographic appeared first on Reel Marketer.


read more

The Animated Video Process: 7 Steps For Getting It Done Right

You just got approval to start on your animated video project and you’re asking yourself, “What do I do now?” Well, first-off, you should totally celebrate! An animated video is a great way to build up branded content and tell your company’s story in a new and excited way. Plus, it’s a fun process. Here are our seven steps for creating a great animated video.

1. Concept

The concept is the story. Without a strong storyline, the visuals won’t have any impact and won’t meet your business goals. This phase includes the Creative Brief — a questionnaire that the clients fills out. Here the video production company finds out about goals, branding, unique selling points, benefits, and non-negotiables (items or topics that cannot be cut). This is the fuel to the brainstorm where the concept is born. At VAC, we take our creative brainstorms very seriously because it sets the framework, tone, and strategy for the video. They’re also a moment to have fun with ideas and get a little playful — which might sound like we’re screwing around, but this gives the team an opportunity to change perspectives and develop bold ideas. Once this step is complete, a couple of concepts are pitched to the client. Once the winner is selected, onto the script!
 

2. Script

This is where the message is developed. Characteristics of a strong script are concise and casual language, staying on point, and having a strong call to action. Without a call-to-action, your video ROI will be difficult to measure. Typically this step only takes about 3-5 days and from there it’s open up for revisions. A big benefit of having an outsider write your video script is that it’s a new perspective. Heck, your producer could also be your customer, and a great script always keeps the audience in mind.
(Image Sourc
 

3. Storyboard

  Here is where you start to see the visuals. After a concept and script are approved by the client, we draft up frame-by-frame the look of your video. Here is where you can see the beginnings of design and how the story progresses. It’s important to remember that at this phase that everything is sketched out. This makes it easier for us to incorporate your feedback and keep things moving along.

4. Style

The reason why we create each video from scratch is because each video should be unique to your business and accurately reflect your brand. A style frame is a single, full-color frame that reflects the final aesthetic of your video. They might include text, icons, backgrounds, characters, or more. An easy way to think of a style frame is your video without motion. Here is an example of what we mean:
Since an animated video requires both a designer and an animator (sometimes creatives specialize in both), it best to start with design, approve it and then move onto animation. That way if you find that you would prefer your dog character to be a cat, we can make the change before sending it over to the animator.

5. Voiceover

The voiceover. It may seem like a small part of the video in comparison to the design and animation, but it carries a lot of weight. It’s important because you need to find the right voice for you and your company. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all voice, it’s all about finding the right tone to match your brand. We find there are three basic tones to use: Excited, Dramatic, and Neutral. Your story and brand voice will help influence the tone. Are you launching a product and trying to build up awareness? You may want to find an excited voice to pump up your viewers. Or is your product or service a solution to a major problem? Using Drama can help build things up. Lastly, if you find that you need a simple video that explains a certain topic pretty extensively, a neutral tone can reduce distraction so your audience can get the full meaning of your message.

6. Animation

This is where the meat of the project is — adding motion to your video. This phase can take about 2-3 weeks but it’s important because every frame is carefully timed to make sure things are transitioning smoothly and any characters look lifelike (not robotic or awkward). There are two types of scene transitions in animation. The first is when you let the computer create in-between frames (or in the biz, we refer to as “tweening”). This allows for effortless motion between scenes. The other is traditional cell animation (think of old school illustrations such as Looney Toons). This is the preferred method when a video has a lot of characters in it. When a character moves across the screen, the animator needs to think about how their legs, arms, and torso move together. Because of this high complexity, it's done by hand and takes much longer, but it’s worth it! Accurate motion is required for making your viewers feel connected to your characters.

7. Sound Design

The final stage is adding sound. This can be anywhere from adding a song (our friends over at Marmoset have great tips on music licensing) to just sound effects.   Sound effects can make a big difference for your video. They can spice up an otherwise mundane scene or can call attention to a certain section. With the information from the Creative Brief, your producer will know what action you’re hoping your viewers take and make sure the sound design helps highlight it. Wrap Up It might seem like a lot at first, but every step in the process is important in telling your story. Just remember that if you have a solid foundation in your creative brief, animation, design, and sound are just icing on the cake. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our animation process. Also feel free to add questions or comments or tweet us! The post The Animated Video Process: 7 Steps For Getting It Done Right appeared first on Reel Marketer.
read more

Top 4 Promo Video Trends To Follow in 2017

Promo videos are steadily becoming a standard part of marketers online growth strategy. As the trend to broaden exposure to multiple marketing channels increases, the need for video marketing grows just as quickly.

In 2017, online content marketing is booming like never before. Organizations of all sizes are becoming more Internet savvy and online articles, whitepapers, ebooks, info graphics and of course, videos are being created at a steadily faster rate. Because visual content is the most engaging, images, GIFs and videos continue to be the most popular content. Content is easily shared as links via e-mail, twitter, Facebook and even person-to-person through text messaging, the most personal method of sharing.

Video is expected to become even more popular as this year progresses. It has been shown through research and surveys that content marketing with specifically promotional video will be responsible for the highest share of traffic by 2019! On an average, forecasts predict mobile users spend at least 40 minutes daily watching – and sharing and engaging with – videos. So it won’t just be 2017; the popularity of promo videos trend will continue, and grow at even a faster rate as time progresses.

Now is the time to get started; here are four easy promo video trends to familiarize yourself with this year

1. Branded Promo Video Content

People today are now more inclined towards watching videos than reading online. As mobile Internet use grows, video is easier to watch than reading text on a small screen – just press play! Viewers can sit back and let the video do all the talking. All brands that aspire to better connect with their customers must be aware of this trend to video content.

Marketing departments can respond accordingly by releasing engaging, informative promo videos that answer viewer’s questions while building brand awareness. A promotional video is not an advertisement, but having the support of a brand without being overbearing is perfectly okay. If the information’s quality is good, and the production value is good, a viewer will likely be inclined to like, bookmark or share the video content with their friends and colleagues. Bite-sized videos, with time lengths of thirty seconds to no more than a minute and a half, are excellent for this purpose.

Examples of branded promotional videos can range from featuring their employees and offering quick tips to their buyers to interviewing any industry influencer with promotional voice over some video content. And, the best thing is that there are numerous platforms available for free to share these videos. YouTube and Facebook are the most ideal, and LinkedIn and Twitter have their wide popularities to draw upon too.

The easiest way for an organization to begin creating promo videos is to consider repurposing your existing written-article content into the video medium. Taking already your most-popular articles and reworking the messages for the video format will allow you to take maximum benefits from the video marketing trend while pleasing an expanding audience.

2. Promo Videos Embedded throughout the Website

As it is said images speak far better than the written word, it is proven in the case of video marketing too. A video embedded on a sales or informational page will notably amplify conversion rates in online business. Commerce websites can better inform a prospect, gain trust, build brand and reduce opposition by creating relevant promotional video content. Moreover, this can prove to be more beneficial in case of a services company as products can still be featured through images and text content.

Posting promotional videos on social platforms and linking to homepage is one of the most efficient ways to drive traffic to your website. Unlike other forms of content, videos are more engaging therefore these are more effective. If you feature a promo video on your main page or about us page, visitors tend to stay longer on your website and this may turn them to potential customers as well.

Using a promotional video content on your website to introduce your brand to the audience is a remarkable way to build relationship and trust with the customers. To start exploring promo video by using a creative brief template will help you discover the goals and needs your audience has in a video. As promo videos gain more and more popularity, you can grab this opportunity to have promo videos posted on homepages as well along with sales and landing pages.

3. Live Streaming Promo Style Videos

Sharing of live videos has become notably popular in the current years via Facebook Live and Periscope. These platforms allow the users to share real-time videos. Businesses are embracing these new mediums by being creative and utilizing these platforms for promoting products, featuring demonstrations. Also, while not a promotional video per se, video can be used for question and answer sessions too. If none of these, you can also let the audience simply know about your brand by viewing these videos.

Periscope is one of the free video sharing platforms with comparatively fewer users when compared to say Twitter, but still, it has the capacity to promote your following more quickly. Periscope is said to feature 350,000 hours of videos daily and is widely popular amongst top 15% of the brands. Above all of course is YouTube. which has its huge user base and SEO tie-in with Google, and is a must-have to be used to feature your promo videos.

Facebook Live is gaining popularity with users now as well. This platform lets an organization speak to it’s users by perhaps offering a special “behind the stage” glimpse of your company. Using an iPhone on a tripod for video can suffice as these cameras record 4K video. Reports say that Facebook users spend three times more time watching videos on Facebook Live than on any other videos that are simply shared to the site. This simply means that there is more scope that can be explored and executed into your marketing plan.

4. Email Campaign with Promo Video Series

The last big concept for promotional video use is with a tie-in to an email marketing strategy. Video is more effective and quick to communicate your ideas and concepts than written text. Embedding promo videos in e-mail marketing is proving to be an added advantage. Surveys have shown that businesses or marketers who have utilized this feature have enjoyed an upsurge in their e-mail open rates as well as pay per click rates. Also, there has been a greater count of shares and engagement once the video is being watched.

