At the recent IACP Conference in Philadelphia, 16 social media classes on a wide variety of topics were offered. There were several sessions which specifically addressed using video and the topic came up during discussion time at several other sessions as well.
After attending these sessions, I decided to try and record and edit a Halloween safety video for the Dunwoody Police Department using my iPhone 5 exclusively. I believe video reaches your community in ways that text or photos can’t.
First, I downloaded the app iMovie from Apple. This app allows you to put photos, video, and other information together into a final product. You can use this app to share the finished video using several different platforms including YouTube. In a search of the app store, I located Intro Designer. Intro Designer has intro templates covering various topical subjects, which can be downloaded and customized for your use. I used this app to design a customized intro to the Halloween Safety video.
I then found the app Extras 4 iMovie, which provides thousands of images that can be used in your video. I did a search of Halloween and found several images I used in the video. I was able to add a list of safety tips on top of a background using Extras 4 iMovie.
After recording several videos of various Halloween events in the community and downloading a flyer of an event, I began the process of putting the final video together. My goal was to have a one minute Halloween safety video we could post on YouTube. I imported the videos and images into iMovie and used this robust program to edit and compile the final video. Using iMovie, we were able to narrate portions of the video and add sound at the end using the iPhone.
The finished movie
was uploaded to YouTube before Halloween and I am generally pleased with the results, especially since this was my first try at it. It is certainly not as good as a professionally produced video or one filmed with a nice digital video camera and edited using other available desktop software. Still, it demonstrated how police departments can put together short videos of events with relative ease with little expertise. I do believe the video could have been better if I had given myself more time to complete it. Check out the video and let me know what you think at @ChiefGrogan