Project Documentation Videos

Here are the notes we took about great project documentation videos today in class:

stabilize your footage (use a tripod)
explain or show the thing in the first 15 seconds
choose appropriate music – free music archive
always credit your music
show the affects/impact of your project
use fast motion to your advantage
be aware of pacing
less is more– shorter videos better
show not tell
bring personality to inanimate objects
dip audio levels around voiceover – ducking
text overlays – fewer words at a time, use multiple frames to deliver complex information
interesting concept
consider typography
surprise your audience
provide context
let your audience know where to find out more information
establishing shot – frame of reference
style of video should match project or be contrasting for a purpose – neutral gets you nowhere
time of day/lighting
use clear audio – edit out background noise where you can
look at kickstarter for inspiration

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