Learn to Edit Videos

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Do you remember our Video Kit to End All Video Kits? It's really just an iPad mini on a tripod. And it has been tremendously popular here in Extension! This simple way to shoot videos has really met a need with educators. It has also led to our educators requesting equally easy ways to do video editing. In fact, in a survey of Extension last September, video creation was the #1 topic people would like to learn more about. 

So Karen and I have put together a 3-hour hands-on Video Editing Workshop curriculum. Three hours! Hands on! I know! You will leave this workshop knowing how to edit video, trust me.

We based our workshop on Movie Maker, a free PC software that is easily accessible to all of our participants, but Camtasia Studio or iMovie would be other options. 

The purpose of this post is to share the curriculum and see what ideas are out there for how to make it better!

Here's the document with the general format of the workshop (page 1) and detailed handout (pages 2-4): 


 We tried it out for the first time last week with a group of about 25 Extension Educators. 

Plus there was a kangaroo.


See, just a typical Extension meeting. With a baby kangaroo.

I know what you're thinking. And yes I was totally confused by the baby kangaroo hopping around the room. Like, SO CONFUSED. And I was the only one. Everyone else is like, OF COURSE THERE'S A KANGAROO! 

Well ok then, I am nothing if not adaptable. On with the show!

First we outline our purpose to the large group. In this workshop, participants will:
  • Import video files to computer from device
  • Use Windows Movie Maker to edit video
  • Upload to YouTube (understanding the different channel options)
  • Learn where to backup large video files

Then we break into small groups and get everybody rocking and rolling with equipment--either with a Video Kit or with some accessories to add to their smart phone (like a tripod or mic). We knew we would run out of equipment, but we tried to spread it out so every group got to try something new to them.

This group below had a great setup--with the iPad mini, tripod, and the shotgun mic. Their video turned out great.


Here's a group using the little iPhone flexible tripod thingee clamped to a chair. They're also using the foam marker boards that we brought for quick and easy visual aids. Their video also turned out great!


We give people a good long while to shoot some video. Everybody gets a chance in front of and behind the camera. Then we have them come back into the large room where we have set up laptops pre-installed with Movie Maker. 

My favorite part is when I'm fretting over forgetting to pack extension cords. So Tim announces, "We need extension cords!" and half the room gets up and goes out to their car and BOOM we have 12 extension cords. Gotta love Extension Educators!

We convene as a big group and do a demo of importing from a device, and some basic Movie Maker tasks. We also show how to add the Extension branding graphics to videos. Then we have about an hour of editing time. Karen and I walk around and make sure everyone is getting a turn to try it--don't just have the experienced person in the group do all of it!

After editing time, Karen and I were prepared to do a little wrap up and answer any lingering questions. But what surprises us is: groups want to show their videos! So we start swapping out laptops with the projector and showing the sometimes finished, sometimes still-in-progress videos. SO FUN! It ended the day on such a positive and encouraging note--everyone clapping and laughing over each other's hard work.

Here's IT Goldy enjoying the show and tell!


What do you think? Anything we can add or change into this workshop to make it better? Any Extension teams interested in trying it out with us? Any ideas on how this could be offered at a distance? 

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like such a fun and useful workshop! I'd be interested to know how much EEs continue to use the skills they learned and practiced. Also where the baby kangaroo ends up.

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