Showing posts with label Making videos on the web. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Making videos on the web. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Viewbix - Make YouTube Videos Interactive

Viewbix is a new service for making videos interactive. Viewbix works with videos that are hosted on YouTube and it works with videos that are hosted on Facebook. I gave Viewbix a try this evening and while "interactive" might be a slight overstatement, you can definitely add some enhancements to videos.

To use Viewbix you first specify the url of the video that you want to work with. Then you can add a custom "button" to your video. Buttons can be linked to webpages or to another video. You can also link to maps and images. Viewbix will put your selected video into their custom player that contains the hyperlinked elements you added. You can see my Viewbix video below.

The function of Viewbix is similar to that of the spotlight annotation tool in YouTube's video editor. The difference is that Viewbix allows you to work with any YouTube video that does not have embedding disabled. You can see classroom examples and directions for using YouTube's spotlight annotations in this post.

Applications for Education
Viewbix could be used by students or teachers to add clarifying content to a video. Similarly, Viewbix could be used to build upon the content provided in a video.

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for sharing the info about ViewBix. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Making Videos on the Web - Updated for 2011

Eleven months ago I published a free ebook titled Making Videos on the Web. In that time a couple of the resources featured in that guide have changed. One, Memmov, has gone offline and the other JayCut has matured. In this updated version of Making Videos on the Web I've included forty step-by-step directions for creating videos using JayCut.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

12 Ways to Create Videos Without a Camera or Software

It wasn't that long ago that creating videos in your classroom meant that you had to have access to cameras and editing software. That is no longer the case. Now with nothing more than a reliable Internet connection you and your students can create all kinds of documentary, entertainment, and how-to videos. Some of the resources listed below are also featured in my free guide Making Videos on the Web where you will find how-to directions with annotated screen captures.

JayCut is a free, online, video editing service. To use JayCut online you will need to join the JayCut community. Once you've joined you can immediately start creating a video. The JayCut editor allows you to use two video editing tracks, an audio track, and a transitions track to create your video. JayCut provides some stock video and stock transitions that you can use, but the best option is to upload your own images, video clips, and sound tracks. Earlier this fall JayCut also introduced new options for slow motion effects, direct recording from your webcam, a green screen, and color editing. The videos you create can be published online on the JayCut site, published directly to YouTube, or downloaded to your computer.

Masher is a great, free, tool for creating video mash-ups. Masher offers a large collection of video clips from the BBC's Motion Gallery and Rip Curl video. There is a large music library, an effects library, and a good selection of video player skins. If you don't find content that you like in Masher's library, you can add your own images, video clips, and music clips through the Masher uploader. Masher also gives you the option to insert text throughout your videos. Creating with Masher is a simple matter of dragging elements from the media gallery into the timeline editor. From there you can arrange the sequence of elements using the drag and drop interface. When you're happy with the sequence, publish and share your production.

Animoto makes it possible to quickly create a video using still images, music, and text. In the last year Animoto has added the option to include video clips in your videos too. If you can make a slideshow presentation, you can make a video using Animoto. Animoto's free service limits you to 30 second videos. You can create longer videos if you apply for an education account. I like to use Animoto early in the school year to introduce my new students to some of the basic skills that will be carried across to more complex video creation later in the year.

Flixtime is a video creation service that is quite similar to Animoto and Stupeflix. Flixtime gives users the ability to create 60 second videos by mixing together images, video clips, and music tracks. You can use your own images, video clips, and music tracks or you can choose media from the Flixtime galleries. Flixtime also gives you the option to record voiceovers for your videos through their site. Flixtime videos can be downloaded for use on your local computer, shared via email or social networks, or posted to YouTube.

Photo Peach is a new service that allows you to quickly and easily create an audio slideshow, with captions, from images in your Flickr, Picassa, or Facebook account. You can also use images saved on your local hard drive to create your slideshow. To add captions to your Photo Peach slideshow simply type your desired text into the caption box that appears as each image is automatically displayed by Photo Peach. Changing the sequence of images in Photo Peach is a simple drag and drop procedure.

Memoov is a free service for creating animated videos. Without downloading any software or having any special skills, Memoov allows users to create animated videos up to five minutes in length. Creating an animated video with Memoov can be as simple as selecting a setting image(s), selecting a character or characters, and adding dialogue. Memoov offers users a wide variety options that make it stand out amongst similar services. Memoov allows users to customize the appearance of the characters in their animated videos. On the dialogue front, Memoov gives users the option to record their own voices for use in their videos. Users can also upload pre-recorded dialogue in MP3 format. Memoov users have the option to add background music to their animated videos.
Memoov seems to have gone out of business since this post was written.

Stupeflix is a service that allows user to quickly and easily create video montages using their favorite images and audio clips. In many ways Stupeflix is similar to Animoto and Flix Time, but there are a couple of differences that are worth noting. Adding text to the images is slightly easier in Stupeflix than it is on Animoto. Stupeflix offers only one default soundtrack so you have to upload your own audio clips. That said the advantage of Stupeflix is that you can use more than one audio clip within the same video. Stupeflix is now offering Stupeflix for Education. Stupeflix for Education is currently looking for beta testers to use Stupeflix for Education for free in their classrooms. The sign-up form is live now on a first come, first served basis.

