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Video FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a video production - who do I talk to - how do I start?

Just call our Intake Coordinator, Rob Edwards, at (517) 483-1684 with all video production questions, ideas or requests.

How much will this cost and how do we pay for this?

Media Services serves the entire college.  We do not work on a chargeback basis, however there might be fees you would have to cover for certain special services (professional on-camera talent, special equipment, etc.).

What format do you provide?

We offer DVD, CD, videotape, audio, and most online file platforms.  We will suggest the most appropriate format based on the purpose of your project and the results you desire.

Do you produce every video project that people request?

Video production is time-intensive (just look at the credits of a television show!), and we receive more requests than we have capacity.  We explore two things with you:

  • What results do you want to achieve?
    Sometimes a video is a great tool, but other times it may not be the right product for your result.

  • What is the return on investment?
    This may involve criteria such as number of students served or type of results desired.

How long does it take to produce a video?

Our ability to meet a proposed deadline will depend on projects we have in progress and the complexity of your request.  We can agree on a timeline before starting any project.

I don't know exactly how to put a video project together...

Our video production staff will help with every phase of your project: writing, creative treatment, scheduling, audio recording, graphics, studio and field videotaping, editing...whatever is needed.  But remember, you are a key to the success of any project, and your time investment and commitment is essential.

How do I get several copies for distribution?

We keep the master of your program in our video library and give you two copies of your program.  If you need multiple copies, Media Services can provide VHS, CD, DVD duplication for a small fee per copy.

I have my own video that I've shot along the way in past classes.  Can we incorporate this into a more structured program?

It is possible, but more often than not it is difficult to get the product you want by trying to use preexisting resources.  Ideally a script is developed for a project and it is the roadmap showing us exactly what has to be done to turn script into final product.

I have my own video that I've shot along the way in past classes.  Can we incorporate this into a more structured program?

It is possible, but more often than not it is difficult to get the product you want by trying to use preexisting resources.  Ideally a script is developed for a project and it is the roadmap showing us exactly what has to be done to turn script into final product.

I'd like to incorporate some shots that a local channel took...

I have a video I bought and would like to use one little part of it...

I would like to use this music as background...

I taped a speech and would like to use pieces of it...

Using preexisting resources that do not belong to you or to LCC requires getting copyright permissions.  This can be a lengthy process and permission is often refused.  Again, most often we find that creating all necessary video and audio is the best route to go.

I would like to incorporate a video into a PowerPoint slide. How would I do that?

Directions on how to incorporate a video into a PowerPoint slide can be found by clicking here

Do you have people that can do a narration?

For on-camera appearance or voice-only narration we use both LCC and non-LCC professionals (the latter usually require a fee).

How long should my program be?

Questions like this will be answered by the assigned producer, working closely with you in the development stage.

If we want video to be part of a marketing effort for our program, do we call Media Services or Marketing?

For recruitment or other marketing projects, call Marketing first.  They will advise you as to whether and how video (or other media as well) might be an effective part of your overall marketing strategy.  They along with you would then include us in the deadline and design decisions.

We are having a retirement party for our long-time department employee.  Can you video tape that for us as a gift to him?

We can only accept projects that in some way, directly or indirectly, are part of instructional efforts at LCC.

Media Services at Lansing Community College

Media Services
Technology and Learning Center, Room 123
Phone: (517) 483-1670