Creating a science project video provides an additional means of educating and connecting with your audience.
With a little extra planning and research, your science project video can become a noteworthy video experience for both you and the audience. Keep your audience in mind through the entire process and utilize the opportunity to connect with your viewers and create a valuable educational component to your video. Use a variety of editing techniques, such as cross-fade dissolve transitions and voice-over narration, to add extra content and quality to your science project video.
Preparation Prior to Shooting
1. Create a list of possible science projects to execute on camera. Look for a project with some action, moving parts or eye-catching results that will make the video interesting and engaging. Compile your lists from online science project websites, library books and resources found in your science classes.
2. Select the project that meets your needs and create a diagram of the “science lab” area and the location of the video camera and lighting sources. Unless you have access to video studio lighting, try to position your science work station close to a window or underneath a bright light source so your video recording is well lit.
3. Create a shot list of the various camera angles you would like to use throughout the filming process. For example, if you are creating an active volcano, you may want to use a tight shot of the explosion for a dramatic effect. Make a note of approximately when this will occur during your project and prepare your camera man to zoom in on this portion of the project.
4. Create a script of your monologue for the audience to be recorded during the filming process.
5. Gather your materials, select your camera and someone to operate it and do a test of the project prior to the actual filming, if possible.
6. Position your camera on a tripod according to the “science lab” diagram and do another test shot with the lighting to ensure that enough light exists. Add additional lamps or light sources if necessary.
7. Begin recording the video as you initiate your science project. Keep the camera rolling through any missteps, as you can correct these in the editing process.
8. Complete the project and the video following the script. Have the camera-man make notes of any sections that may need additional narration during the filming process.
9. Transfer the video footage to a computer equipped with video editing software and a large amount of hard drive space or an external hard drive. The transfer process will vary dramatically based on your camera make and model. The camera manual will walk you through the process.
10. Open the video footage in the editing software once transferred and save the new project.
11. Begin editing the footage in the timeline of the program by cutting out any sections where mistakes or repetition occur. This step will vary based on the program, but most editing programs have a cutting tool that allows you to remove sections of the timeline where both the video and audio tracks are placed for editing.
12. Use transitions in places where abrupt edits occur to help the piece flow naturally. A transition can be a still image, a cross-fade into black or a change in camera angles.
13. Save the final project once all the edits are finalized and export the video footage. Export a larger version, such as an MOV file first for your archives and in case you wish to play the video on a DVD or large screen. An MOV file is higher quality and uncompressed but does take a large amount of space on the computer and is not recommended for Internet use.