Action Training Provides Video Recording Services for EMS/Fire Fighter Training Departments

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Is your EMS or Fire Fighter department seeking video production services for your training program? Then you have to check out the awesome team from Action Training Systems! Action Training Systems’ focus is providing superior training programs for emergency responders in both the private and public sector. They started out with linear programs on VHS as companion products to written manuals and have branched out to include Online interactive courses, streaming video and DVDs. Providing training programs at all levels makes them effective at program delivery regardless of your training style or needs. Check out this example below for safety procedures:

The above video is Fireghter Safety: Part I. This Essentials of Fire Fighting series presents an overview of fire department and firefighter responsibilities under NFPA 1500. Describes the Incident Command System, control zones at emergency response scenes and how to meet the physical demands of the job through fitness and wellness programs. I wish we had more videos like these during my fire academy!

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Learning Opportunities From the Action Training Website:

We offer over 200 Fire and EMS training programs. Our programs are designed to be used as instructor resources in and out of the classroom. Each course thoroughly covers a distinct set of learning objectives with high quality visual examples. For example our EMT training series has 27 titles, each of the videos run between 17 and 28 minutes, short enough to hold learners attention, but also long enough to cover necessary information. Interactive courses take approximately 1 hour to complete. The courses contain the same video content as the DVD but also include interactive questions, chapter quizzes and final exams.

Learn more about Action Training System on their website,
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Intro to Video Editing: Tutorials, Links & Contests

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Previously I have written on the numerous benefits of using video production in your medical simulation labs. A recent question by the community on how to better handle countless tour requests for their simulation lab prompted me to remind them of the huge cost and energy savings that a recorded video tour could provide. Here are some of my previous posts on the matter:

At SimGHOSTS 2014 USA this August, I will be teaching a hands-on workshop on Advanced Editing Techniques Using Final Cut Express, which is what I use to edit all over the 100+ medical simulation youtube videos we’ve shown here on But before we get there, I thought it would be to cover some basics to video editing as my tutorials above never covered that area.

There are three key things to remember when learning to video edit, which can all be demonstrated by this classic scene from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark:

1) Timing is everything: First, lets define a shot as an individual cut (or edit) of one particular camera placement which shows one angle of character, setting, or other info. An average shot length is 7 seconds long. If a shot is shorter or longer than 7 seconds, the audience can be triggered to feel something other than normal progress of the story. For example, the first shot of this scene above  lasts about 9 seconds while Indy searches for Marion because we keep hoping that he will find her. The bit of extra seconds here forces the audience to spend more time in the uncomfortable situation Indy is experiencing. The next shot, in contrast, is only 2 seconds long which helps show surprise when the crowd parts to reveal: a lone and very dangerous swordsman in shot 3. The timing of these two shots illustrates how shot duration can play with audience expectation and feeling.

2) Keeping continuity: The point of editing is to create story continuity as the world unfolds before the audience. After Indy sees the swordsman, we enter into a “shot-reverse shot” pattern where we gain the understanding of where these two individuals stand to face each other. Even though we first watch Indy see something when the crowd parts, when turn to understand what he sees the edit actually jumps behind him. Its a subtle transition that allows the audience to understand exactly where the bad guy is in relation to Indy during the reveal. The editor could have picked a shot that just revealed the swordsman, but then that would not have placed Indy’s distance to the bad guy – which was essential for the quick unfoldment of the gag of this scene- that the distance between them is enough to give Indy the winning advantage.

3) Sound is half of the movie: In just 25 seconds we hear music drive the emotion of anxiety Indy is feeling as he searches for Marion, the horn indicating an enemy, the evil laugh of a formidable foe, the many long whooshes of this expert swordsman, the musical transition to the lighthearted tiredness of Indy, and finally the loud bang that quickly brings the fight to an abrupt end. Close your eyes and play the scene again, doesn’t it give most of the audience queues? If we just focus on the sword whooshes and the gun shot alone, you can see how the editor uses sound to set up a scene for a long drawn out battle which Indy’s character has no time for, and so the edit comes to an instant close with the single sound of one bullet. The point here is that when you edit, you have to spend just as much time considering the sound of your shots as the visuals of your scenes, because sound is half of the presentation to your audience.

I suggest you read Great Video Editing Tutorials From when you are ready to learn about the basic theories of film editing. After committing to these three principals and reading the theories, the best way to learn video editing is to install some free software and learn by doing. Nothing lets you feel the joy of building a timeline, honing your timing skills, or shaping your editing style than by editing a project yourself. Here is the Apple and PC options for both worlds:

  1. Intro to Editing with Apple’s free iMovie
  2. Intro to Editing with Microsoft’s Windows Movie Maker

If you are ready to dive into more advanced topics before my workshop at SimGHOSTS 2014, I highly recommend buying ‘s professional training videos that will really take you the next level. “From narrative scene editing to documentary editing, our video editing tutorials will help you make a movie, short film, or documentary. Learn the art of video editing from our expert instructors using popular video editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and Media Composer.”

Already have video editing skills? Put them to good use and submit your projects to the B-Line Medical Video Competitions for SimGHOSTS Australia or SimGHOSTS USA for your chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes!

Sim Lab Video Orientation Production Tutorial Part 2 !

Hey Sim Champs!

Here it is, the second online tutorial for creating your Sim Lab Video Orientation, or ANY video production you are planning for your Sim Lab (like a promotional or training video).  This video covers all the tips and tricks of production I learned from my years of experience working in Hollywood!

I have also created a Production Guide that summarizes all of the tips discussed in the above video, plus answers  all of the SPECIFIC questions that I received after posting the first video.

Click here to download the Healthy Simulation Production Guide.

Although I will post the content of the guide in the remainder of this post, feel free to download this guide now for later use as it covers all the basics for Sim Lab Video Productions! The Production Guide also includes the Sim Lab Video Orientation Outline, which helps to remind you about all the different areas of a Sim Lab that you should individually shoot to maximize your efforts!

I want to thank everyone for sharing questions and comments last week – you really helped me make this the best guide it could be!  Enjoy and don’t forget to share this post with your friends!

Didn’t see Part 1? Click here to see  the first part of the Video Orientation Tutorial, which explains the benefits of using video and where to look to get your video made for FREE!

Click here to read the production guide

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