I'm excited to be using so many of the skills found in Jonathan Hall's book, Rapid Video for Trainers. While I am not using an iPad to shoot and edit video, the techniques are all the same. I have a One-Touch camera, which is stupid cheap. I do sometimes use Windows Live Movie Maker which is of course free. If you haven't discovered Audacity yet, check it out. Audacity is a freeware sound editing software program with tons of great features.
Jonathan's book also discusses use of angles, cuts, a bit on lighting and so much more. If you haven't purchased his book, I strongly recommend it.
The most useful tip for me is to create the story board first, rather than starting with a script and trying to fit video to the words.
My current Rapid project is my own take on Goofus and Gallant (let's see how many of you remember that one!), where I will have one supervisor doing things the right way, and another doing things the wrong way. Videos, maybe 90 seconds to illustrate the impact of doing things right. I'll post to YouTube when I'm done, probably end of April so you folks can see it. I would love to see any current Rapid Videos you are doing if you care to share links.
Thanks for this post. I am interested to see some of what you create. So please let us know when it is up and runing online. Also, I'd like to hear more about what you learned from the Hall book. What other things seemed to be helpful that trainers can use? I'm always looking for new tips and techniques. Thanks!
You know Dan, the most useful thing I learned was to create the storyboard using pictures first. I didn't really get how that worked when I read the book, but I was fortunate enough to attend his Rapid Video Bootcamp at ASTD in Lincoln, NE. That's where it really made sense. Old timers like me are used to starting with learning objectives (still the right thing to do) then writing a script, and finally finding pictures or video to support that script.
What Jonathan teaches is to plan out your story in pictures first. The result is a huge reduction in dialogue. In other words, the video is telling the story. That is where the rapid part comes in; that is why short videos can tell the story (or the process/procedure) so effectively, where a wordy video loses viewer attention pretty quickly.
This is a link to a very short video shot as the end product of the bootcamp I attended. The video is meaningless, but see how quickly my partner and I are able to teach a procedure.
Thank you for adding this! I see your point in terms of planning the video. But I also see how easy it is to use pictures to plan things. After all, we think in terms of pictures. I'll take a look at the link you provided. I may get with you concerning other questions later because you attended that workshop. This discussion is great for me because I'm in the middle of all of this video work! Thanks!
OK, I've finished a couple of videos. Shooting and editing in just a few hours each. Of course that doesn't include storyboarding and such.
These two videos are very short and will be used to reinforce classroom material. A couple of characters teach us about SMART goals.