Should I break the 15 hours of video into a series of 15-30 min files that contain only one or two specific topics or should I create one or more larger files that use bookmarks to help the user navigate to their topic of interest? I’ve never worked on a large project like this and I have never worked on anything for ‘business’ purposes, so I am open to all suggestions! Thanks in advance.
For the last 4 years I’ve used PE for many home videos, typically 1 hour in length. I am a scientist at a very large pharmaceutical company and I just initiated my first ever work-related project to convert a 15-hour seminar from VHS tape to digital video. Almost 20 years ago my company videotaped a seminar by a world-expert in our field and I want to make that info available to our current staff (most of whom have no training in our field – no wonder our industry is in a slump!). I also plan to have the seminar handout (~300 pages) scanned into a PDF file that can accompany the digital video (fortunately, our company will do this paper-digital conversion for me at no charge).
Rather than simply convert tapes to a series of DVDs with menus (or as iso files), my goal is to make the specific topics covered in the training more readily available on our corporate network.
I think the final project would be on our corporate network either as a series of files (ISO or mpg) on a networked shared area or perhaps on our department’s website. (This is only for internal use within our company – a mega-corporation with 50,000 employees. No, we no longer due this sort of video-work inside the company – everything is outsourced and no one would every pay to do the project I have in mind).
My questions is: Should I break the 15 hours of video into a series 15-30 min files (mpg?) that contain only one or two specific topics or should I create one or more larger files (ISO?) that use bookmarks to help the user navigate the topics?
In the first scenario, I envision creating a ‘menu’ in a Word document that contains hyperlinks to the smaller mpg files. The user would simply read the Word menu and click on the topic of interest to launch the video file containing. I could event create a ‘playlist’ to list series of related topics.
In the second scenario, I would envision a series of 1-hour “DVD-like” files with conventional menus to launch the subtopics. The product could either be a physical DVD (which I’m not enthusiastic about) or an ISO version of the DVD-like files that could be accessed by anyone on our network.
Regarding the actual editing, for version one – I only plan on cutting and pasting. To make sure related topics are together (not split across different files). I don’t plan on any true editing of content or special effects. For version two (depending on how well received version one is) I may replace some of the video footage with still images scanned from the seminar handouts (which I still have). A good deal of the video footage shows projected overlays of scientific charts onto a screen. Many of these did not come out clearly in the video. Although it would be labor intensive, I could scan selected pages form the hardcopy of the presentation and put those clear images into the video. (Or maybe I can incorporate the scanned PDF files into a video but I don’t know how to do that).
I’ve never worked on a large project like this and I have never worked on anything for ‘business’ purposes, so I am open to all suggestions! Of particular interest to me are your comments related to:
-small files for each topic or larger files with menus?
-mpg or other file format (ISO) for final project?
-can images in PDF files be incorporated into a video or should I scan hardcopies for insertion into video?