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How to build a cost-effective media
unit in your school
Leon Cych @eyebeams
http://www.L4L.co.uk
http://bit.ly/L4Lvidcourse
How it came about
Reasons for creating the resource
• After Teaching worked in a SuperIndie
• Filming LiveStreaming TeachM...
News consumption UK 2015
Source Ofcom interpreted by
http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/
News consumption worldwide
Source http://www.liftigniter.com/reuters-digital-news-research-report-2015-6-trends-to-watch/
...
Bentley Ad – Filmed on iPhone 5s
• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyYhM0XIIw
U
Colleagues will be skeptical
Picture attribution by carbonNYC on FLICKR
Opportunity Cost
How will it benefit the school?
What are the risks and the benefits?
How much will it cost in terms of fi...
Uses?
• document good practice by both students and
teachers
• make "official" films of school events and
assemblies
• fil...
Plannning
• PAPERWORK
• Release Forms
• AUP on Filming
• Online Access
• Health & Safety
• SEND
• Copyright
Implementation
• Minimal Equipment
• Core team
• Digital Leader Schemes
Basic Kit
Basic
Smart phone or Tablet + Apps
Tripod
Case for ipad / iphone or android phone
Light
Microphone
Advanced
An i...
Phone or Tablet
The faster the better
iPhone 5 upwards
Android – Nexus 5 upwards
iPad – depends on features but iPad 2 upw...
Lightweight Collapsible Tripod
Rollei Compact Traveler No I Tripod for Travelling - £90 - £99
Benefits
• Keeps image stead...
Lightweight Collapsible Tripod
Hahnel Triad Compact C5 Super Travel Tripod with Integrated Monopod £45-£62
Benefits
• Keep...
Case for phone – basic
Shoulderpod S1 – about £30 or lessBenefits – very small and compact
Case for phone/ ipad – advanced
Benefits – holds a microphone and light as well
iOgrapher cases – around £30
External Microphone - Basic
Benefits
• Cheap(ish) and effective
• Small and portable
Drawbacks
• Wired
• Can’t monitor sou...
External Microphone – Advanced
Benefits
• Boosts the sound of a professional mic
• Can monitor the sound
• Can take the so...
External Microphone – Super Advanced
Benefits
• Boosts the sound of a professional mic
• Can monitor the sound
• Can take ...
A good mic makes the difference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYfvzrMhtl4
Light
Benefits
• Gives a sharper picture
• Can use in darker rooms
• Fills in light for a more aesthetic photo
Nanguang Lu...
Mifi Hotspot
Benefits
• Fast – can put up to 15 people online
• Small and portable
Drawbacks
• Pay as you go can get expen...
Apps
Filmic Pro
Apps
Workflows before filming
• Make checklists of kit
• Lay everything out day before
• Make sure everything that has
a batter...
Workflows before filming
• Put small discrete objects
in see-through, plastic zip-up
bags and label them
Workflows before filming
• Use a small zip-up case for much smaller
items,
Workflows before filming
• Buy a really good
professional holdall
or rucksack
• Strong, lasting zips
• Lots of pockets
Workflows before filming
• Double or triple protect valuable kit
• It’s expensive – keep it in good condition!
Workflows before filming
• With bulkier kit use labelled boxes.
Workflows before filming
• Notebook and pen
Workflow for video
• Always sort your apps
into folders!
• Makes sure all the
video kit is sorted and
assembled before
sho...
Workflows for audio
• Test your mics beforehand
• Make sure you can monitor
your sound whilst recording
• Do a test before...
Workflows for lighting
• Reccy where you are going to film
• Is there enough natural light
• Yes – then film opposite a wi...
You will need both Twitter and Periscope to livesteam.
Both Apps are free.
http://www.periscope.tv
+
http://www.twitter.co...
LiveStreaming 2
Facebook now supports livestreaming.
Go to “write” and you’ll see a
livestream logo in the bottom.
Drawbac...
Most schools are Faraday cages
• Hard wire your streaming
• Connect a powered USB hub to ethernet
• Or connect to a live s...
Connecting a phone to ethernet
Green Screen/ Interactive
• Tablets are good at Green Screen / news
studio work.
• Best free App for this is TouchCast
TouchCast
http://www.touchcast.com/Learn4Life/staceys
_interactive_film
Post Production
But out and about use an iXpander Sandisk
on an iPhone or iPad about £40
Fastest way to get your films
off...
Film Editing Apps for Android
• Cinema FV5
• VideoPad Video Editor - Free
• VideoShow
• Kinemaster
• Power Director
• Adob...
