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EXP-0010: Experimental College - The Science of Light

Creating Credits


Best Practices for Creating Credits in Video Essays

Scrolling credits are not ideal for most video essay projects, especially when using an academic citation style. A better option is to use series of 4-second static slides at the end of the video to attribute the sources used.

Sources from Your Bibliography

You should group your sources by category, with a separate slide for each category: “Research Sources,” “Image/Video Sources,” and “Audio Sources.”


  • Use a black background with white text 
  • Copy-and-paste a portion from your bibliography into the preview window
  • Change the font to Arial (a screen-optimized font) and resize the text size to 10-point size

Production Credits

Although production credits will fit nicely on its own slide following the bibliographic sources, there is a bit more freedom with how you stylize the production credits. At a minimum, you should still include these components:

Individual Credits. If you are working as a group, you should include each individual and their respective role in the production. If it was a single-person project, the convention is to list a person’s name only once, even with multiple titles (e.g.,  “Written and Produced by [your name]”).

Purpose. A short statement such as, “This video was produced for [course name] at [institution’s name] in [semester, year]” will suffice.

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