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Science is often best communicated by visual means such as movies, videos, photo stories, slideshows, powerpoint presentations, photographs or animations. Words and narration may also be added to many of these visual displays.
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Science videos

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Benefits Benefits of video assignments - read here

Science videos

InformationTips for creating science videos

Create What you need to create & edit videos
You need software on your computer to create your own video. On PCs, Windows Live Movie Maker and on Macs imovie are free programs that enable you to combine video and photos.
Software such as Premiere Elements , Camtasia Studio and Final Cut(for Mac) are available for a fee. A further comparison of video services is available at the Comparison of video services wikipedia .
It may be beneficial to create a storyboard prior to making a video.

Share How to make your video available for others to view

You will need to upload your video to a host platform for others to see. Some available platforms include:
  • one specific to your University eg WebCT, Blackboard, UNSWTV (only at UNSW)
  • Science Stage - Universities, researchers and industry professionals can share video, audio and documents (but you may need to pay to have ads removed)
  • You Tube, Vimeo, BlipTV are all publicly available video platforms.
  • Tubemogul provides a single upload point for distribution of videos to the top video sharing sites and also provides analytics.
  • SlideShare can also view videos.
  • EmbedPlus helps upgrade (edit, crop, scene skip etc) embedded videos

N.B. In many of these host sites, public versus private settings can be selected when photos or videos are uploaded. Groups of people may upload, edit or comment on material.
You may also like to promote your video or discuss your project on social media.
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View What you need to view videos

Videos can be viewed on most computers by downloading programs eg. Quicktime (for Mac & PC) or Windows Media Player(for PCs). Videos on the web are often viewable through the host platform eg. You Tube , Most videos that are embedded into websites will play automatically when clicked.

Student_assignment_examples Examples of Science video assignments

Video example 1: a video assignment created by Prof Lloyd Davis, University of Otago, NZ and marking crteria

Video example 2: The documents below are from a student video documentary assignment at the University of Queensland,1st year biology course Biodiversity and Our Environment (500-600 students) run by Dr Lousie Kutchel and coordinator Dr Robbie Wilson.


N.B. resources for this project are extensive and developed over several years. (Many multimedia assignments start with very simple instructions.) Specific questions about this assignment should be addressed to the people listed in the documents.

Student_assignment_examples Example of science videos

Science videos created by students at the Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago at Wildflicks .
Science internships by science undergraduates:

Assessment For Assessment tips and ideas, please go to our Assessment wiki page

Links Links to science videos and stories

UNSWTV, including UNSW Student TV Channel
Future Story (including our project principal Dr Will Rifkin)
University of Sydney video
Science stage
Talk Medicine
Xrtanormal a site to try movie making

JOVE - journal of visualised experiments

Info on video production

Amateur filmmaking tips (Royal Society of New Zealand)
Vimeo video school
For more resources on video and visual productions, see our technology suggestions