Equipment, templates and tools for video

Below is what you may need to make a video with limited resources.

Recording equipment

A man films himself
Why not interview yourself? Photo: Getty images
  • Camera. A smartphone will generally provide sufficient quality.
  • Microphone. If you are filming interviews or voiceovers, you may need to improve the sound quality. A small external microphone can make all the difference.  
  • Tripod. A small tripod will make it easier to keep the camera steady and allow you to place your phone/camera on convenient surfaces such as a table.
  • Lights. Natural light is often sufficient. That said, additional lighting offers increased control and can take your film to the next level.

Editing software

You can edit on your phone or computer. Here are a few examples of editing programs: 

  • iMovie. Comes installed on iPhones and Macs. 
  • PowerDirector or Adobe Premiere Rush are options for Android devices.
  • For more advanced software for editing on a computer, try Adobe Premiere Pro.

Licenses can be ordered via Wisum.

Images

Free images can be downloaded from, for example:

Images can be purchased from, for example:

Always double-check which user rights apply to the image you are using. Further information about how to find images, as well as guidelines for using images, is available here.

Templates

You can download KI logos and nameplates that comply with KI’s graphic profile below. Nameplates will need to be adapted to your film. Follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that you have the typeface Mundo Sans installed on your computer. 
  2. Open the file in Photoshop and add your text.
  3. Export the image as a PNG file. (File > Export > Quick Export As PNG)
  4. Import the PNG file to your editing software and use it in your video.
Illustration of scientist
Find icons to illustrate your message. Photo: Iconathon/NounProject

Icons

Graphic symbols may be useful for reinforcing your message.  

Music

Music can be downloaded from many online sources, sometimes free of charge. As with images, it is always important to check which user rights apply to the music you are using. Examples of music sources:

Screen recording

Using Screencast-o-Matic, you can record your own screen; for example, to make an instructional video or video lecture.

Instructions: recording with Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-o-Matic can also be used to add subtitles to your video.

Instructions: subtitling with Screencast-O-Matic