Want to make a video?

To help members who are considering producing an educational video program, the Multimedia Education Center Subcommittee offers these technical tips:

  • Shoot your video from the orthopaedic surgeon’s point of view.
  • Use pre- and postoperative images to illustrate and describe indications and outcomes.
  • Use still images judiciously. Remember video is a medium of motion.
  • Use wide shots to establish orientation and context and close-ups to show surgical details.
  • Show that your surgical site has been signed.
  • Use a balanced approach to inside, outside, and picture-in-picture shots when showing arthroscopic techniques.
  • Edit the final program to omit repetitive, nonessential surgical actions such as routine dissection, clamping, and suturing.
  • Ensure that the audio is clear and without unnecessary noise. Consider having the program narrated professionally.

Content tips

In reviewing videos, the Multimedia Education Center Subcommittee considers the following issues related to content:

  • Does the program provide superior visualization from the surgeon’s point of view?
  • Is the audio clear and without excessive operating room noise, and is the narration clear and easily understood?
  • Are all the necessary clinical elements present including such things as indications, rationale for the technique, structures at risk, intraoperative options, and fixation methods?
  • Are outcomes presented?
  • Is the program unbiased with regard to particular products?
  • Is the video tightly edited to include educationally relevant content and to exclude repetitive steps, such as suturing or clamping?

Additional tips can be found on the application form for submitting programs for presentation at the 2010 Annual Meeting; the form is available online at under Annual Meeting, 2010 applications. All AAOS fellows are urged to submit their instructional videos for consideration.

The Multimedia Education Center, located in the Venetian Hotel, Level 2, Hall D, is open today from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.