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The final installment of TechSoup’s
Digital Storytelling Challenge webinar series covered video post-production and
editing. Arguably, one of the more challenging aspects of digital storytelling
required a slight departure from past webinars.
Guest expert Aaron Bramley, co-founder and director
of communication/education, Lights.
Camera. Help. gave a basic overview of video editing before taking webinar
participants through a live walk-through of editing techniques.
According to Bramley there are three versions of a digital
story: what you plan, what you capture, and what you edit and produce. The
version of the story you edit and produce is most important version. The type
of equipment you have available and choose to use affects each of these three
Editing and post-production does not have to be expensive
and, in fact, many digital storytellers already have access to the tools they
need. Many storytellers begin the video post-production process on their computers.
Both Macs and PCs often come with video editing software pre-installed, like iMovie
and Movie Maker respectively, that are a good starting point. However, those
without video editing software can take advantage of web-based editing tools.
Tools such as Animoto allow users to upload photos and easily add music and
transitions to create professional photo-montages. YouTube also includes video
editing tools in addition to its oft-used uploading tools. It is important to
note, however, that web-based editing tools can be limited in functionality.
For beginners, limited functionality can be helpful as it simplifies the
For a better understanding of post-production and production tools,
it is worth looking into whether local public access stations offer classes on
editing and post-production and access to editing tools.
Organization and an understanding of the editing process and
editing tools are essential. Clearly
and logically titling photo and video sources for your digital story saves
editing time. Creating transitions between these elements should not be obvious
unless you’re trying to change the tone in your digital story. For an
understanding of how transitions work, Bramley advises watching television
Using text is another
means of signalling transitions and if used when someone is talking is best
when placed on the bottom third of the frame. In some cases, hiring a
professional editor can be worthwhile if it’s possible to arrange a nonprofit
rate or sponsorship agreement.
Readers that may have missed any previous TechSoup Digital Storytelling webinars and tweet chats can find the collected blog recaps here.