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Fri 19 Jan, Fri 26 Jan, Fri 2 Feb 2024
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Engaged Researcher Online - Video training: Shooting and Editing

Fri 19 Jan, Fri 26 Jan, Fri 2 Feb 2024


This event is Online only.

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A research video can be a great way to get your message across to your collaborators, your friends, and the wider world as well as being a condition of some funding bodies.

But it isn't easy to do well - and this is where this course will make a difference. Come along and learn the skills needed to plan, shoot & edit high quality footage for research videos so that your video can stand out from the crowd. You just need yourself, a camera phone and your enthusiasm!

You will have the opportunity for a one-to-one 30-minute session with the trainer where you can discuss your ideas and questions and get project specific help.

The course will be led by Ryd Cook. Ryd is a multi award winning film director, actor and mentor. His fiction and documentary films have screened in film festivals around the world. He has 15+ years of experience, filming, editing and producing a range of films. He has also been teaching practical filmmaking for over 10 years for all ages. He currently works as a director, cameraperson, actor and mentor.

Target audience
  • PhD students
  • Post-docs
  • Researchers
  • Public Engagement Professionals

Number of sessions: 5

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Fri 19 Jan   10:00 - 11:45 10:00 - 11:45 Online Ryd Cook
2 Fri 19 Jan   15:00 - 16:45 15:00 - 16:45 Online Ryd Cook
3 Fri 26 Jan   10:00 - 11:45 10:00 - 11:45 Online Ryd Cook
4 Fri 26 Jan   13:30 - 16:30 13:30 - 16:30 Online Ryd Cook
5 Fri 2 Feb   10:00 - 10:30 * 10:00 - 10:30 * Online Ryd Cook
* Optional session.

Participants of this course will learn to:

  • Use a phone camera to record video
  • Shoot more professional video clips & photos
  • Film themselves and present
  • Plan a video/film
  • Do more advanced video editing
  • Upload a video online

Fri 19th Jan *Session 1: 10:00-11:45 Examples & Planning

Between sessions 1-2: Some optional planning to do. Some short videos to watch.

Fri 19th Jan *Session 2: 15:00-16:45 Mobile phone shooting tips

Between sessions 2-3: *OPTIONAL* Shoot your video. Shooting practice for any amount of time. Filming or gathering videos & stills to be edited. Installing editing software.

Fri 26th Jan *Session 3: 10:00-11:45 Introduction to Editing using Da Vinci on Desktop or Laptop computer. Recommended you edit at the same time.

Fri 26th Jan *Session 4: Mentoring. 15min 1:1 sessions. Participants also have the option to send one email with 3 questions instead of mentoring session. The email will be responded to during this time. Email must be sent before session start time.

Fri 2nd Feb *Session 5: Showcase & Critique 10:00-10:30

System requirements
  • A fully charged smartphone with a camera and/or a digital camera capable of shooting video
  • Laptop (plugged in or charged) or Desktop computer
  • Headphones or earphones
  • Phone’s &/or Camera’s USB cable to transfer footage
  • Strong internet connection
  • Da Vinci Resolve editing software. Follow this link, scroll to the very bottom to see a link to download the free version on the left: 
Please check it runs OK. Any version is fine, older computers may be limited to using 16. If it does not run, try

  • If you have Adobe Premiere Pro, use this. Other editing software for computers or phones is fine too, but please let trainer know.
  • Optional but very useful: Tripod that works with smartphone, tripod for your digital camera.
Requests for participants

Ahead of the first session:

  • Write down the most common question you get about your research. Or a question you’d like to answer & explain using video.

During the sessions:

  • Wear headphones or earphones at all times during VC sessions.
  • Mute your Mic when you’re not speaking.

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