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Creating Video Projects

The guide to shooting and editing a video.

Digital Media Lab Equipment

The Library has equipment for you to check out, free of charge. You can borrow anything for three days and can grab multiple items, including DSLR cameras, camcorders, GoPro cameras, tripods, digital audio recorders, microphones and more. Ask for any of these items at the check out desk on the first floor.

Requesting Equipment

During the pandemic we will continue to send out Digital Media Equipment. Due to the complexities of checking out and shipping audio/visual recording equipment, we will likely need to contact you for more information, so please watch for any emails from us. To start a request, fill out and submit the Digital Media Equipment Request form (button below) using your HSU login.

If you have any questions about equipment, or other aspects of a digital project, we'd are happy to help! Contact us (the Digital Media Lab) at dml@humboldt.edu. You can also make equipment requests directly by email.

View the links on the left (top on mobile) to see what equipment is available to borrow by project type.

Canon Vixia Camcorders

Canon Vixia HF R300

The Canon Vixia HF R300 and HF R700 cameras are great for capturing high-quality footage for your video project, including interviews, presentations, events and more. The cameras include all you need to record basic video (includes built-in mic) but you may want to also borrow a tripod, lavalier mic or other accessories.

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What you need to get started

  • You may also want a tripod- attaches to a standard tripod mount.
  • Charge the camera using the included power adapter.
  • Connect an external microphone for better sound- the AT875R Shotgun Mic is a good choice (requires the included iRig interface to convert the analog mic to digital via the 3.5 mm jack).

Compatible Microphones

  • The AudioTechnica ATR3350 Lavalier Mic works great with this camera.

How do I use this thing?!

Getting Started

Saving, Sharing & Publishing

Canon T6i

Canon T6i DSLR

The Canon T6i is a great camera that provides plenty of automatic point-and-shoot functions but also allows you to control things like ISO, focus, shutter speed, and more to take those technical shots.

The T6i is also WiFi enabled to allow you to transfer photos and video to mobile devices and social media. This DSLR is also optimized to shoot full HD (1080p) video. The adjustable vari-angle touchscreen makes taking shots at awkward angles a snap.

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Why you might want to borrow the T6i

This DSLR camera is great for photos and video.

  • The 18-55 mm lens provides quality zoom (compared to cameras with digital zoom).
  • With the manual controls you can control most aspects of your shot, including depth of field which allows you to get portraits and talking head shots with blurred backgrounds.
  • This camera, along with the Nikon D3200 and the GoPro Hero6, will produce the highest resolution images we have available- up to 1920 x 1080 (Full HD).
  • The Rode VideoMic external mic will work wonderfully with the T6i and Nikon D3200 to give you enhanced audio (available separately).

Why you might want to borrow a different camera

  • If you are shooting a continuous video over 30 minutes -- this camera will automatically stop recording at 29:59.
  • If you want to shoot slow motion shots -- while it will shoot up to 60 fps at standard HD, the GoPro Hero6 will shoot up to 240 fps.
  • If you are shooting in the rain -- this camera is in no way waterproof and must be kept dry.

What you need to get started

The camera is ready for point and shoot, but remember to:

  • You may also want a tripod- attaches to a standard tripod mount.
  • Charge the battery with the included wall charger.
  • Use the included USB cable to transfer photos to your computer. 
    • Be sure to disable the Wi-Fi/NFC function in settings (Menu -> first wrench icon -> Wi-Fi/NFC -> disable). 
    • If you are having issues with the USB transfer not working, you can also checkout a USB SD Card reader at the checkout desk. 

How do I use this thing?!

User manuals & guides

Videos

 

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

The Nikon D3200 is a great camera that provides plenty of automatic point-and-shoot functions but also allows you to control things like ISO, focus, shutter speed, and more to take those technical shots.

Can I check one out now?

Why you might want to borrow the D3200

This DSLR camera is great for photos and video.

  • The 18-55 mm lens provides quality zoom (compared to cameras with digital zoom).
  • With the manual controls you can control most aspects of your shot, including depth of field which allows you to get portraits and talking head shots with blurred backgrounds.
  • This camera, along with the Canon T6i and the GoPro Hero6, will produce the highest resolution images we have available- up to 1920 x 1080 (Full HD).
  • The Rode VideoMic external mic will work wonderfully with the D3200 and Canon T6i to give you enhanced audio (available separately).

