Tips for getting started with science videos.
How to create memorable, educational science videos.
Do you want to share your passion for science with the world? Science videos can be a great tool for engaging viewers, teaching lessons, and instilling an appreciation for science. The key is to think through your story, nail your filming, and edit it all together for a dynamic experience. Follow these basic tips to prepare for, record, and edit your science lesson.
Tips for your science video.
- Plan it out. What are you trying to accomplish with your science video? Are you recording an experiment? Explaining a complicated topic? Posing unknowable questions to get people thinking? Script out your video for narrative and flow, and think about how to achieve the goals you defined.
- Set it up. Depending on your topic, you’ll need different tools to set up a successful video. If you’re doing an experiment, make sure you’ve practiced it before; that you have all the lab equipment you need; and that you’ve got the right camera equipment for live filming, like a tripod, good lighting, and external audio mics. Or if you’re doing an explainer piece, be sure you’ve thought through visuals to make it more engaging — perhaps animations, a video montage, or helpful graphics. The filming itself may be less important in this case, since you’ll be editing in different sorts of footage to illustrate your explanation.
- Edit with style. No matter what approach you take for your science video, editing is essential to keep your story engaging. No one wants to see a talking head or the same shot for a whole video. Vary your angles, edit in visuals, and keep the pace moving quickly with cuts.