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Wed 13 Oct, Fri 15 Oct, ... Wed 27 Oct 2021
10:00, ...

Venue: Online

Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)


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Engaged Researcher Online - Shooting And Editing Your Research Video

Wed 13 Oct, Fri 15 Oct, ... Wed 27 Oct 2021


Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A research video can be a great way to get your message across to your collaborators, your friends, and the wider world as well as being a condition of some funding bodies.

But it isn't easy to do well - and this is where this course will make a difference. Come along and learn the skills needed to plan, shoot & edit high quality footage for research videos so that your video can stand out from the crowd. You just need yourself, a camera phone and your enthusiasm!

You will have the opportunity for a one-to-one 30-minute session with the trainer where you can discuss your ideas and questions and get project specific help.

The course will be led by Ryd Cook. Ryd is a multi award winning film director, actor and mentor. His fiction and documentary films have screened in film festivals around the world. He has 15+ years of experience, filming, editing and producing a range of films. He has also been teaching practical filmmaking for over 10 years for all ages. He currently works as a director, cameraperson, actor and mentor.

Target audience
  • PhD students
  • Post-docs
  • Researchers
  • Public Engagement Professionals

Number of sessions: 6

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Wed 13 Oct   10:00 - 11:45 10:00 - 11:45 Online Ryd Cook
2 Fri 15 Oct   10:00 - 11:45 10:00 - 11:45 Online Ryd Cook
3 Thu 21 Oct   10:00 - 11:45 10:00 - 11:45 Online Ryd Cook
4 Wed 27 Oct   15:30 - 16:00 15:30 - 16:00 Online Ryd Cook
5 Fri 22 Oct   10:00 - 12:15 * 10:00 - 12:15 * Online Ryd Cook
6 Tue 26 Oct   14:30 - 15:35 * 14:30 - 15:35 * Online Ryd Cook
* Optional session.

Participants of this course will learn to:

  • Use a phone camera to record video
  • Shoot more professional video clips & photos
  • Film themselves and present
  • Plan a video/film
  • Do more advanced video editing
  • Upload a video online
System requirements
  • A fully charged smartphone with a camera and/or a digital camera capable of shooting video
  • Laptop (plugged in or charged) or Desktop computer
  • Headphones or earphones
  • Phone’s &/or Camera’s USB cable to transfer footage
  • Strong internet connection
  • Da Vinci Resolve editing software. Follow this link, scroll to the very bottom to see a link to download the free version on the left:

Please check it runs OK. Any version is fine, older computers may be limited to using 16. If it does not run, try

  • If you have Adobe Premiere Pro, use this. Other editing software for computers or phones is fine too, but please let trainer know.
  • Optional but very useful: Tripod that works with smartphone, tripod for your digital camera.
Requests for participants

Ahead of the first session:

  • Write down the most common question you get about your research. Or a question you’d like to answer & explain using video.

During the sessions:

  • Wear headphones or earphones at all times during VC sessions.
  • Mute your Mic when you’re not speaking.

Wed 13 (session 1)

  • 10am-11:25am Intro, Brief & Examples
  • 11:25am-11.45pm Planning tips

Fri 15 (session 2)

  • 10am-11:45am Shooting tips

Sat 16 - Wed 20 (independent work) Make plans for film, shoot, and transfer footage onto your computer (Ryd not available)

Thu 21 (session 3)

  • 10am-11:45am Video Editing

Fri 22 or Tue 26 (optional 30-min mentoring)

Wed 27 (session 4)

  • 3.30pm-4pm Showcase

If you have troubles joining the sessions or have any queries, please contact Selen Etingu-Breslaw (


Three one hour and forty-five-minute mandatory group/plenary sessions, one thirty-minute mandatory group/plenary session, and one optional thirty-minute one-to-one session with the trainer.

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