Media Lab Video Creation and Editing

Academic and Non-Academic Video Production

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.

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, editing, and uploading 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 use this Quick Start Guide that provides some resources, examples, and helpful tips on creating videos.

If you are just filming a quick video without the need for editing, here is a guide that walks you through filming and uploading video through your iPhone or iPad with an app called YouTube Capture that you can download from the iTunes Store.

Video Production

2. Edit Your Video - The lab in Maher Hall comes with Final Cut Pro X editing software. The Final Cut X Media Lab Guide will guide you through the basics of video editing along with other how-to resources in the Media Lab. You can also watch these Video Tutorials that will guide you through the process of importing, editing, and exporting your video files.

To extract video files from an iPad or iPhone, use the Apple Video Extraction Guide that walks you through the process.

Video Editing

3. Create Your Video File - After you finish editing 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.

Compress Your Video

To post videos to Facebook, YouTube or for classroom use, you can export your project from Final Cut X by selecting the "File -> Share -> Student Export" 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, Facebook, Dropbox, Blackboard, USD Streamer or Tasktream then use this Video Compress 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. Below are some recommended settings.

YouTube/Vimeo/Facebook/USD Streamer

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


Video settings = 700 kbps and select "web optimized" / Audio settings - 96 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 upload video to YouTube using your USD email account credentials when on YouTube. After your video has uploaded, 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 nor will it show as a public video in your user account.

Video Publishing