1. Topic, Plan and Budget
The first consideration when making a training video program is to determine what the topic or topics are and what they need to include in it. After we help our clients come up with an outline for the training video program, we determine the best way to produce the videos within the client’s budget. When considering the budget we look at several factors that determine the production cost.
These factors include things such as the number of days filming, production value and size of crew required. They also include actors required if any, is animation needed, how long will the final product be. Then it includes how much footage will we need to go through, and what motion graphics they need. Once we determine the best way to make a series of training or safety videos that best fits the client’s budget, we move on to the next step.
2. Pre-Production: Storyboarding and Scripting
In this phase, we help the client determine all the topics that they will need to cover in the videos. Often times we will help the client script what needs to be said in the videos. Then, we also figure out where we will need to shoot the training videos, what props will we need and what members of their staff or actors we need and when.
In this step we will arrive on the site with typically a crew of at least two and start production of the videos. Often times we’ll shoot videos with two cameras to ensure we have two angles to pick between. We also typically set up lighting to improve production quality and make the safety or training videos more professional. Footage is typically reviewed on site by both our team and the client to ensure the information in the videos is correct and important points aren’t missed.
4. Post-production and Video Editing
Post-production will start with sorting through the footage and separating it into the different topics in the video series. Once we cut the raw video up and arrange it, we’ll add whatever motion graphics, graphics, titles or animations we need. After we finish the rough cut, we’ll colour correct the footage so it looks consistent and professional. Next, we’ll typically clean up the audio, improve vocals, standardize audio levels and add any royalty-free music required. Once post-production is complete, we send the safety videos or training videos to the client for review.
5. Client Review
The client will review the videos at this stage and request any changes or additions. Sometimes clients will want things added that we will need to go back and film.
Once final client approval is complete, we deliver the safety video or training video series in full resolution for the client to download and distribute as they see fit. Sometimes we will then help the client with uploading the videos to their website or a video hosting service for the ease of viewing of their staff or whoever needs the training.