I just posted another video to my Scientific Writing YouTube channel about how to read a scientific paper. If you are a researcher or plan to be, an important part of becoming a successful author of academic papers is being familiar with the literature in your field. This means you must read a lot of papers. In a new video, I describe a strategy that will help someone read a scientific paper efficiently and critically and to extract the essential information they need. I also briefly describe how to conduct a literature search and quickly identify papers to read in preparation for writing a class paper or an article for publication.
During film editing, video transitions are used between clips to smooth the jump from one clip to the next. Transitions are particularly useful when you need to cut out a mistake made when filming a person speaking to the camera. In this video tutorial, I show how to use transitions in ScreenFlow 9 and go through a few examples such as:
- transitioning between mismatching segments of a speech.
- avoiding dropped audio during a transition.
- fading out a picture-in-picture window (showing your image) in a PowerPoint recording.
Here is the tutorial:
Do reviewers tell you that your writing is choppy, doesn’t flow well or, worse, is incoherent? Are you stumped about how to address this problem? In writing a scientific paper, it’s necessary to craft a narrative that guides your readers and helps them follow your thought processes. In an earlier video, I described how scientific papers follow a story arc: Introduction (what I studied and why), Methods (how I did it), Results (what I found), and Discussion (what it means). In this new video, I show how to improve flow by ensuring each paper section, subsection, and paragraph follows a story arc to make a clear point and that all narrative units are written to form a coherent whole.
By the way, these tips about writing and using a story arc will help you make better videos. I’ve covered in a previous video how storytelling techniques can help you make a better video about science.
If you want to record a video using a word-for-word script, you need to use a teleprompter or a teleprompter app. In a previous video, I showed how to use a script while recording yourself using your computer’s camera. In a new video tutorial, I show how to use a teleprompter app for iOS (Teleprompter for Video) to record a video on an iPhone. This app is nicely designed and easy to use. I briefly go through the settings to show the options available for tailoring the app to your use and also provide a few tips for using a teleprompter app.
I’ve posted two new videos about scientific writing on my other YouTube channel. One examines how to improve the ending of a scientific paper, and the other shows how to write an effective cover letter to accompany a journal article submission.