Showing posts with label we video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label we video. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Flip Your Phone for Better Videos and Pictures

Last weekend I saw Billy Joel perform in Madison Square Garden. Throughout his show I saw hundreds of people holding their phones to take pictures as you see in my picture to the left. I fought the urge to tell those people to flip their phones 90 degrees. If you want to create video clips or pictures that are easy to view, you should hold your phone in a landscape orientation. That's why those annoying selfie sticks cradle phones in the landscape orientation.

Check out the videos embedded below to learn more about creating better videos.

In the video below WeVideo offers three key tips for shooting better videos.


The Vimeo Video School offers more than five dozen videos about creating better videos. Two of their videos are embedded below.


Quick Focusing Tips from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.



Zoom vs. Moving Camera from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.

The TED Blog offers a list of ten tips for editing video. The tips focus on when and where to cut videos for creating the smoothest video you can. Each tip is accompanied by "before" and "after" samples.

Applications for Education
The next time your students are about to embark on a video project for your class, share a few of these simple tips with them and you'll all be happy with the improved results. Having raw videos and pictures in the right orientation and zoom level will make editing the final project a lot easier for everyone.

Friday, March 16, 2012

WeVideo Now Offers an Android App for Collaborative Video Creation

WeVideo is a collaborative, online video creation and editing tool that I've been quite excited about since last fall. In January they left beta and opened to the whole world. Their latest update was the launch of a free Android app.

The WeVideo Android app will allow you to capture images and videos then quickly add them to collaborative video projects in WeVideo. Before you upload your videos with the app you can trim them to save editing time when you're using WeVideo on the web. And just like when you use the web version of WeVideo, you can invite other WeVideo users to view your media and contribute to your projects.

While using the WeVideo online editor you can upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. The video editor provides tools for trimming the length of display and or sound of each element you add to your video project. What makes WeVideo collaborative is that you can invite other people to create and edit with you.

Applications for Education
The WeVideo Android app could be a great application for students to use when working on video projects for your course. By using the app students working on group video projects can capture and share media for that project quickly and easily whenever they see something that can enhance their videos.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Get Your JayCut Videos Before They're Gone

Last July one of my favorite online video creation tools, JayCut, was bought out by RIM (BlackBerry). At the time JayCut stopped accepting new users but did allow existing users to continue to use the service. Today, I got an email informing me that as of January 31, 2012 JayCut will cease to support free user accounts. If you have been using JayCut for video projects, download your videos before January 31, 2012 or you will lose them. Click here to find directions for downloading your videos from JayCut.

A couple of alternatives to JayCut that I like are WeVideo.com and Creaza Education.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

We Video - Collaborative Online Video Editor

For the last two months since my favorite online video editing service JayCut got bought out by Blackberry, I've been looking for a new online video editing service that is equally robust. I think I have found that in We Video.

We Video is a collaborative online video creation tool. In the video editor you can upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. The video editor provides tools for trimming the length of display and or sound of each element you add to your video project. What makes We Video collaborative is that you can invite other people to create and edit with you. We Video offers four different user plans. The free plan allows you to upload your videos to YouTube and Vimeo but does not allow local downloads.

Applications for Education
I've only spent about thirty minutes with We Video so far but I already know enough about it to know that I want to have my students using it in a couple of weeks when they start a video creation project about early sectional differences in US History. My students have netbooks which do not have a good video editing tool installed on them. We Video will allow them to develop their videos online and with a partner.

Because I will be introducing We Video to my students, I'll be writing up detailed directions on how to use it soon. I wiil be sure to post those directions here on Free Technology for Teachers too.