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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 will need and the locations where you will record them.
  3. SHOOT - capture your raw video. We recommend (not require)  using either the One Button Studio (Hesburgh Library) or the video camera described in the Remix tutorials.
    We don't expect professional quality work, but excessively dark, jumpy or blurry video is not acceptable.
  4. FIND - locate copyright-safe music for a soundtrack; it must have  a Creative Commons (CC) license that allows derivative works. Good places to look include Vimeo Music Store and ccmixter.
  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 (not a single uncut video clip)
    • Music soundtrack for at least 10 seconds
      (all the way through or just opening and closing)
    • Export in YouTube 720p format.
  6. DOCUMENT - save a screen capture of your entire Adobe Premiere* project time line. This will show how you assembled the video. Add the image to your Google Drive media folder. (yours will probably not be as complex as the example below)
    [how to take a screenshot / capture the screen on your device]
  7. PUBLISH - upload your video to YouTube**
    The description box must include credits for music, video and images. 
    Include title, artist and URL for anything you did not create.
    If your music track's CC license included the SA (Share Alike) option,
    then your video must have a CC license with that same option.

Keep all project materials until receiving confirmation of your badge.

* 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.

** You may use a different site that allows public access and provides a way to embed media on a page in your ePortfolio.



In your ePortfolio, first rename the "(media badge)" page "Video Narrative", then write a reflection of at least 250 words. Make connections between your reading, activities, experience of teaching / learning, and future plans. 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.