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Media: Video narrative

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After earning this badge, you will be able to use media editing software to produce a video

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The rich medium of video lets you combine moving images with an audio track. It's probably today's most-consumed medium, and it's technically the hardest to produce.

Get to know the software

Learn the basics of Adobe Premiere*

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AND watch (below) Video 101: Shooting Basics (Vimeo)

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Produce a a 45- to 90-second video that could be used with a class in your discipline. video. It could be an elevator pitch, a how-to video or a digital story. Use Adobe Premiere or other software* that allows you to work in multiple tracks.

  1. WRITE - create a script. I takes about 30 seconds to read 75 words, so the length should be 115-225 words. Identify yourself and the topic at the beginning. Include credit for the music soundtrack at the end.
  2. PLAN - identify the shots you need and the location(s) where you will record.
  3. SHOOT - capture original raw video. We don't expect professional quality work, but excessively dark, jumpy or blurry video will not be acceptable.
    You can use a smartphone, the One Button Studio, or the video camera described in the Remix tutorials. Here are some ideas for what you might capture:
    • A person speaking -a narrator or someone being interviewed
    • Someone making or doing what's described in the video
    • Background video - a busy street, South Quad, etc.
    Keep all raw materials until you receive confirmation of earning this badge.
  4. FIND - from the YouTube Audio Library, download copyright-safe music for a soundtrack.
    OPTIONAL - download b-roll video clips from videos.pexels.com.
  5. EDIT - use Adobe Premiere* to produce a video
    • Minimum settings: 1280 x 720 resolution, 30 frames per second
    • Titles - opening and closing
    • Fade from black at beginning, fade to black at the end
    • At least three scenes (a single uncut video clip is not acceptable)
    • Music soundtrack for at least 10 seconds
      (all the way through or just opening and closing)
    • Export in YouTube 720p format.
  6. DOCUMENT - to show how you assembled the video, save a screen capture of your entire Adobe Premiere* project time line. It will not be as complex as the example below.
    [how to take a screenshot / capture the screen on your device]
    Add the image to your Google Drive media folder.

  7. PUBLISH - upload your video to YouTube (you can log in with an ND account)
    The YouTube description box must include credits for music, video and images; 
    include title, artist and URL for anything you did not create.

* You may use iMovie, MovieMaker, or other video editing software, but it must allow you do do what's required in step 3: EDIT and step 6: DOCUMENT.



In your ePortfolio, first rename the "(media badge)" page "Video Narrative", then write a reflection of at least 250 words.

Include (at least) the following in your reflection:

Connections - relate your learning for this badge to your own teaching & learning, both past experience and future plans

Link - at least one other resource, article, website, etc.

Media - at least one embedded image or video (include the source).

These prompts may help:

  • I chose this badge because ...
  • I chose ... for my video because ...
  • An aspect of making the video that I really enjoyed was ... because ...
  • I had never tried ... , and it ended up ...
  • From my own experience ...
  • I have already used ... to ...
  • To learn more about video editing, I expect to ...
  • Another way I can imagine using video editing software is ...
  • A video-based assignment I could incorporate in my teaching is ...
  • It's important for students to know ...
  • Now that I know how to do this I will do ... differently

Publish the ePortfolio page for this badge, including:

From your ePortfolio, submit this page for the badge assignment.