Carver Center

Video Project Checksheet


Students in the Judith Herb College of Education are required to complete video projects in many courses as well as their methods and student teaching. These videos must be edited, compressed, and uploaded to the Chalk and Wire assessment system. The Carver Resource Center provides video cameras, computers and the software necessary to complete these projects.  Student assistants at the Carver Center Help Desk will provide assistance to help students with their video editing.

Below is a video from the Teaching Channel with some best practices when filming a classroom followed by some specific steps to take as you complete your project.

1.  Checkout the Necessary Equipment.  Students should visit the Carver Center to checkout a video camera a few days before they plan on filming.  The Center currently has sixty-five camcorders for checkout and they  are first-come, first-serve.  We also recommend using a tripod.  It will help to avoid shaky-camera footage and makes it possible to complete the project without a person manning the camera.

Students are welcome to use their own equipment.  However, this can lead to an increase in the amount of time the project will take to complete.

2.  Test  the Equipment.  
Before you leave Carver Center, make sure you understand how to setup the tripod and use the camcorder.  If you have any questions, please ask the assistants at the Carver Help Desk.  It is important to understand the video camera/tripod to avoid any issues when you are going to actually film your classroom.  

3.  Film Your Event.  The battery in the Canon FS300 should last two hours.  However, it is important to make sure you have a full charge before you begin to film.  If it is possible, plug the video camera into an electrical outlet.  Also, give yourself plenty of time for set up and a final test of the equipment.

4.  Import the Video.  After you have finished filming, the next step is to move the video from the camcorder to a video editing application.  It is important to remember  that if you copy the video file from the camcorder to the computer or a flash drive it Will Not be recognized by iMovie or Movie Maker.  This will lead to additional time needed to convert the video file.  

5.  Edit the Video.   Tutorials for editing in Windows Movie Maker and iMovie are available on the Tutorial Page.  We recommend using iMovie for many additional features that are not available in Movie Maker. Video files will stay on the specific computer that you use in the Carver Center for the entire semester.  If you do not finish editing in one session, you will be able to come back to that computer to finish editing.

6.  Compress the Video.  Video files must be under 300 MB to be uploaded to Chalk and Wire.  iMovie allows you to change the file size directly while Movie Maker requires you to select a specific Share Setting.  These topics are covered in-depth in the application-specific tutorials.

7.  Upload to Chalk and Wire.  At the beginning of your Methods course, you will receive credentials to access the Chalk and Wire system.  You will need to create a portfolio with the appropriate Table of Contents to upload your video.  

Last Updated: 7/6/20