Your video assignment

Today (Oct. 8) we’ll discuss what you’ll need to get started with your video assignment. We will begin editing next Tuesday, Oct. 15, so you’ve got a week to think about a story and shoot it. Also next Tuesday, you’ll get some valuable editing tips from local videographer Steve Garfield.

The goal is to make a three- to five-minute news video. As with all of our assignments, it would be nice if you could shoot something related to your beat, but it’s not a requirement. You need to shoot the following before next Tuesday:

  • Interviews with at least three different people. Make sure you get their complete names, first and last, spelled properly.
  • A stand-up of yourself introducing the story.
  • At least three more video clips, mainly to be used as B-roll.
  • Some still photos, also to be used as B-roll.

You should make all of your shots horizontal, both video and still.

When you come to class next Tuesday, please be ready to work. Most of you will be using iMovie in the Mac lab. If you are planning to transfer your material from your camera, be sure to bring a USB cable that actually fits your camera. (You may choose to bring your video clips and photos on a CD or flash drive instead.) Also — very important — bring a pair of headphones or earbuds for video editing, since we won’t want to hear the audio.

If you are not familiar with iMovie, I will do some demo’ing in class. But there is no substitute for familiarizing yourself with it ahead of time. Take a look at Week 7 on the syllabus. Mindy McAdams’ outstanding two-part guide will be particularly useful to you. Read it. The two parts are not that long, so you may wish to print them out and bring them to class.

McAdams’ guide, though, is for iMovie ’09, and we have upgraded to iMovie ’11. Apple documentation is notoriously difficult to come by. If you have a Mac and access to the App Store, a guide called “Tutor for iMovie ’11” gets good reviews, and is only $4.99. The book “iMovie ’11 and iDVD: The Missing Manual,” by David Pogue and Aaron Miller, is excellent, but you’ll pay more.

We’ll have fun, but unless you’re already a video wiz, this is going to take longer than you think. We’ll wrap up by Oct. 25.


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