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|Video Project Instructions|
The video collection project
The topic(s) must be within the domain of accepted science.
The following written information must be supplied when you notify Oded Kindermann that your video is finished:
Quality is important.
The recording may be in any language, but please supply a written translation in English. Either we will place captions of key points at the bottom of the video screen, or you may add the captions yourself.
A quick tutorial on how to produce a video
You can produce the video yourself, or, if you feel your skills aren’t up to the task, then perhaps you can collaborate with your school’s IT department or media class for assistance. This would provide a learning opportunity for your school as well.
If you’re at a university planetarium or with a museum or large facility, check with your marketing department to see if videos are within their ability. University communication departments (or videography classes or something similar) also would be a place to check.
For smaller stand-alone sites and portable planetariums not associated with a large facility, your local school district would be the place to check.
General hints and help:
Introduce yourself and your topic at the beginning of your video presentation. You can record your presentation in the planetarium or an alternate location if you feel the conditions are better.
In order to avoid “talking heads,” have some close ups of the person presenting. Try to include short video clips of things pertinent to your topic. For example, these could be NASA photos, equipment, books you use, etc. Be aware of copyright law if using protected material. Make sure you have consent if you are photographing students or others.
You can later edit these video clips together to make a smooth presentation. Don’t forget to narrate the video clips so they will flow together smoothly after editing. If possible, use a microphone while recording. Poor audio greatly reduces the quality of your presentation.
When recording any video, start the recording a few seconds before you start talking. When finished, leave a few seconds at the end. This will make it easier to edit and the blanks can be removed during editing.
When your video has been recorded, use an editing application so you can cut and paste clips together in the order you want and eliminate unwanted scenes. There are many free editors available, even for your smart phone.
You can do several things to improve the quality of your video:
If you’re using a phone camera:
Turn your camera on its side to capture the video in a horizontal, rather than vertical, format. Be sure to use the rear high definition camera on your phone to capture the best quality.
In addition to a beanbag or tripod stabilization, there also are “selfie sticks” that have camera holders that unscrew and can be mounted on a tripod with your camera. Do an online search for sources.
Stay close (within 6 feet) of your subject when recording, as this will improve both audio and video quality.
Most phone cameras have a digital zoom feature that is activated by spreading or pinching the image on the screen. Zooming in actually reduces the quality of your image, so try to minimize its use.
Using a camcorder or digital camera:
Before recording, turn on image stabilization if your device provides it. As with all methods, use a tripod or other device to reduce camera movement.
Select the 1080 video resolution on your camera before recording your video. Cameras often provide several resolutions from which to choose, i.e. 460, 720, 1080. If you do not have 1080, select the highest available resolution.
Consider using a microphone during your recording to improve the audio quality, if your camera is equipped for one.
Optical zoom lenses (as opposed to just a digital zoom feature) can be very helpful, particularly when your subject is some distance from the camera. However, try to avoid excess zooming, as this quickly can become a distraction. Use a slow, steady zoom rather than a quick zoom. Optical zoom lenses do not reduce the quality of your video like digital zooms do.
How to submit your video (there are 3 ways):
1. If the video is less than 15 mb, it can be emailed directly to Oded at email@example.com.
3. Or, if you prefer, you can submit the video through YouTube. Go to www.youtube.com and click “sign in” if you need an account. Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_y7rrfftbk&feature=youtu.be to learn how to use YouTube.
If you would like to add closed captions, YouTube will convert them to any one of 60 other languages that may be selected by the viewer. You write the captions, upload them to YouTube, select your previously-uploaded video file and merge the captions. Refer to the following for instructions for captioning: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K4WJs94FfY.
YouTube will generate a url for your video. Please copy and email the url to Oded to let him know the video is available. This also is the time to send to him the submission requirements (see beginning of this text).
An IPS Education Committee panel will review the video, and Oded or Sharon will let you know if the video has been accepted.
The video will be uploaded to the IPS Education Committee’s Channel and linked to from the IPS Website.
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