Strategies like using the term ‘video' in the subject lines of e-mails have confirmed it to be helpful. The types of video contents that tend to perform the best include videos on training and product demonstrations.

Get Stared with Your Promo Video Campaign

To make sure that using video content in your marketing is successful, focus on creating quality promotional videos that are brief in length, have a clear call to action and are persuasive. Brevity and a key message is paramount. As a final takeaway, to reach a greater audience, ensure that you are hosting your videos on YouTube as well for SEO. Take hold of the opportunity and boost your organization by embracing this year’s promotional video trends!

Steven Randall is a blogger and a content manager. He is also a fan of movies, music and writing. Steven finds inspiration in reading and traveling, and is happy to answer any questions you may have.

The post Top 4 Promo Video Trends To Follow in 2017 appeared first on Reel Marketer.


read more

Common Newbie Video Production Mistakes: 4 Ways to Improve Production Value

You’ve got a great idea, and you know how to tell it right, and need to make a video. But your video sucks. Something is off, but it’s hard to tell what is off exactly. Does it really matter?

This isn’t really a problem, is it?

Unfortunately, I regretfully must inform you, a poor video is a poor video and likely will not succeed, even if your message is smart. Why is this? What happens if a video feels low quality?

Due to very low attention spans today, if your viewer cannot easily see, hear and understand your video due to low quality, you will lose that viewer.

Worse… your viewer will likely click away to view your competition’s video!

The Good News: The Hard Part is Already Over

A lot of people get stuck before even hitting record, overwhelmed with the idea of creating a video and worried about details. (Note: there is no reason to get overwhelmed.. there are plenty of checklists to assist with getting everything you need done! That’s what they’re there for – guiding the process, one step at a time.)

Not being afraid of the camera is great, the gusto to get up and ‘film something’ should be encouraged!

While recording video is easy, and it can be inexpensive, actually making good video that viewers like takes a little bit of upfront effort to avoid looking amateur.

Smartphones and apps and fast wireless Internet opened the opportunity for video to quit being an elite newscaster-only tool; and to go mainstream. Then with active social apps such Snapchat, Facebook, Periscope, the general population knows that video is ‘easy’ now.

Sure, video is easy, but GOOD video isn’t just as simple as pulling out an smart phone, pointing it at oneself and tapping record – that’d just be a glorified selfie.

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

Number 1. Newbie Mistake: Lack of a Proper Plan

An intention to record video is good, but a good camera operator and/or director knows why each video clip is being recorded and what that particular shot will be used for. A plan will cover the people, the equipment, the locations, the goals and the target audience the video will be distributed to.

Marketing Strategy

Successful video producers complete; 1st, a creative brief in advance to sort out the goals for the video, and 2nd, a script written to have an overview blue print of the project, and 3rd a storyboard and shot list to cover ALL the bases to having a good plan for each shot used in a video. With a plan, your video will be a success.

Success Action Step: Cover all your bases of Why, Who, When, What and How by using the tools of a video professional. A Creative Brief, Storyboard and Script in advance of shooting your video to have a clear plan of what your video will be do – and make it easier and more fun.

Number 2. Newbie Mistake: Not Understanding ‘Production Value’

What does ‘production value’ mean? Explained in more detail, the phrase should be ‘high quality video production quality’, or professional quality, for short.

Professional Hollywood films cost millions of dollars. This money is spent on planning and filming to make the visuals and audio sound good and look the absolutely best they can (within the constraints of the budget).

Production Value Factors:

Production value is an assortment of variables, and here are some of the following aspects that play a role in the quality of a video.

  • Video Resolution Quality (4K, 1080P HD, 720P, frame rates,)
  • Camera Operation (stability, exposure, leveled, focus, movement)
  • On-Location Sound Quality (clear voice, noise, levels, background sound)
  • Image Quality (grain, noise, color correction, compression artifacts)
  • Lighting Effectiveness (3-point light setup, quality, intensity)
  • Sound Mix Quality (music, narration, background, sound effects)
  • On-Screen Interviewee (professionalism, eye contact, speaking ability)
  • Message Effectiveness (clear script, easy concept, call to action)
  • Graphics and FX (design principals, balance, quality, professionalism)
  • Distribution (ads or no ads, social sharing, effective channels)

Built-In Video Camera MicrophoneBuilt-In Video Camera MicrophoneAudiences are accustomed to spending as little effort as possible to watch and listen to video of this caliber, so the worse the visuals and sound are, the harder a video is to view. This is important because if there is a similar video with a similar message, but it looks and sounds better than yours, viewers will watch the better looking of the choices.

Success Action Step: Watch videos similar to one you wish to create to see what works – and what doesn’t! Write down the aspects that are important on your Creative Brief to help guide the process.

Number 3. Newbie Mistake: Improper setup of camera

The camera is the first link to the video – it acts as the eyes and ears of the viewer. Even if the camera is a high-end 6K camera, if it’s being used as a handheld camera, and shaky and bumpy will not make for a good viewing experience (and if it’s an online video, the viewer will likely stop watching and watch your competitors video instead!)

In comparison, a well-mounted iPhone filming in HD set on a stable level tripod with a smooth camera operator will make a world of a difference – the video will be far more pleasing, and the viewer is far more likely to continue to watch rather than jumping away to another video.

Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget
Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum Tripod

Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Head & 755XB Tripod with Carrying Bag

Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag

The Manfrotto Compact Action tripod offers basic adjustment. Be sure to get a smartphone or tablet mount if shooting with those devices. Not useful to pan or tilt with though. This is a portable, high quality tripod. It will work with smartphones and high-end production cameras. Very smooth pans and tilts. Great bag too! This is a high-quality, heavy duty tripod. It can handle a light-weight “backpacker crane” jib system! Included spreader with the legs also supports more weight.

Success Action Step: Use a tripod – there is a variety available, here are three different tripods for different budgets. Rest assured – all are professional, and all will help make your video better.

Number 4. Newbie Mistake: Failure to use sound and light properly

Any camera – be it a 6K RED or a regular iPhone – only capture two human senses – sight and sound. Modern cameras, while very good today, still cannot filter out background noise or poor light like our human brains can when we’re there, in a room with another person.

Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget
Rode SmartLax+ Lavalier Microphone

Polsen Lavalier Microphone

Sennheiser EW 112-P G3 Wireless Lavalier Microphone Kit

The SmartLav+ is a quality wired lavalier clip-on microphone that works perfectly with an iOS device without needing an adapter. The Polsen OLM-10 wired lavalier microphone offers great audio with no noise feedback. If used with smartphone, needs an adapter.
This Sennheiser lavaier is a wireless microphone set. The EW 112-P G3 is more expensive because due to it's very high quality and being a two-part kit.

While a human can easily have a conversation with another person on a busy subway platform and filter out all the background noise, hums, and uneven light, a camera will have difficulty. Setting up a camera in the best location possible for good light and sound will make a world of difference. With the first step, the planning stage, the best location to film will have been chosen to maximize the quality of the video.

 

Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget
Raya 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector Disc

Impact Qualite 300 Focusing Flood 2 Light Kit

Ikan IB508-v2 Bi-Color LED 3-Light Studio Kit

Success Action Step: I encourage you to try this: record a test video clip in a busy location like this (dim light or nighttime too if you can) of a person speaking to the camera, and then record an alternate clip in a quiet – and well lit bright area. Play back both clips one after the other and see for yourself the differences.

Number 5. Newbie Mistake: Ineffective Distribution

‘Work’ is important. GSD (getting stuff done, or the other variation on the acronym). How does this tie in with distribution? An analogy I like to use is absolutely everyone is creative and most people have great ideas, but what separates people that are considered ‘creative’ from those who aren’t creative is that the creative people actually sit down and MAKE the idea happen. Without that step of the work, no good would come from the idea – it wouldn’t even exist.

Online Video Marketing

A plan for a video is just an idea, just one step in the process. A video that is recorded is one more step too – it's not completed. Even a video that is edited is still not safe – unless the video is shared – and shared properly – it won’t ‘work’. Getting that video out there is a hugely overlooked step. Too often businesses invest in video – good video – and then have no distribution plan to get it seen. Marketing is key – ensuring that the video is put online, and in front of the correct eyeballs, is important.

Success Action Step: Your Creative Brief will address all the aspects that you need here too. It will help you to plan out who will see your video, and where they’ll see it, and what they’ll do after they view your video. Easy, right?

So as you can see, the first step sets all the other steps in motion in the planning stage. The channels for distribution will be chosen, the best locations for sound and lighting will have been identified. The camera will be setup correctly with a tripod, and a script, storyboard and creative brief will be on hand to guide the process. Oh, and have fun.

The post Common Newbie Video Production Mistakes: 4 Ways to Improve Production Value appeared first on Reel Marketer.


read more

The 5 Different Types of Video Productions: Examples and Differences

Saying that online video is popular is a gross understatement. With 6 billion hours of viewing YouTube per month, and an average of 40 minutes of viewing per session per person, YouTube is the undisputed king of online video. All forms of online video; documentaries, news, promotional videos, educational videos and entertainment video are evolving.

As the average attention span continues to shorten thanks to bite-size media appropriate for Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, how videos are being produced is developing to keep pace with consumer viewing behavior.

