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CSP 1 - (Im)Migrant Communities of California: Video Resources

Video Editing Software

Shotcut - Free and Open Source video editor for both Mac OS & Windows.

Open Shot - Free and Open Source video editor for both Mac OS & Windows.

iMovie - Video editor for Mac OS and iOS devices. Pre-installed in all Macbook computers

Guiding Questions

What is the goal of your video?

Whether the goal of the video is set by an assignment or you. use a statement of purpose to keep the project on track.

Who is my audience?

Identify the audience you would like to reach with this video. Keep in mind relevant characteristics of your audience as you build your project.

What content will help support my video?

Statistics, photos and personal stories are some of the ways to convey a powerful message.

Video Editing Tips

Import - Any video footage, photos, or other visual elements that are going to be part of your video should all be imported into the editing program of your choice.

Create a timeline - Drag each of your visual elements into the timeline of your editor in the order that you want them to be viewed. Experiment with different ways of assembling and arranging the visual elements.

Watch - Once you have created a timeline, take the time to watch it from start to finish. You will probably need to do this several times throughout the editing process.

Audio - When using different kinds of audio such as recorded interviews, voiceover, music, and sound effects, check to ensure no single audio recording is too loud or distracting. Lower the volume of background music, or remove it entirely, when someone is speaking. You can also increase the volume for someone who has a quiet voice and decrease it for someone who as a loud voice.

Intro & Outro - You will want to create titles to introduce your video to your audience. These can be created directly within video editing programs and usually have various options for fonts, colors, and animations. At the conclusion of your video, you can add an outro with the name of participants, credits, citations or any other important information.

Additional Resources

Create a Storyboard - This WikiHow article can help you plan the timeline of your video by creating a storyboard.

Create Accessible Videos - Ensure that your videos contain captions and other helpful descriptions.

Use Creative Commons Media - Creative Commons offers a search tool to find media which can be used under a CC license. This tool links to search services that provide options for finding works that you are able to use.