Post Production
Film editing apps for iOS
• iMovie
• Pinnacle studio
Post Production
Film editing apps for Windows
• Windows Movie Maker
• Kate's Video Toolkit
• WeVideo - Online app
• Avidem...
Post Production
Film editing apps for Windows
• MPEG StreamClip - handy little program
• Free Video Editor DVDsoft
• Light...
Post Production
Film editing apps for Windows
• Pinnacle Video Spin
• Wax - Special effects - complex
• Filmora Wondershar...
King of Coffee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s9X
prJihr8
Philip Bromwell
Further Reading
• https://www.amazon.co.uk/MOJO-Mobile-
Journalism-Handbook-
Broadcast/dp/1138824909
• https://www.amazon....
Leon Cych
• leon@L4L.co.uk
• @eyebeams
• http://www.L4L.co.uk
• http://l4lcourses.co.uk/
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  1. 1. How to build a cost-effective media unit in your school Leon Cych @eyebeams http://www.L4L.co.uk
  2. 2. http://bit.ly/L4Lvidcourse
  3. 3. How it came about Reasons for creating the resource • After Teaching worked in a SuperIndie • Filming LiveStreaming TeachMeets • Teachers TV Channel • MOJO • https://youtu.be/QKeFmapBn20
  4. 4. News consumption UK 2015 Source Ofcom interpreted by http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/
  5. 5. News consumption worldwide Source http://www.liftigniter.com/reuters-digital-news-research-report-2015-6-trends-to-watch/ Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism recently released their fourth “Digital News Report” for 2015. They surveyed more than 20,000 people in 12 countries, “which makes it the largest ongoing comparative study of news consumption in the world.”
  6. 6. Bentley Ad – Filmed on iPhone 5s • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyYhM0XIIw U
  7. 7. Colleagues will be skeptical Picture attribution by carbonNYC on FLICKR
  8. 8. Opportunity Cost How will it benefit the school? What are the risks and the benefits? How much will it cost in terms of financial staff and curriculum time? What are the hoped-for outcomes?
  9. 9. Uses? • document good practice by both students and teachers • make "official" films of school events and assemblies • film sports and school productions • film science experiments • field trips • flipped learning tutorials • news channel
  10. 10. Plannning • PAPERWORK • Release Forms • AUP on Filming • Online Access • Health & Safety • SEND • Copyright
  11. 11. Implementation • Minimal Equipment • Core team • Digital Leader Schemes
  12. 12. Basic Kit Basic Smart phone or Tablet + Apps Tripod Case for ipad / iphone or android phone Light Microphone Advanced An iRig pre / pro A XLR mic and lead
  13. 13. Phone or Tablet The faster the better iPhone 5 upwards Android – Nexus 5 upwards iPad – depends on features but iPad 2 upwards best specs iPad Air or iPad Pro Latest iPod Android Tablets - it depends. Tesco tablets probably won’t be suitable. Hi specced gaming tablets yes.
  14. 14. Lightweight Collapsible Tripod Rollei Compact Traveler No I Tripod for Travelling - £90 - £99 Benefits • Keeps image steady • Saves tiring your hands • You can add other equipment • Packs away small
  15. 15. Lightweight Collapsible Tripod Hahnel Triad Compact C5 Super Travel Tripod with Integrated Monopod £45-£62 Benefits • Keeps image steady • Saves tiring your hands • You can add other equipment • Packs away small
  16. 16. Case for phone – basic Shoulderpod S1 – about £30 or lessBenefits – very small and compact
  17. 17. Case for phone/ ipad – advanced Benefits – holds a microphone and light as well iOgrapher cases – around £30
  18. 18. External Microphone - Basic Benefits • Cheap(ish) and effective • Small and portable Drawbacks • Wired • Can’t monitor sound without accessory Rode smart lav + - about £47 Rode mini-mic – about £59 Benefits • Extremely small and light • Fits on phone • No wires • You can monitor the sound
  19. 19. External Microphone – Advanced Benefits • Boosts the sound of a professional mic • Can monitor the sound • Can take the sound from a mixer Drawbacks • Wired • Needs additional kit to work + battery iRig Pre-amp – about £27 + XLR lead – about £4.00 + Audio Technica ATR 2100 About £100 XLR lead – about £4.00
  20. 20. External Microphone – Super Advanced Benefits • Boosts the sound of a professional mic • Can monitor the sound • Can take the sound from a mixer • Midi • Digital sound input so better than analogue iRig Pro – about £100 + XLR lead – about £4.00 + Beyerdynamic M58 mic About £300 around £100 on ebay Used by the BBC – little handling noise
  21. 21. A good mic makes the difference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYfvzrMhtl4
  22. 22. Light Benefits • Gives a sharper picture • Can use in darker rooms • Fills in light for a more aesthetic photo Nanguang Luxpad22 Professional Ultra Thin 112-LED 11W Video Light Pad About £30 iBlazer 2 – wireless light £40 Apple Store Benefits • Extremely small and light • Wireless!
