Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Polishing Your Video Podcast (Video Tutorials)

Please watch the following sections at your own pace while working on your video project using Windows Movie Maker:

Section F: Applying Video Effects (3 clips, total 04:05 minutes)
Section G: Applying Transitions (4 clips, total 05:22 minutes)
Section H: Adding Titles and Credits (4 clips, total 07:21 minutes)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mid-Point Feedback

Please complete a quick "Mid-Point Feedback" survey by clicking here.

After completing the survey, you will be redirected to the website which contains the preliminary results from your Background Survey you completed at the beginning of this project.

Movie Maker Video Tutorial

Please watch the following two sections at your own pace while working on your video project using Windows Movie Maker:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Useful Web 2.0 Video Applications (Free & Low-Cost)

Screencasting Apps - Webinaria & Jing

A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output (video screen capture) often containing audio narration and even webcam video. Screencasts are often used for demonstrating software features and benefits for students. Creating a screencast helps instructors demonstrate step-by-step procedures of using software or to show students how a given assignment is completed using a particular program.

Webinaria is open source software (#1 for me). It allows you to create Flash (AVI to FLV) recordings of your desktop, record voice commentary with your presentation, save/edit your recordings to add voice, webcam or text.

is a streamlined approach to content creation. It is perfect for adding a quick and simple visual elements to your day-to-day conversations.

Personalized speaking avatar - Voki & Fix8

Voki is a combination of "vox", which is Latin for voice, and "Loki", which, is a prankster character in Norse Mythology. Voki enables you to express yourselves on the web in your own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters… animals, monsters, anime etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone. Voki can live on your blog, social network profile or you can screencast Voki and integrate into your video.

Fix8 is a new creative communication tool that mixes avatars with you! Using facial-tracking technology, Fix8 offers an impressive twist to video, photo and instant messenger experiences. A variety of creative customizations from avatars and accessories to animated sounds and expressions are available for use in the multimedia online space.

"Borrowing" Web 2.0 Videos: How to Download & Convert Video

To "borrow" a video clip from a video sharing network, you’ll need to download the video and convert it to a format supported by your editing program. See below the techniques that can help you.

1. Online video conversion service:

a. (Paste in the URL of the YouTube video, select a format, then download a converted video.)

b. (Paste in the URL of the YouTube video, select a format, then provide your email address. You’ll get a message containing a link to download the converted video.)

2. Install a Video Downloader add-on in your Firefox browser (DownloaderHelper and/or Flash Video Resources Downloader).

3. Install a video converter application on your home computer or laptop (from

a. Free FLV Converter – Tube Finder (basic)

b. Free Video Converter v. 2.5

4. Use the programs above to “extract” audio from YouTube video.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Videographer's Guide

Check out this guide on video editing, production, and post-production.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Resources for Your Video

To record your own video using a webcam, please go to Viddler

Animation Tool - Xtranormal

To obtain copyright-free images, please go to MS ClipArt

Royalty-Free Audio Tracks:

Web 2.0 Video-Sharing Communities, please go to My Blog

Plan Your Video Podcast