Why Online Video Works So Well

Online Video Marketing

Complex ideas work extremely well with online video – would TED’s “ideas worth spreading” educational videos be such a success if the same content were merely published in a magazine article? Of course not, there is already great content being published in print, but it rarely gets shared or goes as ‘viral’ as much as some TED videos have. The video medium has a real ability to ‘hook’ viewers and engage emotionally. A video producer’s task as a storyteller is to communicate ideas – and the value of the ideas – in an easily digestible, efficient manner that makes an impact.

There are five main classes of video; they range from entertainment to compelling a person to act. Professional organizations, entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes are adapting how they use video. It wasn’t long ago that video that was online was merely low-resolution entertainment or news clips. But as video is the best idea-conveying medium, its popularity continues to grow proportionally to its easy accessibility and high quality.

The 5 Types of Video Production

Video doesn’t simply tell a message; instead video displays the meaning – video is the ultimate show and tell. Successful video cuts through technology, all the while conveying messages as a form of entertainment, around the world, twenty-four hours around the clock. Here are the top five types of videos, along with explanations and examples:

  1. Educational Videos

The Three Phases of Educational Video Production

Educational videos are excellent examples of teaching and learning concepts. As video uses the primary senses of sight and sound, using video in education allows concepts to be taught more easily and be retained better than reading off a page! This is thanks to the models of ‘multi-modal learning’ and ‘dual-coding theory’, which have shown that communicating with visuals and sound simultaneously will greatly increase comprehension and retention of new ideas.

And with the ability to show a concept though the use of editing shot of an in the field demonstration allows the viewer to truly understand the concepts being shown and discussed.

Educational videos go beyond merely informing the viewer – these videos go deeper into the ‘why’ such and such is important, in addition to just the ‘what’. As an example, an educational video on learning how to SCUBA dive will explain the reason why you must not hold your breath as you ascend to the surface, rather than just stating ‘don’t hold you breath’ without explanation. This ‘why’ is critical, as it delivers real understanding for the audience. The beauty of educational videos is how they can easily share complex ideas – and ‘educate’ learners properly, with comprehension even often able to bypass language barriers.

Examples of Educational Videos

  • Remote Online Classroom Instruction
  • Online Courses with Video Lessons (MooC)
  • How-To Training Videos
  • Student ‘Show and Tell’ Videos
  • Webinar Informational Videos
  • Video Lesson Series
  • Animated Explainer Videos

 

2. Promotional Videos

Promotional videos have become exceptionally popular with the convenience of fast wireless Internet, powerful mobile devices and businesses realizing that they can afford and use video with their marketing. These style of videos have adapted quickly to the habits of the modern viewer; short length videos, relevant information, engaging style and available where the viewer will be interested in viewing, and then ideally sharing the video with their social networks!

Guide How to Make a Promotional VideoA critical distinction is that promotional videos are not advertisements like we would see on TV commercial breaks. With a promotional video, the choice to watch is with the viewer. The person is interested to see if the video will offer a solution to their problem and presses play. The promotional videos marketing therefore to suggest value up front. And if it doesn’t, the viewer can choose to stop viewing at any time, unlike TV or online video ads, which intrusively play without the viewer having control.

Promotional videos differ from instructional and educational videos in that they’re targeting a very specific viewer and speaking to their needs, then presenting a solution and concluding with a ‘call to action’, asking the viewer to take action. With the art of persuasion and rapport, similar to an experienced salesperson, a viewer will ideally feel that the video offered value – and it’s their choice if they respond to the call to action. Taking action: a social like or share, or a purchase, are all common goals for promotional video marketers.

Examples of Promotional Videos:

  • Talking-head Videos
  • Corporate Videos
  • Testimonial Videos
  • Presentation Videos
  • Explainer Videos
  • Human Resources Videos
  • Unboxing Videos
  • Product Demonstration Videos
  • Real Estate Tour Videos
  • Event Videos
  • Presentation Videos
  • Keynote Slideshow Presentation Videos
  • Advertising Videos
  • Comparison Videos
  • Giveaway Videos
  • Product Review Videos
  • Announcement Videos
  • Destination Videos

 

3. Informational Videos

These are the most simplistic types of videos – cut and dry information delivered as succinctly as possible. Think of a news host delivering current news, with a quick story sound bite and moving on to the next story in rapid succession. These videos give the ‘what’ on a topic, but don’t go much deeper, so the ‘why’ is often left largely unexplored (as good educational or promotional video would show).

Journalism is a good example of purely informational video. News and information videos give you the sounds and sights of the news events as if you were right there on location. No need to imagine what might be going on… You can see it and hear it for yourself. With all smartphones having a HD or 4K camera with video capabilities, news gathering is now in the hands of common people. Instead of a Television station with a producer and camera operator and interviewer, a single person can record and upload or stream live-video from most anywhere, anytime.

Examples of Informational Videos:

  • Television Newscasts
  • Interview Question & Answer Videos
  • Streaming Video Online News Websites
  • Socially-Shared News Snippets (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • Public Service Announcments (PSAs)

 

4. Documentary Films (and Videos)

The definition of a documentary film is nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record.” (Wikipedia). Bear in mind, most documentaries are mostly shot digitally now, rather than on celluloid film, but the word “film” is a throwback to the genre, not the medium, which is fine.

Documentaries are typically a mix of entertainment and information dispensing, and very popular. There are three main types of documentaries; observational (or Cinéma vérité) mainly without any narration moving the process forward, participatory, such as famous director ‘Michael Moore’ as a character taking part in the events as we watch, and expository, with the narrator chiefly explaining and the events as we watch. There are more genres of documentaries are well, please see this site: alexburtonjournal.blogspot.ca

Examples of Documentary Genres:

  • Poetic documentaries
  • Observational documentaries
  • Reflexive documentaries
  • Performative documentaries
  • Expository documentaries
  • Participatory documentaries

 

5. Entertainment Videos

Finally, the fun stuff, entertaining videos simply for entertainment’s sake. The sky is the limit here, and many of the prior examples of video can fall under entertainment as well, so it’s not a hard and fast category. Entertaining videos can vary in scope, genre and purpose. Videos on Netflix, online movies, YouTube video stars, video clips, and more all fall under the scope of entertainment.

Examples of Entertainment Videos:

  • Music Videos
  • Travel Videos
  • Automotive Enthusiast Videos
  • Wedding Videos
  • Comedy Shows
  • YouTube Channel Stars
  • Reality Shows
  • Movies (Hollywood, etc)
  • Episodic-Drama Shows
  • Streaming Services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, HULU, etc)
  • Solid Media (DVD and Blu-Ray)

 

Similarities and Differences of Video Types

There are so many varieties of videos, and so much crossover and overlap that the combinations and lists could seemingly go on forever. The lists above help outline the main genres of video. Next, onto differences and similarities between the key genres. First, the differences…

The Differences Between Video Genres

Most videos types aside Entertainment videos, if not all videos, have a bias and a goal to persuade and motivate action on part of the viewer. Promotional videos require a call to action, where the video will clearly state the next step the viewer must take to achieve the result that is being proposed.

While each video style has a degree partiality on the featured issue, it’s specifically the promotional video that follows a specific formula to persuade the viewer to take action at the end. The entire purpose of the promotional video is to persuade a change in opinion or behavior on part of the viewer, whereas informational and educational videos are more passive.

Commonalities between Different Videos Types

Legal Team

All of the video types share the goal of sharing a story or knowledge with the audience, so in this regard, they’re all the most basic type of video: informational. All videos have a target audience in mind, whether it is narrowed down to age, language, gender or political opinion, an audience was chosen when the planning the scope out with the creative brief took place. Entertainment is also a factor, at some level – if a video is not engaging, the viewer will simply not ‘hear’ the message, rendering the video useless. Videos simply can’t be boring anymore due to short attention spans.

Lastly, always remember, each and every video has a bias – even the most seemingly impartial documentary has made specific choices on what video clips to keep, and which ones to edit out, shaping the message the end viewer receives.

The post The 5 Different Types of Video Productions: Examples and Differences appeared first on Reel Marketer.


read more

How to Make an Educational Video, 3 Point Guide for Students and Teachers

Use of Educational video and informational video inside and outside the classroom is the opportunity to communicate better, more easily and cross boundaries using the web and social media.

This how to guide goes step-by-step through the scripting, filming, editing and sharing of an educational video. Both students and teachers appreciate that understanding is paramount, and when a method is available that offers better memory retention and is faster than reading – though online video – the opportunity is a must.

Outcomes of This How-To Guide for Students (and Teachers)

By reading this how-to guide, you will have the overview of how to make your own educational video, the steps and tools involved, and how to share your video online. This guide is laid out in sequence for both students and teachers, with explanations and examples for students as they embark on their first educational video assignment. At the end of each section are tips specifically for teachers and students, to ensure they:

  • Follow the steps of video production for successful video creation
  • Understand how the main concepts in editing a video
  • Learn the concepts of shooting with a video camera
  • Upload a video to YouTube to be shared
  • Resources for finding music for use in production
  • Downloadable Templates for Scripting, Storyboarding, and More

Bridging The ‘Brick-And-Mortar' Classroom with Online Learning

Teaching in stage, moving into deeper complexity as concepts are understood works in classrooms, online courses and books. In this knowledge transfer process, teachers and student learners are bound together in this exchange as they cooperatively attempt to communicate effectively and understand and memorize new concepts.

