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  • Friday, April 12, 2013 9:40 AM
    Message # 1267058

    I'm excited to be using so many of the skills found in Jonathan Hall's book, Rapid Video for Trainers.  While I am not using an iPad to shoot and edit video, the techniques are all the same.  I have a One-Touch camera, which is stupid cheap.  I do sometimes use Windows Live Movie Maker which is of course free.  If you haven't discovered Audacity yet, check it out.  Audacity is a freeware sound editing software program with tons of great features. 

    Jonathan's book also discusses use of angles, cuts, a bit on lighting and so much more.  If you haven't purchased his book, I strongly recommend it.

    The most useful tip for me is to create the story board first, rather than starting with a script and trying to fit video to the words.

    My current Rapid project is my own take on Goofus and Gallant (let's see how many of you remember that one!), where I will have one supervisor doing things the right way, and another doing things the wrong way.  Videos, maybe 90 seconds to illustrate the impact of doing things right.  I'll post to YouTube when I'm done, probably end of April so you folks can see it.  I would love to see any current Rapid Videos you are doing if you care to share links.

  • Saturday, April 13, 2013 11:08 AM
    Reply # 1267853 on 1267058
    Dan Price


    Thanks for this post.  I am interested to see some of what you create.  So please let us know when it is up and runing online.  Also, I'd like to hear more about what you learned from the Hall book.  What other things seemed to be helpful that trainers can use?  I'm always looking for new tips and techniques.  Thanks!


  • Friday, April 19, 2013 3:19 PM
    Reply # 1273163 on 1267058

    You know Dan, the most useful thing I learned was to create the storyboard using pictures first.  I didn't really get how that worked when I read the book, but I was fortunate enough to attend his Rapid Video Bootcamp at ASTD in Lincoln, NE.  That's where it really made sense.  Old timers like me are used to starting with learning objectives (still the right thing to do) then writing a script, and finally finding pictures or video to support that script.

    What Jonathan teaches is to plan out your story in pictures first.  The result is a huge reduction in dialogue.  In other words, the video is telling the story.  That is where the rapid part comes in; that is why short videos can tell the story (or the process/procedure) so effectively, where a wordy video loses viewer attention pretty quickly.

    This is a link to a very short video shot as the end product of the bootcamp I attended.  The video is meaningless, but see how quickly my partner and I are able to teach a procedure.

  • Saturday, April 20, 2013 10:46 AM
    Reply # 1273527 on 1267058
    Dan Price


    Thank you for adding this!  I see your point in terms of planning the video.  But I also see how easy it is to use pictures to plan things.  After all, we think in terms of pictures.  I'll take a look at the link you provided.  I may get with you concerning other questions later because you attended that workshop.  This discussion is great for me because I'm in the middle of all of this video work!  Thanks!

  • Friday, April 26, 2013 4:48 PM
    Reply # 1279691 on 1267058

    OK, I've finished a couple of videos.  Shooting and editing in just a few hours each.  Of course that doesn't include storyboarding and such.


    These two videos are very short and will be used to reinforce classroom material.  A couple of characters teach us about SMART goals.



  • Friday, June 07, 2013 11:18 AM
    Reply # 1311863 on 1267058
    Gary - the SMART goal video is awesome! What a fun way to reinforce the learning. Couple fast questions: How did you make the pictures fly in spinning at the beginning of the video? Also, did you use audacity on the sound... is that how you that the "failure" sound edited in? Love it!!!
  • Monday, June 10, 2013 3:53 PM
    Reply # 1314004 on 1267058
    Gary Smith
    Ah, great questions.  No, I actually used PowerPoint to build a slide with the spinning animation.  I then used Camtasia to capture the animated PowerPoint and render it as a video.  I know that using Camtasia is a bit out of the scope of our Rapid Video topics, but Camtasia costs only a couple hundred bucks at most.  That amount shouldn't scare most training departments away.  
    I do use Audacity a lot and you can do some great things with it.  For example I record MP3 files using my phone, then edit (including some great sound effects) using Audacity.  But that Wah Wha sound was from an open source, free MP3 site.  Can't remember which one, but I just Googled Wah Wha Wha Wha sound.  Google is crazy isn't it?
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:15 AM
    Reply # 1314591 on 1267058
    Gary - tell me more about Audacity... can you overlay sounds? Edit music? For example, can you combine sound effects with music and then import? Also, can you take music and fade out at the appropriate time so that it matches to the end of your video?
  • Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:15 AM
    Reply # 1317311 on 1267058
    Gary Smith

    Yes, yes, and yes.  This link is to a 45 second sample that I put together to demo the features you asked about.  The fades are abrupt, and I didn't fade when I overlaid the sound effect.  I only put about 3 minutes into this so that you could see it is possible.

    The thing about Audacity, like any audio or video program, the user needs to be confident enough with software to poke a stick at it.  The manual is web-based.  I simply look up what I want to know, then tinker with it to figure it out.  It is incredibly powerful for a free software program.

    If anyone ever wants to get together to work on a fun project involving either all this free software, or even Camtasia or Vegas, I am game.  Might be a great way to master some of these skills. 


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