Live Action Video

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Get started with building your own live action videos, with your own phone, tablet, laptop or camera. These tips were compiled collaboratively by the Online Learning Center, Library Services and Teaching and Learning.


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Storyboard template. Click to download a copy.

If it helps you plan, do a quick storyboard so you know what scenes you’re going to do.  Use this template if it will be helpful. It doesn’t have to be fancy or well drawn. This will be your guide to scenes and your script, helping you stay on track.

Get Ready to Record

  • Find a quiet spot.  If you like, book a meeting room or find a quiet space. 
  • Use your smartphone or laptop camera. The image and audio quality is often just as good, if not better, than a standalone camera, and this saves transferring the file around.
  • Use a tripod or mount it on a stable surface.  Shaky video is only good for action movies. You can: 
  • Make sure the lighting is bright.
  • Mute your phone’s ringer. 
  • Use a mic. You can:
  • Have water nearby. 
  • Do a 10-15 second test video to check video and sound quality. Replay and listen to see how it’s working.
Jessie D’Uva (OLC) explains some tips for recording on your smartphone.

When Recording 

  • Speak clearly and with good projection – use your classroom voice.
  • Record a max of 3 to 5 minutes. Chunking video supports learning and helps learners choose what they actually need to re-learn
  • Don’t be scared to do a retake.  
  • Once you’re happy, edit the video if you like, or just upload, caption and share in your course.

Jess Wilkinson

Jesslyn is the Educational Technology Officer at Conestoga. An Ontario Certified Teacher, and holding a B.A. and B.Ed., Jesslyn researches and promotes new technologies for faculty to enhance pedagogical practices. She brings to the role her experience as a Google and Microsoft certified technology trainer and as a classroom teacher in South Korea, Mongolia, and Ontario, focusing on special education and assistive learning technologies. She is available for workshops, consultations, and support with using technology in higher education contexts.

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