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Video Process

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Other VIDEO pages:  Basic Video HowTo's -HowTo Create QuickTime Video - Media Design For YOUR City - CommTeam Theory (Indy) - Video Basics Workshop - LiveStreaming -


Overview of Any Video Process:

  • Learning/Planning
  • Equipment
  • PreProduction
  • The Shoot
  • Editing
  • Distribution






  • Why Video Is Important, Strategically
  • Get some Video HowTo training first...  And plan to practice ahead of your big event.
  • Plan Permissions... access, Copyrights, etc.
  • Plan to work in pairs, preferably.  Two are often 10 times as effective as one. (Eg. interviewer, and separate audio tends to be a zillion times better than camcorder audio.)
  • Caveat:  Sound is EVERYTHING...  If you botch the sound, you've got nothing.  More audio help at Podcasting For Change
  • Plan your shoot.  What's the 'story' or 'big idea' to be conveyed with your video?  How will it portray that big idea?
  • Story-board the shots you need.
    • Digital still photos?
    • Digital video pieces?
  • Contact your key people ahead of time whom you're going to interview, etc.
  • Take everything you need with you... including well-charged batteries, (numbered) tapes, notepad, pens.
  • Arrive early.  No, earlier than that, even.  LOL
  • Check environment... lighting, electricity, ecoustics.  [And here's another little video how-to, re lighting.]
  • Take your shots... judiciously.  Don't shoot more than you're personally willing to edit, index and upload.
  • Pencil some notes... about what you've shot.  Or at least talk it into the video either before or after your main shoot...  Names of participants, contact info, context, order of shots, footage-markers if you can.
  • Off-load your raw video footage asap!  (Always keep your tape so it can be re-used asap.)
  • [We have a mobile external-drive for temporary storage.]
  • Save your file into .avi format -- it's pretty universal for all platforms.  Thus anyone could help you EDIT.
  • [Do you need to convert the avi file's audio-track to mp3?  Try Hampster Video Converter.







The Shoot


EDITING... perhaps using:

  • Preliminary Edit & Upload... Chop the footage up into logical segments.  Name the pieces appropriately so that anyone will quickly know what that footage is.  And if you intend to have other people help you edit the video... or use it for other purposes too... then upload to a collaborative site.  [Melanie is setting up an FHL server for media assets.]
  • Final Edits... might be done by anyone; some footage might even used in multiple videos.
  • Within your edited video... include one or more urls that your viewers go to for more info...




  • Upload to YouTube if at all practical.  They become widely-distributable if you do.  [eg. IndyChristian.TV.]
  • Possibly Upload elsewhere to other common video-sites (eg. GodTube. Blip.TV, Vimeo, Ning sites you below to)
  • Always tag your videos.  At the very least include key standard-tags... eg. FHLinternational... UBcafe... IndyChristian ...CommTeam.  Also include GEO-tags (eg Indy, Indianapolis, Indiana).
  • Add to Facebook.
  • >>'Share' important videos, on Facebook.<<
  • Encourage your Friends to help proliferate important videos... via their social-networks.
  • [See Best Practices Communications Workflow]
  • Blog these important videos.
  • Gadgets for 'Community TV'... if you have a Livestream player.  Example, you could build a 'community tv' for YOUR city or even neighborhood.  See CityReaching.TV .  [I'll try to keep a list there, of all our Communications Team players who start a Splashcast player.  The more we have, the more content we can interchange.  And the more we can proliferate the 'message'.]
  • Let's REVIEW the whole process... as we get experience.  What did we learn?











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