3 Creative Uses of Videos to Enhance Learning

More than a Time-Filler: 3 Creative Uses of Videos to Enhance Learning

Remember the time when your teacher would show a video at the end of a lesson? Probably because you were well behaved as a class or you had just finished a test early. As they insert a VHS cassette into a 15-inch square TV set, we thought it was time to relax and switch off. That was the pre-internet age though and we have well and truly moved on from then. Watching videos in class should no longer be just a time-filler or reward for good behaviour. It is time to unleash the power of videos to truly enhance learning.

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Employee Spotlight Blog: Andrew Brooking, Senior Producer

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when we create our videos? This month, we spoke to Senior Producer, Andrew Brooking. Since joining Makematic during the height of COVID-19 last year, Andrew has made a huge impact on the team. He spoke to us about how he joined the team and his responsibilities as a Senior Producer.Read More

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Employee Spotlight: Daniel McGarrigle, Senior Animator

This month’s employee spotlight features one of our talented animators who has been working at Makematic since the very beginning! We caught up with Senior Animator, Daniel McGarrigle this month to talk about his role at Makematic!Read More

So What's Your Title?

What Makes the Perfect Video Title? (DOs and DON’Ts)

It’s getting exponentially harder to get your videos noticed on any platform. The market continues to get oversaturated, but worry not though! Here are some Dos and Don’ts to make your video title stand out from the crowd.

After reading, why not check out our Adobe Social Media Video Course for some more insightful advice on how to create impactful videos for social media!

DO – Be Specific yet Succinct

Google truncates page titles at approximately the 66 character mark. Any longer and you’ll see an ellipse () at the end of your title. Since YouTube automatically adds “YouTube –” to the beginning of every view page’s title tag, you’re already 10 characters down before you even start. ” via. 5 Keys For Creating Viral YouTube Videos.

You have a fifth of a Twitter tweet to get your video’s main narrative across – not much is it? Be open to the challenge however, we’ll provide some further tips down below to what you should place in your title.

DON’T – Be Afraid To Grab Their Attention

Now, don’t assume I’m advocating for click-bait titles, let’s not go too crazy! However, it’s an increasingly growing trend, especially on YouTube and TikTok. Be descriptive yet enticing at the same time. Don’t undersell your creation, it’ll lose you on viewer engagement.

Let’s use a rather, ordinary activity as a vlog example.
Which would you rather click on (if you had to):

Of course, it’s unfair to compare two videos that have different publish dates, subscribers and overall viewer reach. However, I think it’s safe to say that Video Title #2 is more enticing as it tells a better narrative than just another ‘vlog of me walking the dog’, it creates intrigue and is a creative way to turn a mundane event into something viewers would want to see.

Another example we found, was from our Barbican video course with the Department of Culture, Arts & Leasure. The aptly-named “Make A Plant That Tweets When It’s Thirsty” – if that doesn’t pique your curiosity, I don’t know what will!

DO – Capitalise with the Occasional UPPERCASE

Hierarchy matters and despite it being a pet peeve by some people – Capitalising all main words helps provide a more professional tone for your videos – this is also assuming that grammar has been checked in advance.

The overuse of entirely UPPERCASING titles has thankfully started to dwindle in popularity, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t consider fully capitalizing the odd word or two – we recommend two shorter words or one long word at most.

Why does it matter? Our minds are naturally drawn to capitalized letters as it is more dominant on-screen – the more you emphasize a word on-screen the more priority our brains provide to read it. Our brain loves to make shortcuts and providing some sense of hierarchy to your wording can help get you that elusive viewer click.

DON’T – Forget Your Keywords

SEO is KING and to truly dominate online video, it must be taken into serious account. In recent years, it’s not just viewers you’re trying to attract to get your videos seen, it’s the hidden site algorithms that you have to appease. Search engine optimization is your new best friend in that regard.

While taking into account your character limitations, priority must be on making sure that the keywords you utilize, best fit the theme of your videos for example if you’re making a compilation? Try using BEST or TOP. Whichever niche you wish to create for, it’s always a good idea to put yourself in the viewer’s perspective and ask “What would the viewer search for to find my video?”.

Remember you also have your video descriptions to fill out more of the relevant keywords for your content. The idea is to make both the viewers and the streaming platform as easily aware of where your content fits as possible.

DO – Get Numeric

We delve more into this topic within our ‘Why Our Brain Loves Lists‘ blog, but statistics show that our brain becomes more accessible when numbers are utilized – it simplifies complex prose and helps the viewer to understand what the video is about in shorter times. This is especially vital for non-English speaking natives as numbers are universally more recognized in most forms and can help bridge the cultural and linguistic gap to open your videos to new demographics.

Utilizing a numeric structure for your video content also can help with your pre-production workflow. By setting a numeric limit on your content topics – you should be able to fill in more vital tips, advice, facts, etc. while not needing to divert into filler as a means to bridge gaps. Organization is key and numbers are a basic block that we can use to help provide some order and lessen that workflow chaos.

DON’T – Skip Analysing Your Competitors

I’m assuming you’re reading this and getting new into the ‘video production’ game, but regardless of what stage in your content creation days you’re in – it’s always vital to see what similar competitors to your work are doing.

Even if you’re up against corporate juggernauts of online video, if you see opportunities you can improve your A-game to their level of reach (i.e. branding, graphics, weekly video scheduling, pace, etc.), then it’s essential advice that can help to improve your overall content. Making small to long-term goals for your content platform is a great tool for increasing the quality and durability of your videos.

Don’t be disheartened, you’ll find many of channels that have failed also, analyze them, try to decipher what caused their declines to avoid making the same mistakes.

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Adobe Design Principles Launches

We are pleased to announce that Makematic and Adobe have once again partnered to create a new series of videos in relation to Design Principles.

The video series consists of 25 videos that will provide in-depth knowledge of fundamental design tools and strategies suitable for both students and educators. Industry experts are utilised within the series including:

  • Anita-Mai Goulding – Adobe XD Strategic Development, EMEA
  • Karishma Kusurka – Founder & Designer at Karishma’s World
  • Bob Price – Art & Animator Director
  • Stephen Shaw – Director at Big Motive
  • Tyrone Williams – Visual Artist

Brian Johnsrud, Education Curriculum Strategy Lead of Adobe stated that….

“We’re thrilled to partner with Makematic on this course. A key component to creativity and digital literacy is having a basic set of visual design principles in your back pocket: whether you’re creating a presentation slide, a handout, a flier, or an image for social media. Just as we learn the basics of spelling and grammar to be effective writers and written communicators, this course provides the basic “grammar” of visual communication for all students. And it’s short, fun, and engaging! And for teachers, there are great examples of how visual principles can be taught and incorporated into student work in the classroom.”

Brian Shaw, Senior Producer of Makematic said that….

Adobe Design Principles was a fantastic project to produce.  It’s an awesome introduction to the core design principles that any creative, in any industry, need to have an understanding of.  Bite-sized and beautifully crafted animated explainer videos, along with contributions from real-world creatives and their take on these crucial principles, complete this series nicely and comprehensively.  I always enjoy working with Adobe and I really hope the viewers enjoy this series as much as I did producing it.

You can access Adobe Design Principles:

  • Via Adobe’s Education Page on YouTube
  • Through the Makematic app, which is available to download from the App Store, Google Play, Fire Stick and Roku. You can also access our content anytime online through our website

Sign up to watch the videos for FREE right now.

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