#SciFund Challenge Class

Video storytelling made easy for scientists

Part 4: Getting Started with Shooting and Editing Your Own Video

Okay, enough jibber jabber, let's get you rolling with video production. We've got an exercise for you and it has two sections: recording a very quick video introducing yourself and making very quick edits to that video. This exercise shouldn't take you more than an hour.

Section One: Shooting Your Video

Using your iPhone, Android device, or whatever you’re using to shoot video, please record a quick video where you say hello to your target audience. All you’ll need to say is hi, your name, where you are, your field, and something interesting about you (preferably not science-related). Remember to record in high definition! Please don’t spend more than a few minutes on this recording.

You don’t need to worry about using your lapel microphone for this exercise (the microphone in your recording device is fine). Do however use your GorillaPod or other tripod-like thing you have to stabilize your recording device. How do you do use your iPhone to record video? Watch this short video! Even if you aren't using an iPhone, you should still watch the video as the ideas here can easily be transferred to other devices.

And in case you were wondering how to use your GorillaPod, the following video is for you.

Section Two: Editing Your Video

Open your video in either iMovie or HitFilm Express and add the following text in the lower third of the screen: your name and institution. We provided instructions on how to do that in previous videos - here are those videos again. The instructions for adding the text are near the end of each video.