Tips & Tricks for Video Assignments

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Hey everyone! Welcome to the Library Services Blog. Since it is the beginning of the semester I figured I would get ahead of the game and post some information in regards to Video Production and Editing. Since working at Medicine Hat College there has been an increase in the amount of assignments that are requiring video as a component. Which personally I think is awesome! There are so many opportunities out there for people to become creators of their own content and video is such a great method. I know a lot of you are currently saying “But… I don’t know anything about video production” well don’t worry, here I will give you a little rundown of some information that you need to know as well as, where to find more information. Without further ado, Video Production Tip & Tricks.

To start the library offers different solutions depending on what you need to record. We have Web Cams, Video Camera’s and a DSLR camera. We even have something called a Cam Link which you can use to hook up a video camera directly to your laptop. This lets you record directly to your device meaning no need to transfer the video after the fact. Alright, so now that you have an idea of the equipment available, let’s move onto the next part.

I won’t go into any specific info here as I will be linking the library’s guide to Video Production and Editing at the end of the post. The video guide has all the information you need to understand what video recording entails and what you need to complete your assignment.

So you’ve recorded your video but something about it isn’t right. Perhaps it’s too long or there was a part where you laughed in the middle, don’t sweat. The library Makerspace has a couple different video editors that you can use at any time. Not sure how to use video editing software? We have you covered. The link at the end of the page has a video editing section which will give you a basic rundown of how to use the software.

Finally, before I end this post I will mention that the library also has 2 green screen. 1 is set up in MakerspaceMHC and the other is available for sign out. This tool is great if you need to change your background for your project. Say your assignment is supposed to have you in an exotic location, the green screen will have you covered and once again all the info on how to use the green screen is available by following the link.

Video Production/Editing/Green Screen Guide

Alright, now that you know what resources are available to you I hope that you feel a little better about doing that video assignment. Oh, and I almost forgot. We also offer a workshop on this content. The workshop will give you a beginning understanding of creating/editing a video and it’s also a great place to ask questions. Check the calendar below for times.

 

Creativity is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einstein

MakerspaceMHC

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Did you know that the library has a makerspace? We sure do! MakerspaceMHC is located within the Vera Bracken Library and is open during regular library hours. Everyone is invited to use the space to explore, learn, create and discover.

We have tons of equipment available including: a 3D printer, sewing machine, electronic cutter, a music creation station, poster creation stations as well as, a variety of software for 3D modeling, video game creation and other artistic endeavors. The equipment is available on a drop-in, first-come, first served basis. We also offer a variety of workshops throughout the year highlighting various projects that can be completed within the makerspace location. Please note: that an introductory workshop is required in order to use the 3D printer and/or the electronic cutter.

If you are a student, staff or faulty member of the Medicine Hat College online workshops are available.

Online Workshops

Once you login to Blackboard make your way to Library Workshops and pick the applicable workshop. Please note: Make sure to enroll in order to take the short quizzes.

Have fun and get making!

Check the calendar below for available workshops.

You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you. – Maxwell Maltz