Abstract Title
How to make a video, easy guides with free software for developing new medical resources


Ramon Bulto
Antonio Dominguez
Ariadna Roca
Maria Rosa Fenoll-Brunet


4BB Teaching tools


University Rovira i Virgili - Reus (Catalonia, Spain)
Facultat de Medicina i Ciencies de la Salut. Departament Ciencies Mediques Basiques
Contact information: mariarosa.fenoll@urv.cat


Medical trainers and trainees often experience the need to manage images and videos to be used in educational, research or clinical settings. Videos can promote learning by either complementing classroom activities, or in self-paced online learning modules (1). It takes a good teacher to convert images and sound into a meaningful learning resource for students (2).

This publication can helps medical educators, students and residents to take the first step in implementing essential tips to prepare educational material in video format. By providing a set of tips, tricks and free online resources our objective is to widely promote an efficient but easy and comprehensive distance learning course for learning and improving audio-visual communication skills.

We belong to the University Rovira i Virgili Medical School at Reus (Catalonia, Spain) where an elective course entitled MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND AUDIOVISUAL COMMUNICATION IN MEDICINE has been available since 1993 for medical students. This learning activity was presented as an e-poster in AMEE 2014 (3).


Summary of Results

We are medical students that have followed the elective course MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND AUDIOVISUAL COMMUNICATION IN MEDICINE at our University.

Combining the results from this course and our motivation for medical education allowed us to prepare this e-poster. We invite you to see our results in video format located at the top right corner of this e-poster or at YouTube (Link: https://youtu.be/Jn5Vt356ouY).

When combining essential tips and tricks to make a video, creativity and imagination…. You will find an unique way to communicate. More evidence about the impact of competences achieved by medical students following this course can be found into our You Tube channel



As medical students we can confirm that videos are extraordinary learning tools that can improve teaching and learning in medical education (4). We encourage medical educators and trainers developing innovative VIDEO resources and to share them among their trainees and beyond.

Together with our Professor Maria Rosa Fenoll-Brunet we want to facilitate and promote the use audiovisual communication in medical education

Take-home Messages

Video production is an excellent teamwork learning activity

Everybody can learn how to make a video, you only need imagination and enthusiasm and the outcomes can be unexpectedly positive!


This learning activity has been awarded by the Distinction Vicens Vives from the Generalitat of Catalonia in 2013. The grant obtained allowed medical students that followed this course as trainees to participate at AMEE Annual Conferences in 2014 at Milan and 2015 at Glasgow.

The authors would like to thank Hannah Fergusson for editing the final English version of the e-poster and all students who participated in the e-poster video production.. 



  1. SHEARS, J. (2006). An introduction to video production. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine. 29:2.54-60.
  2. BROWN, G.A. (1985). How to make and use video in teaching. Medical Teacher. 7:2.139–49.
  3. FENOLL-BRUNET, M.R. (2014). Scientific image and audiovisual communication in Medicine: An awarded innovative course designed to develop competences in medical photography, ICT skills and video production. Available from: http://ieposter.com/eposter/1169/scientific-image-and-audiovisual-communication-in-medicine-an-awarded-innovative-course-designed-to-develop-competences-in-medical-photography-ict-skills-and-video-production.html
  4. DONG, C,; GOH P.S. (2015). Twelve tips for the effective use of videos in medical education. Medical Teacher 37:2.140–145.
Summary of Work

Videos can stimulate brainstorming, heighten motivation and appeal to a variety of learning needs. But how easy is to create a video? In this e-poster publication we share all the tips and tricks you need to know from each stage of video production, from planning to delivery, in order to successfully deliver one of the most powerful communication media to your audience. A few key elements need to be in place for this time consuming process to make certainly worth the effort:



Planning is fundamental before even starting your video production; the better prepared you are, the easier and less complicated the production process will be. At this stage it's critical to identify your learning goal and gather your ideas into a storyboard after which you can write your video script and ensure you match your video to the learning goal. These are some elements that you should take into account:



As example, this is a storyboard fragment of the e-poster video (available at the top right corner)


This is the video script corresponding to the three scenes above:



Gather your equipment. When possible use your camera records high-definition (HD) video and always use a tripod. Take the sequence of shots you have planned out in your storyboard and now it is time to shoot your film!




EDITION RESOURCES BRAINMAP (please click "more detail" for descriptions and links)



Once you have converted your images and sounds into a meaningful learning resource think about to share it. Ensure its maximum dissemination among your students and colleagues. You can also consider using it into your future congress communications presentations and there are plenty options to distribute it by using it in social networks. 

Finally, you can use Creative Commons© licenses, which provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.  

Summary of Results
Take-home Messages
Summary of Work

Key Concepts and tricks:

Storyboard: It's a sequence of images, illustrations or sketches useful to plan and guide the teamwork for producing the film. Every image represents a scene and a short text would be added explaining what is expected. Once the storyboard is finished and discussed with the team members. The next step is to prepare the video script according to it, that is a much more detailed document used to plan the video production. 

Trick: Tools for designing and planning your video: 

Rhythm: A good audiovisual production has to keep concordance between the images and the audio.

Trick: Music can be used influencing the mood of the viewer or to create a pause while a text with a quotation, a question or key concepts are showed.

Continuity: It refers to the logical sequence of the video images.

Trick: When filming a scene You must always preserve the shaft looks: 

Not respecting this rule it would create an unnatural sequence making it harder to understand by the audience

This table contains the Free resources and links for editing included into the brainmap:                     



WeVideo is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, cloud-based collaborative video creation platform.


A free account is needed.

Windows MovieMaker is a free video editor from Microsoft. This basic video editing tool remains great while offering a few new, useful features.

More advanced users should look elsewhere.

iMovie makes it easy to browse and share the HD video you shoot on your iOS device or you have in your Mac. Turn your favourite clips into blockbuster films or Hollywood-style trailers. And watch your masterpieces anywhere with iMovie Theater. A few taps, a few swipes, and you’re ready for your big premiere.


PowerDirector lets you create incredible videos. Import videos and Edit, add effects and titles, and exports HD videos directly to Facebook or YouTube.


Videoshow is a video editing tool that enables you to create fun movies using the videos that you shoot with and store in your Android device.




Soundation is a powerful online music studio with professional features like recording, effects, virtual instruments and over 700 free loops and sounds. There exists a non-free extra huge sound’s library.

A free account is needed.



GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

It’s the most powerful free image editor.

Pixlr is a free online image editor. Enables to fix, adjust, and filter images in a browser.


A free account is needed

Snapseed is a powerful photo editing app for your Android. While Android has basic photo editing software built into its Photos apps, Snapseed does everything better and has more features.



Other free resources:



Zamzar is an Online file converter, covering a wide range of different image, document, music, video and compression formats.

Free for files up to 100MB

VideotoVideo is a free video converter. Video to Video converter is software for converting between various video and audio formats.

Video to video converter is totally free to use and does not contain any restrictions.



Soundbible is a 100 % free library, but only has 12 medical sounds.

100 % free. 

Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds.

A free account is needed. 



BB Flashback Express is free screen recorder that lets you use your webcam to record yourself while recording the activities that are happening on your desktop. It enables you to record the screen, sound, webcam, share movies online or save them as Flash and AVI files.

You can only export Flash and AVI files.

You are not able to edit the video with the free software.

Ezvid is one of the easiest to use freeware screen recorder that comes with an in-built video editor. You can upload the video to YouTube through the program itself.



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