The Live Action Video Process

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We’ve covered how to frame the meat and bones of your eLearning course with stories and how to position your brand. Now it’s time to drill down into the nitty gritty details of creating your microlearning videos.

There are two ways to create your videos: through live action or with animation. Let’s take a look at how you can create live action videos first.

Why live action video?

Live action video films people in real life, as opposed to an animated video, where characters are generated on a computer. While animation has many advantages, live action is also a great option. Here’s why you should use live action videos

you’re using. It can help your learners take a little break while keeping them interested in the course content. Of course, don’t switch between live action and animation if it will be confusing. Integrate different video styles in a way that makes sense for your content.

  1. Realism
    The biggest advantage to using live action video is realism. You don’t have to worry about reconstructing a scenario to look lifelike. This is especially important if you want to give your learners real-world context for your course. It’s very effective in safety training videos or any other content that requires seeing real-world situations.
  2. It’s affordable
    Infopreneurs are on a budget. While many people think live action video is too expensive to shoot, it can actually be very manageable when done correctly. For example, you can try a talking-head style video. You don’t need a fancy camera, either; the webcam on your computer can film for you. While a webcam might not be the best quality, it’s one of the many affordable filming options at your disposal. You can quickly shoot video without hiring actors or renting sets, which frees up a lot of capital.
  3. It’s affordable
    Infopreneurs are on a budget. While many people think live action video is too expensive to shoot, it can actually be very manageable when done correctly. For example, you can try a talking-head style video. You don’t need a fancy camera, either; the webcam on your computer can film for you. While a webcam might not be the best quality, it’s one of the many affordable filming options at your disposal. You can quickly shoot video without hiring actors or renting sets, which frees up a lot of capital.

Best practices for live action video

Live action video is an affordable and effective addition to any course. Use these best practices to make the most of your live action footage.

  1. Write a script
    Never, ever create a video without a script. Attempting to shoot a live action video without a script can be disastrous. Scripts keep you on task and ensure you communicate everything that you want to say. You don’t want to go off the cuff and give learners information they don’t need. Or, worse, forgetting to tell them crucial information.A script also keeps filming costs manageable. If you have to rent equipment or a location, a script reduces the amount of time required to film, saving you money.
  2. Prepare
    So many things can go wrong when you’re filming live action. Toss actors and a set into the mix, and you’re looking at a lot of factors that could go awry.To minimize distractions, prepare ahead of time. Rent quality microphones that reduce background noise. Use high quality cameras to film. Don’t forget to bring plenty of lighting sources, too. If you get nervous in front of the camera, get a teleprompter. Just remember to make it sound like you aren’t reading from a script.
  3. Edit and polish
    Live action footage requires more editing. There are so many variables that aren’t in your control, like the weather, actors, set, and equipment problems. Partner with a trusted video professional and graphic designer to put together a final video that impresses. Always have fresh eyes watch your video before you upload it. Make sure that learners can follow the story of the piece and that the information is clear.

 

The bottom line

Live action video doesn’t have to be a pain. Use it to help learners get real-world relevance to their learning. Need help setting up your live action video? Give us a shout at info@ninjatropic.com