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Multimedia Lab Video Creation - Maher Hall 176B

For graphic, design, poster printing and Adobe products, call x2271. You can find out more about the graphic and design services in the Media Lab by clicking here.

For video productions, screen capture video, video editing, and creating video content for the classroom, call x5943

Creating, Editing and Publishing Your Videos in The Media Lab

The resources below are to assist you in creating and publishing videos. We recommend coming to the lab so you can drop off your footage and content at a workstation. You can then can create a project and mark down scheduled times you would like to use the workstation to finish your project.

While you do not need an appointment to come by the lab, it helps to schedule a time so we can confirm we can be here to assist you. Just email and someone will get back to you.

1. Create Your Video - If you plan on creating an informational video for your coursework, you can click here for a quick start guide that provides some resources, examples and helpful tips on creating videos.

2. Edit Your Video - The lab in Maher Hall comes with Final Cut Pro X editing software. This PDF file will guide you through the basics of video editing along with other how-to resources for the Media Lab.

You can also watch this video tutorial that will guide you through the process of importing, editing, and exporting your video files.

3. Compress Your Video - After you finish creating your video, you might need to take your large video file down to a size that can be consumed on the internet by students, staff or faculty.

To post videos to Facebook, YouTube or for classroom use, you can export your project from Final Cut X by selecting the "File -> Share -> USD Student Project" option and then save the video to the desktop. Once the file is on the desktop, you an can upload your video.

If you are not editing video in the Media Lab and have a file that is too large for YouTube or Facebook, just use Handbrake to create a compressed HD file with the following settings:

Video settings = 5000 kbps / Audio settings - 192kbps stereo @ 48khz

If you are uploading a video to Dropbox, Blackboard, USD Streamer or Tasktream then you will have to compress the file you just exported. Click here for a guide that walks you through compressing a video with a software called Handbrake. Once the file is finished compressing you can upload to the necessary platform. In summary, download the software and use the following settings:

Video settings = 700 kbps and select "web optimized" / Audio settings - 80 kbps mono @ 44.1khz

4. Publish Your Video - There are several ways to post your video online. See the USD Publishing Guide that explains the different options.

You can also upload video from the Media Lab to your YouTube account. After your video has uploaded to YouTube, you can publish your video as "unlisted" which means your video will only be accessible to those you give the link to. In other words, your video will not be publicly available if searched for on nor will it show as a public video in your user account.

Contact X5943 if you have any questions about any of these resources that relate to your project.