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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.

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

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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.

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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

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!