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Simple set-up for simple videos explaining complex things


Originally uploaded by LeeLeFever

Completely inspired by CommonCraft.com’s video explanation of how things work.

Thinking about how to use similar techniques to help explain proposed functionality to clients. Will be particularly useful in explaining AJAX functions – as I’m already grappling with the difficulty of how these complex interactions can be documented – for testing, for client approval and for dev teams

I asked Lee at CommonCraft for some tips on how to get started. (I wondered if it was a bit cheeky, as they make videos for a living – but I received a lovely response really soon afterwards). Here’s what he said:

Hi Jenni.
Really quick run down – ready?

1. We write a script
2. We create a quick storyboard to establish the flow and artwork needed
3. We create the art work
4. We point a Sony Handycam (on a tripod) straight down onto a whiteboard and record all the scenes in the storyboard.
5. We record the audio separately

We use GarageBand to edit the audio and Final Cut Express to edit the video and create the final product.

Some info here:

Hope this helps.


What a nice guy!

I found a £50 baseboard on ebay – just the ticket, I reckon. Now all I need is a camcorder of some kind and away we go!