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Movie Making Basics

Planning | Basics | Windows Movie Maker | Movie Maker Workshop | VideoSoftwareTools


What We Can Provide


1. Digital Video Camera (Check this out from our front desk at AT)

Most of our digital video cameras are Canon ZR300 models.

Here's what you will get inside your Canon ZR300 kit:

          • The camera
          • USB to firewire cable for transferring still images (I would recommend using a regular digital camera instead, for better quality pictures if you want to insert a still image in your video production.)
          • Power cord (which you will want to use instead of the battery if you are filming for an extended period of time and won't be moving the camera around much)
          • Output/input cabel to watch video from camera on TV
          • A mini-guide that provides basic information on how to use the camera


RECORDING SOUND: Our video cameras do NOT have a port for an external microphone. The only microphone is the internal one on the camera. Therefore, you should test the sound before you film your project. In other words, do a short test video and play it back on the camera. If it is not loud enough, you will have to reposition your filming or increase the volume on the camera. If you want to include videos of the students' reactions and voices, you may want to have your camera person move the camera to that person. You may want to do a test video with your class, view and listen to the sound and then make adjustments for your real video.


Need more information about the  Canon ZR300? Download the user's guide





2. Tripod (Also check this out from our front desk)

I would highly recommend using one for your project. You can easily move it around for different shots and this will keep your filming smooth and less jerky.






3. Computer, Software, Cables, miniDV tape transfer equipment, STA assistance

You can use the computers in StudioD (or soon when The Zone opens in the ILC) to capture your video and edit it. We offer two types of computers and the corresponding software:


  1. Windows PCs: Windows Movie Maker
  2. Apple Computers: iMovie


We also have the firewire cables necessary to transfer your video from the camera to the computer, as well as equipment that will transfer your video from your miniDV tape to the computer. Either way works fine.


Once you film your video, you can come to our digital studios and get hands-on assistance from one of our on-duty STAs (Student Technology Assistants). They are highly skilled and can help you get started and answer your questions. You do NOT need to make an appointment, but toward the end of the semester, the lab gets busier. So, the earlier the better!


StudioD Hours: Monday through Thursday: 8 to 7, Friday, 8 to 5. Closed Weekends.



The Basics: What You'll Need to Provide


miniDV tape (can purchase at any office supply store, Office Depot, for instance)

flash drive or other portable storage device (to save your project file once you capture it from the camera so you can work on it from any computer. You can also use a flash drive to hold your final video for viewing if you want.)




Computer microphone (optional, but necessary if you want to record additional narration on your own computer.) I like the USB Logitech headsets that are headphones and microhone in one. The quality is good and they are relatively inexpensive ($30 to $50).


Want to work on your video file at home? Once you transfer the video from your video camera to our computer, you can save that file to a flash drive and work on it from ANY Windows PC, since Movie Maker is a free program included an all Windows operating systems. In other words, if you have a PC at home, you can work from it there.


Ready to start learning how to produce a video and use Windows Movie Maker? Next, go to WindowsMovieMaker



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