Inquisitive Young Girl with Hardcover Book Smiling

Today, available to everyone is a solution that helps us teach and learn even more effectively. The tools and know-how, as in this guide, is available for students and teachers inside and outside the classroom. While face-to-face is the ideal option, it's often not available, and we can embrace new learning opportunities.

Why is Learning, Teaching and Understanding, So Hard?

earning new concepts can be difficult.  If learning was easy for everyone, then one in-depth book for each subject would be enough. Self-directed learning would be king. There would be no need for classrooms, schools or instructors. Just a book for each topic.

But learning usually doesn’t happen this easily, as students can often get lost with a new concept. Ideally, with careful consideration for learners, an instructor teaches using concepts and words a student already understands to translate and explain a new idea. Periodically, a new word or idea is introduced that conveys a new meaning. Using this language progression, the process continues forward as the instructor goes into the topic, building deeper understanding all the way along.

Why Use Video as a Teaching and Learning Tool?

Christopher Ruffell
Christopher Ruffell

Informing effectively and keeping learners engaged is critical during the information transfer process. Today, the best technology tool for effective distance-teaching is using educational video. Video is also used as a supplement in the classroom. Well-made video captivates and communicates effectively as it is multisensory, using both visual and auditory senses. Being able to see and to hear a concept being demonstrated is far more effective than a new learner simply reading text and trying to visualize the concept mentally.

Watching a demonstration ‘live’ on video reduces the ‘cognitive load’, or amount of mental work. Video is simple and allows the mind to easily grasp a new concept and commit the idea to memory.

Effective teachers are aware that students need the most support just as they are initially being introduced to a new idea. Similar to how good promotional videos communicate concepts successfully, teachers use educational video’s ability to captivate interest and enhance student learning and supplement concepts being taught in the classroom.

How Does Video Work to Make Learning Better?

Learners and instructors alike prefer video compared to reading and writing methods, as video verbally explains and visually illustrates at the same time. Used both inside and outside the classroom, video is ideal for the process of transferring ideas to be understood. Being more engaged when the learning occurs leads to more effective memory recall, and concept is retained more easily than with many other mediums.

Adult Learners Seated in Classroom Reading Paper

Video is a prime example of ‘multi-modal’ learning, or, multiple communication methods at the same time (Lazear, 2008). With the powerful combination of simultaneous visual and auditory learning and due to ‘picture superiority effect’, visual memories are given far more importance than verbal, or word memories (Nelson, D.L., 1976).

The Benefits of Video with Learning and Recall:

  • Video is Easier to Comprehend than Verbal Instruction. Well-planned and produced videos enhance comprehension and retention of information when compared to traditional “reading and writing” methods.
  • Video is a Textbook Example of ‘Multi-Modal Learning”. With visuals, text, and speech, educational video offer multiple methods of information delivery and simultaneously increases engagement and ability to understand (Lazear, D. 2008).
  • Video Increases Memory Recall due to ‘Dual Coding Theory’. Because humans' memory is recorded as either pictorial or word-based, educational video greatly increases recall ability of both due to it’s synchronized visual and verbal associations (Paivio, A. 1921).

The Value in Assigning Students to Make their Own Educational Videos

Competency-based learning is demonstrated by students when a class is assigned the task to make and share their own educational videos. The hands-on aspect of researching, filming and editing video gives students the ability to demonstrate both their technical communication competencies as well as detailing the topic they are persuasively reporting on.

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

Educational video is a perfect fit with increasingly popular online education options, and with mass online courses, travel is no longer an issue. Students can be away from the classroom and using an iPhone with the iMovie app and can create their own educational videos and then share and view each other’s video assignments over the Internet. Students can watch and report their classmate’s videos as well, all this occurring outside of valuable classroom time.

The 3 Points of Educational Video Production

By following the correct steps of video production, in the proper order, students and teachers alike will be able to create successful educational videos. Today, video does not have to be difficult to create, and it doesn’t have to be expensive either. The iMovie app for Apple products, (for either the Mac or an iOS mobile device such as iPhone), will work very well. Thanks to the advances in technology, cameras, microphones and editing apps are easy to acquire and use – an iPhone is all that’s needed to create a professional looking video today.

The Three Phases of Educational Video Production

  • Planning and Goals, Phase 1: 
Identify the key message, goals, style, audience, script, storyboard and the purpose and strategic steps to communicate the message. These are governed by use of a creative brief, script and storyboard.
  • Video Production, Phase 2:
 Planning the pre-production technical aspects to creating and filming, the video production filming days, and editing and fine-tuning the visuals and sound in post-production.
  • Editing and Sharing, Phase 3:
 Distribution, social sharing, video search-engine-optimizations and analytics.

By following the correct steps of video production, in the proper order, students and teachers alike will be able to create successful educational videos.

Start Making Your Education Video

You can make your own video, but the first question you have to ask yourself is this:

“What should your viewers think or do after they watch your video?”

The answer to this question is crucial to know before any other steps happen. To be said another way, what is the ‘point’ of your video?

The answer to this question will define everything else you do in this with this project; the script, the shots, the people, the graphics, the music and where the final edit is shown.

If a student was making a video to show classmates how a particular change in signage affected pedestrian flow in a public building, then the student would be no reason to interview a grandparent asking them about their childhood studying habits. Planning main details upfront is key, and is done through a few specific worksheets, covered next.

Point 1: Educational Video Planning and Goals

What’s the point of a video if it doesn’t communicate effectively? If a viewer watches a video and doesn’t understand the message or the video production process is untidy and unprofessional, all the time put into the project is wasted – a scenario best avoided!

Educational Video Production Planning and Goals

Good news, there are tools that exist that ensure a video will work as intended. From inception phase and finding meaning to the action phase with the structure of video production and storytelling (T. Pychyl, 2010). Planning and picking the audience and goals for the video aren’t hard, but, does require a little a brief period of focus. The upside is, the more time you concentrate on planning, the less work you have to do later.

The Most Important Step

The first step is to use an educational video Creative Brief – a special questionnaire designed specifically for video production, and answer all the questions in full before you begin. The creative brief defines the key message, the audience, the goals, and other key aspects to make an educational video.

What's Your Story?

The message to the audience should also be clear and concise – you can’t speak to absolutely everyone, so you must decide who your main audience is upfront. Your language and topics will be focused when you have an audience in mind – be conscious of not using terminology if you’re choosing an audience that is unfamiliar with the terms.

The Main Message

How does the Creative Brief work.

  • What is the one Main Message?
  • Who is your Primary Audience?
  • What is the One Action the Viewer Needs to Take?
  • And a few more questions…

Download an Educational Video Creative Brief PDF TemplateThe Creative Brief will give more detail, but in short, the main message should just be one idea. Keep to one learning objective for a video. It should be very clear so that when the video ends, the audience can easily speak to what the topic was about with confidence. If you have multiple ideas you want to get across, it is best to break those ideas up into separate videos, so rather than having a single 6-minute video with 3 messages, make three 2-minute videos with one idea each. Shorter is better, and each video will be a full complete message per video.

Download Your Own Educational Video Creative Brief Template Here

Similar to the one main message, the viewer needs to know what action they’re being asked to take. If this were a promotional video, this step would identify what the “call to action” is. Is it to learn more about this topic by visiting a resource website? Or is it to write their local congressperson to challenge about a certain law? Using your Creative Brief will help you narrow down your message, audience, tone, duration and call to action step.

Student Symbol IconTips for Students: Spend as much time on the Creative Brief as is needed – this document will provide the outline for the core goals of your project, and you can always refer back to it when you’re unsure how to proceed. It’s a very necessary step for a successful educational video!
Teacher Symbol IconTips for Teachers: Have your entire classroom complete a Creative Brief and review these before production begins to ensure that the proper direction will be taken. Once you have reviewed and approved your student’s Creative Briefs, have your students complete a series of Storyboards as the next task – and review these too.

Choose your Style of Educational Video

You've decided to make a video, now it's time to choose which style; ‘talking-head' style where a presenter is on screen being recorded talking, or imagery and voice over only, (photos and or images and text with a narrated voice speaking the message), or a imagery and text only, and no voice over.

Traditional (Full Featured) Educational Video

Can feature all available elements; a-roll, b-roll, photos, graphics, text, voice and narration.

Imagery and Narration Voice-Over Educational Video

The most simple way to think of this video style is that there will be no on-screen person presenting and speaking to the camera.

Imagery and Text Only Educational Video

Here is an example of a video for MIT – text and imagery (stills, animations and b-roll video) with music, and no voice-over at all.

Script Writing for Educational Videos

A script is often referred to something like a blueprint for filmmaking – it’s the plan that flows from the Creative Brief and carries the actual story. In addition, a script saves you a lot of time in editing and filming. When filming, it’s not always necessary to memorize word for word, but as an outline that gets you to the end goal, a script is invaluable.

