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So, you invested in a technology only to find you don't necessarily know how to use it. Where do you turn?
Our friends at Atomic
Training are busy putting together an arsenal of trainings and how-tos to maximize your use of the technology you purchase.
Here are some tips on how to effect change in your organization and beyond with video. These
5 tips from Atomic
Training can help you get on your way to producing effective videos.
And don't forget to use that effective video to enter the TechSoup's 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge by April 30 to win prizes, including a great prize by Atomic Training! Atomic training is a proud sponsor of TechSoup's 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge.
1) Plan ahead:
Coming up with an engaging video from being to end might be a bit
overwhelming - planning ahead can save you a lot of time in the end. Start with
drawing up a simple storyboard. It
doesn't have to be fancy, just start scribbling some ideas of how your story
will get from start to finish. Your
storyboard can help you come up with a list of scenes, camera shots, and props
you will need. By working through this
in advanced, you and your team will have a clear picture of what you want your
video to look like and a blueprint to work from rather than making things up as
you go along.
2) Don't talk above their head:
One way to lose the attention of your audience is to speak over their
head. For example, don't assume everyone knows the acronym for your library or
organization. Make sure to clearly spell it out first, and only after that use
the acronym. This way your viewers stay engaged in your story and don't feel
3) Keep it short and to the point:
You want to make sure your video has only the vital information it needs to
get your story across. If your video gets too long, your audience will lose
4) Make it visually interesting:
Try using multiple scenes and/or different camera angles to make your
video more visually interesting.
Animations and transitions can also be a great way to add visual
interest, but don’t go overboard and get too flashy - that's distracting. If you
are using a voice to narrate you story, keep in mind that the video should be
the part telling your story, not your narrator.
5) Utilize your video making software:
Whether you are using Windows Movie
Maker or iMovie, or you're into the more advanced tools such as Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro, make sure to get the most out what your software can
offer. Video production tools have a lot to offer in terms of animations,
transitions, audio settings and much more. Atomic
Training can help you understand the ins and outs of your video
production software. This way you can
make the most of your videos and your viewers can make the most of your story.
Atomic Training is proud to be a part of this year's Digital Storytelling
Challenge. Learn more about how to gain access to our training on
video production software applications or training on
other popular software applications. This post was authored by Clara
Navin from Atomic Training.