How does Dr. Dave create and post all of those videos online?
People often ask how I make and post videos on this website, so I thought I would share the procedure with others that might be interested:
- Shoot raw footage with an HD camcorder mounted in a 4-way adjustable tripod. For overhead shots, I either have the tripod fully or partially on the table, with the help of bar stools; otherwise, it stands on the floor. I often shoot multiple “takes” of the same shot because of missed shots, narration errors, bad lighting or camera views, etc.
- Download the video from the camera to my PC through a USB interface. Video requires lots of disk space (about 3-4 MB/sec … that’s megabytes per second!).
- Use Pinnacle Studio to edit out the bad “takes” and trim the beginning and end of the best take. I also remove pauses and errors made (and later corrected) in the middle of a “take.” That’s why you sometimes see jumps in the middle of a clip.
- Use CorelDraw to create table-diagram illustrations. I export images as JPEGs and insert them into the video within Pinnacle Studio.
- Use Pinnacle Studio to store the edited video clip as a compressed MPG4 file so it won’t be so large.
- Use Dreamweaver software to edit the website and add links to the new video clips. Upload selected videos to YouTube and embed these into pages on the website.
- Use Dreamweaver to upload the new website the web server so they can be viewed by anyone in the world.
That’s it … difficult to learn at first, but very easy once you have done it for a while. It also helps being at a university where there are people around that know how to do all of this stuff and are willing (and excited) to show you how.