  23. 23. Mifi Hotspot Benefits • Fast – can put up to 15 people online • Small and portable Drawbacks • Pay as you go can get expensive only last 30 days • No 4G signal in some places TP-Link 4G M7350 about £67 + sim and PAYG
  24. 24. Apps Filmic Pro
  25. 25. Apps
  26. 26. Workflows before filming • Make checklists of kit • Lay everything out day before • Make sure everything that has a battery, mics, lights, phones is fully charged and you have backup power
  27. 27. Workflows before filming • Put small discrete objects in see-through, plastic zip-up bags and label them
  28. 28. Workflows before filming • Use a small zip-up case for much smaller items,
  29. 29. Workflows before filming • Buy a really good professional holdall or rucksack • Strong, lasting zips • Lots of pockets
  30. 30. Workflows before filming • Double or triple protect valuable kit • It’s expensive – keep it in good condition!
  31. 31. Workflows before filming • With bulkier kit use labelled boxes.
  32. 32. Workflows before filming • Notebook and pen
  33. 33. Workflow for video • Always sort your apps into folders! • Makes sure all the video kit is sorted and assembled before shooting
  34. 34. Workflows for audio • Test your mics beforehand • Make sure you can monitor your sound whilst recording • Do a test before recording then playback
  35. 35. Workflows for lighting • Reccy where you are going to film • Is there enough natural light • Yes – then film opposite a window where possible • If not then pack suitable light(s) • Make sure you have enough power to power them!
  36. 36. You will need both Twitter and Periscope to livesteam. Both Apps are free. http://www.periscope.tv + http://www.twitter.com LiveStreaming 1
  37. 37. LiveStreaming 2 Facebook now supports livestreaming. Go to “write” and you’ll see a livestream logo in the bottom. Drawbacks Do you want this on your personal pages? Do you want it to go out live!!!!! +
  38. 38. Most schools are Faraday cages • Hard wire your streaming • Connect a powered USB hub to ethernet • Or connect to a live streaming box • Make sure you have permissions to stream out • You will have to contact your IT staff to “release” the ports to allow you to do this
  39. 39. Connecting a phone to ethernet
  40. 40. Green Screen/ Interactive • Tablets are good at Green Screen / news studio work. • Best free App for this is TouchCast
  41. 41. TouchCast http://www.touchcast.com/Learn4Life/staceys _interactive_film
  42. 42. Post Production But out and about use an iXpander Sandisk on an iPhone or iPad about £40 Fastest way to get your films off a phone and onto a computer is connecting via a USB lead
  43. 43. Film Editing Apps for Android • Cinema FV5 • VideoPad Video Editor - Free • VideoShow • Kinemaster • Power Director • Adobe Premiere Clip • AndroVid Post Production
  44. 44. Post Production Film editing apps for iOS • iMovie • Pinnacle studio
  45. 45. Post Production Film editing apps for Windows • Windows Movie Maker • Kate's Video Toolkit • WeVideo - Online app • Avidemux - for the more technically minded • VSDC Video Editor
  46. 46. Post Production Film editing apps for Windows • MPEG StreamClip - handy little program • Free Video Editor DVDsoft • LightWorks - Full blown professional editing program - suitable for upper secondary • Freemake Video Converter - useful file converter
  47. 47. Post Production Film editing apps for Windows • Pinnacle Video Spin • Wax - Special effects - complex • Filmora Wondershare • Jahshaka • Handbrake - incredibly powerful video conversion tool
  48. 48. King of Coffee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s9X prJihr8 Philip Bromwell
  49. 49. Further Reading • https://www.amazon.co.uk/MOJO-Mobile- Journalism-Handbook- Broadcast/dp/1138824909 • https://www.amazon.co.uk/Democratizing- Journalism-through-Mobile- Media/dp/1138641685/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&i e=UTF8&qid=1466598432&sr=1-2
  50. 50. Leon Cych • leon@L4L.co.uk • @eyebeams • http://www.L4L.co.uk • http://l4lcourses.co.uk/

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