Protocol for Filming Videos
1. Planning the Shoot
Planning can be as important as the shoot itself. Here are some tips to make sure you are ready to film – and to save time during the actual filming.
Reserving equipment and space: Is the lab available during the time you wish to record? Do you have all necessary equipment, or have you reserved loan equipment for that day?
Lighting and camera placement: It is important to think out the shot angle and lighting before you begin. This is especially important in labs where there could be limited space for equipment and lighting. Doing a trial set-up is very helpful. We were able to obtain blueprints of the lab spaces, so we could work with the floor map of many labs.
Scientific equipment and materials ready: Is the instrumentation you will use in the video ready to be used? Some equipment takes time to warm up, or needs to be calibrated before use. In some cases, you might wish to film these preliminary steps, but it is good to know that it will work during filming.
Which skills or learning objectives? Create a task list or outline of skills or protocols you wish to film. Some people find scripting to be the best way to do this, but others may find it more helpful to list the tasks to be accomplished.
2. During the Shoot
Short takes: Keep the video clips short (1-3 minutes) (reference). One task or idea per video. It is easier to splice smaller clips together, than to cut segments from a longer clip, because of the large file size of longer clips.
The “script:” We recommend making a task list of videos for each recording session. Some may find it effective to create and read from a script (references). Others may find it more effective to have a learning objective in mind, then talk to that objective. We use the latter technique, as it gives a more authentic feel to the recordings. A goal of this project is to show that problems will arise in the laboratory- we “let things happen” or allow fluidity to the content so we can show students what it is like to problem-solve in the lab. Some problem-solving can also be planned. For example, we prepared well-polished and poorly-polished thin section blanks before shooting to show some realistic examples of work that novice students might produce.
Quality check as you go
Sound & focus & white balance:
- Editing needs:
- Software: (Premiere Pro, Camtasia, etc.)
- Closed Captioning via YouTube
- Standardize intro and outro
4. Data Management
- Constant organization and upkeep!
- A place for archiving the final products and related files
Detailed Tips for Filming