Format of a Video Script

Startup Stock Photos

Typically professionally formatted scripts, similar to a Hollywood screenplay, have a similar flow or style to them. This consistent style is done because it works – in addition to spoken word, character names, scenes location, motivations and actions are all listed. There is also plenty of white paper space on the page that is ideal to use a pen to write cues and notes on.

Script Duration vs. Video Duration

The basic rule of thumb is that one page of ‘properly script formatted’ text is about one minute of on-screen camera time. So a two-page script should be approximately 2-minutes for the educational video.

“ … [no matter what video topic] the rule of thumb will be make [your video] as short as possible.” (Hornung, 2014)

This rule is important to be aware of because for online video, shorter is better. Longer videos are ignored because viewers’ attention spans are short, and so if an idea can be conveyed easily with a short video, it’s all that’s needed.

Student Symbol IconTips for Students: Try and use a traditional script format if you can – it will help for timing and reading. Try reading your script out loud, speaking slowly, and time yourself to get a sense of how long your video might be. Usually scripts take longer to read than you think – time yourself to see!
Teacher Symbol IconTips for Teachers: A general rule of thumb for online video is shorter is better. 1:00 to 3:00 is a suitable duration for most educational videos before the viewer’s attention is lost. If a video is in the 5:00 – 8:00 range, there should be a special reason. Again, shorter is better.

Visual Storytelling with a Storyboard

With your creative brief now printed off and filled out, completed and in-hand, the next step for you is to visually plan out individual shots using a storyboard template. A storyboard is a page with several blank boxes that represent individual shots or ‘frames’ from your promotional video. Each frame, or panel, represents an individual shot – comic books use this method to tell a story in sequence.

Blue Print Paper Document and Ruler, Hand Holds Pen

Storyboard to Visually Illustrate Shots

  • Where is the location setting? (inside vs. outside)
  • Which subjects are in frame, and which way are they facing?
  • What type of shot (close up, wide angle, extreme close up, etc.)
  • Where is the camera in the scene and how close is the subject?
  • Is there movement? Is the subject moving, or the camera?

Using a pencil, lightly sketch on printed storyboard and draw out the plan for the shots you have in mind. Feel free to add notes below each frame, for instance “Opening shot, actor walks up to camera.” With pencil, you can adjust the shots as you work through your script.

How Long Does is it to Make Video?

Educational video production and planning varies with the scope of the project. Much time should be spent on the planning and preparation to ensure the video is a good result.

  1. First Week's Assignment: Creative Brief
  2. Second Week's Assignment: Script and Storyboard
  3. Third Week's Assignment: Shooting and First Draft Edit
  4. Fourth Week's Assignment: Review, Re-Edit and Upload the Video

When first assigning an educational video assignment to a class, the first step is to have the room individually (or in groups) complete the creative brief and submit it to the instructor for feedback. When the teacher gives back the creative brief with feedback, next, the storyboard and script should be created. Again these are submitted to the teacher for feedback. When these are all complete – creative brief, script and storyboard, the video is ready to be filmed.

Student Symbol IconTips for Students: Get as much feedback as possible! When you have your instructor read through your creative brief, script and storyboard, they'll make notes and have questions that are there for a reason. If they cannot easily understand the concepts of what you've written down, then it's likely that your video won't make sense either. This feedback is helpful as it will help clarify the end video.
Teacher Symbol IconTips for Teachers: While you could assign a video assignment without viewing your student's creative briefs, scripts or storyboards, it is possible that some may not understand the scope of the project or how to best communicate their ideas. If you have the time, staggering the assignments – creative brief first, script second and storyboard third, will set up your class for the best success possible.

Popular Film Shot Types List

  • CU – Close Up
  • MCU – Medium Close Up
  • ECU – Extreme Close Up
  • WS – Wide Shot
  • EWS – Extreme Wide Shot

The step of working with a storyboard is called pre-visualization in the professional filmmaking world, and will help a lot before you go to shoot your educational video.

Student Symbol IconTips for Students: There is no hard-set rule for how many frames of storyboard a video should have, but think like a video editor when planning your shots. A good rule of thumb is to ‘start wide’ and move in. An establishing shot (to show the location your video is starting at) is usually a ‘WS’ or ‘EWS’ to show the building or location the video starts at. Usually a ‘MCU’ or ‘CU’ of the person speaking on camera is shown soon after.
Teacher Symbol IconTips for Teachers: Like the Creative Brief and later the Script, your students’ Storyboards should be reviewed by you prior to filming the educational video so that you can ensure that they are on the right path. Catching errors at this stage prior to filming will help save time for everyone involved!

Point 2: Educational Video, Production, Filming and Editing

You are almost ready to begin the actual video production. In preparation for filming or shooting, make sure you have a list of the on-screen interviewees, the props, the filming equipment and access to all the locations you need.

Video Production Filming an Educational Video

Make these lists are complete and then bring together all the gear you need and lay it out in front of you first, to make sure it all works. There’s nothing worse than showing up to a location to film only to realize your camera has no more storage memory to film and you need to make space first, or your forgot that script or tripod at home. It happens to the best of us, let me assure you, but the list and preparation will help.

Educational Video Gear Checklist

Startup Stock Photo

Like a painter with their set of paintbrushes, using video gear is an exciting step for most people, as this is the phase where we’re actually ‘creating’. While there is no one size fits all, having a guide for gear will help narrow down what is required to make a video.

Essential Video Production Gear

  • Camera (iPhone, DSLR, or Video Camera)
  • Tripod (many tripod options)
  • Computer (MacBook Pro, iMac or other computers)
  • Microphone (Wired or Wireless)
  • Headphones (over-ear with muffs to avoid background noise)

What Video Equipment Do I Need? Guide for All Budget LevelsThe above list is from a guide titled ‘What Video Equipment Do I Need for Any Budget Level’. The article does a side-by-side comparison of low budget, medium budget and high budget gear (click here to see it).

For basic educational videos, the ‘Low Budget’ gear list should be helpful to beginning video producers, but there are bits of gear from a higher-end budget that you may be able to borrow and add to your video to enhance it.

Additional Gear: Lighting, Audio, Etc

  • Camera Light (clips onto the camera and shines on people being interviewed)
  • 3-Piece Lighting Kit (lights on stands, usually 2 or 3 lights placed around a subject)
  • Audio Recorder (Can be used to record better sound than the camera does)
  • Laptop (to backup the video)

Choosing the Best Place to Film

Startup Stock Photo

Check the area you plan on filming being conscious of ambient sound and lighting. Try and find an area that offers the least amount of background noise, and lighting, as you’d like it. For lighting, if you were bringing your own lights and stands, you’d want a place that you can control (turn off or on) other room lights. If you’re planning on using ambient light, take out the camera up and take a peek.

Video Filming Day

reel-marketer-028

Filming your education video is fun and exciting! This is the moment where you get to make the concept that you’ve planned come to life. Make sure you have printed hard copies of all your lists, copies of your script, creative brief, and storyboard. Double check your gear, and arrive early to the location you’re planning on filming at. But first, an important note:

Special Note: You don’t want any reason to have to stop filming when you start if it’s avoidable. The common (avoidable) culprits are when cameras fill up their storage space or running out of power. It happens. Bring extra batteries, chargers, cables, and memory cards (or laptop or hard drive), just in case.

Student Symbol IconTips for Students: To increase production value of your video, use a tripod, a microphone, and lights. Tripod keeps the camera stable, the microphone picks up the sound better than the microphone on the camera, and the lights allow the camera to see the person being interviewed better than background light. These three elements are what the pros focus on to create great looking video.
Teacher Symbol IconTips for Teachers: Most often, sound is overlooked for beginners creating videos. Show your students examples of video where there is background music, or background noise that makes it hard to hear the narrator. If there is an option for your students to use a wired or wireless microphone when they are filming, have them use it for better results.

Some Educational Video Filming Tips:

  • Make sure the camera is level, and focused properly on the subject. Each time you press record, it’s good to check that audio is good, and that the focus is correct.
  • Each time you press “record” on the camera, say aloud “Rolling”. This lets everyone in the room know the camera is now recording. Wait two seconds, and then state “Action” – this is the cue for the on screen person to begin speaking, when they’re ready. These pauses help with the video edit time, giving buffers to make the edit easier.
  • Periodically, check the remaining storage and battery levels on the camera. You don’t want to run out of video storage or battery power. If you’re recording using an iPhone, off-load video footage to a laptop long before it’s necessary. Also, bring a long cable to plug in the camera to keep it charged when it’s recording.

Student Symbol IconTips for Students: The process of filming is exciting – and can be frustrating. This is normal. If you ever get stuck on a process, refer back to your script. And if you still need a bit more clarity, check your creative brief. You have everything you need to make it happen.
Teacher Symbol IconTips for Teachers: The fun begins! Remind your students that filming today is cheap – don’t have them worry about ‘getting it right the first try’ – it’s not stage acting. If a take isn’t great, they can redo it again and again, till it’s right. Encouraging confidence and relaxation for on-screen performance will likely be the biggest hurdle at this stage.

