When you’re making a video about a community leader calling for action after tragedy, start by collecting supporting shots and natural sound bites.
Your leader will likely hold a press conference or media event – arrive early so you can secure a spot up front for the best video and sound. Film your speaker addressing the crowd – in our case, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. It’s good to separate their speech into different sound bites when there’s a comfortable break in the flow – this makes editing easier later.
If there are any interesting visuals at the event – like this fire safety fact sheet and this education table – film those too.
Now it’s time for your part as a reporter. You’ll want to write five sound bites – one to set up the story, three to advance the story,and one to sign off. Use these sound bites to outline your leader’s plan and give background on the tragedy that inspired it. Record yourself delivering them on-camera.
Choose four natural sound bites from your leader’s speech to sprinkle in between your reporter sound bites. Try to choose bites that best explain the plan and show him being passionate or emotional about the cause.
If you need to separate long sound bites into shorter ones, trim them and tap this icon on the upper right of your screen. This saves the edited version as a new sound bite on your camera roll.
Now find some additional visuals to add over your reporter sound bites. You’ll want to show pictures of the tragedy – in our case a house fire. We worked with our publication to get these pictures from the scene. Save them to your computer and email them to yourself so you can have them on your phone.
To put it together, open Videolicious. Select your supporting shots in Step 1 in the order that matches your sound bites. In Step 2, import your sound bites in the order you want them to play. Play back your sound bites and tap your supporting shots to follow them!