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Filming Tere are a lot of options for cap- turing a film these days. None of the ones you or I will use actually require film. Your smartphone or tablet can do a very good job, although I would recommend you buy a tripod and an adapter for your device. Tis will let you fix your device safely, exactly where you want it, and you won't need to spend your evenings trying to remove gaffer tape residue! Many little video cameras are

excellent, and a lot of handheld digital point-and-shoot cameras are suitable for basic videos. And if you already have a DSLR because photography is your thing, then these are ideal. I started with a Sony digital video camera that I bought in 2008 to film practises in presentation skills training sessions. I now use a Canon DSLR as my primary camera and an iPad for a second angle (known as ‘B Roll’). Framing a shot is not hard, for

two reasons. Firstly, you aren’t going to be entering your video into Cannes or Sundance, so a clear, screen-filling image is all you really need. Secondly, the combination of modern image capture, with extremely high image resolution, and the capabilities of a lot of video editing software, means you can zoom in, digitally, after filming (in ‘Post Production’ or just ‘Post’ to us in the know). I recommend you frame something

like this (Figure 1), for a close-up. For a longer shot, where you want

more animation, more context, or you need to get a prop like a flip chart in shot (real or virtual), I recommend something like this (Figure 2). If you need close-up, you can always crop the image with your video editor. When you crop your image

and add on a prop, it will look something like this (Figure 3).

Capturing your computer screen

A lot of training videos are now done as voiceover slides. For these, you need to capture your voice and your slides built with PowerPoint, Keynote or similar. Tere are several free or low cost options for recording your computer screen and a sound channel, but I haven’t used them. I figure you get what you pay for and professional software here is not overly expensive.

18 | August 2016 | Figure 1: Close framing

Typical screen aspect ratio 16 wide x 9 high

Guides give 'thirds', to help with composition

Figure 2: Three-quarter framing

Typical screen aspect ratio 16 wide x 9 high

Guides give 'thirds', to help with composition

Figure 3: Real image

If you are a PC user, Camtasia is pretty much the standard choice. Although they also make a version for Mac, most Mac users prefer the cheaper and designed-for-Mac Screenflow. Both of these do more than cap-

ture your screen and audio. Tey each have very capable editing facilities that are easy to use. You can add in your talking head footage to create mixed videos or even superimpose yourself into a corner of your slides.


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