Camera..Action!

Learning Services’ Media and ICT Support team have developed a collection of short videos to provide media students with expert direction and support to help them get the most out of the equipment they are borrowing, from getting started with a camcorder to using a set of lights.

The bespoke videos focus on the media equipment borrowed from the library. The aim is to provide informative content that aids in the operation of the equipment and resolves any issues encountered.

Each Video is:

  •  1-2 minutes in length
  • Contains a visual list of the items for that piece of equipment
  • Provides expert demonstration

The videos are short so that students can easily dip in and out of them, and the visual list of items are to help students identify that everything is still present after a busy shoot.

The visual list is followed by a demonstration on how to correctly use the different elements of the equipment. For example how to format an SD card, change any settings that may need to be highlighted to ensure the equipment works correctly, or how to attach a light to the stand securely.

The videos are hosted on YouTube so they can be easily accessed from a smart phone, laptop or computer. This accessibility means that no matter where the students are they have access to the information. The You Tube videos are accessed by QR codes printed on the checklists that are located inside the equipment bag themselves, so that they can scan the code and be taken directly to the video on YouTube.

YouTube provides very useful statistics which will help us to recognise how the videos are being used so we can make any changes in light of this. It is hope that this added dimension of support accessible via YouTube will be well received, and we welcome any suggestions for future videos.

The current playlist for these videos can also be found at goo.gl/TWAKHx.

Chris Baker

Media & ICT Support Manager

Did you Know… about our video editing facilities?

Situated on the top floor of the Learning Innovation Centre (LINC Building) there are 7 video editing booths, 1 format copying booth and an off air recording room.

So, what facilities do these rooms offer?

27" Imac Final Cut Pro Suite

The video editing booths offer the capability of editing on 2 different industry systems, Final Cut Pro and Avid. 5 of the 7 booths are equipped with 27’’ wide screen Apple iMacs and use the Final Cut Pro system. The computers and are fully loaded with the latest software: FCP Version 7, DVD Studio Pro, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.

Final Cut Pro

The 27’’ screens make your editing easier and allow for several windows and applications to be opened at the same time.
Avid is available on two editing booths on PCs, using 2 monitors. Both of these editing systems provide you with the tools to produce a very professional, polished product. The editing booths can be booked through the Help desk, situated on the ground floor of the LINC building and are available from 08:45 to 17:00.

Avid editing booth

The format copy booth allows you to copy Mini DV or VHS tapes to DVD or to a digital media storage device, such as a pen drive. The file formats supported are avi and mpeg. If you need to transfer from one format to another, the media development team can also provide file format transcoding. The media development team are situated in an office on the top floor of the LINC building opposite the editing booths. We can provide support and guidance on the use of the editing systems and even provide training for beginners.

The off air recording room offers facilities to record free-to-air programmes from TV or radio for use by staff. These are normally recorded onto DVD, but can be put onto VHS if requested. Previous recordings can also be copied, subject to the requirements of the ERA licence. Some purchased recordings (e.g. educational video/DVD) may also be copied, provided proof of permission from the copyright holder is submitted along with the request. Recorded video footage from camcorder tapes and SD cards can also be copied onto DVD, subject to software compatibility.

If you need any advice regarding media technology, or you’d like to find out more about what we have to offer, please contact the media development team directly at mediadevelopment@edgehill.ac.uk

Donald Moffatt

Media Technology Development Manager.