University of Bergen uses Viz Story for easy educational film creation

Find out how the University of Bergen has benefited from using Viz Story as a tool for creating educational videos.

The following article was originally published by the University of Bergen and has been translated from Norwegian by Vizrt.

“I have had little experience with video editing and consider myself to be middle of the road when it comes to technological expertise. But my experience is that, with only brief training, it is possible to create good teaching videos using Viz Story,” says Daniel Nygård.

Daniel is an advisor at the University of Bergen Videre (UiB continuing education), where he works with the digitization of continuing education and training tools. This includes supporting academic communities in the production of educational films.

“I wanted to create content in a simple way. With a mobile phone you can now make good quality recordings, and by using Viz Story, editing is also easy. This means that you can spend more time on content and less on technical expertise,” says Nygård.

Browser-based editing

Nygård was introduced to Viz Story at UiB Videre through their cooperation in Media City Bergen with DigUiB and the UiB Learning Lab.

The editing system was developed by Bergen-based company Vizrt. The company is the world leader in graphics solutions for broadcast industry and has now also produced educational tools and services. UiB has started a partnership with Vizrt through a research and development agreement which gives the university access to various products from Vizrt.

Viz Story allows you to edit in your own browser. There is no need to install a separate program. You don’t need to worry about storage because the material is placed on a server at the University of Bergen, and the finished video automatically renders in a format generally supported for UiB’s internal systems.

Viz Story creates videos in different aspect ratios including wide, portrait, or square. This makes it easy to publish to platforms like Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, Snapchat and others.

Academic communities create their own training films

The University's version of Viz Story is branded with UiB’s logo and custom templates that include text and graphics are part of their package. 

Daniel has used the program to create 5-6 minute long videos as an introduction to a subject. The long term goal is for the academic communities to create their own educational films using mobile phones and Viz Story.

“With tools that are simple and user-friendly, there is the now the opportunity to use video in teaching in an entirely different scale than ever before. For example, it’s now much easier to create great online continuing education courses. There is a huge demand for these,” says Nygård.

Change up lectures

Employees for the different departments and specialities at the UiB Learning Lab have already started training in videography and video editing.

Havard Stubseid works as a research assistant in the Department of Earth Science. He has used mobile phones to record video, and Viz Story to edit small video clips to teach geology with a special emphasis in analytical methods.

“I started recording videos a few weeks ago, and have now shot 15-20 videos, with 4-5 completed short clips. These are intended to refresh the teaching courses for the spring semester,” says Stubseid.

“After a brief one-on-one training, I feel that video production is intuitive and easy to do.”

In addition to lecture content, creating videos is nice way to show activities in the labs for students.

The Vice Dean is onboard

Vice Dean for education, Oddrun Samdal, is also getting started with Viz Story. She shoots video, edits clips, and adds graphics. Like the others using Viz Story, she has received a small tool kit to use for her mobile phone, including a microphone, and a phone stand.

“I've made three recordings, and made videos that are each approximately one minute long. Some of them are published on Facebook. I want to use videos in particular to emphasize important initiatives that UiB undertakes especially within education,” says Samdal.

She thinks it's useful to continue video production to promote and share good examples, but stresses that it is necessary to set aside time, both to concentrate on recording and the actual production.

Easy to use

Mari Helliesen is a researcher at the Institute for Comparative Politics, and has contributed to several digital initiatives for the institute. Amongst other things, she records video with her mobile phone, and the department has purchased some equipment to enhance her recordings.

The equipment UiB Learning Lab recommends includes microphones, tripods, occasionally extra lenses, lights, an adapter for macro footage, memory expansions, battery packs, and lots of great apps.

“Mobile phone recordings have shown that the different departments can easily use video for teaching, dissemination, and research. It’s beneficial that it is very easy to use, and the video can, in many ways, replace text. More of the department will go forward with video editing,” says Helliesen.