If you've chosen to deliver content through the use of video and audio, there are a number of choices regarding format, technique and quality that is often aligned to your budget and intended audience.
The following information details the resources available for creating and uploading content as well as production techniques.
Media production services
The following media production services are offered at the University:
- Media production for teaching and learning
- Media production for engagement
- Podcasting and podcast resources
If you are interested in self-producing your own content, there are cost-effective options available that can help deliver a reasonable quality result appropriate for your audience.
Media production guides
Preparing a video presentation
Advice and resources for creating an engaging and accessible video presentation, including good script writing, giving engaging performance, selecting appropriate visuals.
Producing your own video
Recording a great video doesn’t need to cost the earth. Learning Environments have prepared some pointers on how to record a great video using equipment you might already have in your pocket.
Self-service recording facilities enable University of Melbourne staff and students to produce content for teaching, learning and research.
Be aware of the various copyright policies regarding online audio and video. Generally speaking, don’t include any third-party content without permission or correct licensing. Visit the copyright office website for more information.
What platform to host your content depends on the type of video, we've outlined some options for video hosting at the University of Melbourne. Also consider the shelf-life of your video, will it need to be online in six months, two years or five years time?
The appropriateness of video and audio production values is highly subjective, but should ultimately be closely aligned with audience expectations.
For example, a selfie video recorded on an iPhone (with a relatively low production value) could still be appropriate for an LMS subject or a social media post. On the other hand, a professionally produced marketing video may come across as too polished for a specific audience.
With that in mind, there are technical considerations that can help get your message across:
Audio - you must be able to hear the presenter clearly. For example, the closer that a microphone is to the mouth, the more clearly audio will be heard.
Video - the way it is filmed should not distract from the content. For example, using a tripod or holding the camera steady is recommended in most situations.
The guidelines for video and audio provides a framework to create video and audio content to ensure it meets minimum quality and brand standards.
Stock images, templates and other resources
- Tactical communication resources
- LMS support (includes Kaltura guides and workshops)
- Photo and imagery resources (including Imagebank)
- Templates and logos (including video templates)
- Photographing and filming people (Copyright Office)
- Privacy issues when photographing, filming or recording on behalf of the University (Legal and risk)
- Brand guidelines
- Video captioning.
Professional development programs
Learning Environments runs professional development programs throughout the year. Some examples include:
- The art of authentic video storytelling
- Designing for learning with technology
- Using video in education
- Presenting to camera
- Video production with smartphones
- Self-service audio recording.
- Additional learning resources
Presentation tips and resources
- Rather than 'presenting a paper' or 'giving a lecture' consider some other ways of delivering content
- Watch some Three Minute Thesis presentations for examples of short and sharp research communication
- Do you have what it takes to share an idea worth spreading? TED's secret to great public speaking
- If you prioritise reading your notes instead of engaging the audience then don't be surprised if they start looking at their phones
- If the audience doesn't intrinsically have an interest in your topic, find a way to make it accessible and interesting.