Academic Technology Services provides support and assistance for Northeastern faculty with high-quality video production services. Our experienced team along with the Digital Media Commons Studios staff can consult with you throughout the production process to help you with your project from concept to completion. We have a variety of professional media equipment and access to a fully equipped television studio with green-screen capability. Once your recording session is complete we can assist with post-production editing and can provide copies of your finished program in most formats for use on-line or on tangible media such as DVDs and CDs. Video production services are available 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday (may be scheduled outside of these hours working with the Studio staff).
We will consider all requests if the project’s goal is to aid or enhance teaching and learning within the university, or to promote the University’s colleges, faculties or services.
Our request process is:
- A minimum of one week advanced notice to record is necessary for studio scheduling purposes. Depending on the length of the program being produced it may take up to 3 to 4 weeks to complete your project.
- Complete and submit the form.
- We will review your submission to confirm we are able to accommodate the request.
- We will contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss your requirements, the stages of the production process and the schedule of dedicated resources.
Note: Our ability to accept a video production proposal will be based on any existing commitments, size and complexity of a project and the availability of resources during the time requested and the deadlines identified.
The Production Process
Video production requires a significant amount of time. While we will assume the technical responsibility we also will require appropriate input and time from you throughout the production process including –
- discussing the conceptual ideas with us and discussing realistic time frames and deadlines for your project;
- scheduling required resources and people (such as available studio times and your colleagues or others who may be included in your program), and being present during recording sessions to ensure that what you need is being recorded;
- acquiring additional materials for post production such as graphics and music;
- securing permission to use any materials covered by copyright;
- collaborating with us during editing to ensure the program meets your requirements and the content is represented correctly.
You will be a member of the production team and an integral part of the production process. We will rely on you to provide the content and subject matter expertise.
Having an idea of the style or structure of your program helps us to know what will be needed for the recording and editing sessions and allows us to give feedback about what we feel will or will not work from experience and technical limitations. Creating a script or a storyboard will help us to better understand what you are envisioning.
Carefully plan the length of your video. Statistics indicate that the first fifteen seconds of a program are crucial to capturing the attention of viewers. Often anything longer than five minutes will result in a drop-off of viewers’ attention and level of interest.
Plan time for your production. Your available time will impact what we are able to provide. The less time available will result in a simpler video. Carefully consider your deadline and your available times prior to the deadline. If you will not be the main point of contact for the project be sure your representative is aware of the levels of commitment and time necessary.
Think about other resources you might need such as graphics or music. Materials which are subject to copyright may require royalty payments and take considerable time to secure permission to use. ATS staff can work with you to help find public domain materials, Creative Commons licensed materials, or other free or low-cost graphics and audio resources.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs the release of student information to the public. Faculty are encouraged to avoid recording video or audio of students unless there is a pedagogical need or unless recording students is necessary in order to capture necessary program content and context. Further, faculty are encouraged to consider whether students are shown in recordings before deciding to release a video to an audience other than the class it was recorded for. Faculty and staff are responsible for obtaining student consent for any materials in which student participation is recorded and distributed. A consent and release form is available here –Consent and Release form 2012
You also may need releases from any outside talent brought in to appear in your program. Contact ATS for more information.
U.S. Copyright Law and applicable guidelines govern the use, preparation, duplication and reproduction of copyrighted materials in any media form. Academic Technology Services adheres to and will not knowingly violate the intent and the specifics of copyright laws. Academic Technology Services will not integrate, duplicate nor reproduce copyrighted materials without written permission from the copyright owner, except where such use is in compliance with Fair Use or TEACH Act provisions. It is the responsibility of the person requesting production services to obtain copyright permission. Please contact us for more information regarding copyright law or contact the Snell Library for additional information and support regarding fair use and copyright.
ATS has analog video and audio equipment to assist with conversions to digital formats, subject to copyright guidelines. For questions or suggestions about other media production services, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by 212 Snell Library in the Digital Scholarship Commons.
If you’re looking for quick turnaround time or recordings that would need minimal editing, Tegrity might be the best option because it’s a free self-serve video recording tool available to all faculty at Northeastern. Please view our Tegrity lecture capture page for help getting started.