So you’re going to have your students create a video. But how can you help students who are struggling to create a video they can be proud of? We’ve put together a list of 5 tips that you can share with your students to help them create great videos.

  1. Selecting the right images. One of the keys to a great video is great images. Help your students find images that will make a dramatic video by point them toward public domain sources that have visual interest and a resolution that’s high enough to look good even when shown on a classroom projector. Many government websites, like NASA’s for example, offer public domain images that will give students stunning images and even video clips to work with.
    Image courtesy of NASA

    Image courtesy of NASA

  2. Having images that are the right size. Sometimes student projects have images that seem blurry. In those cases, image resolution is usually the culprit. If students have the choice, images around 2048 pixels on the long side will look best in their videos and avoid any blurriness. But when students aren’t sure if their picture is big enough, they can look at the upper-left-hand corner of their image. If they see a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark, their image is too small.
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  3. Choosing music. Music lets students add emotion and excitement to their images and video clips, but remind them to match the music to the mood and content of their video (e.g. they shouldn’t choose an upbeat hip hop song to score their Trail of Tears video). Students can narrow down their choices by using the tools in our music selector to sort songs by length, genre, or other features. They can also add multiple songs to their video for a change of pace or mood.

  4. Controlling pacing. Are your students images flying by too fast or moving at a glacial pace? Show them how to use Animoto’s pacing tools to help them get the right tempo. Our Image Pacing feature lets students speed up or slow down the rate at which images appear to either up their video’s energy or to give the audience more time to view each slide.

  5. Mix things up with photos, videos, and text. While good images often speak for themselves, students can clarify their video’s purpose with a few well-placed text slides, and a video clip or two can add cinematic flair. Finally, a well-chosen video style can help bring all of a video’s elements together to create a finished product your students can be proud of.

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