School Prospectus DVD
I've now been told that the head wants to change the Prospectus for the school and add a virtual DVD of all subject areas including videos and students talking about the courses and facilities at the school. We have the camera primed and ready to go but once we get all the data I really am unsure of what is the best system to use? Any ideas - we need to do it sadly on the cheap as well!
I'm sure there are better (more expensive) and free (harder to use) programs out there, but Nero is a really easy program to use for DVD authoring, it'll allow you to create custom DVD menus in a WYSIWYG environment and a single license won't set your school back too much (plus once you have it you only need a new license if you decide to update)
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I assume you dont have Adobe Premiere Pro and Encore? If you did, that would make your life much easier.......though I do find Encore a bit flakey.
I used Magix movie edit pro to do ours, found it really easy to use.
I quite liked Adobe Premier Elements (should only set you back around £40) - been a while since I used though and I never created DVD's with it. At home I have Pinnacle Studio 14, which is OK when you get used to the interface and also set me back around £40. Also allows you to create a DVD, but creating a menu was a little fiddly to begin with - some tutorials online helped. Because I bought a budget version, it would only allow me one menu screen though.
If you fancy trying a bit of open source:
DVDStyler - Free DVD Authoring Application
Welcome to virtualdub.org! - virtualdub.org
Avidemux - Main Page
Or for Linux this looks pretty good: OpenShot Video Editor: OpenShot 1.0 Has Arrived!
Sorry, how do mean by a "virtual DVD"? Do you mean you want to produce a physical DVD that people can play in their DVD players at home, or you want some videos to go on a website? I've used Premier Elements for both in the past - about £30, all the normal editing tools.
Originally Posted by RobFrain
Wow Almost a year to the day since I last bought this up! We never actually did it in the end, and its been once again mentioned and has to be done by April! How have other schools actually done this? Can anyone recommend anyone external to do such a thing? What are the costs like?
When I did it, I got a couple of trusted kids to do most of the filming, got a few short clips of teachers in action (science experiments and the like)... Then got the guy whose idea it was to do a script for the kids to read. Filmed that, then editted in the other bits to break up the scripted bit.
Originally Posted by RobFrain
Took about 3 hours to film and 4-5 to edit together, add music, intro credits etc.
Had an external company burn about 100 copies (I just took them the original), iirc it cost about 50-80p per DVD (which included a black and white printed label, and a plastic wallet).
Let us know how you get on :-P
I might be able to dig out the one I did if you want some ideas?
I had a quote from educ8tv - Welcome a year or so ago and the price wasn't too bad if I remember right. But for one reason or another we didn't go down the route of a prospectus on a DVD as it was felt it would be a waste of time and money.