Making a creaturecast episode – finishing

posted by Casey Dunn / on December 9th, 2011 / in

Finishing up the video – technical details

Before your episode can be posted, there are a few final things to take care of.

License

First, make sure that any music, images, or clips that you got from other sources are in the public domain or are released under a creative commons license that allows them to be used in derivative works. Check out creative commons for more information.

Final slides

We have a few final slides that you can drop into your video that provide a link to the web site, license details, and acknowledgements. Click on each slide below to get the full resolution image. Set each slide to show for about 3 seconds when you put it into your video. It is up to you to decide whether there is audio over the slides or you would like them to be silent.

Here is a slide that you can start your video with, if you like:

Immediately after your video, you should create a slide with your name, and list the music you used (if any). Also list credits for any other media you used, such as photos. Be sure to thank anyone that may have helped you out, including scientists that sent you images or helped you out (you may want to do this on an additional slide).

Next, insert a slide thanking any facilities you used to produce the video. Below are a few slides for facilities at Brown.

Finally, end with this slide with the link and license info:

If you would prefer to present this information in some other way, feel free to draw your own slides.

Exporting your video from your editing program

Exporting the video and audio in an optimal format is critical – a bad export can detract in a big way from an otherwise great piece. We post the videos on vimeo.com, and they have a variety of technical information on optimal export settings at this very helpful site. Note that it includes video tutorials of how to export files in the correct format from many different video programs. The most important details are the resolution (1080p, ie 1920 x 1080 pixels), the video codec (H.264), the frame rate (30 frames per second), the audio codec (AAC), and the file type (.mp4). Also be sure that the video is correctly cropped before export – you don’t want a black margin around your video that wastes space.

When you are done with your video, send us an e-mail at creatures@creaturecast.org that includes links to any music you used, information that you think is relevant to the short caption we will write for the piece, one to three citations for scientific sources (eg. scientific papers) that support the story you tell, and the scientific names (usually Genus species) for the organisms in the video. We will then send you a link to upload your video, and we will take care of posting.

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