grandisleclass_klmckeeThis website is designed to encourage and inform students, teachers, scientists, and other science professionals who are interested in using video to convey information about themselves, their work, or a topic of interest. Here you will find video tutorials, tips, reviews, and other information that will help you plan, shoot, edit, and publish effective and professional-looking videos.

Videography skills will become increasingly important for the scientist of the future to keep pace with the rapid changes in communications technology and electronic publishing. As demand for more accessible and engaging science information increases and as competition for science jobs, research funding, and space in journals becomes more intense, those scientists with multimedia skills such as videography will be at a distinct advantage. 21st century consumers of scientific information, both technical and non-technical, will expect media-rich content, and science educators and researchers must be prepared to provide it.

Learn How to Create a Video

screenshot_iphoneWatch tutorials to learn, step-by-step, how to design and make a video to demonstrate a new method, produce an online lesson, record a screen presentation, and create other communication products. Tap the image to the left to see a tutorial showing how to shoot and edit a video with a smartphone. For more tutorials, see this list by category (or select Tutorials in the Navigation bar).

Now Available: The Scientist Videographer eBookThe Scientist Videographer Book

This ebook is a detailed how-to for scientists, science educators, and students who wish to make their own videos. This electronic guidebook was created with a new authoring platform to combine text, video, and other interactive content to facilitate learning. This ebook shows how to plan, shoot, edit, and publish an effective and professional-looking science video to demonstrate a new method, record an online lesson or lecture, create supplemental online material for a journal article, produce a virtual tour of a laboratory or experimental facility, to raise online visibility—and many other uses.

Tap here to see the media trailer. Read more about the book on this page (or select eBook in the top navigation bar).

Who Is The Scientist Videographer?

cameraoperator_cartoon_klmckeeI am a research scientist who has discovered the value of having videography skills in my communication toolbox—which in the future will be just as important as writing and oral presentation skills are now for a successful science career. I’ve found that video has not only expanded my abilities to explain and share my science with others, it has benefited my career in ways I never dreamed possible. To learn more about what led me to acquire videography skills and why I think it will be a critical communication skill for the scientist of the 21st century, check out my About page. See the links in Other Science Contributions for more information about me and my research.

My Science Videos

Mississippi River Flood of 2011

Public domain image (U.S. Geological Survey)

In addition to science videography tutorials, I have produced and published several peer-reviewed science videos as well as a number of other videos on various science and science-career topics. I provide links to those videos on My Science Videos page to show how someone with no formal training in videography, media, or science communication can produce effective videos to convey a science message. I made my first science video in 2008 and have since published about 80 videos (including tutorials).

If I can do it, so can you.

The Scientist Videographer Blog

For more information, tips, video reviews and general musings about science communication, go to my blog. Here you will find additional material and links to video tutorials and other instructional information. See recent posts below or select Blog in the Navigation bar.

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Recent Posts

How To Use Video To Enrich Your Next Scientific Poster Presentation

poster_session_klmckeeMany of you, especially students, will present your research in the poster session at a scientific conference. What if you have interactive content such as a video that you would like to include in your poster display? For example, you might want to show details of your methods or to explain your work further. How do you go about doing this? At the moment, conference centers don’t offer electronic displays for this purpose–at least not enough to go around. However, there is a way to merge your static poster with video by inserting a QR (Quick Response) code that links to the video. The code, which is a unique representation of the link, is scanned with a smartphone or tablet, allowing the visitor to watch the video on their mobile device.

Below is a step-by-step description of how to use a QR code in a poster to allow someone to see your video.

First, your video needs to be online and reachable through a web link. Copy the link and go to a website that generates QR codes. There are many online that provide a free service. Here’s one that I used to create the screenshot below. Just select URL under type, then paste in the link to your video. The QR code is automatically generated; save it to your files.


Next, create your poster as you normally would. Embed the QR code somewhere on the poster as shown in the example below. I would limit the number of QR codes to one or two per poster. Too many will be distracting or might make your poster look like an advertisement. You may need to include brief instructions for scanning the code.


Visitors will need a barcode reader app to scan your QR code. There are many to choose from. The images below show one that I have on my phone (Bakodo). Once the QR code is centered within the brackets, the app automatically scans it and gives you the option of opening the URL the code represents (it also gives a shortened URL).


The app then takes the viewer to the video, which can be watched on the mobile device:







This is a great way to share your research videos at a conference. You might also use a QR code that links to your video on a flyer or resume.

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