Consult an Educational Technologist, firstname.lastname@example.org, to develop a video workflow that will meet your project needs.
Capturing and editing video requires large amounts of high-speed digital storage – much more space and speed than the student storage server (SSS) and even some computer hard drives can provide. Video storage, whether a external harddrive or on a file server, is determined by characteristics of the intended video project. Longer video projects or multiple projects within the semester are usually better handled by firewire harddrive storage. Short single video projects are often handled through specially set up file server storage accounts. These accounts are provided in planned support efforts and should be used while working on the library computers. Accounts for students working in groups are set up differently from those for individual projects.
An understanding of video file structure and how to manage files between storage area and authoring area is one of our most frequently encountered “gotchas”. Because the libraray computers are a public lab facility, the "Scratch disk" on them is intended as an editing area but not as a storage area. Projects left on the Scratch Disk are not backed up and can be deleted by anyone who sits down at that computer. While actually editing video the video project folder, a folder that contains all of the media to be used in your project, should be on the Scratch disk. Working from the Scatch disk ensures that pieces of your project will not be lost in transit ("dropped frames") between an external drive/network account and the computer. Students must attend storage account appointments and understand their video project file structure to successfully complete video projects using our public lab resources.
The desired output method (online viewing, DVD creation, etc.) has a significant effect upon the number of steps included in the overall assignment design. There are also technical considerations associated with compression formats that may be dependent upon the characteristics of the footage being used. And, the actual time it takes for the files to be converted to the desired output format can be up to three times the actual duration of the final video. A 3 minute video can take 9 minutes to export/compress and another 9 minutes to burn to disc. Allowing time for a trial presentation run on a lectern system is advised.