AGP: Digital Video Production Week 1

I’m taking another online class!  These courses are free for teachers through the Adobe Education Exchange.

This course deals with creating and editing digital videos.  In this class, we should be learning about pre-production (including script writing & development), production (shooting the video, audio, and how to do B-roll (background noise etc.).  The highlighted steps in the image below are the ones we’re focusing on for the overall course.

Screenshot from Adobe Education Exchange, AGPVID15-16wk1/section2/step5

I have previously worked with Adobe Premiere Pro from the Digital Creativity course (also offered by the Adobe Educational Exchange), so at least I’m familiar with the software we’ll be using the most.

Week 1 Assignment: Create a short video about the subject you teach.

The video should be between 10 and 30 seconds long and does not require any editing, but feel free to do so if you wish. It can be a clip shot with your phone or a professional camera, whatever is easiest. The key is to consider the content before you start shooting and upload the video to a video sharing site like Vimeo. This dos not need to be a master piece as we have not really developed the skills at this point but we would like you to try and record something that tells us a little about the subject you teach or something similar. Experiment, test and explore!


The first week was mostly overview and orientation.  It took me an embarrassingly long time to record, edit, and post this video because I was trying to figure out equipment.  I don’t own a video camera or a DSLR so all my assignments will be done with a webcam or my cell phone.  They made recommendations about equipment:

Screenshot from Adobe Education Exchange AGPVID15-16wk1/section2/step6
Screenshot from Adobe Education Exchange

My equipment? None of the above.  I should point out that at this stage, the class seems to be intended for people who teach classes in digital video (rather than Biology…).  However, I know we’ll be working on instructional video, too, which is why I’m interested in this class.

I wanted to add my textbook covers for some weird reason.  I thought that would be more interesting than just my talking head the whole time.

Yes, I know that the shelves of my bookcase look crooked–that’s one of the limitations I had working with my webcam in my office at work.  It was the best shot I could manage at the time.

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