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    Video Production Tools

    Video production software applications range in both complexity and functionality.  For class projects, two video production applications commonly used at the University of Dayton include iMovie (for Macintosh users) and Windows Movie Maker (for Windows users).  Both applications are user friendly and contain a variety of special features for enhancing video projects.  Windows Movie Maker is a free application that can be installed on Windows computers and iMovie comes pre-installed on all Macintosh OS computers.

    Please note that Windows Movie Maker has been installed on computer workstations throughout the University of Dayton Roesch Library and can be accessed by all University faculty, staff and students.

    Windows Movie Maker Resources
    iMovie Resources 

    How to Create a Digital Story

    Digital storytelling uses technology to relay someone's perspective or explain a specific topic.  Digital storytelling can be used in the classroom to explain difficult concepts or increase student engagement.  This form of expression can help students learn how to organize information and communicate more effectively.  Students can share their digital stories and receive feedback from one another. 

    Additional Digital Storytelling Resources:

    Follow the steps on the left-hand side of the page to create your own digital story.  Click on a topic to read more about it.  This site is designed to help you create your digital story.  Please follow all guidelines from your instructor when completing this project.  Please contact your instructor directly if you have questions about the project.


    Introduction to Video Creation

    Watch the Video on Video Creation Basics

    1. Create a Storyboard

    During the storyboarding stage, you're trying to brainstorm and get all of your ideas out on paper (or into a document or webpage).  The process of creating a storyboard is important because it helps you determine what events will take place and in what order.  The process of storyboarding can be done using software, websites, or pencil and paper.

    An example of a storyboard would be drawing a picture of each scene with the characters and setting you're visualizing in your mind.

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    2. Write a Script

    Now that you have a storyboard, you should move on to writing the script.  Plan out exactly what the scenes should look like, what each character should say and do, and whether you need any additional media (music, text, etc). 

    A trick for script writing is to break your movie into 3 parts - the beginning, the middle, and the end.  Figure out which events fall into each part.  Make sure that the majority of your content falls into the middle part of your script.

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    3. Record the Video

    Now you should be able to take your script and record your video.  We're unable to provide specific instructions for recording a video because there are so many different devices that record video and the way you record videos varies drastically.  To record video, you can use web cams, cell phones, iPads, video cameras, or any other device that is capable of recording.  It's best to use the user guide or manual that came with your device to figure out how to record video.

    If you don't have a device that records video, you could check out a camera from Roesch Library.

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    4. Edit the Video

    There are several different programs available for you to edit your video with (depending on which operating system you're using). 

    Windows (or PC) Users

    Movie Maker comes with Windows computers at no charge.  If Windows Movie Maker is not installed on your computer, you can download and install it from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/get-movie-maker-download

    There are other video editing software packages available, but they're usually quite pricey (i.e. Camtasia Studio).  There is a free 30 day trial available for Camtasia Studio.  To download and install Camtasia Studio, visit http://www.techsmith.com/download/camtasia/.

    Additional video resources for Windows (or PC) users:

    Mac Users

    iMovie comes with Apple computers at no charge.  There are other video editing software packages available, but they're usually quite pricey (i.e. Camtasia Studio).  If iMovie is not installed on your computer, you can download and install it from http://www.apple.com/mac/imovie/.

    There are other video editing software packages available, but they're usually quite pricey (i.e. Camtasia Studio).  There is a free 30 day trial available for Camtasia Studio.  To download and install Camtasia Studio, visit http://www.techsmith.com/download/camtasia/.

    Additional video resources for Mac users:

    5. Publish the Video

    The final items you need to consider are what format you should save the video in and how you'll present the video.  Most video editing software packages allow you to go to File -> Save As and choose the format you want the video to be produced as.

    Generally, we recommend saving the video in .mp4 format because it's usually a smaller file size.  We also recommend uploading the video to YouTube because it has lots of storage space the ability to share the video.  If you don't want others to be able to search for and watch your video, make sure that you set the privacy settings to "Unlisted".  If you need to share the video with your instructor, then you can use the "Share" button to share the link with him or her.

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