If you need to do a video assignment this trimester, the Library’s got you covered with some great tips to help you get started. 


As any great director or filmmaker will tell you, it is important to spend time planning out your video. Think about: 

  • What is your assessment task asking you to do? 
  • What is the video’s aim or purpose? 
  • What format should it be in? 
  • How long should it be? 

Make sure you read through the assessment information carefully. You should also check your course site for any recommended resources. 

Film, record or capture 

Next decide how you will produce your video. You can – 

To help make your video more visually appealing, consider the rule of thirds. If using PowerPoint, consider these design tips. 

Get the lighting and sound right 

It is critical that whoever is marking your assignment can clearly hear what you are saying. Reduce background noise as much as possible and use a microphone if you can. 

In terms of lighting, natural lighting works best. Point the camera at your subject and away from bright light.  

Rehearse your script and record several takes 

As with any kind of presentation, you need to practice and fine-tune your script. This will save you time when you come to do it for real. One of the advantages of recording something is you can try it more than once to get it right. 

Understand copyright obligations 

It is essential you are familiar with copyright requirements. You also need to properly reference any material you source from others.  

Edit your video 

For basic editing projects, you could try using Windows Video Editor or iMovie. When choosing a software tool, consider the features, cost and ease of use. Before signing up to any products, it is worthwhile checking their privacy policies. 


Find more tips and advice on the Library’s record and edit video web page.