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In this module, you can learn how to create professional videos using a variety of tools.

Top Tips

✓ Create a Script. Write a script as it is the single most important thing you can do to save time during filming and editing.

✓ Sketch out your design. Prepare for filming by making a list of props, actors and locations you will need.

✓ Add Images. Find royalty-free images and icons from sites like Noun ProjectFlickr, and Pixabay. Just remember to cite the images.

✓ Add Music. Add background music to enhance your video.

✓ Put it all together. There are a wide range of tools available for editing videos. Select the one that is right for your video.

Built-In Software

Use what you already have! Some of your technology has built-in software that you can use to screen record and/or edit audio and video. 



Video Editor - basic video editing Icon for Video Editor -- a small blue film strip

Voice Recorder - basic audio recording Voice Recorder icon - a squarish microphone

VLC Player - basic video and audio editing 

Xbox Game Bar - in-app screen capture and recording Xbox Game Bar icon - green rhombuses




Garageband - audio editing 

iMovie - video and audio editing  

Quicktime - audio and screen recording  



Screen Recording 

This software will help you record anything that is on your screen. Great for recording PowerPoint or other presentation slides!


All Operating Systems 

Screencast O Matic

  • Librarian's Choice 

  • Free screen recorder 

    • Resize screen 

    • Trim recordings 

    • Add captions 

    • Up to 15 minutes 

  • Add narration through a built-in camera or webcam

  • Video editing for a fee 

  • Tip: import the videos into an editor like OpenShot Editor 

Open Broadcast Software 

  • Screen recorder and webcam recorder

  • Allows you to include both slides and a recording of yourself 

  • Video Editing 

  • Customizable dock 

TechSmith Capture

  • Screen recording 

  • Audio recording 


Windows OS

Free Cam

  • Records screen

  • Records voice over and computer sounds 

  • Saves to WMV only 

  • Remove background noise 

  • No time limit 

Video Editing 

Check out these free-to-download resources that enable you to edit video content. 


All Operating Systems 

OpenShot Video Editor 

  • Librarian's choice! 

  • Video Editing 

  • Clip resizing, scaling, trimming, rotation 

  • Add text and watermarks 

  • Audio mixing and editing 

  • Digital video effects 


  • 3D Creation suite

    • Animator 

    • Modeller

  • Video Editing 

Windows OS

DaVinci Resolve DaVinci Resolve icon - three blobs of colour

  • Edit videos
  • Add text and transitions
  • Correct audio and colour
  • Encode to a variety of media formats

Movie Maker 10 

  • Video trimming and joining 

  • Adding background music 

  • Adding text captions (closed captions) 

  • Adding image filters 

  • Transition effects

  • Supports multiple formats 

Audio Recording & Editing 

Use these resources to record and remix your audio files!


All Operating Systems 


  • Recording  

  • Editing 

    • cut, copy, paste 

  • Export to multiple file types 


  • Edit audio files in real-time 

  • Can edit large files 

  • Spectrogram view 

About This Tutorial

What is an animated video?

  • Comprised of images, icons and text

  • Can also include voice narration and music

  • Does not include any live-action footage

In this tutorial you will learn to:

  • Write a script

  • Find images and icons

  • Find background music

  • Edit and narrate your footage

  • Save your video

  • Upload your video to YouTube (if applicable)

Much of the content in this tutorial is from the original "Student Video Projects" module developed and modified by Ewan Gibson and Jennifer Peters.

Scripting a Video 

A script is a plan for your video and is the single most important thing you can do to save time during filming and editing. Watch this video for more information

When creating an animated video it's best to designate a graphic for each part of your script, then when you start to compile the video in your editing software it's just a matter of following the script line for line.

Look below for an example:

Script  Visuals/Music/Sound Effects and Citation Info
Anxiety - it's something we are all impacted by, whether suffering with it ourselves or seeing our loved ones struggle

Picture of sad woman (from

Picture of family (from

Symptoms of anxiety can include:

  • Fear
  • Chest pain
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • And more
Scrolling text on screen
There are many treatments for anxiety including medication and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Pills by Ken Messenger from the Noun Project

Therapy by A.M. Birganti, AR from the Noun Project

Scripting Animated Videos 

Scripting Animated Videos by Seneca Libraries in 2016.

Finding and Citing Images and Music


Here are some sites with images that have copyright restrictions either reduced or removed.





Make sure you cite all images and information used but try not to impact the design with all of the citations.



List your sources in a credits screen at the end of the video. Make sure you cite all images, music and information you've used

Normally you would use APA for any essays or reports you would write, but for videos, you will just list the source and where you found it.

Narrating a Video (optional)

When recording narration, you will need a microphone and audio recording software. Below are some instructions for setting up a headset microphone on your computer:

Audacity is an open-source program for recording and editing audio. It works on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.


Recording Tips

  • Choose a quiet location to record
  • If your computer has a noisy fan, move as far away from it as possible
  • Ensure you are getting good levels in your recording software (averaging between -6 and -3 dB)
  • Speak in a loud, clear voice
  • For headsets - move the microphone slightly above or below the mouth to help avoid excessive breath noises and loud "p" and "b" sounds (also known as plosives.)
  • Always make a test recording and listen back to it before you begin



There are many ways to share your video with your professor or classmates. Always consult with your professor about their preferred sharing method.



USB and/or EMAIL - Download your video to a USB key and submit to your professor. Or download the file and email to your professor.

Upload to a Streaming Site 

You can upload your video to site like Youtube or Vimeo and then share your video by emailing the link.

A note about YouTube... When you upload a video you will have a choice of 3 privacy options: PUBLIC, UNLISTED, and PRIVATE.

Select UNLISTED as this means the video is only viewable with the URL/link for the video, but not through searching on YouTube, Google, etc.

Upload to a Cloud Storage 

You can upload your video to OneDrive, Google Drive, or DropBox and then share your video by copying and emailing the link. You have a OneDrive connected to your GPRC account. 


Much of the content in this tutorial is from the original "Student Video Projects" module developed and modified by Ewan Gibson and Jennifer Peters.


Unless otherwise stated, the material in this guide is from the Learning Portal created by College Libraries Ontario. Content has been adapted for the NWP Learning Commons in May 2021. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons BY NC SA 4.0 International License.

All icons on these pages are from The Noun Project. See individual icons for creator attribution.