U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Clean Cities Video Production
Find video production tips and learn about the video production process below to create videos for Clean Cities.
Video Production Tips
Use the tips for producing videos to create successful videos. Producing polished footage will speed up the post-production process.
Video Production Process
Follow this recommended process to produce videos for the Clean Cities YouTube channel. Your Clean Cities coalition can accelerate or decelerate this process to meet project requirements.
The TV Worldwide production team helps you complete the production process, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) technical monitor, Andrew Hudgins, facilitates approvals and contact between Clean Cities coordinators and the production team.
Step 1: Plan
The NREL technical monitor is available by teleconference to discuss script concepts, production ideas, location requirements, and graphic modeling or animation needs.
Step 2: Develop a Script
Based on discussions from the planning teleconference, coordinators should develop a script. Use the Sample Video Script as an example when developing your script.
Step 3: Produce Footage
During production, Clean Cities coordinators record video on location based on script requirements and review the footage on location to ensure quality. You should verify video signal quality, audio clarity, resolution, and scene composition. When possible, you should shoot several takes to cover different approaches.
The production team can help coordinators with production requirements, schedules, preparing graphics, using stock footage, or developing content for post-production.
Step 4: Upload Footage
Deliver your footage and supporting materials to the NREL technical monitor through the file transfer protocol (FTP). Email the NREL technical monitor to request FTP instructions and log-in information.
Step 5: Complete Post-Production
Clean Cities coordinators should keep raw footage for future use. The production team uses on-location production footage from the coordinators to edit the video, develop animations, and prepare graphics and voiceover according to the script.
If approved, the production team can include music from the TV Worldwide sound library. Where directed by the NREL technical monitor, the production team can enhance the video with digital effects and computer graphics animation.
The production team might meet via teleconference and invite coordinators and the NREL technical monitor to give input during the editing process. The NREL technical monitor must approve contact during editing.
Step 6: Review
Coordinators and the NREL technical monitor review the video via a link provided by the production team, where they outline minor corrections. Comments should be provided to the production team and the NREL technical monitor via email.
Step 7: Upload Final Video
The production team uploads the final video to the Clean Cities YouTube channel and delivers an electronic copy to the NREL technical monitor.