Want to shoot a video but don’t have the proper equipment? As the Multimedia Coordinator for the Law School, I regularly talk to students who want to make videos to promote student organizations they are involved in, or interview people about a legal topic they are researching. I’ve also heard that professors occasionally assign creative video projects to students for extra credit.
Video is a powerful form of communication, and it’s one that could certainly come in handy in your future law practice.
While the Law Library does own a few cameras that can be used for this purpose, the Technology Learning Center ( TLC) in Boatwright has many more resources to offer.
The TLC offers three day checkouts for any staff, faculty, or student on campus (as long as you have a Richmond ID). Check out is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Video resources include:
- Digital voice recorders – saves to MP3 file with a built-in USB
- Light kits – 2 LED and 1 halogen
- Canon DSLR cameras with multiple lenses
- Canon XA20 video cameras –better quality
- Canon Vixia HFR500 video cameras – quick and easy cameras
- GoPro cameras with multiple mounts
- Microphone headsets to use for simple recording
Certain computers at the TLC have video editing programs like iMovie, Adobe Premiere, and FinalCut, and they frequently offer training sessions on these programs. And don’t forget about Lynda.com, a website with thousands of training videos that Students, Faculty, and Staff have free access to – more info about that resource HERE.
(Note: A few of our computers here in the Law Library also have iMovie. And for audio editing, Audacity can be installed on your computer for free by visiting http://www.audacityteam.org/)
The TLC also has six Macs with Camtasia on them to create instructional videos. Several of their AV rooms have Blue Yeti microphones, and one of those rooms has two Blue Yeti microphones for recording two people at the same time – ideal for podcast production or an interview.
Who knows, maybe your video will go viral and you’ll end up with thousands of followers on Youtube, or maybe you’ll just find a way to document a topic that’s meaningful to a very small group of people (like, a few of your fellow Law students). Whatever your goal, the TLC has some great resources for audio and video production, and you should definitely check them out if you have a project in mind.