The past year we have spent hours creating videos for lectures, seminars, practicals, lab experiments and many more. A lot of time and effort has gone into the production for these videos, but have you thought about making them reusable? With the steps that we recommend when creating them you could make these videos reusable and easily adaptable. Saving you time and effort year after year.
The following are some tips on creating reusable videos:
Title your videos
It is recommended that you give your videos names that reflect it’s contents and not the date and time. This will not only make it easier for viewers to differentiate between recordings, but it will also help you distinguish between each recording.
Set a preview image
The preview image of a video is important not only to captivate the viewer but to make it clear what the video contains. It is normally automatically generated by the hosting tool used. We recommend that you select an image that reflects the content contained in the video and not when it was made. We also suggest that you check it’s relevance each academic year.
Create small recordings and merge them to one recording
When creating videos, split it into smaller clips. This will help you to update them each year because you will find it easier to locate the part of the recording that needs updating. Once you have created the smaller clips we recommend merging them into one recording. You will be able to see all the individual clips that you have included in one recording for future reference.
Delete parts of the videos that are not relevant
The videos that you create will need updating as time goes on. There will be content that is out of date. We recommend that you delete out of date clips from the recording.
The video that you create should be stored in a module site and in your personal folder for backup. We recommend that you use folders within your module sites so that the videos are organised.