Editing your digital history
Having undertaken your research, planning and storyboarding now you are ready to create and share your digital history.
Step 1: Creating and editing your video
Create and group each component of your digital history in well-organised folders; images, voice-over, sound effects, video etc. Track all your image and sound sources in a list or spread sheet so you can create credits at the end. Being organised at this point makes editing your project much simpler.
Using video editing software and tools organise and sequence your digital assets – images, audio video and/or text. There are various software packages available to edit your project eg. iMovie and Movie Maker or video editing applications for mobile devices. You could even create a PowerPoint presentation with timed changeover slides, a narration and soundtrack and then convert it to video.
Be sure to follow the storyboard you created in the previous step. To learn more about video editing check out some of the links below.
Your 3 minute digital history must have the following details:
- A title at the beginning. It can be as simple as text on a plain background.
- A credits page at the end of the video, which has the following:
- Year of production
- Creator's name – If you are 18 or over it is imperative that you identify yourself as the creator of your digital history. If you are under 18 there are a number of options available to you to protect your privacy, while acknowledging your work. Identify the author of your digital history through
- your school or class group
- Your first name and first initial of your surname
- Use your full name, but only publish within a closed community eg. your school.
- Acknowledgement of the resources used for compiling the content in your digital history. Organise this by credit type – images, sound, interviews and in some cases you might need to check how to correctly acknowledge people. See Using and sourcing material for more information. This is an important step and must be included.
Step 2: Sharing your digital history video
Once completed, you are now ready to share your digital history with your community or even the world, so long as you have permission to publish from interviewees and sources you have used. If you have not already done so, find the permission forms here.
You might like to organise a screening with your family, class or community, but we'd also encourage you to share it more widely so others can learn from your research. This is what historians do when they write and publish books and articles, make and screen documentaries or give talks.
Museum Victoria has created a Vimeo Group called Making History at https://vimeo.com/groups/makinghistory. We encourage you to create a class Vimeo account where you can upload student work. These videos can then be added to the Making History group. If you want to do this please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of each video that your students have uploaded to Vimeo.
Alternatively, you might like to share it via your school, class or your own blog or website, other video sites, or an education portal or channel such as Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Channel U (coming soon).
If it is publically available, please share it with us by sending a link to email@example.com.
If your digital history is in a language other than English, consider using captions. This is an option available in most editing software packages.