Making an educational video can be a great teaching tool or a fun way to share your knowledge with the rest of the world. With the ease of use and widespread popularity of sites such as YouTube (which has over 1.8 billion users), educational videos are an excellent way to teach others about what you know. An educational video that combines sight and sound is especially appealing to auditory and visual learners. Educational videos convey information in a powerful and vibrant way, whether you want to reach a million people or an elementary school classroom.
Part 1 Taking Care of the Technical Details
1. Determine the filming equipment you will require. Do you want to film your educational video on a smart phone or digital camera, or do you want to use a higher-tech camcorder with a microphone? Thinking about what you’ll need to make your video before you begin will ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Take note of the lighting. Proper lighting is essential, so consider filming in a location with good natural lighting during the day, or bring your own lights to your filming location to give your educational video a bright feel.
Find a good microphone. On your educational video, a good microphone will help your message come across loud and clear. Even a small microphone can significantly improve the quality of your video.
Consider your video’s objectives. Is this video intended to be shown at a professional workshop or in a classroom? If this is the case, you may want to consider investing in a higher-quality camcorder for more professional recording. If you’re just making this video for fun, you might feel more at ease filming it on a piece of equipment you already own, such as a tablet or smart phone.
2. Select a filming location. An ideal filming location will be somewhere you feel comfortable and where you can set up the necessary equipment to film your educational video. Furthermore, you’ll want to find a location with minimal background noise, as this can interfere with your video.
If possible, visit the location before you begin filming. Take note of the noise level at various times of the day and select your preferred backdrop for filming your video.
3. Learn how to use a video editing software. After you’ve shot your video, you’ll most likely want to edit it. For editing your finished educational video, a tool like Windows Movie Maker (for PCs) or iMovie (for Macs) can be very useful. You can use this software to import and edit videos, add and edit audio, and share your movie online.
Consider using additional technical aids to incorporate interesting elements. Tools like Go!Animate (which allows you to create cartoons), Google Story Builder (which allows you to create mini-movies and video stories), and Stupeflix (which animates pictures and videos into a slide show) can help your homemade educational video look professional.
4. Visit a website such as YouTube. Find a website where you want to share your educational video with the rest of the world. YouTube is a great option because it provides the best tools for working with your videos and allows you to easily embed or share videos. Many people prefer to share their educational videos on YouTube.
View additional educational videos. Before making your own video, it may be useful to watch some other videos to learn what to do and what not to do.
5. Understand what is already available and how to make your video stand out. A quick YouTube or Google search of your topic will show you what kinds of videos already exist on the subject.
Don’t be put off by the presence of a similar video. Many people will watch several videos in order to learn something new.
Determine how to make your video stand out from the crowd. Identify anything you might want to know that isn’t covered in any other video and include it in your own.
Part 2 Preparing to Make Your Educational Video
1. Determine your area of interest. Choose something you are most knowledgeable about, or learn something new, and share your knowledge with the rest of the world.
Choose the type of educational video you want to create:
Will this be a “how-to” video, or will you provide detailed information on a specific topic?
Will there be interactive activities, or will you be speaking the entire time?
Before you begin filming, create an outline of how you want your video to progress.
2. Make a script. Adequate planning is essential for your educational video. Many people (particularly those who are camera-shy) feel more at ease speaking in front of a camera after they have practised what they want to say.
Make certain that your facts are correct. Before creating an educational video, double-check that the information you’ll be providing is accurate. You have no idea how many people will view this video!
3. Rehearse your script. The key to making an educational video in which you appear to be an expert is to have faith in your message. The most effective way to develop this confidence is through repetition.
Experiment in front of a mirror. Running through your script without anyone around to judge it can be a good way to iron out kinks and gain confidence.
Practice with a friend and get feedback from her. It may be useful to have another person read your script before filming and publishing it.
Practice speaking from memory without the use of notes if at all possible.
4. Obtain any necessary props. Consider the message you want to convey and look for any props that will help make this message clearer and your video more engaging.
Examine other educational videos to see if and how they use props effectively. While it is important not to directly copy any other video, what you see on other videos may inspire you.
Remember that a prop can be as simple or as complex as you like. There are no set rules for making your own educational video! The props you use in your video will be specific to the subject matter.
5. Perform a dress rehearsal. Remember that speaking in front of a camera is not the same as speaking in front of your mirror. The more you practise, the better your video will be.
If at all possible, record your dress rehearsal. This will allow you to review your performance and identify any errors you may have made.
Request that a trusted friend watch your video and provide feedback. A unbiased third party may be able to spot errors or potential distractions in your video.
Part 3 Making Your Video
1. If at all possible, have someone tape you. While you can create an educational video on your own, having someone else operate the camera allows you to focus on the content you want to convey. Furthermore, your cameraman can provide instant feedback and pay attention to details such as lighting and sound.
2. Dress to the nines. When creating an educational video, you’ll want your audience to believe you’re an expert on the subject, even if you aren’t!
Dress appropriately for the topic of your video. If you are discussing how to prepare for an interview, you should dress appropriately; however, if you are explaining how to fix an oil leak on a car, you should dress differently.
3. Keep your video brief. According to studies, the average attention span ranges between 7 and 15 minutes. Remember this when creating your video, and try to make it as short as possible while still conveying your message.
4. Transfer your video to your computer. After you’ve captured all of the necessary footage, you should save the video to your computer for editing.
Make a separate document out of your raw footage so you can edit and change it in the future.
5. Upload your video. Upload your video to a site like YouTube, where it will be seen by a large number of people. It could even go viral!
As a good starting point, visit ehowto’s page on editing videos for YouTube.
Consider using the YouTube website’s “YouTube for Creators” page. This website will assist you in improving your video production skills, understanding your audience, and optimising your YouTube channel.
6. Solicit feedback and suggestions from viewers. Your viewers will be an excellent source of feedback for your video. Keep track of how many “likes” and “dislikes” your video receives, as well as any constructive comments that may be posted.
Ignore any negative or obnoxious comments. Pay no attention to any personal attacks or constructive criticism!
7. Examine your analytics. YouTube, for example, lets you see who is watching your video, how long they are watching it, the ages and locations of those watching it, and other useful statistics. This can assist you in understanding the demographics of the people who will be reached by your educational video.
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