Shwup is a service similar to Animoto and Stupeflix for creating videos based on your images and audio files. At its most basic Shwup is a place for creating collaborative private photo albums. As the creator of an album you can select the best images and create a video for the group. You can choose to share your videos privately so that only those you invite can see them or you can share your videos on Facebook, Twitter, or embed them into your blog.

The Zimmer Twins is a neat site for introducing elementary school students to making simple animated video stories. On the Zimmer Twins site students can create a story from scratch or complete one of the "cliff hanger" story starters. Students do not need to have any drawing skills in order to create a story as all elements are added to the video through a simple drag and drop interface. Students select settings, characters, character actions, emotions, and text styles then drag those elements into the storyboard. Students then arrange those elements and type words into the conversation bubbles where appropriate.

Xtra Normal is a unique service that enables students to create animated, narrated movies just by typing the dialogue then dragging and dropping characters and set elements into the movies. There are free and paid plans for using Xtra Normal. The primary difference between the plans being that the paid plan offers more options for the setting of your story. The standard plan should be adequate for most academic applications.

Slide Six is a slideshow service that allows users to add narration to their slideshows directly through the Slide Six website. Slide Six also allows users to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos into their presentations. Users can also attach documents to accompany their presentations. Slide Six supports all PowerPoint formats, Open Office, PDF, and MOV presentations.

Screenr is a very simple, easy-to-use tool for creating screencast videos. You do not need to register in order to use Screenr, but if you want to save your recordings you do need a Twitter account. Screenr uses your Twitter ID to save your recording and publish it to Twitter (you can opt not to publish to Twitter). The recordings you make using Screenr can also be published to YouTube or you can download your recordings.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

44 New Academic Videos on Next Vista

Back in September Next Vista and CUE launched a student video contest. The finalists have been selected and this Friday night the winners will be chosen by the audience at CUE's fall conference. Even if, like me, you won't be at the conference, you can still check out 44 new videos produced for the contest. The new videos feature students sharing their tips and sixty second lessons for mathematics, social studies, science, and language arts. As always the videos have been screened by Next Vista staff for accuracy before going live on the site. As a social studies teacher one of the videos from the new list of 44 that I like is Math Behind Latitude and Longitude.

Applications for Education
Next Vista is the only education video sharing site that I included in Best of the EdTech Web 2010 because of the quality of content on the site and the overall purpose of the site (students helping students). If you're looking for ideas for student video projects, take a look at some of the videos on Next Vista.

There are three main video classifications that Next Vista uses. The Light Bulbs category is for videos that teach you how to do something and or provides an explanation of a topic. The Global Views video category contains videos created to promote understanding of cultures around the world. The Seeing Service video category highlights the work of people who are working to make a difference in the lives of others.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Best of the EdTech Web 2010
47 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom

Monday, November 1, 2010

Create Audio Slideshows With Shwup

Shwup is a new service similar to Animoto and Stupeflix for creating videos based on your images and audio files. At its most basic Shwup is a place for creating collaborative private photo albums. As the creator of an album you can select the best images and create a video for the group. You can choose to share your videos privately so that only those you invite can see them or you can share your videos on Facebook, Twitter, or embed them into your blog. Watch the video below to learn more about Shwup.

Applications for Education
Shwup could be a good way to share photos from your class with your students' parents. If you take your class on a field trip and have parents take pictures while they chaperon they could contribute to a private album you've created on Shwup.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Making Videos on the Web - A Free Guide
11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year
Five Alternatives to Traditional Book Reports

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Two Weeks, 30 Seconds, 10 A's

I shared bits and pieces of this story at MOREnet MITC on Monday. Here's the rest of the story.

A few weeks ago I introduced my special education students to Animoto. The assignment was for them to create short videos about the causes of the Revolutionary War. Each student picked an act or event (i.e. Quartering Act, Boston Massacre) which he or she would research and produce a video about. Based on having done this in previous years, I thought that this would take a week. It turned out that it took every student at least two weeks and one student is actually still working on his project.

In creating each video the students had to include a brief background (what happened to cause their chosen event or act), some details of the act or event, and the consequences of the act or event. As many readers know, Animoto is based on the use of images so my students had to find Public Domain or Creative Commons images that demonstrated the ideas they wanted to convey. This is where the process slowed.

Finding appropriate images took my students a bit longer than students previous classes took. I also slowed the process as I required each student to explain to me (or to one of ed techs/ classroom aids) what each of their chosen images represented. I also required my students to explain the display sequence they had chosen. In the end, this process proved to be very beneficial for my students.

Last Friday my students took a short quiz on the causes of the Revolutionary War. Not every student got an "A" on the quiz, but ten did. For some of my students it was the first "A" they had gotten in a long time. And every one of them made some type of comment about the videos helping them remember the causes of the Revolutionary War.

The point of this story is that when conducting video creation projects in your classroom, the research and development of the script may be more important than what the final video looks like.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Making Videos on the Web - A Free Guide
11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year