Shooting Video & Recording Audio is a 50-minute workshop and game template to teach and learn how to plan and begin short video projects. Developed by Jesse Garcia, Tim Miller & Christina Cordova

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Shooting Video & Recording Audio

HSU Student Snapshots

“Student Snapshots” is a collection of video stories from Humboldt State University (HSU) students in their own voice. These stories are about the experiences of students as they live in Humboldt County and explore both the county and the HSU campus. Student Snapshots are quick 1-minute stories that share your unique experience from your own vantage point. Take a look at the HSU Student Snapshots YouTube playlist (below) to see what people have already shared and then add your story.

This guide will help you with planning and preparing your story. Visit the accompanying online guide for more links and info:

Digital Media Lab Quick Guide

This short guide will get you started with your project. For more information about this or with other digital media projects, visit


Fill out the storyboard with what you want to record in your scene. How will you frame the shot? Who will be in the shot? What kind of audio will you need to capture (voice, background sounds, background music)?

Storyboards for two scenes, each asking for info about equipment, environment and footage

When planning your video project, you will want to think about:

Framing & Quick Tips:

Portrait framing

Use the Rule of Thirds is to place your subject in the frame asymmetrically. Picture lines in your frame breaking up the scene into three parts vertically and horizontally (nine sections in total). Place your subjects on the intersecting lines. For example:

Scene showing the use of the rule of thirds to place the subject in line vertically on the first of three vertical guidelines

B-roll Shots

B-roll is alternative footage that you can use to supplement your main footage. B-roll is useful when you need extra footage and sound and is a good way to give a sense of scenery to your viewers or audience. Start your shots early and take extra shots or shoot your surroundings to gather B-roll footage.

Be Prepared

Have an extra battery or a plan for charging your camera and/or audio recorder.

Be sure to have enough space on the SD card or have a plan to offload your footage to a hard drive or computer between shoots.

Lastly, have a backup for audio. Use the camera or lavalier mic, but also record using a digital recorder or smartphone just in case something goes awry.

Editing software:

Free Music available

Camtasia Tutorials

Digital Media Lab

Access Humboldt Info

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This guide has an open Creative Commons license. You can use, share, remix and repurpose this content as long as you attribute the authors, Jesse Garcia, Tim Miller & Christina Cordova CC BY, 2018. If you’re re-using this guide, we’d love to hear about your project-