Video Resolutions: UHD, HD and SD

You will need to choose the video quality for your project – when you record the video footage it will be ‘HD', ‘UHD' (also called 4K) or an obsolete format called ‘SD'. ‘HD' is the current video standard today (either 1080P or 720P) and ‘UHD' or ‘4K' are the newest video standards available. It is best to not film in SD if you can (explained below). If you're making this for a class, ask which resolution your instructor would prefer.

  • UHD (ultra-high resolution) or “Quad-HD” video resolution come as (3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels high). These name Quad-HD comes from the dimensions being four-times that of 1080P HD resolution. UHD and Quad-HD are often called “4K”, though the resolution of 4K is a bit wider, but it is very close.
  • HD (high definition) resolutions are typically called 1080P or 720P. The large is the ‘Full HD' specification of 1080P (1920 x 1080 pixels) and the smaller HD specification of 720P (1280 x 720 pixels).
  • SD (formerly called ‘standard definition’) is the oldest video format, currently phasing into obsolescence. Dating back to the year 1939, this resolution is very old and tiny when compared to HD and UHD. SD is also called 480i or 480P (640×480 pixels), and should be avoided if possible due to better formats HD and UHD being available.

Once your video is exported, your video is ready to be viewed. You can either copy it to a USB drive to transport somewhere or upload it to the Internet to be shared. Uploading to the Internet is the next portion.

How Much Storage Does UHD/4K Video Take?

UHD 4K video, due to its four-times the size of 1080P HD video (double the height, double the width) takes up more storage space on the device recording it.

  • 30 seconds of 4K will take approximately ~190MB in storage space
  • 1 minute will take up approx. 375MB in storage space
  • 5 minutes will take up approx. 1.9GB in storage space
  • 10 minutes will take up approx. 4GB in storage space
  • 30 minutes will take up approx. ~12GB in storage space

If you own an iPhone with the intent of using it as a video production tool, it will absolutely be in your best interest to opt for the largest storage option you can afford. 64GB or 128GB will be a smart option to choose.

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

Setup the Camera on a Tripod, and aim it at the backdrop you plan on filming. Rehearsing the shot several times will help.

  • Have your on-camera subject sit on chair (or stand if needed) and looking through the camera, adjust the lighting and camera settings to get the visuals where you’d like them. Adjust the camera and on-screen subject to make the shot look like a frame of the storyboard that you’re attempting to recreate.
  • A rehearsal is a very good step. Setup the microphone too and record an audio test, and play back listening through your headphones. Have your on screen actor feel confident about their delivery too. If the lighting, sound and actor are all ready – then you are ready to roll.

Shooting Time: Sound. Lights. Action

ENG Camera Operator Interviewing Woman with Microphone

Your run-through tests are complete. The sound is good? The light is good? Then you’re good to start rolling, for real! Using the script and storyboard, start filming. It’s okay to have blunders – just redo the shot again. Go step by step through the shots until you’re done.

Point 3: Editing and Sharing your Educational Video

Editing is where the story gets told. If someone watched your video without knowing the premise, would they understand? Might the editing style and flow of the video imply it's a promotional video with a sales agenda? The Script and Creative Brief had a plan, and are important to stick to, but in the end, the video has to make sense on it’s own. Keep the end viewer in mind at all times.

Video Production Editing and Sharing

The fun part begins – the edit is where the ‘story’ is told. In your editing app, create a new project. If you’re using iMovie to edit your educational video, choose a theme for the video. Keep it simple – the focus should be on the interviews, not the fancy effect associated with an iMovie project theme. Look at other videos like yours if need be. When you’ve chosen and setup a theme, press done.

Easy Editing Apps for Educational Videos

I've used all three video editing applications below for professional work and can recommend each of them. They've got their unique benefits, and depending not the scope of your project and your experience, they each have their place. I got my start on iMovie and recommend if you're a beginner, that you do too, but if you've got access to a higher-end app and have the time and patience to learn it, it may very well be worth it.

iMovie AppiMovie (available for macOS and iOS) – This reliable and easy to use video editing application is available for both as iMovie for Macs and iMovie for iPhones (and any modern iOS device, including iPad and iPod Touch). I personally recommend every novice gets their start with iMovie before moving onto any other application.

iMovie for macOS

Don't underestimate iMovie program just because it has the lowercase letter “i” as a prefix; this application can edit 4K video (high resolution video) with the best of them, and features transitions, title graphics, music and sound effects standard. iMovie has been around for a long time and if used intelligently, won't detract from your video project's professionalism. The techniques you can learn and master with the app can be transitioned to any future editing app, so iMovie is the ideal choice to begin with.

Advanced Editing Apps for Educational Videos

fcp-x-iconFinal Cut Pro X (available for macOS) – A modern video editing application for Mac computers, Final Cut is the professional-level video option for intermediate and experienced users. An older sibling of iMovie which has been used to edit educational videos for years, Final Cut Pro X (aptly called FCP X) offers a unique interface and a powerfully designed framework to let pros edit quickly and more dynamically than iMovie. While there is a bit of a learning curve when compare to iMovie or Adobe Premiere Pro, once you get the handle of ‘how' the application is best used, the process of using it becomes intuitive and brisk. While there were initial complaints about the program when it was released in 2011, Apple has made quick work and tweaked all the problem areas to round the program out and make it a strong contender to both iMovie and Adobe Premiere Pro.

adobe-premiere-iconAdobe Premiere Pro (available for Windows and macOS) – A powerful tool to create n educational video, Adobe Premiere Pro is an excellent video editor option from the Creative Pros, and the makers of Photoshop, After Effects and InDesign, Adobe. With a cult-like following, and rightly-so, many editors swear by Premiere Pro and it's ‘more intuitive' interface when compared to FCP X. While the debate is open to which application is ‘faster' or ‘easier' to use, there is no contending that if you wish to use a Windows PC and a Mac to swap your project between, then this is the app for you. The learning curve is likely slightly easier than FCP X initially, but if you're going to seriously considering investing in either FCP X or Adobe Premiere Pro, free trial options are available.

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

Editing Clips in your Educational Video

iMovie New Project

Create a new project in your editing application. Next, you can start importing video clips into your project. You can preview video clips before you import them so you can decide which one is the best. Best practices.

  • Editing is a Puzzle. Trim and layer clips as need be to make the story work. You may have to edit one person mid-sentence. Try it out, if it works, keep it.
  • Have Fun. You can always ‘undo’ a change. Be courageous and try different flow of clips with your edits to see which works the best.
  • Keep to the Plan. Have your Storyboard, Script and Creative Brief close by to refer to them as your build your edit. Let the planning you initially did guide the project. With the Creative Brief, always remember your audience and key message, and edit so those aspects make sense.
  • Edit from Start to Finish. It’s best to start with the core part of your video – if it’s based around a person talking to the camera, edit that part of the video first, start to finish, so that it makes sense.
  • Less is More. When editing, it’s typical to have a long video when you begin. The trick is to tell the story with as little as possible. Attention spans are short, and a video longer than 2 minutes will be difficult for most people to sit through, let alone focus on. Don’t be afraid to try removing a clip from your edit to see if it still works or not.
  • Best for Last. For instance, when baking a pie, whipped cream topping is the last part to be added before a slice is served. In the same way, do not worry about titles, graphics, transitions, music or credits – these aspects come near the end of edit, once the ‘message’ is clear with the main edit. These parts are important, but come later on.

Student Symbol IconTips for Students: Editing takes time – longer than most people initially expect, and editing is part art and part science. Watching your video over and over is part of the process. If often helps to ask a friend who wasn’t associated with the planning to watch your video to see if it makes sense. Real feedback will help develop your video’s edit and make it better.
Teacher Symbol IconTips for Teachers: If your class is using iMovie, have all students use the same theme for consistency. The default theme is called ‘Modern’ – I suggest you have your students use the ‘Simple’ theme because this will keep unnecessary ‘effects’ to a minimum.

Audio: Music and Sound Effects

When your main edit makes sense and is nearing completion, music can help add to the mood. When used mindfully, background music and even some sound effects can be tasteful and add to the video. Be sure to monitor volume levels – music and sound should never ‘drown out’ any person speaking on camera.

Music & Sound Effects Online Resources:

reel-marketer-001

There are various sources to download music – most aren't free, but if you sort through options, free options do popup. Here are a list of a few popular sources:

Student Symbol IconTips for Students: Be mindful of music choices – most music has copyright and royalties or costs associated. If you do find a track you like, document where you found it and any information about it so you can look it up later if your teacher needs you to.
Teacher Symbol IconTips for Teachers: Music copyright can be an issue, even if the video is not intended for public viewing. YouTube’s software scans all videos being uploaded and may flag a video unwatchable if the software thinks it can detect a problem song. Inform students that they should leave enough time for reediting if this occurs when they upload to YouTube.

Exporting Your Video from the App

iMovie iOS Video Production Solution

Once your educational video is complete, it’s time to send the video from the editing program and then to upload it to the Internet. Common video formats for Apple products are .mov or .mp4 and for Windows and Android devices, .avi and .mp4 are more common.

Export at the highest resolution that the video itself was recorded in, UHD (2160P) or HD (1080P or 720P) unless there is standing reason not to (such as a low-end Internet connection limiting uploading bandwidth).

