For those looking to create effective video for the Web, the New York Times has a course for you. The paper of record offers online study programs through its New York Times Knowledge Network, and next month it will begin a two-week course called “Creating Video for the Web.”
The course will be taught by the paper’s technology manager, William Horn. It includes self-paced lessons, online discussion forums and resources, and a weekly live online session with Horn. The course costs $90. The only prerequisite is familiarity with a basic video camera.
Topics that will be covered in the two week course include how to set goals for a video project, how to improve the quality of what you shoot, how to edit your video, and how and where to publish. Rather than focus on one specific video editor, the course will look at various tools available for Windows and Macintosh computers.
While the course sounds consumer-focused, the description promises that it will even improve videoconferencing and video presentation results.
Courses in the New York Times Knowledge Network are open to anyone nationwide, and are all taught by Times journalists or staff.