On Monday 27th August 2018, the Riddet Institute held their first video training workshop in collaboration with Bazzacam.
Baz Caitcheon, a multimedia expert with a speciality in quick-turnaround, short self-made videos, came to the Riddet Institute to teach a collection of PhD students and affiliated researchers how to shoot, edit & upload short videos from their smart devices. Baz leads Bazzacam as director/trainer of video content for a range of clients. As well as producing content, Baz trains organisations to shoot, edit and publish their own videos on and from their iPhones and iPads.
Over the course of 4 hours, each of the 13 participants created a short 60 second video which they edited on the device on which it was shot. Before the shoot, Baz taught us about the importance of good lighting, interview distance for audio, third party equipment such as stabilisers and much more. For the editing tutorial, we were shown how to arrange, cut and zoom footage, to use overlay footage, the importance of voice over and background music, and how to check audio levels. It was an intense workshop which yielded some great results with short videos on everything ranging from staff departures to hide and seek experts. We look forward to seeing the ways in which this knowledge can be applied to communicating science – watch this space!