With all the different production roles and stages involved in filmmaking and music recording, it’s the perfect opportunity to promote a range of skills, get students working in groups, increase confidence and hit key learning goals. It’s not just about music and media courses either – using video and audio can get students engaged across the curriculum, whether that’s using green screen video to explore space travel or geography, podcasting a history project or writing a movie script. Along with a student newspaper and a school radio station, school TV is a great tool to promote your students’ voice in the community.
We can advise on the best camera and storage solutions for your needs (and budget) or tailor simple iPad and camcorder recording kits for classrooms to get you started right away. Add a tripod for a perfectly stabilised shot, making video look more professional and shots more repeatable (and meaning students can concentrate on getting the script right!). We also supply a simple lighting kit to get students’ videos looking as good as possible, especially in large, dimly lit rooms, and a range of chroma kit to help you get started with greenscreen.
Nothing can ruin a great classroom video like poor, muffled audio. Get great quality sound for students’ productions with our selection of microphones, including mics for the studio, USB mics (which are great for podcasting), lapel mics for interview-style pieces, and shotgun mics for taking recording outdoors.
Let students create live webcasts and TV packages, taking inputs from different cameras and screens, add titles and graphics, then stream the results to the web or screens around school, or save to use later, with our range of NewTek TriCaster and live production systems.
Want to install a whole new audio or video studio? We can help you with everything from the hardware to custom desks to fit your room. We’ll set the whole thing up so it’s ready to use, and can even train staff to use it all too.
Once students have filmed their footage or recorded their audio, they’re then ready for the next stage – editing or ‘post-production’. If you’re looking for a quick and easy solution for beginners, iMovie does a great job of editing video on iPad and Mac, while Apple’s GarageBand is a simple to use tool for editing audio. But for secondary-level media courses, and beyond to further and higher education, you’ll want to look at more advanced editing solutions. Thankfully our team can help you out with everything from industry-standard software to high-end editing suites…
We can advise on the best software to support your teaching style. Among our favourites, Pro Tools and Logic X are world class music production tools, Apple Final Cut Pro X is great for embedding creative skills in the curriculum, Avid Media Composer is ideal for getting your music and media departments working together, and Premiere Pro in Adobe Creative Cloud is our choice for teaching transferable creative skills.
For any editing that requires a bit more grunt than iMovie or GarageBand, we can provide high-spec workstations from the likes of Apple and HP that will happily run industry-standard editing software without grinding to a halt. Get in touch with the team to find out more about workstations and editing suites.
If you want to make the learning process of mixing audio easier for students, there’s nothing that can beat letting them get hands-on with a mixing desk and physically applying changes to a track (which will also give them career-ready skills). As experts in audio, we can advise on the best option for your budget.
When editing large audio and video files, you’ll notice your hard drives soon fill up, and for a dedicated media course, a load of external hard drives just won’t do. Our storage and server experts can talk you through your options for storing, organising and sharing your large, rich media files.
When your students have spent time producing all that great audio and video content, you’ll want to make sure their efforts don’t go to waste and that your files are stored securely, are easily accessible, and you can share them in the right format. We call this part management and delivery, and it refers to storage, organisation, and how you choose to share your content, whether that’s to the web or to screens around your school. We can kit you out and advise on the best hardware and software to help you manage your files and deliver them across multiple platforms.
Mobile hard drives may be fine if you’re only occasionally working with audio and video, but once you step up to a secondary-level music or media course, and beyond, you need storage that’s more reliable and secure, and more accessible over your school’s network. Talk to us about high-speed shared storage solutions.
It’s also not ideal to have files saved all over the place, with no way of locating them when you need them. Digital asset management (DAM) solutions give you secure access to all your digital files, and help you easily organise, manage and share them, so you spend less time looking for the assets you need.
Want to start sharing your students’ fantastic content with peers? Our video delivery solutions aim to make the delivery process as simple for you as possible. Whether it’s live streaming or delivering to displays, digital signage and video walls around your school, our team can help you find the best delivery method to reach any audience, on any device, at any time.
"The best thing the new system has done is revitalise the staff. It's been good for our entire production team, and it's exciting because the quality of what the students are producing now is phenomenal.”
Jamie Holman, Level Three Foundation Art and Design Media Programme Leader, Lecturer in Media Production, Blackburn College
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