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Tips for Creating and Editing Videos

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This guide will provide resources for creating great video content, whether you're at Harvard or developing content at another law library.

How to Record

Recording in Zoom

There is no need for fancy recording software to create great videos.  Use what you have.  Did you know you can record video to your computer in Zoom?  To learn more about recording in Zoom check out:

Recording on a Phone

You may decide to record on a phone for a number of reasons, including wanting to shoot footage on the go, or wanting to show how a resource appears on a small mobile screen.  Here are some resources for recording:

For Mac:

For Android:

General Resources

Paid Editing Software

The materials you need to step up your editing game will depend largely on what platform you use to edit.  There are suggestions for materials in common platforms below.  

Camtasia

Panopto

Adobe Premiere

iMovie

If your platform is not listed, or you are trying to do something beyond the bounds of the material provided there are additional options.  One of the best ways to learn new tricks on an editing platform is to run a google search that includes the task you are trying to complete and the platform you are editing on.  YouTube videos are often a great place to learn discrete editing tricks in your editing application of choice.

Copyright

Public Domain & Creative Commons Content

To learn more about how to locate public domain and Creative Commons content, please see our guide: 

Copyright First Responders

Harvard Affiliates may contact Copyright First Responders with copyright questions:

Harvard Affiliate Resources

Filming at Cabot

A few quick tips we learned at the library while using the filming studios at Cabot:

  • Bring a thumb drive with plenty of space on it with you when you go to film.
  • Always wait a few seconds to start talking after you start the filming otherwise the first few seconds will get cut off.
  • Film a couple of sentences at a time, pause compose yourself, then do a few more. 
  • You can edit out pauses and spaces after filming.
  • Mark your spot on the floor and stay still as much as possible.
  • Use a fade in/fade out in the editing process to smooth rougher transitions.
  • If using a teleprompter create plenty of space between sentences using a repeating symbol like ... or ---. 
  • Mark pauses in your script.
  • Take the time to get the lighting and sound exactly how you want them.  It's easier to fix problems while filming than it is in editing.

Contacts

For Scheduling Cabot Recording Rooms:  Ron Lacey <rlacey@fas.harvard.edu>

For Help in the Cabot Recording Rooms:

  • Berstler, Susan <berstler@fas.harvard.edu>
  • Joanna Huang <joanna_huang@harvard.edu>
  • Worster, Paul Milo <worster@fas.harvard.edu>

For Help with Filming, Editing, or Promotion:  Emily Coolidge-Toker <emily_coolidgetoker@harvard.edu> 

CC License

CC License

Creative Commons License

This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

You may reproduce any part of it for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included and it is shared in the same manner. 

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