Use video to teach something useful to a non-expert.
A how-to video provides a non-expert instructions on how to do something. It might show how to assemble a bookcase, deep fry a turkey, or make an origami octopus. You can also make a technical how-to by capturing what’s happening on a computer screen. Other videos use animations or show people drawing on a whiteboard. In this project you will record yourself explaining/demonstrating how to do something. Finally, you will share your video online.Premiere
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An excellent first step in creating any media work is to examine exemplary works of the same type. Make a list for yourself of what makes these examples strong and inspiring.
Don't skip this step!
|1||Get inspired by visiting the links in the Get Inspired box.|
By growing your skills in the tools used in any project, you save yourself time and produce stronger work.
|2||Peruse any or all of the tutorials in the Tame Your Tools box.|
When beginning a new media project, it's best to organize your resources in a single location.
|3||Create a folder on your Desktop named something memorable, such as my-media-project. In this folder you'll organize all your resources for this project.|
|4||Create sub-folders in your project folder titled notes, images, audio, and video. You will use these folders to store research notes, still images and other visual resources, audio, and video, respectively.|
The research phase will help you clearly identify and focus the process you intend to explain.
|5||Start by imagining a concise title. It will help focus your project if you can state your project as: "How to do X" or "How to Use X to Make Y."|
|6||Now, learn as much as you can about your project. Begin by performing a simple internet search for a similar type of project. How have similar projects been structured? Make a list of features you might use in your own how-to video.|
|7||You might also consider consulting—or even interviewing on video—an expert in the area of your project. They may offer insights beyond what a simple internet search provides.|
In this step, you'll plan the entire structure of your how-to video.
|8||Review best practices in How-to Video making with the How-to Video Quality Checklist.|
|9||Navigate to our How-to Video Script Template. Then, select File > Make a copy to copy the template to your own Google Drive.|
|10||Fill out the script template as completely as possible. Make a note of all the props and other media you will need and carefully script the things you will see and say during each shot.|
|11||Now, you'll practice your process before committing it to video. We recommend you ask someone unfamiliar with the project to test your steps. Adjust your script as necessary.|
|12||When you have finalized your script, we recommend saving a copy of it in your notes subfolder.|
The more time you spend thoroughly scripting your instruction, the less time you will spend in editing. You are also less likely to have to re-shoot sequences if you plan well beforehand.
Now that you have used the script template to visualize the structure of your how-to-video, you will want to create a preliminary media inventory list.
|13||Visualize your how-to video as a timeline. Along with your script, this will help you to inventory the various media you will need for your video. Some of the components of a how-to video might include:
In the steps below, find and capture the media you have outlined on this list.
Now, you'll choose a soundtrack to layer behind your how-to video. Make sure to choose music that matches the theme and tone of the video.
|14||Visit the YouTube Audio Library.|
|16||Search and filter for music by any combination of Genre, Mood, Instrument, or Duration.|
Giving Proper Attribution
If you choose the "Attribution required" option, you must credit the composer of any music you use in your project.
|18||Click the download icon to download the track (MP3) you choose.|
|19||Save all downloaded audio (and attribution information) to your audio subfolder.|
There are several options for recording video for your how-to video, from using professional equipment to using your own mobile device or computer.
|20||Choose a recording method/equipment.|
The Hesburgh Libraries offer three Multimedia Studio which faculty, staff, and students may use to create professional quality video recordings. The Multimedia Studios are equipped with a green screen, a high quality microphone, a professional grade video camera, and mounted lighting for recording high quality video simply by plugging in a flash drive.
Studio access may be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Equipment used for class assignments may often be reserved for free for brief periods. For more information, or to borrow equipment visit the OIT:
While the video will be of higher quality using professional equipment, you may record your how-to video with your own phone or other mobile device.
|21||Save all recorded video to your video subfolder.|
Because you are demonstrating a process, you may wish to take your own photos or have a friend photograph you explaining.
|22||You may take your own photos with a phone or mobile device. For higher quality images, consider reserving cameras and photography accessories from OIT, such as the JVC ProHD Camera, or the Nikon D7100.|
|23||You may use the scanners in the Hesburgh Library to scan any printed photos you wish to use.|
|24||Save all still images to your images subfolder and credit any authors whose resources require attribution.|
You will likely want to combine still images with video in this project. There are many sources of free or royalty-free images available.
|25||For third-party images, you might search Pixabay and Unsplash directly. You might also search across multiple image repositories with the Creative Commons search portal.|
|26||Save all third-party still images to your images subfolder and credit any authors whose resources require attribution.|
Now that you've written your script and gathered your audio, video, and still images, you're ready to create your how-to video in Adobe Premiere Pro.
|27||Open Adobe Premiere Pro and selectto begin a new project.|
|28||In the window that opens, enter a name for your project in the Name field.|
|29||Clickand navigate to your my-media-project folder.|
|30||Click the Choose button to close the browsing window.|
|31||Leave the other settings as they are and click thebutton.|
New Folders Added
Once you create and save your project, Premiere Pro will create 2 additional folders in your project folder: "Adobe Premiere Pro Captured Audio," and "Adobe Premiere Pro Captured Video." You may safely ignore these folders.
In this step, you will upload to the Premiere Pro media browser all of the media you have gathered so far.
|32||In Premiere Pro, select File > Import from the application menu.|
|33||In the browsing window, navigate to your my-media-project folder. Holding down CMD (Mac) or CTRL (Windows), click each of your audio, images, and video folders to select it. With all three folders selected, click the Import button to import them.|
With your files well organized into folders in your project media browser, you are ready to edit and assemble them into your how-to video.
|34||Before you begin editing with Premiere Pro, review Adobe's Editing Tutorials. You may also consider taking the Premiere Pro Essentials course at LinkedIn Learning|
|35||Now, begin by selecting any video clip from your project and dragging it to your timeline to initialize it.|
|36||Next you'll add and edit together the images, audio, and any additional video you've gathered.|
|37||Next, you'll add any transitions and lower thirds. Don't forget to add a title screen and a credit screen (citing any sources which require it).|
Need Some Help?
Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff who are creating multimedia work can get face-to-face support from the Media Corps coaches — a team of undergrads who can help you learn how to capture, edit, and produce digital media. And Media Corps coaches are trained on all Remix projects!
In this step, you will export your finished how-to video to a format that can be uploaded to the cloud.
|38||Once you are satisfied with your how-to video, select File > Export > Media. In the export window that opens, find the Export Settings panel and make
the following settings:
|39||Under the Video tab (directly below) click thebutton to use the preferred settings for this encoding style.|
|40||Now, select the Source Range dropdown and select Entire Sequence.|
|41||Finally, click thebutton to save your file.|
In this step you will upload your MP4 to YouTube to share with others online.
|42||First, review best practices in Uploading a video to YouTube.|
Upload your video, being careful to set the metadata for at least:
We recommend you provide this optional metadata information, where possible or necessary:
|44||Finally, share your video via link or directly through social media.|
Notre Dame has many helpful resources, including our Media Corps coaching staff, located in the Hesburgh Library.
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