Showing posts with label flixtime. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flixtime. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Flixtime Adds Voiceover Capabilities

FlixTime, a competitor to Animoto, recently released some enhancements to their video creation services. Probably the most significant of these enhancements is a new option for adding a voiceover to your videos. To add a voiceover all you have to do is select the "add voice" option after uploading and arranging the images in your video. FlixTime will then ask for permission to access your computer's microphone. Once you've granted FlixTime permission to access your microphone you can begin recording.

The other new options in FlixTime are new sound controls, image highlighting, image captioning, and speed controls. The new sound controls allow you to strip the sound from videos you upload to the FlixTime editor. Image highlighting allows you to place a "spotlight" on images in your videos. Image captioning has changed give you the option to place captions on an image or on separate slides. The new speed control option allows you to control the speed of transitions between images.

FlixTime still gives you access to a huge collection of royalty-free images from Fotolia. FlixTime videos can be uploaded to YouTube, embedded on your blog, or downloaded to your computer.

Applications for Education
FlixTime's new voiceover option could be great option for creating short documentary videos with students. One of my few complaints about Animoto has always been that if you wanted students to have their voices on their videos they had to record a separate audio track then upload it. FlixTime's voiceover option simplifies that process.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Free Guide - Making Videos on the Web
Using Screen Captures to Enhance Instructions
How to Put a Video Editor on Your School's Website

Monday, February 22, 2010

Flixtime - Quickly Create Short Videos

Flixtime is a new 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. One the things that I like about Flixtime over Animoto is Flixtime's editing tool. Compared to Animoto, Flixtime affords you more control over the sequence and timing of images and audio. That said, I prefer Stupeflix's text editor over Flixtime's.

Flixtime videos can be downloaded for use on your local computer, shared via email or social networks, or posted to YouTube. Below you will see my sample video.

TechCrunch has more information about Flixtime that you may be interested in reading.

Applications for Education
Creating videos with Flixtime could be a good alternative to slideshow presentations. In the past I've had students use Animoto to create videos as mini-biographies of famous people in US History. I've found that assignment to be a good way to get some of my special education students interested historical figures. The students start out by looking for images and reading image captions before progressing to more in-depth reading. The same type of project could be done with Flixtime.

For other video creation tools you may want to read Six Easy Ways for Students to Create Videos Online.

Update: After Mr. Wylie corrected my comment about Animoto's editing options, I edited this post to more accurately reflect my initial impressions of Flixtime.