Student-made video of skillset with voice-over and some editing

Student-made video of skillset with voice-over and some editing


  • The student made a video of a learned skill with their smartphone
  • There was some editing done on this video after it was recorded
  • The editing was done using iMovie and Shotcut softwares
  • The editing includes: background music, voice-over, annotations  
    • Annotations can be comments, arrows, circles used to highlight important parts of the video


  • Video was recorded in an exam room
  • No one else was in the room so there was no background noises or other people there
  • This is an example of a “controlled environment”
  • It makes it easier to control the making of the video, like lightning and sound

For instructions on how to do it click here.


Digital Citizenship – Ethics and Privacy:

  • All participants gave their consent to be in the video

For more information on digital citizenship click here. 



Thank you to Dr. Iris Epstein (Assistant Professor in Nursing, York University) for giving permission to show their video as an example.

How do I record with my smartphone?

You should always record video horizontally. It maintains the correct aspect ratio to playback on all video players. In other words, the video will fill the whole screen when played back on your laptop or uploaded to YouTube. If you record a video vertically it creates two black strips on either side of the video during playback to fit the height of the video and therefore does not use the full screen. Additionally, here are some other great tips to keep in mind when recording with your smartphone,

How do I ensure good sound quality?

Some great tips for getting better sound in your smartphone videos are available here:

How do I ensure good lighting?

Some tips you can keep in mind when finding the perfect lighting for your video are available here:


How to trim a video with iMovie?

you can add or remove frames with the clip trimmer.

  1. In the timeline, select the clip you want to trim.
  2. Choose Window > Show Clip Trimmer. The clip trimmer appears over the timeline.
  3. Do one of the following: Extend the clip: Drag the edge of the clip away from its center. …
  4. Press Return to close the clip trimmer
  5. Hide other people faces for privacy

Where can I get free images and sound to use in my video?

York University offers some free resources:

 There are several websites that offer royalty free sound and music, here are links to a few examples:

There are several websites that offer free images, a few examples are listed below:

How do I use Microsift Photos to make and edit video?

For PC computers with Microsoft Windows, you have a free option that comes with your computer (Microsoft Photos Application). If you have on older version of Windows, you may also try Microsoft Movie Maker (Free – with Windows).

Tutorials: The videos below are very short – and they help you address the different tools and features of video editing

      1. Getting Started: Starting a Project and Importing Your Media (Images, Video Clips, Photographs)
      2. Editing: Sequencing Images and Video Clips, Editing and Trimming Clips
      3. Adding Texts and Titles
      4. Sound Files: Audio Clips, Music and Voice-Overs
      5. Here is a different (longer) video that discusses most of basic aspects of video making using Microsoft.

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