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How-To Video Course

Extension & Delivery > How-to video training


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This course will show you how to produce short "How-To" style videos. By following the content here you will gain the basic skills needed to plan, record, edit, and post videos.

Producing videos takes practice. While some people feel at home in front of the camera, for most of us it is a bit unnerving! Your first videos will be a bit rough around the edges. That's OK!

If you remember back to your first public presentations and consider how you feel now about speaking, you will note a difference. Videos are like that, too. Your skills and confidence will improve with each video you make. 

Why Video?

Video is a powerful tool available to reach audiences. Not every situation requires a video, but for some types of content it is an effective means of communication. 

Recorded videos are especially good at relaying these types of content:

  • Instruction / How-To where there is a strong visual component to the material taught, and the steps are linear
  • Emotional connections and outreach
  • Posting on some social media platforms (Instagram, etc.)

Some projects are better suited to text. We process written material quicker than in video, and we can review text in a non-linear manner. Material with tables, extensive references, or that only requires a description may be a better candidate for a fact sheet or article.

As an example, rather than make a video about killing a particular weed in a pasture, that particular audience is probably experienced and may prefer just a written recommendation rather than a demonstration of techniques they already know. If, however, there were a novel tool or process that needed demonstration, video may be a better tool. You are the expert on what is needed. 

Video content should be relevant to the audience and culturally appropriate. UC ANR has resources to help evaluate your project, but this is beyond the scope of this course.

Getting Help

This site is related to UC ANR's video clinics. As part of the course, the video clinic team is available for support and advice.

The Team:

  • David Lile
  • David Lewis
  • Petr Kosina
  • JoLynn Miller
  • Dustin Blakey
  • Mark Bell
  • Linda Forbes
Learning and Development Site Resources

UC ANR's Learning and Development website has a collection of resources for creating videos. These tools will help you make better content.


How This Site Works

This website accompanies the remote learning version of the in-person video clinics scheduled in April 2020. Because of the COVID-19 situation, we are offering our planned content virtually. 

There are 4 dates for the program, and as each date arrives, additional pages will be added to accompany the schedule.

April 15: Resources for How-To Videos (Self Learning)

April 21: Equipment, Filming and Video Examples (View webinar recording)

April 27: Video Editing (Self-learning; see this page)

May 12: Sharing and Review (Interactive Webinar)

A email was sent on April 14 with links and information related to the Virtual Video training. Please use those links for content to review. The information on the Getting Started page should be considered supplemental material.

The site menu can be used to navigate the pages. After the guided, interactive course is complete, this site will host the recordings and other information along with updates to make it a fully self-learning site available anytime.

If you have questions about the links or contents on this site, please contact Dustin Blakey. dwblakey@ucanr.edu.