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    Movies for presentations

    Example Videos

    Example Videos

    Tips Examples of videos for last year’s APSC459 class:

    Guidelines for videos

    • Include text info Project name/sponsor, UBC Engineering Physics, and other relevant info should appear prominently near the start of the video.
    • Always use a tripod – move your camera only for fly-by’s or actions like panning, and avoid any shaky footage.
    • Record sound separately

      • Always shoot with zero ambient noise, unless coming from the object or machine that is being presented.
      • If machine noise is a problem, record sound (narration) separately and edit it in.
    • You can work just with photos and text:Our consensus was that audio over a series of animated slides is much more professional and interesting to watch than a person-looking-at-the-camera-and-talking video. Plus none of us really wanted to appear on camera”
    • You don’t need to spend too much time! Some shooting, some editing. Use photos, CAD models, schematics and slides you already have.
    • Have a plan e.g. “3 sec title, 5sec overview panning, 10 sec team members intro, 25 sec narrated still images/CAD model slides, 3min run machine with narration…” et cetera.

    Software Suggestions  (from last year’s class)

    • Windows Movie Maker comes with the OS, is easy to use and there are plenty of tutorials on youtube.
    • Macromedia Flash – “fairly old and non-free software that I’ve had for a long time; newer versions are available from Adobe but not typically cheap. I don’t know if there’s a good open-source equivalent available yet. It’s typically used for making websites, games, and animated videos. Flash gives a lot of control over the video but it’s a much more labour-intensive process than using something like Windows Movie Maker”
      – I think I used Movie Maker too, to do the parts of the video processing that Flash wasn’t as good at.
    • Camtasia – “Its main purpose is to get screen captures of desktops. It’s not meant for hardcore editing but it has all the basic features. I found it to save quite a bit of time… Iused to edit with Sony Vegas Pro and it has lot of features but took way too long to edit. ”   (here’sa  list of free alternatives to Camtasia that might work for you, too )