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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Learn Video Production at Vimeo's Video School

I frequently write and talk about video projects for classrooms (in fact, I wrote a free ebook about it). I do that because I think video is a medium that engages students in learning in a variety of ways. What I don't talk about as often is the nuts and bolts of setting-up a shot, lighting, capturing sound, and other technical aspects of capturing video footage. That's where the Vimeo Video School could be helpful for you and your students.

The Vimeo Video School is a collection of how-to lessons for videographers by videographers. The lessons cover everything from the very basics (Video 101) through advanced techniques. At the end of almost every lesson is a "challenge." The challenges are a call to action to go out and put what you've learned to use. Videos in the Vimeo Video School are a mix of videos produced by Vimeo staff and videos produced by others and approved by Vimeo staff.

Here's the first video from Video 101.

Video 101: Choosing a Camera from Vimeo Staff on Vimeo.

H/T to CNET.

Applications for Education
If you've been considering having your students produce videos for a classroom project and or for a contest like the one currently going on at Next Vista, but you're worried that you don't know enough about video production, check out the Vimeo Video School for some lessons.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
12 Ways to Create Videos Without a Camera or Software
Creative Commons Search
How to Craft Clear Explanations