IL2007, Day 3: Do You Need a Videographer?

Nick Baker

He started out by taking a digital storytelling workshop. That started him paying attention to storytelling in film.

Anyone can do this! Nick is not a professional videographer – he’s a reference and web services librarian who took a class or two on video and (more importantly) had an interest.

His administrators support him – even his failures

biggest investment with video is time.

Tips:

  • finding actors – find people who like to be filmed; easier to film when they don’t think they’re actually being filmed
  • musical soundtrack is vital – take advantage of “tolerated use” – give credit and borrow selectively
  • Sound – narraration – extraneous noises tend to amplify. fade-in/out – even just the sound – that will help the noises be less jarring
  • do voice overs – you can do several takes, have a more controlled environment
  • or let the video tell the story without the spoken word – show the story visually, or overlay text on the video

get a library YouTube account – don’t use your own!

work at DVD quality and then compress for the web – match YouTube’s compression then upload to YouTUbe – helps get a slightly cleaner video

Time – his experience – 1 minute of finished video requires a day of work or more (my experience is much less than that, but then my videos tend to be less polished, as well)

look for ways to make video reusable

  • Lissa Staley

    I’ve been playing with making videos on my own time and posting them at http://www.youtube.com/user/TopekaLibrary for awhile now. Like the person mentioned in this presentation, I am a reference librarian. This isn’t in my job descriiption. I don’t have any training in videography, and I also am using equipment (digital camera, microphone headset, editing software that came preloaded on our computers) from around my house. Overall this has been a fun experience for me, but it takes me 5-6 hours to complete a one minute video, so I honestly can’t conceptualize ever being able to accomplish this type of project on work time. Do any other librarians have insight into this time vs. results issue? Thanks!

  • Lissa Staley

    I’ve been playing with making videos on my own time and posting them at http://www.youtube.com/user/TopekaLibrary for awhile now. Like the person mentioned in this presentation, I am a reference librarian. This isn’t in my job descriiption. I don’t have any training in videography, and I also am using equipment (digital camera, microphone headset, editing software that came preloaded on our computers) from around my house. Overall this has been a fun experience for me, but it takes me 5-6 hours to complete a one minute video, so I honestly can’t conceptualize ever being able to accomplish this type of project on work time. Do any other librarians have insight into this time vs. results issue? Thanks!

  • http://www.maweddingvideographer.com/ Boston Wedding Videographer

    It depends on the computer speed but for me I have a fast computer and making the videos for the web takes me a long time also.

  • http://www.maweddingvideographer.com Boston Wedding Videographer

    It depends on the computer speed but for me I have a fast computer and making the videos for the web takes me a long time also.