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How to: Recording and sharing video

Recording and sharing video

Devices commonly used to record video include:

  • handheld cameras
  • mobile phones
  • tablets

In some cases, video needs to be copied from these devices to a computer before it can be shared on services like YouTube, Vimeo and MetaCafe. However, some devices can post video directly to these services.

Transferring video to a PC or laptop

Use the device’s data cable to transfer video to a PC or laptop. If it doesn’t have a data cable, it probably has a removable memory card. These can be read by PCs or laptops with memory card readers. Some devices will have both options.

Digtal camera plugged into a computer via USB

Video file formats

Not all devices record video in the same file format. The most common file formats are:

  • AVI
  • MPEG
  • MP4
  • WMV
  • MOV

Online services usually convert videos into FLV files or Flash video, as most web browsers can play these files.

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News Broadcast Learning Goals, Success Criteria and Checklists!

Here are the criteria we came up with as a class that make for a good tv news broadcast.

Learning Goal

We are learning to create tv news broadcasts.

Success Criteria

  1. I can speak like a broadcaster
    • Professional but friendly tone and language
    • Slow and steady pace
    • Volume is loader than a conversational voice
    • Clarity: each word is enunciated clearly
  2. I can display professional body language
    • Formal Posture: sit up straight, shoulders back
    • Hands are folded in front or are gesturing
    • Maintain eye contact with camera/audience

Media Checklist

  • Camera Filming
    • Maintain focus
    • Not shaky
    • Good volume
    • Frame: Medium/Close-up
    • Straight camera angle
  • Editing
    • edit out errors or blank time
    • smooth transitions between segments
    • Title and credits

Group Checklist

  • Partial memorization so that you can look at the camera
  • Props: Make sure you dress the part
  • Writing style reflects the news
    • news sounds timely
    • language is friendly yet professional
  • Creative & professional
  • Cooperation amongst group members
  • Cohesion & Consistency between group member segments

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BBC Resources for Making a News Broadcast

Video: How to make a video news report (7 mins)

Learn how to make a great video report with some help from the BBC reporter Sophie Long.

School Reporters show how the news-making process works and break down the components of a good news package.

Video and guide: How to make your own teleprompter! (4 mins)

Newsreaders need to be able to read an autocue – and now School Reporters can follow suit.

But don’t worry – your school doesn’t have to shell out hundreds of pounds on expensive equipment.

This video explains how, in true Blue Peter style, you can make one yourselves with some cardboard, sticky tape, a CD case and a smartphone!

Using an autocue or teleprompter means the presenter can read their lines while looking directly at the camera and can help to make your reports look even more professional.

Alternatively, you could also use this website which enables you to create an autocue on your computer.

Video: Video journalism masterclass (8 mins 30 secs)

Are your School Reporters planning on making TV packages?

Watch BBC video journalist Mark Egan giving his top tips for making great news reports. From checking you have all the kit, to shooting different angles and coming up with creative ideas, this video will help you get up to speed with making reports.

And for some examples of some off-the-wall and brilliantly creative ideas that make a great impact on the screen, have a look at these suggestions from BBC journalist Brady Haran.

Video: Writing headlines (12 mins 30 secs)

In this video on the BBC’s College of Journalism’s website, BBC news presenter Huw Edwards introduces the importance of good headline writing to TV news programmes.

Also in this section, you can work through senior TV producer Brian Whelan’s video guide to good headlines, Sian Williams’ guide to writing TV intros and Neil Churchman’s guide to writing radio cues.

Video: Presenting Live TV (17 mins 30 secs)

In this video, from the BBC’s College of Journalism, Jon Sopel of the BBC News Channel offers his presenting advice.

As he explains, there are difficult judgments to make – how much and how carefully to plan; how much to script; how much to learn by heart; how often you can just rely on describing what’s happening around you. There are other masterclasses in this section of the site, including one on doing pieces to camera.

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Newspaper Article Rubric



Editor’s checklist:

  • Is the information grouped into logical paragraphs?
  • Are the paragraphs in a logical order?
  • Is there any unnecessary information?
  • Is any necessary information missing?
  • Are there any parts that you can’t understand?
  • Are a lot of the same words repeated?
  • Can more precise words be used?
  • Is there too much repetition of linkers like and, but, then etc?
  • Do all the verbs agree with their subjects? (e.g. she are is …)
  • Have articles (the, a, an) been used correctly?
  • Have the correct verb forms been used?
  • Is the punctuation correct?
  • Have all the words been spelt correctly?

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Parents: Writing/Media Assignment coming home!


Please be aware that your child’s Fairy Tale (writing) and Book Cover (media) assignments are being sent  home for signing tonight. Please review with your child, sign, and return to me.

If you have any questions that your child can’t answer, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you could email me first, and then we can arrange a time for a phone call if you’d like additional clarification.


Tammy Gaudun

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Published PowToon FairyTales

PowToon Survey (this can/should be done over the holidays):

Add sound effects:


  1. Shellrock Holmes
  2. The Lonely Dragon
  3. Doug in the Depths
  4. Matais the Matchstarter
  5. From Bully to Beggar
  6. The Termiborg
  7. Dash
  8. Cleanerella
  9. Snow White And The Poisoned Pear
  10. Just an Average Princess
  11. The Lazy Princess
  12. The Big Change
  13. Stalker
  14. Violet
  15. Listen
  16. The Raiders of Bobbingville Kingdom
  17. Lavender
  18. Jeffery
  19. Lost
  20. Prunellope and the Giant Peach
  21. The Giant Vegetable
  22. Rudy and The Kindness Fairies
  23. Gerald and the Magical Goat
  24. Willy Wonky and the Chocolate Twist




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7 1/2 – Weekly Update

This week 7-1/2 is finishing off their:

  • Fairy Tales
  • Front and back book covers
  • self-assessment of their Reader’s Theatre presentation (if not already done)

Also, those who are finished are building animated stories in PowToon. I will not be marking PowToon, this will just be a fun way to learn the program before we use it “for real” in the future. Also, students will have an animated version of their own fairy tales, which is pretty cool!

And here is the link to use it at home: 

Here’s a help manual:


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7 1/2 – Fairy Tales

Your fairy tale should be typed and edited at this point. If it’s not, you are behind.

This week, we will be making our book covers in Photoshop.

Learning Goal: I can create a book cover that conveys the intended purpose (fairy tale genre) and audience of my story by using the following:


  • The fonts used for the title and author reflect the genre of the book and convey the appropriate tone.


  • The graphic composition on the cover matches the content of the story, and reflects the purpose and audience of the story.


  • The colours of the image and fonts help to convey the appropriate tone of the story. (E.g., vibrant = kids, faded = historical, black and red = horror)


  • Tone is conveyed through the combination of font, image and colours on the cover.

Note, the example provided is of the fantasy genre, but highlights the elements of a book cover that you are to include (no award necessary for your cover).



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Public Service Announcements

Visit the MADD Canada Site and listen to one of each of the following:

  • Video
  • Radio
  • Poster

Canada Blood Services


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How To Reduce Presentation Anxiety

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