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Video Production Goes To School
The school-based television production environment presents students with:
Adapted from Kathleen Tyner, Media Literacy Educator
- a unique opportunity for personal and cultural expression, within a cooperative, team-oriented setting
- a chance for students of all abilities and backgrounds, from high achievers to at-risk learners, to excel; and, hands-on activities that put academic skills to immediate and practical use.
Video Production is:
- Highly Motivational because students tend to really love working in creative ways with new technologies.
- Encourages Cooperative Learning as students become part of a production crew.
- An Encouraging Thinking Process because the production process requires extensive planning before, during, and after production.
- Teaches Study Skills as students research the content for their programs and subsequently digest the information through visualization and script writing.
- Induces Transparent Learning because the students enjoy themselves in the creative process.
- Helps develop Leadership Skills where each participant is responsible for overseeing their particular area of production.
- Creates an Internal Locus of Control because students take a program’s story and production process into their own hands.
- Induces Improved Self-Esteem by providing students an opportunity to broadcast their views and ideas through a recognized medium.
- Prepares students to enter a workplace in which Skills in Information Technology are rapidly growing in importance and demand.
- Teaches Media Literacy through examination of the ways in which production techniques influence viewer perceptions.
- Widens Circles of Reference because students need to communicate and work with others. Students have to search beyond the classroom for resources and even beyond their cultures to connect to and interact with their community.
Linear vs Nonlinear Editing Systems
A Nonlinear Editing System is a relatively simple system requiring few pieces of equipment.
- Requires only 1 VCR.
- Video switching, titling, audio mixing, and special effects are all done with this one piece of equipment, such as the Casablanca.
- Once you have completed editing your video you must record the final project to tape.
- Finished programs can be first generation if using a digital VCR.
- Footage is recorded onto a hard disk in a digitized format in the order that they appear on the “camera master” tape. Programs are assembled from this footage in any order desired.
- Storage is on relatively expensive hard drives; the system is less appropriate for long-form programs.
- Unlimited audio tracks are available. Correct “mix” can be accomplished when most convenient.
- You can make changes whenever you like without starting over from scratch every time.
A Linear Editing System is a complex system requiring many pieces of equipment.
- Requires 2 or more video cassette recorders, linked by a complex device called an editing controller.
- Video Switcher is required to fade up from black and dissolve between scenes.
- Programs are assembled by copying segments from the “camera master” to the edit master in linear order, from beginning to end.
- Storage is on inexpensive SVHS, 8mm, or VHS tape, the system to be most appropriate for long form programs.
- These systems usually allow for the inclusion of only 1, at most 2, channels of sound in a program.
- Correct “mix” must be accomplished at time of recording the “edit master.”
- Source VCR must be fast-forwarded/rewound to include segments on the “camera master” tape. To make changes, you must start your editing from scratch.
- Once you have completed your editing, your tape is ready to go.
- Finished programs to be distributed are usually 3rd generation copies, resulting in poor video quality.
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