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Example of Using Video for Library Events



I’m still experimenting with video, as you can see here. This was taken today, at my library’s First Fridays event. This month, we had a band performing on the stairs to our way-cool library parking garage. We also had free hotdogs and an information booth! It was fun (if you’re interested, I took some photos, too).

So… here’s an example of a video snippet taken of a library event. This snippet (assuming it’s good enough for the average joe – I’m no Steven Spielberg) can be used to showcase library events, future First Friday events, etc. If a library has a blog and/or an RSS feed, the video can be sent to patrons – what a great way to get the word out about cool library events!

And it’s done in more of a “story” format, rather than in a formal, “look we paid lots of money for a TV spot” style, which seems to be nicer for the web. The video briefly tells the “story” of the First Fridays event, and provides viewable snippets of the event at the same time.

Time spent on this? Let’s see… 45 minutes of actual video shooting (including time spent eating a hot dog). 1-2 hours of downloading, editing, and exporting to Quicktime. And that’s because I’m not used to it yet – it would be faster if … well … I was faster. And then the time it took me to upload the video to blip.tv and write this blog post.

Any thoughts?

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  • http://freerangelibrarian.com/ K.G. Schneider

    Very cute! I am having the same video experiences. We got a camcorder in late April and the easiest part of the learning curve was how to upload to YouTube… the steep curve comes in taping and editing.

    Fun video, great end title. I’d recommend beginning with a title slide to orient the viewer a little.

  • http://freerangelibrarian.com K.G. Schneider

    Very cute! I am having the same video experiences. We got a camcorder in late April and the easiest part of the learning curve was how to upload to YouTube… the steep curve comes in taping and editing.

    Fun video, great end title. I’d recommend beginning with a title slide to orient the viewer a little.

  • http://www.stpehanieiser.com/blog.html Stephanie Iser

    This is a great idea. Capturing live events on video would take minimal editing, and such little time to create (comparitively)!
    When my colleagues and I edited the Rock ‘N’ Roll library video, it took about 6 hours! This was because we implemented scene changes, music, transitions, and we also tried to cut footage out so that it didn’t interfere with the quality of the film.
    I recommend libraries try out minimal video projects first in order to acclimate themselves to the technology, and then larger projects bcan take place later on down the road!

  • http://www.stpehanieiser.com/blog.html Stephanie Iser

    This is a great idea. Capturing live events on video would take minimal editing, and such little time to create (comparitively)!
    When my colleagues and I edited the Rock ‘N’ Roll library video, it took about 6 hours! This was because we implemented scene changes, music, transitions, and we also tried to cut footage out so that it didn’t interfere with the quality of the film.
    I recommend libraries try out minimal video projects first in order to acclimate themselves to the technology, and then larger projects bcan take place later on down the road!

  • http://www.robcoers.nl/ Rob

    What a great band you hired there! I loved the fragment with the dancing librarians on ‘Dancing in the street’ (if i heard it well). We want to see more of that ;-)
    Great event!

  • http://www.robcoers.nl Rob

    What a great band you hired there! I loved the fragment with the dancing librarians on ‘Dancing in the street’ (if i heard it well). We want to see more of that ;-)
    Great event!

  • http://libraryland.coollibrarian.com/ Jessica

    OK, now, this is one of those areas where I would LOVE to see some professional development! Wouldn’t it be great for librarians to learn how to do this kind of thing together in a class? Anyone in RI know how to screencast or podcast?

  • http://libraryland.coollibrarian.com Jessica

    OK, now, this is one of those areas where I would LOVE to see some professional development! Wouldn’t it be great for librarians to learn how to do this kind of thing together in a class? Anyone in RI know how to screencast or podcast?

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