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How to make a good video presentation for a scientific conference
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How to make a good video presentation for a scientific conference

Giving a video presentation at a scientific conference can be a great way to share your research with other scientists. However, making an effective video presentation can be challenging. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to make a good video presentation for a scientific conference.

Recording a video

Useful tips to make a good video presentation

●        Storyboard your presentation before you start filming. This will help you to stay on track and make sure that your video is cohesive.

●        Make sure that your video is well-edited and free of errors. A sloppy presentation can reflect poorly on your research.

●        Be creative with your visuals. Use interesting graphics and animations to help illustrate your points. However, remember not to use too much animation, or else your video may be difficult to understand.

●        Keep your video short and concise. Most conference presentations are around five minutes long, so try to stick to that length or shorter. If you have a lot of information to share, consider breaking up your presentation into several shorter videos.

●        Make sure your audio is clear and easy to understand. Use a microphone if necessary, and make sure that your presentation is properly lit so that your audience can see you clearly.

Video presentation

A guide to making a video presentation for a conference

If you're not sure how to start making your video, follow the steps below.

  1. The first step in making a good video presentation is to plan it carefully. Make sure that you know what you want to say and how you want to say it. This will help ensure that your video is well organized and easy to follow. One way to plan your presentation is to storyboard it. This involves sketching out each scene on a piece of paper before you start filming. This will help keep you on track and ensure that your video flows smoothly.
  2. Once you have your storyboard, it's time to start filming.  Make sure that you have all of the necessary equipment, such as a camera, microphone, and lighting.

Camera

Record yourself in a well-lit area – this will help ensure that your audience can see you clearly. The background should be uncluttered and free of distractions. As for your microphone,  if you're not using a built-in microphone on your camera, try to find a place where the audio will be clear and free of echoes. But it's better to use a microphone, even if your location is good. There are different types of microphones. For video recording, you can use a lavaliere (or lapel) microphone, a shotgun mic, or a boundary mic. If you're not comfortable speaking on camera, you can also do a voice-over. To record a good video, you'll also need to be well-prepared and rehearsed. Make sure that you know your material inside out, and practice delivering your presentation so that it sounds natural. Think about what you're going to wear –  you want to look professional, but you also don't want to distract from your presentation.

  1. Once you've filmed your presentation, it's time to edit it. This is where you'll clean up any mistakes, add graphics and animations, and make sure that the overall video looks polished. Cut out unnecessary fragments from your video, improve audio, make color corrections, apply filters, and add subtitles if needed. At this step, you'll need video-editing software. There are programs for professional video editing. But if you're not an experienced user, don't worry. Some programs allow you to do all necessary edits while being easy to use.
  1. When your video is ready, it's time to export it. Most video formats are accepted by conference organizers, but if you're not sure which format to choose, go with MPEG-4 (.mp4). This file type is compatible with most devices and media players.
  2. Now that your presentation is filmed and edited, all you have to do is upload it online and send the link to the conference organizer. They will usually provide specific instructions on how to submit your video. And that's it – you're now a presenter at a scientific conference!

Best tools to create a video presentation for scientific conference

Movavi Video Editor Plus

A multifunctional movie maker for Mac and Windows with a simple and intuitive interface and a rich set of video editing tools. One of the best in terms of ease of use. Mastering the program costs nothing even without any experience in video editing, and you will get a cool result. In addition to the basic video editing tasks: cutting, gluing, rotating and cropping, Movavi Video Editor Plus will allow you to stabilize the image, zoom in or out of objects, highlight or hide individual areas of the frame. You also have at your disposal color correction, various filters and special effects, animation, arranging several videos in one frame, slowing down, speeding up and reverse playback. And the chroma key function, that is, replacing the background, gives a lot of room for creativity: you can transfer the hero to any other environment. It is worth noting a large selection of transitions, titles and stickers of various subjects. There are functions for capturing video from the screen, recording video from a webcam and automatic editing. Also, with the help of the program, you can improve the quality of the already shot video.  

Pinnacle Studio

This video editor is suitable for a wide range of users as it is not too complicated. True, it takes up a lot of space on the computer, and this is worth considering. The interface of the program is of the classical type: on the left are tools and functions, on the right is a player for preview, at the bottom is a workspace with a timeline and tracks. In the basic version, you can add up to six tracks. The functionality of the program includes everything you need to create good quality videos for everyday needs: family movies and videos for YouTube or social networks. You can edit video and sound, split screen, add transitions and titles, audio and video effects. The program includes screen capture and voice recording. An interesting feature of Pinnacle Studio is working with masks using tracking, so you can apply some effect in the video only on a given object, say, adjust the illumination only on the face of one of the characters. Recently, a tool for custom animation of titles has also appeared.

CyberLink PowerDirector

High-quality program for video creation. The interface is of medium complexity: in general, the classic arrangement of windows and panels, plus the ability to individually customize the display of the desired tabs. However, it is worth considering that you will have to work in the English interface, because there is no Russian language in the program. The video editor offers a wide range of functionality, which at the same time is quite accessible for use even by a non-specialist in video processing, because here you will not find frighteningly professional subtleties and super-complex adjustments. The program has all the basic tools to edit video. You can compose a video sequence by removing unnecessary and adding the necessary frames, adjust the image, apply effects, add transitions and provide video titles. There is the possibility of slowing down or speeding up playback, reverse playback, video looping, stop motion, image stabilization, fisheye distortion correction. In addition, the program has a lot for more creative freedom, such as a large collection of animated custom titles and access to a rich media library that you can use when creating your video. Other advanced tools include an improved mask designer, which allows you to cut out elements of an image with extreme precision and overlay them on other frames, creating a realistic or surreal effect. Dynamic keyframe control allows you to set the trajectory of titles or superimposed graphic objects during animation. The program includes a large number of special effects.

Bonus tip: how to sound persuasive

If you're afraid to present in front of an audience or worry that no one will pay attention to your presentation, you can learn to speak in a persuasive way. Here are some tips and exercises that will help you improve your speaking skill.

Presentation

First, try to be interested in your topic. Research it thoroughly and come up with interesting facts and examples that will engage your audience. Be passionate about what you're saying – this will help convey your message effectively.

Second, practice speaking in front of a mirror or record yourself on video. Watch and listen to yourself critically, looking for ways to improve your delivery. Pay attention to how you sound, the speed at which you speak, and the volume of your voice.

Third, get feedback from others. Ask them to give you honest feedback about your presentation style and whether they found it engaging or not. Take their comments into account and work on improving your speaking skills. With enough practice, you'll be able to present confidently in front of any audience.

And you can also get inspired by brilliant science speakers. Listen to their talks, watch their presentations online, and learn from their techniques. You'll be surprised at how much you can learn in a short amount of time! Some of the speakers you can listen to  include:

- Dr. Jane Goodall

- Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

- Bill Nye

- Sir David Attenborough

- Carl Sagan

The more you know about your topic, the easier it will be to speak convincingly about it. So do your research, practice speaking in front of others, and get feedback from people who matter. Soon you'll be able to give a presentation that is both informative and engaging!

We hope you've found this article helpful.  Good luck with your video presentation!

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