Corpus Linguistics Conference

Amplifying an academic research conference

We used a recent academic conference – Corpus Linguistics 2017 – to try out an ambitious  approach to amplifying online impact through video, photographic and social media documentation. The work produced was high quality and curated – to show the…

Deirdre Mulcahy leading a session

BBC Academy Digital Skills Day – making the most of your smartphone

I’ve attended quite a few BBC digital training sessions down the years – at Marylebone High Street, Broadcasting House and the Mailbox (Birmingham). They’re one of the world’s best providers of online content so it makes sense to look to…

Graduation in Winter

We graduate in winter as well

When asked to produce a graduation video this December we were at first reluctant. Our quick response video in the summer was well received, but winter can make for a very different experience. Our main concern (well-founded based on previous…

Filming at open day

23 open day videos playing simultaneously

We film our undergraduate open day subject talks and make them available online. We embed the talks in the relevant online prospectus pages and in email communications we send out to applicants. But we haven’t presented them together on one page…

Cropped video

Cut, Crop, Stabilise, Soundtrack and Subtitles. Five steps to creating a useable video from someone else’s footage.

I’ve had the pleasure this week of sorting through two hours of video footage from a student study trip to Rome. It’s been an enjoyable exercise. We’ve done something similar a couple of times before and the problems to be overcome can…

Uploading university videos directly to Twitter

I wrote last week about quick turnaround videos we uploaded to Twitter on the day of our recent graduation ceremonies. This project was the first time that we uploaded video directly to Twitter, rather than embedding from another service. Here’s…

Editing our graduation video in FCPX

Quick turnaround graduation video content for social media

We’ve been filming interviews during graduations for several years now [see The Real Deal! Graduation footage used in latest Coca-Cola campaign]. This year we introduced the creation of social media trailers into our output. Our video post-production is quick but…

Universities and the Web use Google Cardboard for the first time

Five predictions for 2016

1. VR-tainment Virtual Reality looks set to become mainstream in 2016, reaching a projected 10.6 million consumers. VR headsets are decreasing in value, such as the $99 Samsung Gear, whilst cheap alternatives are being offered by Google Cardboard, including instructions…

Downloading a .srt file from YouTube

Adding captions to our university Facebook videos

I’ve written previously about why we transcribe our videos for YouTube. I got the opportunity this week to look at how to get captions on to our Facebook videos. Less options than YouTube With YouTube we can upload a plain…

Setting review dates for video content

Setting review dates for video content

As our video content has proliferated, we’ve taken an ad hoc approach to reviewing/updating it. With a couple of exceptions (for example, our open day lectures are always replaced after two years) we’ve not had formal guidelines in place. It’s felt possible…