Why you might want to borrow a different camera

  • If you are shooting a continuous video over 30 minutes -- this camera will automatically stop recording at 29:59.
  • If you want to shoot slow motion shots -- while it will shoot up to 60 fps at standard HD, the GoPro Hero6 will shoot up to 240 fps.
  • If you are shooting in the rain -- this camera is in no way waterproof and must be kept dry.

What you need to get started

The camera is ready for point and shoot, but remember to:

  • You may also want a tripod- attaches to a standard tripod mount.
  • Charge the camera with the included wall charger.
  • Use the telephoto lens for those far away shots.

How do I use this thing?!

User manuals & guides

Videos & Webpages

GoPro Hero 6 Black

GoPro Hero6 Black

The Library has four (4) GoPro Hero 6 Black cameras available to check out for your next video project. These tiny cameras are great for almost any video or photo project. They are waterproof (to 33m), have built in mics, and can be controlled via the free mobile GoPro app (via Bluetooth and Wireless connections- instructions). You can also control the camera using the LCD touch screen. 

Try out the Splice app to make edits, add transitions, music and more — all from your phone or tablet. Stream live directly from the camera using Periscope. Simply connect to your camera via the GoPro app and then start up Periscope — the camera should automatically be recognized and ready to stream. You can also stream on Facebook using Periscope.

Download your videos using the included USB cable or use the app to upload directly to Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram via your phone or tablet.

You may also want to download the Quik desktop app for editing your videos from a laptop or desktop computer.

Can I check one out now?

What you need to get started

The camera is simple but still requires a few important considerations:

How do I use this thing?!

User Manuals

Videos

Logitech c920 HD Webcam

Logitech c920

The Logitech c920 HD Pro Webcam is great for web conferencing, live streaming, and recording interviews and events. The high quality of the 1080p HD camera is matched by the stereo mics with built-in noise reduction.

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What you need to get started

The webcam is quite simple- all you need is a computer or device with a USB port and software for your project. Simply plug in the camera and it should automatically be recognized by Windows or Mac computers. For best results with your project be sure to test out the camera and mics before your event or video shoot.

There are different programs you can use for your project, including:

Web Conferencing

  • Skype - this camera is optimized for use with Skype
  • Zoom - HSU students, staff and faculty have a license to use Zoom for free. It's one of the easiest to use web conferencing tools.
  • Google Hangouts - You also have an account for Hangouts as part of your student, staff or faculty Gmail account with HSU.

Live Streaming

Recording

How do I use this thing?!

Insta360 One X

Close up photo of the Insta360 One X camera (rectangular black plastic with bubble lens on each side and circular lcd display) with neoprene black soft case.

The Insta360 One X is a dual-lens 360-degree (spherical) video camera that captures video for everything around you. You can also easily grab still images from the video using the app, which is also used to control the camera (via Bluetooth and Wireless connections- instructions). 

Download your videos using the included USB cable or use the app to save to your phone or tablet. The Insta360 One X also supports live streaming and many features that make this more than just a 360-degree camera.

Use the invisible selfie stick (included) to shoot footage that appears to be floating in mid-air. Upload photos directly to Google Street View with the app. 

 

What you need to get started

The camera itself is simple and can be used on its own but works best with the Android and iOS apps and some setup to get started:

  • The camera should be fully charged before starting a project- use the included cable to charge via USB
  • The Insta360 One X  camera is not weather resistant. If you will be using this camera in wet conditions (rain or any submersion) the Venture case is rated to allow you to submerge the camera up to 5 meters (~15 ft) for up to 60 seconds. It is not rated for strong waves or water action sports. Your footage will also be lower in quality when using the case because of the added plastic lens and a seam where the black padding around the lens appears (you can erase the dark seam during editing using the smartphone app, but a ghost effect will remain). View the instructions on using the Venture case.
    Because of these limitations, if you are working on an underwater project, take a look at the GoPro cameras also available at the Library.
  • Download the Android/Apple apps to control the camera (preview, editing, grabbing stills, uploading to the web, etc.)
  • You can also download the Insta360 Studio desktop app (Mac & Windows) to your personal computer (free) to edit your videos post-production.

How do I use this thing?!

Yeah, but how do I use this thing?!?!?!

360-degree video is very different from regular video and there are a few things you'll want to consider when designing your next 360 project.

Learn!

Online SkillShops

If you are looking for more in-depth tutorials on creating videos, we have some Online SkillShops that cover the complete process. You will also earn a badge for each SkillShop you complete!