Student Symbol IconTips for Students: Once the video file has exported from your video editing application, play back the video file to make sure it works properly. Occasionally, a problem will be noticed when you’re reviewing the footage – make sure you catch an error before you do the work to upload your video to the Internet.
Teacher Symbol IconTips for Teachers: ‘SD’ or ‘Standard Definition’ is well on it’s way to phasing into obsolescence, as the resolution is very low compared to HD and UHD – SD was the 640×480 pixel dimension of video before HD was introduced. Request projects to be completed in HD or UHD.

Uploading and Publishing Your Video

reel-marketer-013

Online hosting is easy and free. While there are a variety of online videos hosting websites to choose from, the free option of using YouTube is often the best option due to it’s wide range of features. With YouTube, the platform plays on a variety of devices (TVs, desktop computers), and it is mobile-video friendly and allows for privacy.

Uploading your Video to YouTube:

YouTube Video Marketing on iPhoneStep 1: Go to YouTube in your web browser: www.youtube.com

Go to YouTube.com

Step 2: Login using your Google account. (Create a new account if you need)

Sign into Google Account

Step 3: Click ‘Upload’ button, at top right of the page

Click Upload Button

Step 4: Click ‘Select files to upload’. The page will change, and a ‘Processing’ bar will show the video uploading

Select Files to Upload to YouTube

Step 5: The video file will begin uploading. A progress will show the upload, depending on the file size the video, a timer will show an estimate for the amount of time the upload will take.

05-youtube-uploading-progress

Step 6: Begin by typing into the text boxes information about the video; title, description. A title should make logical sense and use concise, regular language, but in a 140 or fewer characters. The description can be a lengthier explanation.

Choose Title and Description for YouTube

Step 7: Tags (keywords) can be one word each that are associated with the topic.

YouTube Keyword and Thumbnail Screen

Choosing Where Video Appears: The default is ‘Public' – your video will be available to be seen by anyone viewing your public YouTube page's channel, or searching for it. ‘Unlisted' will allow people who have the direct URL only, and ‘Private' is only for you to be able to view when you login to your own YouTube account.

YouTube Public Unlisted or Private

Optional Step: Advanced Settings are available – not needed, but you can enhance your video here if you wish.

Advanced Settings

Step 8: Once the video’s progress bar is complete and you have filled in the information you want, click the ‘Publish’ to make the video now available to be viewed.

Advanced Settings

Step 9: The page will refresh – you can ‘Share’ or ‘Embed’ or ‘Email’ the video from this page. The three options in greater detail:

Share – You see a website link for the video you can copy and paste to send to people, or click on your desired social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) if you wish to share it there on your feed.

Share Video Online

Embed – You can copy the code snippet and place it in your website to embed the video. You can define the size dimensions of the video using controls.

Embed YouTube Video

Email – Fill in a person’s e-mail address and a message to have a link of the video sent to them.

Share E-Mail YouTube Video

Some reasons not to choose YouTube may be because music, photographs or some people who you got shots of you don’t have permission to share. Ensure that you have the rights to any music, photographs, video clips, filming locations and any people you are interviewing on camera. Using waivers is an excellent way to ensure you’ve covered all the necessary steps in getting approval. If you’re ever in doubt, be sure to ask.

That’s it, your video is live! If you wish to change settings such as the name, tags, thumbnail or privacy level, you can easily visit your YouTube dashboard and click ‘Edit’ button near the video you wish to change.

Congratulations on completing your educational video!

Note about Music on Youtube: Also, some videos may encounter issues with copyright notices from YouTube. This happens because the YouTube servers ‘listen’ to the audio track of every video uploaded – if the software believes it hears a commercial song, it may flag this video. In preparation, your students can plan in advance for this – they may have to reedit the video to remove songs, or be mindful of background music playing when they’re recording their video.

Recieving Feedback on Your Educational Video

A video will always have some aspect that can be tweaked, adjusted, added or removed. Everyone will have an opinion and this is normal. It is likely you may come back a week later and have a different opinion about your work work too. This is normal! It's okay. If you have the option of adjusting your educational video, go for it, or, save the ideas and lessons you've learnt form this particular project for the next one.

Student Symbol IconTips for Students: Watch your video again and make sure it works and there are no glitches in it. To avoid the mass public from seeing your video,  on YouTube, it’s possible to have a video ‘Unlisted’ – it will be available to be viewed by anyone you send the direct link to when you publish it later, but will not show up publicly on your YouTube channel, and will not be able to be seen by someone else if they search for it.
Teacher Symbol IconTips for Teachers: Suggest that students only upload their projects to YouTube, using the ‘Unlisted’ privacy setting. Next, once a student has their YouTube video on the Publish screen, have your students submit the same way – using the ‘Email’ screen. This way you’ll have everyone submitting the same way. Alternatively, have your students Embed their video on a course blog website with more info about their topic.

Continuing The Video Process

Video Camera Operator

Understanding story telling, video and the creative methods involved is an ongoing process. There is so much more you can learn if you'd like to improve your abilities, and it's such a rewarding and fun hobby, or full-time vocation, if you choose. Enjoy the process – and if you've created a video, share it down below in the comments me to see, and show others what you've done.

Cited References

Additional Reading: Modern Learning

The post How to Make an Educational Video, 3 Point Guide for Students and Teachers appeared first on Reel Marketer.


read more

Modern Internet Marketing Strategies and Video, Digital Resource

Video marketing is integrated as part of an online marketing strategy for most savvy businesses. Today we feature Shay Berman, President of Digital Resource, a full-service Internet marketing agency. Providing social media marketing, SEO, advanced web analytics, email marketing, PPC, and content creation, Shay speaks to the value of these iniatiives, and how video fits into a winning marketing mix.

What unique benefits does Digital Resource offer to business clients?
SHAY BERMAN / DIGITAL RESOURCE: We don’t just focus on one aspect of digital marketing, but all of it. As a full service agency, we are able to combine creative ideas with vast experience in search technologies to deliver measurable results for our clients.

Digital Resource is also different because we don’t just pursue clients and then rarely ever speak to them again. Rather, we pursue relationships with our clients based on transparency, persistence, mutual trust, and integrity.

digital-resource-01

As a result of our methods and relationships, we’ve managed to maintain a 99% retention rate.

What are the big opportunities for businesses to start use video in their marketing?
DIGITAL RESOURCE: There are so many opportunities to start using and adding videos. You can connect with customers through behind the scenes videos, demonstrate why they should use your product or service with how to videos, and keep them coming back for more by teasing new products in fun product showcases.

video-content-marketing

How does online video with a comprehensive online marketing strategy?
DIGITAL RESOURCE: With so much going on constantly now on the internet and social media pages, its so easy for business blog posts, Facebook statuses, tweets, etc. to get lost within people’s feeds.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to get people’s attention and keep it.

Videos do both.

It’s important to remember that people remember 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, and an amazing 70% of what they see and hear!

If a business or sole proprietor is choosing to ignore marketing online and stick to traditional forms of marketing, what dangers are they facing?
DIGITAL RESOURCE: Where to even begin! When you ignore Internet marketing you ignore all of the people on the Internet. Everyone is constantly on his or her smartphone, laptop, or tablet.

It’s where they shop, browse, and communicate with businesses and brands. If your business can’t be found online, your customers can’t find you.

And you can’t be found online without marketing online.

What kinds of simple mistakes have you seen businesses make when embarking on a new digital marketing plan?
DIGITAL RESOURCE: There are a lot of different things that can go wrong when a new business is starting an online marketing plan.

Think Global, Sticky Note Plan

Here are the big 3 seen most often:

  • They ignore certain social media channels. It’s essential to not just pick the social media platform you like the most, you have to be on every channel your target presence is on.
  • They don’t have a set marketing goal. Don’t make things harder by going in blind. Have clear tactics and goals outlined before beginning any internet marketing efforts.
  • They quit too soon. As with any marketing plan, you can’t expect results overnight.

How can a beginner learn begin to learn more about the solutions to these problems?
DIGITAL RESOURCE: The best thing a beginner can do to learn more about how to solve those problems is to hire the right digital marketing agency. Unfortunately, as with any business there are some bad apples/scammers as well as agencies that do great work, but might not be the right fit for your business’s specific marketing needs.

Time vs Money vs Quality Equation

When looking for a digital marketing agency pay attention to the following 5 things:

  • Marketing. Why? A great indicator about their marketing style and abilities is how they market themselves! So if their claim to fame is Search Engine Optimization, do a Google search and see where they rank. If it’s social media marketing, do a quick search on their pages. How often are they posting for themselves, what does their content look like? Are they on all the social media outlets?
  • Portfolio. Through your investigation you will most likely see work that the candidate company would have done. It is sort of the resume for that company. There are situations, however, where for privacy reasons they cannot display certain clients, so if through your research you cannot find examples of their work, go ahead and ask them if they can show you any.
  • Online Reviews. Searching online, through Google+, Yelp, even Facebook, will show you their reviews; individuals or businesses that have had interactions with the candidate company that wrote candid opinions about their experiences. You will be able to see honest thoughts and get an idea of what kind of marketing company you could be working with.
  • Reporting. Not everyone remembers that this is an incredibly important part of hiring an Internet company! You want to see your ROI, right? When you are deciding which marketing company to hire you want to make sure that they are going to be generating a report that they can provide you with showing their accomplishments at least on a monthly basis.
  • Questions. When an agency asks questions it shows you that they are customizing their services to fit your business’ needs, which is necessary for a successful campaign. If the only thing they ask for is your billing info, raise a red flag and investigate further before hiring.

