Week 15: Finishing the Video Story

Believe it or not, we’re about to finish the last unit of this course. This week you’ll get feedback and complete your Final Video Story, which concludes Unit 4. After this, you’ll have only one reflection assignment left to complete for Finals Week. Note that this is the last week to receive Unit 4 lab attendance credit.

This Week’s Focus

  • Revise your Video Story after giving and receiving feedback on the drafts.

Week 14 Checklist

❑ Get your Unit 4 Lab Check-in credit if you haven’t already
❑ Complete the Video Story Feedback assignment by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday
❑ Submit your Final Video Story blog post to Blackboard by 11:59 p.m. on Friday

Due Last Week

  • Your Draft Video Story was due on Friday at 11:59 p.m. It can still be submitted through this Wednesday for partial credit. The video must be posted on your blog AND submitted to Blackboard to receive credit.

Some Video Story advice…

These don’t all apply to everyone, but these are some common issues or ideas for improvement:

  • Don’t use vertical video! If you can’t avoid using vertical footage, this Adobe post has some creative ideas about how to use it well.
  • Don’t use copyrighted materials! And make sure to cite all materials that you did not create yourself specifically for this project — yes, that means explaining that you shot some video clips last summer, or giving credit to your friend if they filmed you speaking.
  • Spend some time on the titles and text. This can go a long way toward making a video look more professional and tell the story more clearly.
  • Don’t go overboard with transitions. Your transitions shouldn’t be more attention-grabbing than your content. When in doubt, keep transitions subtle and simple.
  • Use more visual variety. Remember the 5-shot method for creating sequences? Or editing with B-roll? Keep the attention of your audience by giving us something new to look at. This is especially important if you have long interviews — layer B-roll or images over the interview track to keep our interest and make use of the visuals.

Week 14: Creating your Draft Video Story

There are less than three weeks until this course wraps up, but plenty to do before then! Last week you planned your Video Story and began gathering footage. By the end of this week you’ll have an edited draft of your video.

This Week’s Focus

  • Edit a draft of your Video Story in Adobe Premiere using the video shooting and editing principles from the Unit 4 readings.

Week 14 Checklist

❑ Take the Unit 4 Quiz by 11:59 p.m. on Friday
❑ Submit your Draft Video Story blog post to Blackboard by 11:59 p.m. on Friday

Due Last Week

  • Your Raw Video Footage assignment was due on Friday at 11:59 p.m. It can still be submitted through this Wednesday for partial credit.


Check out what the sequence timeline looks like when professionals edit films and documentaries on Twitter with the hashtag #TimelineTuesday. Here’s a Frontline documentary — whoa — and a more manageable-looking commercial:

If you’re overwhelmed and need help

Almost through the semester! Photo by David Tan via Flickr

Almost through the semester! Photo by David Tan via Flickr

This can be a difficult time in the semester. It’s normal to be stressed about balancing your coursework with everything else you have in your life, and some stress can be good for keeping you focused. But if you’re feeling overwhelming anxiety or hopelessness, and if you’re not sure there will be relief once finals are over, please take advantage of WSU resources that are in place to help you.

If you are in crisis, contact Counseling Services:
• Call 509-335-4511 during weekday business hours
• Call 509-335-2159 after hours and weekends

Pullman students can show up for walk-in appointments at Counseling Services. If you’re mostly concerned about academic issues, you can also go to the Murrow Student Services Office in Murrow Hall, room 226.

You are always welcome to contact me as well, if you’d like to talk through what resources might be best for your situation.

If your Premiere trial says 7 days

Many of you are using the free 30-day trials offered by Adobe to access the software for this course. We’ve heard from a number of you who saw only “7 days remaining” when you installed Premiere, rather than the expected 30 days.

I’ve checked with Adobe, and fortunately this is not a change in policy — all trials should still be 30 days. So, if you are seeing 7 days, it indicates a glitch or something that went wrong with the installation.

Troubleshooting Steps

If Your Trial Runs Out…

  • Students in Pullman can use Open Lab Hours every day of the week (including the Dimensions Lab in Holland Library, which is open 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays with additional weekend hours)
  • Adobe offers a full refund for annual subscriptions within 14 days, so you can purchase the annual student subscription ($20/month) and then cancel it
  • Adobe has month-by-month subscriptions for a single software app, which is $30 for a month of Premiere access.
  • Adobe constantly moves the links for finding these purchase options. If you are planning to make a purchase, I highly recommend using their live chat option and to have a representative make sure you get the plan you want.

Feel free to contact me or your TA about your options if you encounter problems with your software.

Week 13: Planning Your Video Story

Last week we started Adobe Premiere with a set of tutorials to introduce the software. Now we’re going to start your final unit project for this course, the Video Story. This is structured in a similar way to previous units, but there is an extra week for the Video Story because video takes more time to plan and shoot.

This Week’s Focus

  • Get a strong start on your Video Story by planning with a storyboard and beginning to collect footage.
  • Read about digital effects as you think about how you plan to produce your video.

Week 12 Checklist

❑ Complete the Raw Video Footage assignment by shooting two clips and creating a storyboard by Friday at 11:59 p.m.
❑ Check your submissions and grades in Blackboard for any issues

Due Last Week


If you’re not sure where to start for inspiration for your Video Story, there’s a new company called Great Big Story (owned by CNN) that’s been producing a variety of high-quality videos in the 1-2 minute range, just like the Video Story requirement. Check out their videos here: http://www.greatbigstory.com