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

Use Video to Recruit Research Participants

Quite a few researchers depend on volunteers—who participate as subjects of a study or who help in the collection of data. If you are a scientist or graduate student in need of volunteers, you may have found it difficult to find and recruit people to participate in your study. Perhaps you advertised your study online or in a local paper and got little response. Or maybe you posted information on a website that lists clinical trials (needing volunteers to serve as study subjects) or research projects (needing observers/recorders of plants, animals, and the environment). On such sites, a potential volunteer can search for a topic of interest and then sign up for one of the studies. Many of these sites, however, offer only brief text descriptions of the research project, which often do not provide much insight about what the volunteer can expect or why the research is being done.

A way to make your study stand out and attract suitable volunteers is to create a brief video showing prospective volunteers what they will experience, what they might learn by participating, and how their contribution will help advance science. The video can be posted on a video-sharing site where people searching for information about a topic are more likely to find it. The video can be linked to the project website where someone can find out more about it and perhaps volunteer to participate in the study.

For example, here is a video about a study that does a great job of not only explaining the significance of the work, it shows the sampling procedure that a volunteer subject would experience:

I’m not crazy about the title, but it seemed to attract a lot of attention. You can read more about the study (or maybe volunteer?) here. This study of facial mites is part of a larger effort called Your Wildlife, which features citizen science and science education projects focused on familiar landscapes—from our own skin to our backyards.


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