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I’ve been training people in the use of video for many years and I’m still doing it today. It’s really important to get across simple concepts first and then allow people to develop their own skills at their own pace.

Ever since my days as a community programmes producer at the Milton Keynes Cable TV station, Channel 40, I’ve been showing people how to use video equipment. Over the years, I’ve helped many people to learn the basic techniques necessary to shoot and edit video that audiences will appreciate. My published work merely serves to re-enforce this.

Colin Barrett delivering Panasonic retail staff HD Camcorder product awareness training

HD Camcorder Academy: Supporting product awareness training for Panasonic Store retail staff.

I’m occasionally asked to give talks and offer training on all manner of topics related to digital video. In this picture, I’m giving one of two technology briefings to Panasonic Store sales staff; this was part of a two-day Panasonic HD Camcorder Academy product awareness training event held at Donington Park, UK. In this session, I was discussing the history of video – a pet interest of mine!

Training in the use of video in Oral History Collection

Since 2008 I have co-presented – with oral history expert Roger Kitchen – a series of training workshops at The British Library Centre for Conservation entitled Lives in Focus: Recording oral history interviews on video. These joint British Library/Oral History Society workshops offer an introduction to the principles and techniques of recording, editing and distributing oral history on video. They are very well attended and reflect a growing need by individuals and organisations to capture people’s life stories on video before it’s too late.

Projects in Development

I’m currently (2011) planning a series of one-day and two-day Digital Video Basics workshops aimed at camcorder users seeking to improve their video-making skills in order that they may be able to apply them in their work or profession.

The first of these is planned for Autumn 2011, entitled “From Camcorder to YouTube – An Introduction to Digital Video“.