Videography For Beginners: How To Make Videos From Scratch

Learn how to make engaging, polished videos for your personal brand, business, or hobby.
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  • Lectures 47
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description


Are you interested in making engaging, polished videos for your personal brand, business, or hobby?  This course will help you go from "I don't know where to start" to "I can create that."

In today's online world, video content is king.  Just look around you.  On every social media platform, videos are being posted (by the second) to entertain, to connect, and to persuade.  These videos produce massive engagement which means large audiences and increased profits for the right creator.  Wouldn't it be great to learn how to make these types of videos? 

If you're looking to improve your video production skills to better engage with your clients, fans, and customers, this course will help get you there.

Topics you will learn:

  • Types of video production
  • Cameras to get you started
  • Basic video tips and techniques
  • How to edit with iMovie


How the course is taught: 

  • How-to and explanation videos
  • Lecture-style slides
  • Computer screen recordings
  • White board drawings
  • Lesson notes and project PDFs


 At the end of the course you'll make four of your own short videos that you can start adding to your portfolio/reel.

This is a course for beginners and it's structured in a way so that the student is comfortable and doesn't feel overwhelmed with confusing terminology and techniques.

I hope to see you in the course! 

What are the requirements?

  • You'll need a camera you're comfortable with and know how to use (at the very least: how to turn it on, shoot video, adjust a few settings). A two-year-old or newer camera phone will work great. A simple point-and-shoot is also fine.
  • You'll need a Mac computer with iMovie 10.1 software. I'll be teaching the editing section with iMovie only. You can take the rest of the course if you don't have iMovie, but you won't be able to follow along during the editing lectures.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the basic concepts and fundamentals that make up any good video.
  • Plan and and execute a video production from start to finish.
  • Edit videos using iMovie.
  • Create creative, freelance, corporate and vlog-style videos.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for students who don't have a lot of (or any) knowledge of video production.
  • This course is for individuals who are interested in making video content for their company, their brand, or personal hobby.
  • This course is for individuals who want to practice what they learn and create four of their own videos.
  • This course is NOT for individuals looking to learn advanced topics, techniques, or skills.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
01:34

In this section, you'll learn what's in this course.

02:03

Who am I? Let me tell you a little bit about myself.

01:27

This lecture covers what you'll need for this course.

01:17

This lecture explains why I believe learning video production is so important. 

Section 2: Types of Video Production
01:05

This is an introduction to the Types of Video Production Section.

02:30

In this lecture, you'll learn the ins and outs of making creative/hobby videos.

03:28

In this lecture, you'll learn the ins and outs of making freelance videos.

02:47

In this lecture, you'll learn the ins and outs of making corporate videos.

03:48

In this lecture, you'll learn the ins and outs of vlogging.

00:54

This is the conclusion to the Types of Video Production section.

Section 3: Introduction to Cameras
01:15

This is an introduction to the cameras section.

02:23

In this lecture, you'll learn the ins and outs of filming with a camera phone.

01:50

In this lecture, you'll learn the ins and outs of filming with a point-and-shoot camera.

02:58

In this lecture, you'll learn the ins and outs of filming with a DSLR camera.

02:57

In this lecture, you'll learn the ins and outs of filming with a GoPro camera.

00:55

This is the conclusion to the cameras section.

Section 4: Basic Video Tips
00:24

This is the introduction to the Basic Video Tips section.

02:51

In this lecture, you'll learn about the different types of camera movements you can use to increase production quality.

02:09

In this lecture, you'll learn about the different types of camera shots you can use to increase production quality.

03:11

In this lecture, you'll learn about composition and framing and how you can use it to increase the production quality of your videos.

05:01

In this lecture, you'll learn about the importance of good lighting and sound.

Section 5: Editing
01:05

This is the introduction video to the Editing section of the course.

04:02

Learn how to organize and transfer your footage.

02:44

In this lecture, you'll learn about the iMovie interface.

01:18

In this lecture, you'll learn how to create a new project/video in iMovie.

01:31

In this lecture, you'll learn how to import footage into your project.

02:36

In this lecture, you'll begin to edit by learning how to add clips to your timeline.

03:28

In this lecture, you'll learn how to adjust the clips in your timeline.

00:49

In this lecture, you'll learn how to use Split Clip.

02:41

In this lecture, you'll learn how to add transitions to your clips.

03:26

In this lecture, you'll learn how to add music and sound effects to you video.

02:03

In this lecture, you'll learn how to add text and backgrounds to you video.

02:41

In this lecture, you'll learn how to add another layer of video to your timeline.

07:22

In this lecture, you'll learn how to use some of the enhancement features in iMovie.

03:32

In this lecture, you'll learn how to export your video.

01:01

This is the exercise lecture of this section.  You'll apply the skills you learned to practice editing on your own.

Section 6: Creating Your Own Style - My Thoughts AND Video Breakdowns!
02:30

In this lecture, you'll hear my thoughts on creativity, style, and copying others.

Article

This is the instruction article for the video breakdowns.

07:17

Please watch the full video before watching this breakdown.  You can view the video at www.youtube.com/roadtriprandy22.  Click the Videos tab and look for "96 Hours in Vancouver"

08:21

Please watch the full video before watching this breakdown.  You can view the video at www.youtube.com/roadtriprandy22.  Click the Videos tab and look for the "How to Road Trip California..." video.

Section 7: Projects: Create Your Own Videos NOW!
01:32

In this lecture, we discuss your final project: create four short videos using the information you learned in the class.

Article

This is the instruction article for the creative/hobby video project.

Article

This is the instruction article for the freelance video project.

Article

This is the instruction article for the corporate video project.

Article

This is the instruction article for the vlog video project.

11:51

Check out the Q&A to find the link to my vlog. Please watch the original video first.

Section 8: Course Wrap Up
01:21

These are my closing thoughts.  Please consider giving my course a review.  Thanks for taking the course! 

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Instructor Biography

Randy Alan, Video Creator

Hi, I'm Randy!  And I love video.  Over the past 9 years, I've invested a lot of my time and money into learning video production.  I'm college educated as well as self-taught. I spent a year living in Korea where I was also fortunate enough to travel all around Asia and experience new cultures and adventures.  That gave me the confidence I needed to move to Hollywood and pursue film production full time.

I also love to share what I learn.  And that's what drew me to Udemy.   Learning, creating, and sharing are three of my biggest passions.  So I hope to share my knowledge with you and help you grow in your video production journey.  

Come say hi! I hope to see you in the course.

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