5 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2011 12:00 PM by dsmesny RSS

Video and Animation

Khorn Novice
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If you were going to assign your students to create a video for a project, which would you  recommend?  I would like to use this as a culminating project for my Summer School classes, but I'm not convinced which provider to use.  All you people who are entrenched in technology need to give me some guidance. 



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    tinaniemann New User
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    My students are using Animoto to create videos in Social Studies right now.  Animoto is free to use, and educators can get 60 licenses to upgrade students to Plus users with access to more video themes and longer running videos by submitting a request with Animoto.  They send you a promotional code to use when students sign up. However, students do need to be 13 to register, so there are a few drawbacks.

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    lorilind New User
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    It would depend on the project.  We only have PCs at school - otherwise I love iMovie for the Mac. For most regular movies or commercials, I would user MovieMaker - it's easy for my middle schoolers to figure out.  Or for digital storytelling, PhotoStory 3 is great; you can use the Ken Burns effect on still photos to create motion effects. Both are free downloads from Microsoft. For our green screen videos we use Adobe Premiere Elements - it's processor intensive, but you can create some really cool effects..  We have used Animoto, but our Internet speed isn't the greatest and it's slow when uploading a lot of pictures. Animation - wow, online tools include Go!Animate, Domo, Zimmer Twins, and Xtranormal allows 3D animation. Enjoy!

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    dsmesny New User
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    You can get a free Animoto Educator account and created unlimited videos. Since your students are at the college level, they can also get their own accounts. However, they will either have to pay for an unlimited account or create 30-second videos. My suggestion is for you to get the educator account and let the students use the licenses. I agree with Lori -- there are quite a few things out there for video creation. Her list of choices is good. However, many of those choices are not COPPA comliant for children under the age of 13, and in some cases, under the age of 18. You just have to check the Terms of Service.


    Here is a list of FREE video creation sites from my website: http://sisdinstructionaltechnology.yolasite.com/ 


    Photo/Video Editing and Creation:

    • Lightworks - FREE open source video auditing
    • Freemake - Convert video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, FLV, SWF, 3GP, DVD, MPEG, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android, rip & burn DVD, convert online videos directly from 40+ sites, burn Blu-ray, and upload to YouTube with this free video converter!
    • MakeRetro - This site lets you give your digital photos a retro look. Just upload a photo and select from one of four styles.
    • Avidemux - Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs.
    • Photovisi - Free, easy to use online tool to create photo collages. Select one of the many collage templates, add your photos and then customize by dragging items around. After the collage is finished, it's available for download and print!
    • CamStudio - Record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn AVIs into Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)
    • CropMom - Online scrapbooking
    • Closr - Upload your photos and share for free.
    • Citrify - Free photo editing
    • Cartoonize - Turn any photo or picture into a cartoon for FREE!
    • Gimp - free photo editing software download
    • BeFunky-- Turn your photos into digital artwork with a single click! 147 photo effects. Free for personal use.
    • Bubble Snaps - Photo/picture captions
    • Video Editing - VideoThang focuses on the basics. You can import photos, video and audio. There are also transitions and effects available. In addition, you can save for e-mail or uploading to the Web or save for your own collection. It will pick the right file format and size.
    • Shape Collage - Organize your photos into cool shapes for FREE!
    • Animoto - Drop your photos into this free online creation tool to create a 30-second video. Music is included! You can embed your creation into a blog or webpage, or you can e-mail it.
    • Miro Video Converter - A super simple way to convert almost any video to MP4, Ogg Theora, or a specific phone or iPod.
    • FotoSketcher- A free program which can help you convert your digital photos into art, automatically. You can turn a portrait, the photograph of your house, or a beautiful landscape into a painting, a sketch, or a drawing with the click of a mouse.
    • Jay Cut - Free video editing software.
    • Masher - Free tool for creating video mash-ups from a large collection of video clips.
    • Photo Peach - Create an audio slide show with captions.
    • Memoov - Free site for creating animated videos of up to five minutes.
    • Xtra normal - Create animated movies for academic applications.
    • Zimmer Twins - Elementary students can create a simple, animated video story. start making your animation from scratch or you can create your own using one of the story starters. Choose the characters, settings, transitions, actions and emotions by using drag-and-drop feature. After, you only write the text in bubbles.
    • ImageChef - Create online photo presentations.
    • DoppleMe - Create your own avatar.
    • Screen Jelly -  Records your screen activity with your voice so you can spread it via Twitter or email. Use it to quickly share cool apps or software tips, report a bug, or just show stuff you like. To start recording, click on the red button. No need to install or download anything
    • Animated Banners - Generate an animated text picture (gif) with texture in 10 seconds.
    • Glow Text - Make your blog, myspace, or any other page come alive with this glowing text generator. Use different font styles for graphic art, blog headings, school projects, Myspace comments, forum signatures or posters.
    • PicJuice - Upload and edit your photos: resize, crop, rotate, flip and adjust contrast and color levels. After you have finished, click on the "Save" icon to download your photo.
    • Pixer - Online photo editing
    • Splashup - Image editing
    • Piknik - Free online photo editing
    • Pixenate - Online photo editing
    • Gliffy- Draw and share diagrams on the web.


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      Khorn Novice
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      Wow! Thanks so much.  Texas Teachers ROCK!!!! So many choices, so little time.  I was also thinking about having them post their creativity to U-Tube, but was a little nervous what college kids might post and didn't think the connecting link to their class would necessarily be a good thing.


      Sure appreciate all the input.


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