Save or Transfer an iMovie Project

Although iMovie makes it easy for beginners to create a movie, saving a copy of the project to keep with you or open on a different computer isn’t exactly intuitive. This tutorial is specific to using iMovie on a computer, and does not apply to iMovie for iPhone or iPad. Instructions were written based on the assumption that the project is being saved to OR a USB drive. However, steps are the same whether you use or other cloud storage such as Google Drive, and whether you use a USB drive or other physical storage such as a portable hard drive.

Create your movie as usual. Follow the steps below to save a copy of your project. This allows you to open the project on other Macs and continue working on it next time. Continue reading

Make a Video Available to Your Class

Computer generated graphics of lego movie characters fleeing from an explotion in the background.Have a video on disc or tape  you need to make available to your class? Unless you made, and therefore own the copyright to that video, you’ll want to go through a service offered by the Office of Distance Education & eLearning called Secured Media Library. According to the website: Continue reading

Easy Screen Recording on Mac

Screen recording window w/ red record buttonDespite the misnomer, Quicktime Player actually does a lot more than play videos. You can use it to make screen recordings, and it’s oh so easy! Here’s the method I recommend, which involves recording and saving your video using Quicktime, then compressing to an mp4 of reasonable file size using MPEG Streamclip.

Install this software to record from your computer OR reserve time to use the Digital Union recording studio, where we have all the software, hardware, and staff assistance to help you get the job done. Either way, here’s what you’ll need to do. Continue reading

Encoding or Transcoding?

Most people use the terms encoding and transcoding interchangeably, however there is a distinct difference between the two.

Encoding & TranscodingEncoding refers to taking an uncompressed source and converting it to a compressed file whereas transcoding is taking an already compressed file and converting it to another compression scheme. These compression schemes are commonly referred to as codecs. Codec, in this context, is the standard or format of the compression. Continue reading

Beyond H.264

Banner with the initials HEVC, under which it reads High Efficiency Video CodingToday the most commonly consumed media format is MP4 files using the H.264 (Advanced Video Coding) compression scheme for video and AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) for audio. These provide the best, easily consumable, compression ratios and as such became the format of choice for mobile device designers and manufacturers. While H.264 does a very efficient job of compressing video, making larger sizes and higher quality possible at lower bit rates than previous formats, there’s always room for improvement. That’s where H.265, or HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), comes in. Continue reading

Bring in the Video Expert!

Photo of Justin Troyer, a smiling cuacasian male with dark hair and full, well kept beard, wearing a red polo shirt. White background.Meet Justin Troyer, our very own Media Services expert from the Office of Distance Education & eLearning! He has his own blog called Medialogue where he writes about tips, info, and current standards of video production in higher ed. I’ve just added Justin as a guest blogger, so feel free to follow him on Medialogue, or simply look forward to his posts on my site. That’s right, right here!

Unicorns, Hogwarts, and the Happiness Advantage at Work

Positivity has tremendous power. Set aside 12 minutes to watch this great TED talk by Shawn Achor on wellness, happiness, and productivity (and yes, unicorns):

Shawn’s message
Prepping for my first wellness blog, I needed to come to terms with my blogging style. As a psychology undergrad, Shawn’s message spoke to me on the power of the human mind. Positive psychology focuses on studying the exceptional in 

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$1000 for 2 Minutes of Why You Love OSU

Enter your short film for your chance to win $1000 cash, an annual pass to the Gateway Film Center, and two season tickets to the OSU Men's Football home games! See rules of entry and submissions guidelines above.For a chance to win $1000, submit a 2 minute video of why you love OSU to the Buckeye Film Festival now being hosted by the Gateway Film Center. You have until March 10. Go!

If you’ve never made a video before and need help, come on over to the Digital Union. We can help you figure out how to use your camera, even if it’s just the one on your phone. We can also help you get the footage onto a computer to cut together your shots, record a voiceover, add titles and transitions, and anything else keeping you from that $1000 prize. See you on the big screen!

Making a Video @ OSU

My grade school teachers always said, “For every person who raises their hand, there are probably 10 people who have the same question.” So when 3 different people in a week emailed me asking how to make a video, it’s time to write an article for you all!


  • Zoom out and think about the arrangements you’ll need to make. Read 12 Steps to Making a Video.
  • Create a storyboard or some sort of simple outline of your video as a whole. This is essentially a map of your video, and will guide you in deciding what you need to shoot and record. Continue reading

9 Steps to a Successful Video Assignment

You wouldn’t assign a lab report without having written one, so why assign a video without having created one? How would you go about answering students’ questions? How would you advise on structure, content, format, and citing? How would you know what expectations are reasonable, how much time to allot, what resources to recommend, your criteria for grading?

iMovie window with video and audio content

I get a lot of questions from instructors who want to assign a video project, sometimes even making it an option in lieu of a final exam or paper. Often, the instructor has never made his own video, let alone one with the requirements he’s asking for. If that’s you, I’m not saying you can’t be successful; it’ll just take some thoughtful preparation on your part to create an environment that provides your students with technical support, clear expectations, and fair grading. Continue reading