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Video can be very impactful as a learning and teaching resource and is also increasingly used as a form of assessment. However, you don’t need to be Steven Spielberg to produce a good video. Below are some resources and guidelines to get you started.

Shooting your video

We recommend Vimeo’s Video 101: Shooting Basics as a beginners introduction to shooting video:

This 4 minute video includes lighting, planning your shoots, composition and more.

Composing your video

This infographic gives a quick guide to basic video composition:

Shoot Video Like a Pro Infographic
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Sound recording

This video from Moviola gives a quick illustration of the importance of recording good audio as you shoot your footage.

Production tips

We suggest that you start by make a quick test recording before you go through the sometimes nerve-wracking experience of shooting live footage – just to check that everything is working, and looks and sounds how you expected.

When setting up your device to shoot video, check the settings for both audio and video, if possible. If you aren’t sure what settings to use, go for the highest quality for everything, because it is possible afterwards when editing to reduce higher quality raw footage to lower quality if needed, but not possible to improve poor quality footage.

Editing software

For beginners, we suggest the following two options – both are easy to use, and contain basic tools to enable you to organise the running order of clips, trim sections of footage, and add other elements such as opening and closing credits:

Further resources

To develop your production skills further, or explore a specific aspect of production in depth, try moviola – recommended by our colleagues at the Centre for Broadcast Journalism.

NTU students also have free access to, which contains courses that cover film production, and instructional guides on a wide range of post-production software.

Phillip Pierce
Learning Technologist
Learning and Teaching Support Unit (LTSU)
School of Arts & Humanities – Nottingham Trent University MAE012 | 0115 84 83017