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American Political Thought

A Course Guide for Political Science 203

Getting Started with Your Video Project

Do you have a "game plan" for your video?  Be sure that you're prepared to start recording! 
You have your topic, now make sure that
you have:

  • A video storyboard
  • Script for your actors
  • Sound recording equipment
  • Video recording equipment
  • Storage for your video/audio (portable hardrive, laptop)
  • An editing plan

The preparations you make BEFORE you start the recording process, the better off you'll be when it comes time to edit your project.

Example of Student Video Project

Multimedia Equipment

Canon Multimedia Equipment
in the Learning Commons

All equipment is located
at  Circ/Reserves Desk

Canon ZR 960 MiniDV digital video camcorder - user manual       

Power adapter

Battery pack

Camera case

Stereo video cable


Tripod carrying case

Quick release plate

Audio-Technica Lavaliere microphone

4-6 pin firewire cable

4-4 pin firewire cable

4-9 pin firewire cable

Portable sound booth 

Portable sound booth microphone

Digital voice recorder


For loan information, please visit
Circulation/Reserves Multimedia Site