Career Eagle Video Guide
Everything you ever wanted to know about making and uploading videos – and far more
Thank you for taking the time to share your career experiences with our students. Follow the step by step approach below to create and upload your video today
Before You Start…….
· Double check that you have the hardware and software to create and upload your video.
· Write down and practice your responses to the questions you wish to answer.
· Give yourself 15 -30 minutes to create and upload your video.
· Make sure you have a well lit quiet place to stage your video.
The Basic Steps
1. Make sure you have the appropriate hardware and software
2. Create your video
3. Unless you’re using a webcam, download your video to your computer
4. Upload your video to the Career Eagle website
The rest of this guide tells you how to complete the 4 simple steps above.
Step 1. Hardware and software requirements
Below is a list of products that will support creation and uploading of videos to Career Eagle’s site. If you are familiar with the products go to step 2.
Digital Video Devices
You can create a video with a video camera, Flip camera, smart phone or computer
A .Camcorders www.reviews.cnet.com/camcorders/
B. Flip cameras www.ehow.com/how_4546191_use-flip-camera.html
Note: If you are using a Flip Camera, you will have to compress the video before uploading it because Flip Camera file sizes are unusually large. You can usually do this by clicking Save As and converting it to Quicktime or saving it as” HD 480 P” under the “Format” option.
C. Smart phones
2. Android phones
Machines such as Macs come with cameras and video recorders built into the computers. Windows based computers can come with built in cameras and video webcams, but some are not built with these features. To see if your computer has a video camera(which is different from a computer camera that can only take still photos), click on the start menu, then click on accessories to see if a device is installed. You can still use your computer without a built in video camera by buying a web camera for $25 and attaching it to your PC.
1. Apple Mac computers www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/
2. Windows based computers
E. Computer Web Cameras
Product reviews and how-to guides:
Video camera devices or compatible devices will have software installed . Most computers come with video software application already installed, such as Apple iMovie or Microsoft Movie Maker. Using these programs, you can easily edit your videos, add soundtracks, change the file type, compress the file size, etc. Check your computer system for these programs. If you do not have these programs, you may download the free program at:
Step 2. Create Your Video
Do a quick test video to make sure the camera and sound is working properly. Also test for the lighting so your video can be properly viewed.
A. Tips for making a good video
1) Do not include your complete name or contact information. First name only.
2) Answer the first 3 questions from the list below in your video. You may also elect to answer more questions.
3) Practice your answers in advance to create a strong impression.
4) The shorter the better. The ideal is a 2-3 minute video. Most people don’t have the patience to watch a five minute video.
5) Make the video in a well lit, quiet location so that viewers can see and hear you clearly.
6) Check that the video camera is sufficiently close to you to pick up your words.
7) Think about what you wish you had known about your job when you were in college.
8) Be honest, but also be aware that your video will be seen by the general public and could be seen by your employer.
9) Candor is key. Students recognize when someone is making a job or company sound too good.
B. Questions to answer in your video
Our research has indicated that students want answers to these questions about your job and career path. Please use these to guide you while making your video. Make sure to answer questions 1 through 3 first. Other questions are optional.
Introduction: First Name, Area of work, Company name
1) Describe what your job is and what you do on a day-to-day basis.
2) Either talk about your career/educational path to this point in your career or discuss what motivated you to take your current job.
3) Either talk about what you wish you knew before you started your career or discuss what you've learned in your current job that would have been helpful to know before you took it.
4) What are the challenges of your work?
5) What made you successful in your career?
6) What general advice would you give someone who is interested in pursuing your career?
7) What does an average day look like for you?
8) What are some of the key decisions you made early in your career that led you to where you are today?
Step 3: Download video to your computer
If you are creating a video using your web cam, go to step 4.
A. Download video from your camera to your PC computer
The first step toward creating great home movies is to download your video from your camera to your computer. Once you download your video, you can edit it into an exciting movie that you can share with friends across the Internet or watch on your TV. Depending on your camera and connection, there are several different ways to download video from your camera to your PC:
1. i.Link cable (also known as FireWire or IEEE 1394) connection
2. USB cable connection and video footage on a tape
3. Video footage on a hard disk or memory card
4. Jump drive
B. Download video from your camera to your Apple computer
Unlike digital still cameras, digital video (DV) cameras require an application to capture the footage from the camera onto your computer hard drive. In other words, you can't just mount a DV camera and drag and drop movie files onto your desktop like you can with a digital camera. Here's how to connect a DV camera to your computer and capture footage in iMovie HD. You need to use a video capture application, such as iMovie HD, to import footage.
- Using the FireWire cable that came with your DV camera typically, a 6-pin to 4-pin FireWire cable, plug the small end (4-pin) connector into your camera's FireWire port.
2. Plug the larger 6-pin end into a FireWire port on your Mac.
3. Turn on your camera and set it to VTR (playback) mode.
4. Open iMovie HD
5. iMovie opens in camera mode; if you don't see an Import button in the interface, slide the mode switch, the short slider with the camera and scissors icons, toward the camera side.
6. You can use the playback controls in the iMovie interface to view your camera footage in the iMovie monitor pane.
7. When you find something you want to capture, click Import or press the spacebar.
8. Click Import again to stop importing.
Step 4. Upload Your Video
Once you are satisfied with your video, upload it to Career Eagle.
A. Log into your computer and go to www.careereagle.com
Go to the ‘Make a Video’ page in the navigation bar and follow the instructions. You’ll be required to go through a very brief and simple registration process because we need to know who is posting content on the site. You’ll have the option of filling in a number of auto complete and dropdown fields. We hope you’ll do so because students will use that information to search for and find your video.
B. Here's a list of some well-known formats that Career Eagle supports:
- WebM files (Vp8 video codec and Vorbis Audio codec)
- .MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files - (typically supporting h264 and mpeg4 video codecs and AAC audio codec)
- .AVI (Many cameras output this format - typically the video codec is MJPEG and audio is PCM)
- .MPEGPS (Typically supporting MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio)
- .FLV (Adobe - FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio)
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