It’s the final concurrent session of ASTD2014, we are going to make a video. It should be easy, (almost) free, relevant and successful. Bring it on Stacy Bodenner!
So, your CEO comes to you and says “Make me a film for our 30th anniversary”. You have a USB microphone, a webcam and $300… *
Tools you might want
- A reasonably good microphone – the speaker proposes a Go Mic for $40
- A pop-guard if you want to avoid “T” and “P” popping sounds on your audio. If you don’t want to buy one, you could make you own (instructional video here)
- A simple video-making app or some software on your computer
What apps or software can I make video with?
- ScreenR allows you to capture whatever is on your PC screen + add audio. Easy and intuitive.
- MS PowerPoint if you just want to convert your PPT slides into simple video – make it less text-driven and feel free to use some animation. Click on “send to”..
- Vine app if 6 seconds is enough for you
- Animoto app if you want to use videos (Vine included) and photos already on a smartphone or tablet
- MS Movie Maker (free on MS) allows you to trim video, add photos, sound and transitions
- Garage Band if you want to make your own music. It’s easy, even if you are not a musician and don’t have instruments. Honestly! Cost about $6. Or just get on Creative Commons for a list of free legal music sources…
- If you want a a full editing suite at about $12 on ipad, try Pinnacle (formally known as Avid Studio)
- Make a storyboard in advance to think about what you want to show and say
- Use the rule of thirds for set-up of your picture frames
- Avoid having light coming through windows onto your subject’s face
- You can use MS PPT slides to make logo images or backgrounds or transition slides
- Render your video in the highest possible quality
- Keep your videos short … 30 to 90 seconds
- Take the time to add some title or closing text
See also my tips from Matt Pierce at ASTD2013
Thanks for reading!
At a recent Kluwer Trainer’s Evening, we discussed lots of things that could be done using #SoMe before, during and after training to improve its effectiveness.
I decided I would try using video to invite people to training, giving a little information about myself and the content prior to arrival. I thought this might simply help to create some rapport prior to an event and maybe align expectations. I also think the medium is nicer than a simple email.
In preparation for a conference at the Federal Government last week on the New World of Work and how we need a New Way of Learning, I published this film…
- This film was made in my office at home using a flip-cam. I decided to pay real preparation attention to the content of what I wanted to share, but the film itself was done in 1 take –> I don’t think people expect you to be a perfect presenter on such a film.
- I uploaded it to my own YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/dansteerchannel)
- The film was referenced in an email to all participants – 70 people in total.
It was watched by 60 people so far.
If you, as a traine, have questions about such simple add-ons to yor approach, mail me!
Thanks for reading,