Written by Rebecca Vogelpohl and Cassandra Boehlke
Recently our office and PNC’s Department of Communication offered its Video Editing Boot Camp at our Westville campus. It was taught by Associate Professor of Communications Jeff Shires. During this program, which our office’s staff participated in as students and really enjoyed, we learned about:
- Pre-production considerations, such as making decisions on what or who you will be filming, privacy laws and the need for waivers, and more
- Types of lighting that can be used and the differences between them
- Copyright laws and best practices for the attribution of media created by someone else
- Types of camera shots, angles, and lines, and their implicit meaning which can contribute towards your ability to convey your message.
- Colors, movement and other considerations during planning and filming
- Storyboarding and scripting techniques
- Things to consider and look for when buying video equipment and software
- The use of transitions and graphics while editing video footage
- The use of text, music and other audio while editing video footage
The first day was spent learning about some of these things during an initial presentation made by Dr. Shires and then breaking into groups to do a storyboarding activity.
On the second day, each group shared their iteration of the storyboarding activity with the class, which had been for each group to draw scenes for a story that Dr. Shires had provided. We really thought it was interesting to see how each group conveyed the same story but in different ways. Some people focused more on using colors and camera angles to tell their story, while others focused more on the types of camera shots and music. This exercise really showed all of us how much we had learned already!
On the second and third days, we learned about framing and editing. We had a lot of opportunity to get used to the features of the video editing software, Sony Movie Studio 13, by watching Dr. Shires as he worked on footage that each of us was provided with on the overhead projector and then performing those tasks within the editing software ourselves. We learned how to create transitions between video clips, how to add text, music, subtitles, attributions and more.
Next, we began to work on editing our own footage. At first, this process felt a bit daunting, mostly because we had never edited video before. But once we were able to get to work on our own clips, transforming them into our own visions, it became exciting to see what we were capable of creating. We began to laugh and have fun with it, and found it very helpful to have Dr. Shires and his assistant Alex on hand to help with any questions or trouble that we had while we worked. The time flew by so quickly that we didn’t want to stop working when the class had ended!
On the last day, we were able to spend more time editing our videos. Once they were rendered and ready for viewing, we had the opportunity to share what we’d created with the rest of the class. One person had music playing and a poem added over their video, while others had videos of family members and their pets. It was inspiring to see what everyone was able to accomplish after only 4 days of instruction!
Before this program, we only took simple videos on our cell phones and they were uncoordinated and choppy. Now, we understand how to create videos and how to use what we were taught, along with video editing software, to create videos that we are proud to share with others.