Thursday, November 18, 2010

More Online Video Editing Tools

The offerings for online digital tools keep getting better and better. Template Monster is a website templates site that offers flash templates and other products that are ready-made web designs that can be used to produce quick, high-quality websites. I want to add that Template Monster has some really awesome free web and flash templates that can be for personal use only. Template Monster also has a very informative blog. Recently the TemplateMonster Blog posted an article on 15 online video editing tools. The article claims that it will save you time, effort and enhance your skills in video editing. I could not agree more with author Edward Korcheg. There were some online video editing tools that I was already familiar with (such as Vidinotes, Stupeflix, JayCut, Animoto and Photobucket) but there were many new ones that I had never heard of that I'm adding to my digital toolkit. Korcheg has put together a great list of online video editing tools. Let me know what you think of them.

15 Online Video Editing Tools on Template Monster Blog

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Fantastic Digital Video Toolkit

Avatar? District 9? Those Hollywood blockbusters don't even compare. The Fantastic Digital Video Toolkit showcases a variety of free online video tools, tips and resources that will unleash your students' inner director and might just land them that first Oscar.

I previously posted about the above workshop when I was teaching at the CTAE Field of Dreams, 2010 summer workshops at Perry High School. Well, if you didn't have a chance to attend this workshop on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 I will be presenting some of these tools at the 63rd GACTE Conference in the Waverly Galleria room. I will begin by briefly talking about what I call the 5 P's of Video Production and then showcasing some of the following digital video tools. I look forward to seeing y'all there.


5 P's of Video Production

1. Pre-production - brainstorming
2. Pre-planning - story boarding
3. Production - scripting and filming
4. Post Production - evaluating
5. Publishing

Digital Video Toolkit Programs

Windows Movie Maker
How To Use Movie Maker Tutorial From School Tube

What is it: Windows Movie Maker is a video creating/editing software, included in Microsoft Windows Me, XP, and Vista. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. Windows Movie Maker is also a basic audio track editing program. It can apply basic effects to audio tracks such as fade in or fade out. The audio tracks can then be exported in the form of a sound file instead of a video file.

Windows Live Movie Maker (Newer Version of Above)

What is it: Windows Live Movie Maker (codename Sundance) is a video creating/editing software that is a part of Microsoft's Windows Live initiative. It is intended to replace Windows Movie Maker that is currently included in Windows Vista, similar to the way Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Mail replaced Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Mail, respectively. Windows Live Movie Maker is a complete rewrite of the Windows Movie Maker application, focusing on the needs of Windows Live Photo Gallery users; as such, it requires Windows Live Photo Gallery (Wave 3) to be installed. The program includes a redesigned ribbon interface similar to Windows Paint in Windows 7. Windows Live Movie Maker is not compatible with versions of Microsoft Windows prior to Windows Vista.

Stupeflix Studio

What is it: Your photos and videos have never looked so great. Mix images, videos and soundtracks. Add titles, transitions, oohs, and ahhs.


What is it: Your and everyone else photos can collaborative create a video together. Super simple and you and your students can create videos together online for free.

Photo Peach

What is it: The idea is to help you tell better stories online using photos. With PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your friends or family. We also support background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate on your story further.
Example: Tweety

YouTube Video Editor - Take a quick tour to learn how to use it.

What is it: YouTube has a new video editor that lets you create videos using excerpts from the videos you've already uploaded. You can also add a music file from the AudioSwap library, but YouTube mentions that it might display ads if you use some of the audio files.

Google video creation tool

What is it: Make your own Search Story video in minutes
All you need to do is type in your Google searches, pick some music and — presto! — you've got your very own Search Story to share with your friends or showcase on our YouTube channel. This could be relevant for a class doing video editing ... there is not much control but it is fun and immediate.


What is it: VIDDIX is a videoplatform that allows you to connect all kinds of web content to your videos. This way you can really interact with your audience and deliver your messages more effectively.


