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Andrew Tucker
Construction Safety - Compliance Video
on Apr 11, 2019 at 8:02:16 pm

Good Afternoon,

I am the video specialist for a Construction company and have been asked to create a field employee orientation "video." Our copyrighter and myself took their powerpoint presentation and made it very generic to make it informative but effective. After sending out the draft, they requestor had added in an extra 10 pages of information that is more along the lines of compliance and legalities.

I use premiere and after but see most of this a very text heavy, lecture type video with a voice over. I was curious if anyone knew of any templates or programs or apps out there that would be helpful in creating this "video." I use After Effects expressions a little bit and could see them as being helpful in streamlining it but I was just wondering if anyone else has used something that would be more template and drop in that could take of this project faster?

Thank you,

Andrew Tucker
Video Specialist

Reel:
https://vimeo.com/241594457


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Blaise Douros
Re: Construction Safety - Compliance Video
on Apr 12, 2019 at 6:56:00 pm

Expressions are mostly good for making things move in reaction to other things. But when it comes to building a text-heavy template, there's no substitute for good old-fashioned rolling up your sleeves and getting to it.

Perhaps we'd be better able to help if you gave some more specific details as to what you're trying to accomplish.


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Stephen Smith
Re: Construction Safety - Compliance Video
on Apr 16, 2019 at 3:16:39 am

Do you have any samples of what you are trying to do? I don't quite understand what you are asking for.

Stephen Smith

Utah Video Productions

Check out my Vimeo page


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Mark Suszko
Re: Construction Safety - Compliance Video
on Apr 23, 2019 at 8:56:04 pm

When it's page after page of full-screen text with voiceover, reading the text to you, it's no longer really a video, and it doesn't effectively communicate. I call this "radio, with pictures". People do this because it's fast and easy, not because it's effective instructional design. I can tell when the users are just getting something in the can, cheaply, to check off a requirement, versus when they are making something to effectively communicate what they think is important. A PowerPoint deck should never be considered as a "script".

One thing I've developed over the years is a technique my clients seem to like, where I make a diptych image. that is, The text is generally in a panel on the right half of the screen, the speaker, in a panel on the left. These are not flat, but rotated to roughly 45-degree angles, so overall it looks a little like an opened book. I make the presenter's side one -third, and the text box two thirds, especially if it has way too much type on it. You don't need a template to make this happen; set it up once and then you can copy/paste attributes at any time along the timeline where you think you need that combo shot.

That shot is alternated with full- frame shots of the presenter and full-frame shots of the text pages. I alternate which is up, depending on what I'm trying to emphasize. Generally the text starts out full, then we go to the diptych when the presenter is making comments about what you just saw in full-frame. To punctuate an idea or convey an anecdote that reinforces the idea, that's the close up head shot full frame.

Something I used to do a lot of when making videos about filling out forms, was to blow the form up as big as a house using green screen, and literally have the presenter "walk you thru it".

What's nice about both ways of presenting is, your eye has the choice of where to go at any one moment: to the face, or to the text. This is just way less boring than making a viewer sit thru full screens of text with voiceover, because inevitably, you have read it faster than they have said it, and you have to sit around waiting for the next thing.


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