Narration

 
    
 
Before you even start recording it is important to make a plan. See the attached PDF which includes the tips outlined on this page as well as a Video Script Questionnaire that can help you sort out the most important details of your project and how to show them.
 
Who is this video for? Is it for fellow conservators, students of conservation, registrars, small remote museum collection caretakers, curators? Many videos may start from a place where you want to communicate to many folks from various museum professional communities, but it can help you to stay focused and concise when you have a very specific audience in mind.
 
What were unique experiences about this project and how did you approach them? Use this question to help you create the main thesis of your video narration to keep yourself on track.
 
Use these questions to create a brief single page of talking points so that you stay on topic and avoid tangential information that could make your video too long. Use the core message from your thesis to so write a conclusive statement. You will need to have the end clearly in mind before you start recording. Finding an end point is one of the biggest problems we saw in our experimentation sessions at various labs, before you start know what your last sentence will be, especially if you are trying to avoid any editing.
 
Gather all of your images and reference slides into a power point or you can use iMovie or other free software to assemble all of your visual material. Of course if you have video this could also be used either alongside stills or independently. You will want to refer to the screen recording technical tutorial for the step by step process and links to technical overviews of various software to create the visual element. These methods are very easy, and don't worry if you make a mistake you can always start again.
 
 

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