It is essential for beginners to hire the right digital marketing agency with a proven track record that understands your goals and needs.

digital-resource-02

You won’t only avoid all of the common problems above, but avoid other ones down the road.

How can video be used most effectively with social media and online advertising
DIGITAL RESOURCE: Video marketing can be used in so many ways!  80% of businesses even agree that short video is an integral part of their marketing strategy.

Some of the key points for maximum effectiveness are: keep them short and sweet, make them educational and/or entertaining, SEO them, create and add new videos frequently, and keep it relevant!

digital-resource-03

You can check out our blog post to learn even more video tips: Short Videos: 5 Effective Uses

Where can a reader go to try out/learn about your product/service?
DIGITAL RESOURCE: Our website www.yourdigitalresource.com goes in depth about everything I talked about and more.

There you can learn all about Digital Resource, watch some videos, and read some blogs! You can even request a free internet marketing analysis!

What are the best way for someone to get started with Digital Resource to see if your services are a fit?
DIGITAL RESOURCE: The best way to get started is to call our office in West Palm Beach in Florida, USA at 1-561-429-2585 or going to the contact us page on our website!

Website: www.yourdigitalresource.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCGF4BhZ9kXd8kGi-_p2UTA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DigitlResource
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DigitlResource/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Yourdigitalresource/posts
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/digitalresource
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/digitlresource/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/digitalresource/

The post Modern Internet Marketing Strategies and Video, Digital Resource appeared first on Reel Marketer.


read more

Growing a Media Studio: Adding Video Production, Dave Mai

Growing a Media Studio is the goal of any business owner, from the hollywood producer down to the self-taught creator such as our feature today, Dave Mai of DM Productions. DM Productions is a creative firm that offers services for businesses and events as well as live-event audio engineering support. Dave embodies the modern creative spirit – self-taught and a jack-of-all trades with drive and determination to boot! Read on as this energetic creator explains how he grew his audio and photo studio to incorporate video production:
DAVE MAI / DM PRODUCTIONS: I own and operate a creative firm called DM Productions that specializes in audio and video design for many platforms. To be honest I am a little hesitant to answer those question because I know who I am and what I do professionally will change with time, and that’s just fine.

The industry/equipment is moving at such a fast pace I think it would be foolish to not be open to the boundless opportunities, but I spend every day trying to define the answers to answer questions like “what do you do”…

dm-productions-03Am I getting in too deep right off the bat?

DM Productions – for the video end of things, we provide services for businesses, vents (concerts, weddings, sporting), and musicians (music videos, live performance). On the audio spectrum we provide studio recording, live recordings, audio engineering, voice over/ADR, sound design for film, and production/technical support for concerts.

Exciting! What unique benefits does your company offer to business clients?
DM PRODUCTIONS: My typical client is usually someone who is familiar with my work. Perhaps you could call them “Fan’s of my work”. I prefer those clients actually… They want to work with me because, firstly, my personality… That is the key to creating the dream client list I think; creating lasting relationships.

Paddle, Pinot, Paint – Hoodoo Adventure Comapny from DM Productions on Vimeo.

Secondly, they want to work with me because they know I’m in the business of being creative… I’m always looking to put a creative edge on my projects. Thirdly; we specialize and have experience in many fields, so they trust that we can think outside the box and bring new ideas they haven’t thought of.

Name a few projects that have benefited from your involvement?
DM PRODUCTIONS: I tend to NOT take on projects that wouldn't benefit from my involvement… The core principle of DM Productions is to buff up our clients. Whether we are producing a music video, capturing a wedding, or showcasing a business, we are creating content that will represent the client in their best light. So I try to only take on the projects and clients that excite me.

I find this makes the process and final product much more pleasant.

dm-productions-04

Did you begin with video, or audio production first? Why the move to video? How did you get started with video production?
DM PRODUCTIONS: My company, DM Productions started out as just a tiny home recording studio in my parents’ attic.

Now I have branched out to video production, Sound design, concert productions, and creating marketing content. I’m proud to say the recording studio is no longer located in my parents’ basement! Even though we provide many different services, the common denominator is that they all have to deal with perception and creativity. I use technology to creatively shape perceptions and cognitively suggest idea’s and concepts.

audio-control-board

I don't consider myself a music producer or a film producer at all… audio/video seems to be the best way to express my creative idea.

I picked up my interest in video production from working with the film department while going to post secondary for audio engineering. I discovered that sound and video had similar attributes… they are just frequencies, waves moving through the air waiting to be perceived by an observer.

It was an obvious progression for me to expand into video.

What's the secret – how does a photographer or designer learn to do video?
DM PRODUCTIONS: 
Fake it till you make it. I’m still faking it by the way.

DM Productions – Wedding Films 2015 from DM Productions on Vimeo.

It started out with quite a lot of internet research and countless hours on youtube. Then came the crappy video gear. I started to “imitate” styles of content that I thought was intriguing. With time in the field and continuous hours of research, conversations with like minded people; I eventually started to establish experience in the field. I started to call myself a video producer…

My first few projects were quite embarrassing actually. With time the got better. Trial and error.

dm-productions-05

How did online video become so relevant today?
DM PRODUCTIONS: The internet happened. It has allowed ideas and concepts to flow and grow as it expands into our mobile devices and penetrate our minds. This platform has allowed for a level playing field where micro businesses can grow into multinational corporation with one viral tweet (I’m exaggerating)!

With all that opportunity comes the over-saturation of content. The internet has become noisy. You need to stand out from the rest. I find video one of the best ways for a business to do so. If done correctly, the client can connect with their target audience efficiently and get their return on investment.

dm-productions-02

How can learn video production to grow their media studio like you have?
DM PRODUCTIONS: Research! Learn!

There is so much knowledge (and crap) floating out there. Don't be afraid to be bold. Ask questions! Collaborate with like minded individuals. sites like www.lynda.com/ or blog sites like nofilmschool.com and forums like www.dvxuser.com are a fantastic resource for beginners.

What can other newbies starting out keep an eye out for?

DM PRODUCTIONS: There are so many great cameras out there that spit out great quality images… so don't worry too much about the gear at first. When I started out I spent a lot of time trying out and buying gear that eventually became obsolete.

Its about the idea, thats where the good stuff starts. Nurture the passion for your craft.

dm-productions-01

So many times in the editing suite where I think to myself “I wish I got another angle” or “I should of punched in there” or “why the heck did I film that”. I still say these things to myself when I’m editing… but now when I’m in the field filming, I think to myself: “What would future editing Dave say about this composition?” or “what does editing Dave want to see from camera Dave”

Many beginners forget that audio is half of a good film.

Maiya Robbie – Should've Been a Mountain from DM Productions on Vimeo.

So make sure you are investing in a good wireless lapel system and a shotgun mic. Also, another audio tip is to monitor your audio! Not listening to your microphone feeds is like filming without looking at the viewfinder.

Nothing worse than getting back to the editing suite only to find out the audio was compromised!

What video gear would you recommend for photographers taking on the video challenge?
DM PRODUCTIONS: I chose these items because I think they have the most value in the long run.

Sure you can get cheeper camera’s and more affordable tripods and mics etc. No camera will fit ALL your needs… but I find this list of gear will get you to where you need with the best value.

My favourite must-have video equipment gear list:

  1. Camera: Panasonic Lumix GH4 Camera
  2. Lens: Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph Lens
  3. Microphone (Wireless): Sennheiser EW 112-p G3 Camera-Mount Wireless Microphone System with ME 2 Lavalier Mic
  4. Microphone (On Camera): Rode VideoMic Pro
  5. Handheld Camera: DJI OSMO 4K Handheld Camera
  6. Tripod: Benro S8 Pro Video Head and A3573F Series 3 AL

Take a peek at the gear to see it's of interest to you.

Thanks for sharing your insights Dave! How can readers learn more about you and your company?
DM PRODUCTIONS: Thanks for having me on. It was a pleasure! For the readers, feel free to connect with me through any of these channels!

Website: http://www.dmproductions.info

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDaveMai
Twitter: @dmaiproductions
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user17300366
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaveMaiProductions

The post Growing a Media Studio: Adding Video Production, Dave Mai appeared first on Reel Marketer.


read more

The Complete Guide to Facebook Ad Targeting [Infographic]

The options for Facebook ad targeting are plentiful. This infographic sorts them into an easy-to-read list to help you make your ads effective. Read the full article at MarketingProfs

read more

The Ultimate Restaurant Marketing Guide [Infographic]

Just as a master chef combines various flavors, restaurants must combine their offline presence, their online presence, and their dine-in experience to create a delicious—and successful—marketing combo. Read the full article at MarketingProfs

read more
Pages:123