5 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Take Your Videos from Amateur to Awesome

We hear it over and over: how to improve the quality of the video you produce for your school without breaking your budget? In this post I break down five ridiculously easy ways to take your videos from amateur to awesome.

What? You still want more? Here are links to products and sites I describe in the video:

Do you have a favorite and easy video production tip? Have a question about something I talked about in the video? Let us know in the comments!

Hans Mundahl

Hans Mundahl

Director of Technology Integration at New Hampton School

I've been an educator since 1995 when I first stepped into the classroom as a Fulbright exchange teacher in the former East Germany. Since then I've been an Outward Bound instructor, a teacher, tutor, admission officer, house head, evening administrator on duty and I ran the experiential learning program at New Hampton School for almost ten years. Today I focus on technology integration centered on values-driven technology integration and 1:1 iPad initiatives. Recently I had the chance to help New Hampton School become an Apple Distinguished School and I co-authored the iBook Teaching with the iPad (available on the iBookstore). Now I'm the founder of a scrappy little company (one employee!) called Hans Mundahl and Associates, inc a digital strategy consultancy for schools and non-profits. My free time is usually spent with my family but I'm also passionate about the outdoors and protecting the environment. I'm on the Board of Trustees at the Newfound Lake Region Association and when I have the chance I'm an active hiker, climber, and paddler. My writing appears on EdSocialMedia.com and I speak frequently at technology and education conferences.


  • Hans, great stuff. Do you prefer the t3i, t4i, or other for shooting DSLR video?

  • hmundahl

    Good question, I’m shooting on a t3i in this video and I love it! When I started shooting on this camera the difference was so noticeable that other departments tried to beg it off me!

    Big differences between t3i and t4i:
    – t4i is more expensive by about $120
    – t4i has touch screen LCD and continuous auto focus in video mode

    The video quality is the same as far as I can tell on both models.

    So I didn’t think the touch screen was all that useful… the continuous auto focus sounded cool but I didn’t think I would use it all that much… I mean the reason I’m going to a DSLR is for more manual control anyway right?

    So instead I used the $120 to buy a really nice tripod!

    Does that answer your question? Here’s a great breakdown of some of the differences: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoxGGVGb3TA

  • hmundahl

    If folks are looking for more resources on shooting better video I really like the Wistia Learning Center: http://wistia.com/learning