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Formats of video to use in eLearning

Following on from the previous post – Using videos in eLearning we take a further look at some of the formats and types of videos available.

Rather than bombard you with information overload, in this post we will give you a quick overview of four video types when to use them as well as useful tips;

In our next post, we’ll be covering Scenario, How to, Explainer Animation, Digital Story.

Piece to camera

Format:

Short movie featuring one person looking into the camera while reading a script or presenting (as used in news on TV or by TV reporters).

What is it?

A piece to camera is the television and film term used for when a presenter or a character speaks directly to the viewing audience through the camera.

When to use:

Positioning piece by a leader in the team or organisation to provide a strategic context and the bigger picture.

Peer learning for people sharing their experiences.

Key points

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Tips

Use an autocue app for iPad and experiment with speeds so suit delivery of person interviewing. A green screen can make a video more visual and relevant by positioning interview in different locations.

Interview Style

Format:

A movie featuring one or more interviewees who are responding to questions.

What is it?

Talking head refers to a person speaking directly to camera usually in a medium shot, meaning they’re cropped at the head and shoulders.

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Mini-doc

Format:

A short documentary that tells a story with interview or voice over as the basis and a variety of activities and static shots and sequences.

What is it?

A cut-away is the interruption of a continuously filmed shot by inserting a view of something else. It is usually, although not always, followed by a cut back to the first shot, when the cutaway avoids a jump cut

When to use:

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Tutorial

Format:

Tutorial delivered via expert which mimics the experience of a lecture.

Get the lingo:

On-screen graphics – lower thirds are commonly found in TV news and documentaries and in their simplest form, a lower third can just be text overlying the video.

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As part of our video production service at Aurion, we produce high quality and aminated content that can be used as a stand-alone asset or enhance and support eLearning.

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