Writing not your thing? No problem. You can do a video production. That doesn’t mean you are absolved of doing your scholarly research. Think of your video production as a mini documentary.
Create a Visual Presentation
- You will need to create a blog post to host your video. It should have
- a title,
- the video embedded in the blog,
- your cited research in a cited bibliography at the end.
2. You will be sending your teacher and your classmates to your blog post for review and grading.
3. You need a software application for your video to share your music. I use PowerPoint. You can use Prezi, Haiku Deck, Slide Dog, etc. Whatever you have available will be just fine.
4. Give your presentation some visual interest by including art, interesting transitions (don’t get too crazy) and video.
Capture and Store Video
- You are going to need an application to capture your video and a platform that will save your presentation in a format that will allow you to share it.
- I have used Screen Shot, Screencastify, Jing, Kaltura Capture and Camtasia. If you are in a music class and your campus uses Kaltura, I strongly recommend that you use Kaltura. It doesn’t have a time limit, offers a decent desktop video capture, and it is tied to a school’s media storage. Ask your school’s OIT department if they support Kaltura. If you don’t have access to Kaltura, try Snagit and store it on Screencast.com. Kaltura for University of Alaska Students – log in with your student ID. Download Screen Capture, then go back to Kaltura and upload your video. Call OIT Support or Sean Holland at eLearning for help
- Kaltura and Screencast.com will give you the ability to store your video and avoid music copyright violations enforced by YouTube and other video storage platforms.
- If you are presenting music that you captured from the internet, you need to first download that music or video to your computer. This can be a rather shaky proposition, but you can do it. I have used Deturl.com in conjunction with peggo.tv. After downloading on my computer, I then insert the music into my presentation.
- Even a cheap auxiliary microphone is 100% better than your laptop’s microphone. You might even be able to borrow one from the media center at your school’s library.
Write Your Script
- If you are a good reader, a script will really elevate your presentation.
- If your reading fluency isn’t strong, have an outline.
- If I need to do a lot of scripting, I use my speech to text function on my word processing application to create my script. I have to go back and edit, but it is still faster than typing.
Practice and Edit
- Practice your video presentation. I suggest recording your practice sessions.
- Listen back to what you created with a critical eye and ear.
- Limit the length of your production to 10 minutes or less.
- If you are familiar with video editing, great! Edit to your heart’s content.
- I don’t do any editing. I haven’t taken the time to learn, so I do all my video and audio presentation in one take.
Here’s a link to a video blog example I created for Explorations in Music – LINK