What is it: If you can type, you can make movies. This is a simple text-to-movie creator. To create one click the Make Movies tab at the top of the page. On the page that appears, chose the style and number of characters you want to use. The movie maker appears. You can change the set, actors, and background music. Start typing the dialogue for your actors. You can drag many actions directly into the text blocks such as camera angles, sound effects, facial expressions, and character animations.

Free Multi-User Online Editor

What is it: Kaltura is the place for group video making, using our sophisticated, yet simple multi-user online editor with many cool features and editing tools.

Discovery (Channel) online Video Editor and Mixer

What is it: AMAZINGLY simple ..... if you are doing a project with students on sharks then this is a MUST DO! This site is a great way to introduce video producing and storyboarding.

National Geographic Wildlife Filmmaker

What is it: National Geographic Wildlife Filmmaker. Just drag and drop animal clips, sounds and more ... to make your wildlife film .... and then share with others. This programs is a great way to introduce how sound and text affect your video clips.

Creating A How To Video

Free Video Editing Program


Made to expand the use of online videos. While online videos provide entertainment and understanding, learning from videos is not very practical. Vidinotes is the bridge from video to learning, allowing users to create their own notes of a video, including images taken directly from the video, then print or save their new document.

How To Cast

To download how to videos for computer applications, web design, animations, accounting, business procedures and just about anything you have ever wanted to learn.

How Stuff Works

HowStuffWorks explains hundreds of subjects, networking, computers, accounting, and all sorts of other great topics. It uses clear language and tons of illustrations you can download and use in video. For example my students love to watch the How Stuff Works Lab Rats.

All About Video Formats
A Good Article On Video Formats
Conversion Central: 101 Tools to Convert Video, Music, Images, PDF and More

The New Real Player - an article from my blog that will explain the powerful tools your can use in the new Real Player. To download the New Real Player program for MAC or Windows.

100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Podcasting In the Classroom

Tony Vlachakis GaDOE Empowers Teachers to Teach with Tech from Teacher Tips on Vimeo. GaDOE will come to Georgia schools to train for free. You can contact him at the DOE State office or through Yes, this is my husband. : )

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Download Your Favorite Videos and More with Real Player SP

Have you tried Real Player SP for Mac OS X or Windows?

As a teacher and presenter I have frequently experienced the frustration of one of my critical videos not working during a presentation or classroom lesson because video is online through a service live YouTube. Have you had that happen to you? Usually the culprit of my online video dilemma is due to a blocked firewall or failed Internet access. With Real Player SP you will remain calm for your presentation and that online video can always work for your presentations. That is because Real Player SP not only allows you to download video & music files, but it also has a converter. That means you can easily download videos for your classroom or use without having to be connected to the web. You can even do it from YouTube or your favorite video service or music playing site. Plus, you will have the option of converting downloaded video for use on your MP3 player, iPod, iTouch or iPhone. Oh! And did I mention you can also trim and clip video while previewing it on Real Player SP. The possibilities are just endless.

Real Player SP Download Sites

RealPlayer SP for Mac

Installation for MAC instructions.

Real Player SP for Windows

This video from Real Player will show you how to use it. The program looks a little different on the MAC than on Windows but it is basically the same.

How to convert your You Tube videos in Real Player to MP3 or other formats.

Have fun and be sure to share your finds!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Fantastic Digital Video Tool Kit Workshop

Avatar? District 9? Those Hollywood blockbusters don’t even compare. The Fantastic Digital Video Toolkit session will showcase a variety of free online video tools, tips and resources that will unleash your students’ inner director and might just land them that first Oscar.

I am teaching a new workshop this summer at Field of Dreams called, The Fantastic Digital Video Tool Kit, at Perry High School. All of the programs I will be showcasing are free. If you are a CTAE teacher currently teaching in a Georgia school and would like to register for this great workshop please login to the CTAE Resourse Network to register.

A condensed version of the workshop will be presented at the
2010 GACTE Conference this summer for the Business Education Division. I look forward to seeing you there.
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