At KET we like to promote the use of portable devices for student video production. Compared with traditional equipment, iPads, iPhones, and their corresponding apps are much less expensive and are easier for teachers to learn and teach for classroom projects. They can also output video quality that rivals much more expensive and sophisticated equipment. These days, one can shoot and edit excellent productions using just an iPad and the free iMovie app. Add a tripod and adapter to keep things steady, an external microphone for better audio, a greenscreen app for special effects, and production quality and project possibilities are extended quite a lot for a few dollars more.
Here’s a great example of what can be done professionally using iOS devices for video production. This Bentley automobile advertisement was shot using an iPhone 5s and was edited in the car using an iPad Air. After the main video ad content see how it was made at video player location 3:15. Here’s an additional behind-the-scenes video. Some special lenses and iPhone stabilizers were used but you can get close to the same effects using apps and do-it-yourself camera jibs and sliders (see links, below).
This Apple video shows students from Los Angeles County School for the Arts making educational project videos using iPads. It features excerpts from film producer-director Martin Scorsese’s commencement speech to the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Class of 2014.
Here’s more information about the video with links to Apple iPad apps for video production.
- iPhone Film Festival
- Original iPhone Film Festival
- No Film School – more information on the iPhone/iPad-made Bentley ad and an excellent resource
- iMovie - free video editing app for newer iPads
- Filmic Pro – camera app, many features
- Videograde – color correction and enhancement app
- Greenscreen by DoInk – greenscreen/chromakey app
- Action Movie FX - special effects app, some free effects with additional in-app purchases
- iOgrapher – a line of iPad and iPhone tripod adapters invented by a California high school teacher
- MediaWorks blog on making a camera jib – make special camera moves featured in professional productions with this
- Jeff’s iOS Video Production Stuff PDF – list of iOS gear for video production, updated now and then.
For Kentucky schools interested in video production, try our resource pages listed at www.ket.org/schoolmedia. You can also see Kentucky student video production examples at the KET School Video Project site (search “iPad”). We hope you’ll upload examples of your students’ video production projects soon. Note the current KET School Video Project Challenge: Shaping My Future at the site. On May 4, 2016, we’ll have a drawing for a free greenscreen/light kit. Upload a student video for the project and maybe you’ll get some free gear.
Our KET Media Lab is open year-round for teachers within driving distance to bring students for free workshops in video production, greenscreen effects, and MinecraftEdu for the classroom. For more information or to book a workshop (and tour of KET if you have time), call or email Jeff Gray: 800-432-0951 ext 7263; 859-258-7263; email@example.com.