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Geek Media Labs

The EKU IT Geek Media Spaces: areas where students can learn about digital production skills (video, photography, and audio studios) and the technology to use them.

Terms to Know

Clip - A shorter piece of video footage or audio recording that may be inserted into a longer video production.

Credits - Acknowledgments given for assistance. In video productions, credits are most often listed at the end and may include actors, editors, directors, and anyone else who has contributed to the production.

Ins and Outs - A video clip starts at an in point and ends with an out point. Most video editing programs offer a tool in which the editor may mark the in and out points of a clip. The clip will start playing where the in marker is placed and stop where the out marker is placed.

Playhead - A vertical line which marks the current position in the timeline used in a video editing program.

Scrubbing - Dragging the playhead back and forth across the timeline in a video editing program to quickly rewind and fast-forward while still being able to view the footage in the preview window.

Timeline - The workspace area of a video editing program that allows the editor to assemble a collection of video and audio clips.

Voiceover - A recorded voice that describes what is happening in a video to the audience.

EKU Library Book & Other Resources

Academic Resources

Video Production Planning


1. What is the goal of my video?

     YouTube Creator Academy (free access to tons of great videos!)

2. What is the content of my video?  Who is my audience?

    Content-Stats? Personal story? Dramatization? Other?

     Audience-Demographics? Culture? Language? Other?

3. How will I visually convey the purpose of my video?  

     How to Write a Killer Script

     101 Great Screenplays

     Based on the Book - up-to-date, ever-expanding database of books, plays, short stories, and graphic novels that have been made into feature-length movies or adapted for TV

     Internet Movie Script Database

     Script Magazine 

     Writers Guild of America East

     How to create a Storyboard

     Storyboarding for people who can't draw

     Berkeley Advanced Media Institute - Start-to-Finish Storyboarding

4. What type of technology do I already have?

     How to Shoot Video with your Smartphone

     10 Tips for Recording Better Video with your Smartphone

     The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Smartphone Filmmaking

     10 Clever Ways to Make Video Using Just a Laptop

     How to Create 360-Degree Video: The Ultimate Guide

     Introduction to 360-degree video and virtual reality

     How to Shoot, Edit, and Upload 360-Degree Videos

5. Basic Camera Information

     Static - The camera does not move

     Pan - The camera moves from one side to the other

     Tilt - The camera moves up or down

     Zoom - The camera stays still, and, by adjusting the lens, the picture zooms in and out

     Tracking - The camera follows the motion by either panning, tilting, or trucking (physically moving the entire camera along with the action)

     180-Degree Rule - the camera should stay on one side of an imaginary line between two characters so each always appears to be facing the same direction

     Vertical vs Horizontal

     How to Create a Winning Video to Pitch Your Idea

     How to Make Pitch & Proposal Videos

     How to Pitch Your Business in 60 Seconds



1. How can I record good quality video for my project?

     Following the tips below will help you record quality, professional-looking footage.

  1. Horizontal Shooting - Take a moment to think about watching a video on a monitor or a television screen. The orientation of the screen is often landscape and not portrait, right? Make sure to capture your footage in a suitable orientation for your video. 

  2. Keep it Steady - Shaky camera footage can be very distracting for the viewer. To keep footage smooth and steady, you might want to secure your smartphone or recording device on a tripod, prop it up on some books, or just steady your elbows on a table while recording.

  3. Composition - Before you begin recording video, take a step back and look around at your settings. Is there anything in the background that might detract from the content of your footage? Is there sufficient light? Are you close enough to the subject of your video?

  4. Audio - Clear audio may be even more important to a professional-looking video than the footage. Record some test audio to be sure you are able to hear the action or dialogue. Make sure to record your footage in a quiet space. You can also boost the volume later when you are in the editing process, but you do want to try and get the best sound possible on location.

  5. More is Better - Go ahead and record more video than you actually need for your project. This is called coverage. It will be much easier during the editing process to have more to work with and you can always cut out things that you didn't need.

Checklist for Creating Accessible Videos

Making Audio and Video Media Accessible 

Creating Accessible Videos

Creating Accessible Documents

Create Accessible PDFs

PDF Techniques for WCAG 2.0

How to Edit Automatic Captions in YouTube

UTT Creator - An Online editor and visualizer for video captions and subtitles



Keep learning so check out the tutorials and keep watching for inspiration! 

The Hero's Journey (Video)


Software and Free Stock Video Sites

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Rush

Pexels Free Stock Videos




Animation Factory (free animation)

Stock Footage

The Open Video Project



Video Hive

Critical Past (Vintage Video)


Screenwriting Software

Final Draft (Educational Version Available) - Screenwriting Tips





Convert files to MP4 format

1. Download and install Handbrake

2. Select a file to open and convert.  If you are not prompted to open a file, select "Open Source" in the panel at the top fo the HandBrake and choose a file.

3. In the "Destination" field, choose where to save the file and give it a name.  Click the drop arrow next to the "Save As" box for more options.

4. If you want to convert a portion of a DVD, select Chapters, Seconds or Frames from the drop-down menu and then the duration to convert.

5. Pres the green "Start" button in the top left menu, or choose "Add to Queue"

6. Repeat steps 2-5 until all the files you want to convert are in the queue.  Then select "Show Queue" and press "Start" in the queue window.


Media Arts & Video Production Websites - community, education, news, and resources for cinematographers 

Digital Arts, Film, and Television (DAFT)

Film Sound - Learning space dedicated to the art of film sound design

Indiegogo - an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, and more

Library of Congress Inventing Entertainment Collection - The early motion pictures and sound recordings of the Edison Companies

Museum of Moving Images

Online Film Critics Society 

Production Hub



Journals and Magazines

Available @ EKU Libraries (just a partial list)

     Film Remakes

     Crime Films

     Film Histories

     Flickers in Film

     Film Comment

     Film Dialogue 

     Authorship and Film

     Films in Review

     Film Culture

     Film Criticism 


     Film Quarterly

     Film Modernism 

     Women in Film

     Feminism and Film

     Film and Morality

    Science Fiction Film

     Film Cultures

     Horror and the Horror Film

     Film Studies: An Introduction 

     Journal of Film and Video

     Video Business

     Digital Video

     Digital Music Videos

     The Art of Video Production

     Video Animation and Photography

     Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy


Other Resources

The Value of Student-Created Videos in the College Classroom-An Exploratory Study in Marketing and Accounting (article)

Using Student-Created Content Videos in Flipped Learning to Enhance Student Higher-Order Thinking Skills, Engagement, and Satisfaction (article)

Integration of Good Practices of Active Methodologies with the Reuse of Student-Generated Content (article)

No Film School

Creative Live

How to Create Video that People Want to Watch