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Post Production: Tech How Tos

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What To Do with Recorded Footage 


Recorded footage is rarely good enough to air without post-production.  Using computer editing software such as Movie Maker or Adobe Premiere will provide the opportunity for students to add personal touches such as music, graphics, and title bars.  There are rudimentary tutorials within these programs to help get you started, and you can also find helpful tutorials on the web.  When editing consider the following:

  1. It is highly recommended to copy your raw video files to the device you will use for editing.  In other words, don't modify the files while they are still on your camera or memory card.

  2. Create a project folder in your "Videos" folder to keep your project organized.

  3. Remember that video files are large, particularly videos shot in HD.  Once you have finished the editing process get that file off of your computer.  Do not save videos on the shared drive!


Editing Tips 


Editing is a way to polish your filmed video and make it easier for the audience to follow the information.

  1. Use your script to assist with editing the final product.  This will allow you to eliminate the extraneous footage that is inevitable.

  2. Consider how the footage can be arranged to tell the story.

  3. Include a music bed that fits the overall tone of the filmed video.

  4. Add graphics that will keep the attention of the audience, but not distract from the message.

  5. Insert a title bar with the name of the talent, the off-site location, and school logo (also known as a "bug").

  6. Correct spikes in volume that may distract the audience.




  1. Recommend using Windows Movie Maker

    1. Resources

      1. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/windows-essentials-help?t1=t3#v1h=tab1 

      2. https://bcpsodl.pbworks.com/w/page/85365247/Windows%20Live%20Movie%20Maker 

  2. Animoto.com

    1. Animoto is a free web based software that will allow you to take short video (2 minutes or several pictures and make a fun animated video with song and animated transitions. I highly recommend this website for quick “commercials”, field trips, parent nights, etc.

    2. https://help.animoto.com/hc/en-us 



  1. Apple has its own video producing software.  While you can send your videos to either Animoto or Window Movie maker, using Apple's iMovie is a great way to edit and produce your movie for free. 

  2. Resource:

    1. https://www.apple.com/ios/imovie/ 

    2. How to use iMovie

  3. How to edit Slo-Mo video in iPhone 5s

    1. If you tap on a Slo-Mo video, you'll notice a timeline at the top of the screen. The blue bar beneath it allows you to decide when the Slo-Mo starts and finishes in your video. So if you've filmed someone running and then jumping off of something, you'll want to start the Slo-Mo from the moment he or she jumps, but keep the running part at its original speed.

    2. To change the timing, move the black bars left or right. Where the blue bars are closer together, the video is at its normal speed. Spaced apart blue bars represent the Slo-Mo part.



  1. Step 1: Check your device

  2. Step 2: Make a movie

    1. Choose the photos and videos you want to include in your movie.

    2. Open the Google Photos app  .

    3. At the bottom, tap Photos  .

    4. Touch and hold the first photo or video you want to include, then select the rest.

    5. At the top right, tap Create   > Movie.

  3. To see your movie, tap Play  . At the top, tap Untitled to add a title. 

    1. Optional: see below to edit your movie.

    2. Optional: Edit your movie

  4. You can change the music, theme, and remove or reorder clips:

  5. Music: Tap Music  .

  6. Theme: At the bottom left, tap Themes  . You can change the themes while the movie is playing to see how they look.

  7. Reorder clips: 

  8. Tap Edit  .

  9. Tap and hold a clip to drag it.

  10. Remove clips: 

  11. Tap Edit  .

  12. Tap the clip you want to remove > Trash  .

  13. When you're done editing, tap Done  .




Check out this video for more information


Movie Maker


Adobe Premier (CC) 




Finalizing Your Project 


Once you have completed the editing process, you are ready to finalize the project.  Much like songs on a CD must be encoded into a specified format, so too must a video project be encoded before it is either burned to a DVD or uploaded to the internet.  Windows Movie Maker will take much of the guess work out of this process for you.  By clicking on the File Button you can choose to upload directly to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc.  Should you plan to burn the project to a DVD, you must save it as an MPEG file first.


Background Audio

Background Audio would be considered the theme music that would play in the back ground, at the start of the video, or during credits.   When using the music, you must be careful to use music that is appropriate for the audience and does not infringe upon copyright laws.


The following websites are linked off of Windows Movie Maker:

  1. http://www.audiomicro.com/royalty-free-music?wlexpid=7F79439A7AB64B9FB25FEDE390EFBB3E&wlrefapp=5

  2. Free Music Archive

  3. Vimeo music store- Look for the free Creative Commons songs to save money

  4. FirstCom.com https://intranet.bcps.org/offices/lis/tvprog/tvprog.html




As a reminder: Check out the following link prior to posting music to any video-- BCPS Copyright and Fair Use page


Additional information about sound





Works Cited

"Music for Video." Free Music Archive:. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 June 2016. 


"Royalty Free Music and Sound Effects Library W/ 300k High Quality Tracks from GRAMMY Winning Artists and   

        Hollywood's Top Sound Studios." Royalty Free Music. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 June 2016. 


"Digital Audio ." Television Production: Digital Audio for TV and Radio. N.p., 5 Jan. 2016. Web. 21 June 2016. 


Mamke, J. "Music Examples / Spring & Winter Examples - Lessons - TES."Blendspace. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 June 2016. 


"Music Store." Vimeo. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 June 2016.



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