Monthly Archive for September, 2010

Video Editing with Windows Live Movie Maker and More

If you have Windows 7 then you can download Windows Live Movie Maker for free.   It works in a different way to the previous version of Windows Movie maker and so the following should help show how to make use of this tool.

For information about Windows Live Move Maker and to download the software if you have Windows 7 then click here:

For notes about the full features of Windows Live Movie Maker click here:

For tutorials on using Windows Live Movie Maker see below:

Step by step guide

Getting started with Windows Live Movie Maker

Add transitions, pan and zoom effects in Windows Live Movie maker

Adding titles, captions and credits in Windows Live Movie maker

Mark Brumley shared the steps to combining Powerpoint with Windows Live Movie Maker – where Powerpoint is used to create graphcially interesting slides, these are converted to images which are then imported into Windows Live Movie Maker – all explained here

If you wish to use Windows Live Movie Maker to create a stop-motion animation then this video shows how to adjust the timing of each image:

Click here for further resources about using Windows Live Movie Maker to create stop motion animation and for examples created with pupils. Mark Wagner has created a wiki called Movie Maker in Education which has resources and ideas for using Windows Movie maker in an education setting.  Although this is aimed at the previous version of Windows Movie Maker most links and ideas are still relevant and can be adapted.

The ACMI has produced a useful free online interactive storyboard creator which could be handy for pupils planning their film-making.

The Teaching Ideas site has a great collection of resources to support film-making and animation production in the classroom, including lesson plans, posters, display material and more.

“Lights, Camera, Engagement – three tools for creating classroom video” is a post by Ron Peck describing each of three processes which can help engage pupils in learning about their chosen topic through creating videos in different ways: one way is to use Animoto, another is to create a video in the style of Common Craft videos, and the third is to create a Choose-your-own-adventure style video. The process for each is clearly described, and there are helpful links to resources to support teachers.

Other Movie-Making Tools

MuveeCloud is a free online tool (with premium options) where you can upload images or video from multiple sources usch as direct upload or from photo or video sharing sites, and then edit and create a video which you can choose to share privately, embed in a website or blog, or upload to other sites such as YouTube.

WeVideo is a free online tool for creating videos (with premium additional features) where you can upload from computer or mobile devices, edit, and share via various options.

Animoto lets you upload images, video, and add transitions with provided music tracks to create impressive videos such as that created by Simon Haughton featuring every pupil in Parkfield School saying one word.

Ten Ways to create Videos without installing software is a post by Richard Byrne which describes ten tools which you can use to create videos online without the need for installation of software.

7 web-based tools for creating short video stories – free online tools which let users upload images, text and audio (whether narration or music) to create video slideshows. this post is by Richard Byrne.

Excellent Guides and Tutorials to help kids make engaging educational movies – a post by Med Kharbach providing links to resources about techniques for taking video, editing the created video, and sources for music and sound effects.

Video Editing – free online tools

Jaycut was a free online video-editing tool which let you upload your own video clips, photographs and audio and create your own film. At the moment Jaycut is not available. Alternatives are below:

WeVideois an online free video editing tool which can be used by multiple users collaboratively – there are options to pay for additional features.

FileLab is an alternative to Jaycut which lets Microsoft Windows users upload video or audio to this online tools where video or audio can be edited

Ten Ways to create Videos without installing software is a post by Richard Byrne which describes ten tools which you can use to create videos online without the need for installation of software.

Pixorial is a free online tool for uploading video and undertaking basic video editing, trimming and adding music. There are also premium options, including for more storage.

Convert image, audio or video to different file type with Format Factory

How many times have you found that the video you created in a camera does not work with the video-editing software you tried to edit it in because the software said it was the wrong file type?  Format Factory is free software to download which converts all video types to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF formats.

Or someone has sent you a CD of music they have created with a class and they want to edit it because someone coughed in the middle – but you find you can’t edit it because the editing software tells you it is in the wrong format? Format Factory converts all audio file formats (including an audio CD) to MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV.

Or the photographs you have been sent are all far too big to upload to a website or blog so they all need to be converted to a lower filesize. Format Factory can bulk reduce a large number of pictures all at once, or convert them to a different filetype.  And it does it all in seconds.

Online File Conversion Tools

As an online alternative to Format Factory, where you don’t have Format factory installed on your computer, can convert files either uploaded to it, or from files located elsewhere online.

Online-Convert lets you upload a host of file types for coverting into different file types – whether audio, video, document, ebook, archive (such as zip)  or image.

Add animations to your photographs with Lunapic

Add animated effects to your pictures, edit, crop or apply a wide range of filters using the free online tool

You can choose from loads of effects, such as rippling water, or rotating dice animations as well as various static effects.  And for every result you can further refine the animations or the images with extensive editing tools.

You can even change the background to be a specific colour, or pattern or an image of your own.

You can also create animated slideshows with a variety of transitions.

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