Innovating education with technology.
Copyright : Igor Yaruta
Recording a short video clip has become second nature for most people with mobile devices. However, producing quality video still requires a certain level of skill and creativity … and creating a well designed and produced instructional video is a daunting task. Whether you’re an educator creating tutorials or a student demonstrating your knowledge of a subject, it’s important to create video that communicates your message effectively. Adding some subtle transitions, titles and credits is a nice start but if you’re using an app such as iMovie on your iPad then there are several lesser-known features that will improve the quality of your final product.
(Note that both the video and notes below refer to the iOS version of iMovie but the same features can also be used in other versions of iMovie)
1. Change the volume of a clip
You’ve recorded a video clip and when you play it back you realize it’s a little hard to hear the person speaking. Alternatively, you want to add voice-over narration and the video has a loud hum of background noise that’s certain to distract viewers. Either way, you can change the audio volume on the video clip to accommodate your needs.
2. Crop and zoom clips
Framing has a very significant impact on the way an image or video is perceived. Getting closer to your subject gives it way more importance and clarity. If you didn’t focus in close enough to your subject then you can still zoom in afterwards when editing the clip in iMovie.
3. Rotate the video
You’ve meticulously arranged people and props and recorded the perfect video. It’s only later when you preview it that you discover the video was recorded with the wrong orientation! Don’t be too frustrated. You don’t need to run off and retake the entire video – you can actually correct the orientation by editing the video in iMovie.
4. Add Picture-in-picture video
Adding a window that plays one clip over another video can add a very professional touch top any video. For example, you can record yourself adding a commentary to events that are playing in another video clip. Another great application might be overlaying a sign language video on another video.
Creating picture-in-picture videos isn't nearly as difficult as it sounds.
Use picture-in-picture to layer one video over another
5. Fade out the sound
Adding music to your video can often make it more interesting and entertaining. It may be a short introductory clip or you may want to add background music throughout the video. In either case, it’s likely that you’ll need to cut off your music clip at some point to coordinate it with the video. When you end it prematurely it usually sounds very abrupt and awkward. The best way to end an audio clip is to have it fade out slowly.
6. Split video to remove sections
You’ve created a wonderful piece of video. It’s almost perfect but there’s one small stumble in the middle of it. You could go back and record the entire clip over again or use the editing tools in iMovie to split and remove the small section that contains the error.