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Posted by svarnum on 125 Points
A colleague at my nonprofit needs soup-to-nuts training on shooting and editing video. Can anyone recommend a good East Coast training company or online course(s)?

  • Posted by Jay Hamilton-Roth on Accepted
    Video production is more than simply shooting and editing. There's lighting, sound, story, special effects, streaming, animations, encoding, and much more. It's not something you can learn in a single class, or even a few classes.

    For online courses, you might consider: or your local community access TV station.

    Before you even start, you'll also need to understand what you're trying to achieve, and if your colleague (or non-profit) has the resources to achieve this in-house. Video is a medium that's very subtle - there's a lot more than meets the eye initially, and to get something professional looking (even if it looks very basic) may require some outside help/tutoring.
  • Posted by Moriarty on Member
    As Jay says, you need more than just point and shoot.

    Whatever it looks like, a good story beats everything. Look at Blair Witch (or whatever it was called). Total rubbish - yet made it as a movie.

    Grab your audience by the heart and the rest matters little.
  • Posted by svarnum on Author
    Thanks, Jay and Moriarty, for your good points.

    We have good stories to tell, and good trainers to post, for example, tutorials, but need enough rudimentary info to understand where we can and should grow in this regard, and for what tasks we should hire pros.

    Getting hands-on with some basic video will, I hope, answer those questions pretty quickly!

    I'll check out Thanks again.
  • Posted by Moriarty on Accepted
    Hang on one moment! What are you actually trying to achieve here?

    Now I am no video expert, only this is not the point. You don't need studio quality animation for a webinar - you do need it for a feature length movie.

    People will put up with a little roughness around the edges as long as they get a good story - or excellent content. Get that right and you will do well.
  • Posted by svarnum on Author
    We want to create a variety of short videos for our Web site -- testimonials, short trainings and borrower stories (we're a financial services nonprofit). We have good content, but no one in house who has as much as used video editing software.

    So, no, we're not expecting studio quality ...

    Thanks again.
  • Posted by mgoodman on Accepted
    Production know-how isn't what makes a video effective. It's the script and storyboard.

    Asking about production is like asking how to put air in the tires of an automobile you want to build. It's not about the air, any more than your effective videos are about production know-how.

    I've recently spearheaded production of a 6 minute video for a client, and while we had outside help for the production, the biggest cost and key to success were the script and storyboard. I'm on the East Coast and would be glad to share what we did/how we did it, but you need to understand that the success/effectiveness of the video is 90% script/storyboard and 10% production.
  • Posted by Gary Bloomer on Accepted
    Try these

    As for editing video, are you using a Mac or a PC?
  • Posted by svarnum on Author
    We're on PCs here. Thank you for the links, Gary. We'll definitely check them out.
  • Posted by Gary Bloomer on Accepted
    For editing, try this:

    and also look at for other online, fee-based training. Good luck to you.

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