Center for Continuing and Professional Education

Video Storytelling




Course Details

Learn Essential Techniques for Producing Quality Video Stories for the Web

Course Description

Video Storytelling is designed as a best practices overview for more experienced media professionals, but also as an accessible overview for beginners seeking skills to create savvy and technically-proficient video content, especially for web-based platforms. Participants will learn best practices in short video planning, production and packaging, including hands-on training with Final Cut Pro X, Apple's newest version of its professional video editing software. Additionally, participants will learn how to make use of exciting new web tools and services, and how to safely make use of copyrighted multimedia. The objective of the course is to provide participants with timely and immediate skills to plan, shoot and publish video content that can stand on its own feet.

The course meets on 2 consecutive Saturdays. Participants will learn how to develop and plan a short video story, and learn best practices in recording good audio and video. The second class will build on earlier lessons and allow time for training and working within Final Cut Pro X, the newest version of the video editing software used in many newsrooms and digital media organizations. For those who prefer, the earlier version 7 will also be available, but we will not be teaching both. By the end of the course, participants will produce a finished video and have a concrete understanding of Final Cut Pro X.

Course Objectives

The intensive course will also focus on:

  • Identifying and developing a compelling story for video
  • Writing effectively for narration
  • Avoiding narration pitfalls
  • Interview techniques
  • Framing and Composition
  • Tips on shooting video in different circumstances
  • Tips for getting good audio
  • Basic lighting considerations
  • Individual critiques of your shooting
  • Tips on editing video
  • Tips on sequencing shots
  • Tips for using transitions and effects, but not over-using them
  • Individual critiques of your edited video
  • Discussion of competing video editing software
  • Instructions on exporting and uploading your video

Please note: Participants must bring a video camera or electronic device capable of shooting video (e.g. Flip camera).Georgetown University has a limited number of video cameras for student use the day of the workshop, but does not guarantee availability.

Designed For

  • Journalists
  • Freelancers
  • Media specialists
  • Aspiring film makers
  • Anyone in the non-profit or business realm looking to acquire these skills

More Information

For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please complete the Request More Information Form, send an email to ccpeprograms@georgetown.edu, or call (202) 687-7000.



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