I spent a great day in Flagler County, Florida, with some innovative, eager teachers. Mostly Mac based, they are excited about bringing their students’ content creation skills into curriculum-based videos from DES and the free chromakey tools on the Mac, such as Photobooth and iMovie 9. Both will let students put themselves into videos and stills, to narrate, create, and internalize the content.
One little detail. The new Mac OS tools, like Photo Booth and iMovie, only like QuickTime files encoded with H.264. If they are not encoded that way, the files won’t play nice. This includes much of the QuickTime in the known world, including many files at DiscoveryEducationStreaming. (These same files are in Flash and Windows Media, where there are no problems.) So here is a work-around if you find a movie file that won’t drag into Photo Booth or iMovie.
1) Download the QuickTime file. In DES, make sure QuickTime is selected in Media Settings (under the player window).
2) Open iTunes and in the menu go to File>Add to Library. Find the downloaded QuickTime video and select it (hit Open). This brings it into iTunes.
3) Once it is in the iTunes library, highlight the video. From the top menu select Advanced>Create iPod or iPhone version. The wheel will spin, and you will get a new video with the same name, but a different extension (m4v orMPEG-4 instead of QuickTime). Now you have a video that will work in Photo Booth, iMovie, iPhones, iTouches, and whatever else Apple throws at you. Yes, this means you could move those videos into school iPods for student viewing on buses, at home, during tests (!).
Some fun! You can drag movies, stills, or original art into Photo Booth. Pictures on this post show me in front of a still of red blood cells, narrating a movie. In Photo Booth, drag in a still to Effects, hit Take a movie clip, and you’ve got it. Also here, a parent walking into his child’s crayon-media artwork. Mr. Wakefield takes an apple from Timmy Wakefield’s crayon world tree. Think the effect on students if parents walked into their math homeowork. Questions? Leave a comment. Lots more on this in my NECC presentation “Eight Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Video (and Two You Did)”. Monday, 6/29, 3:30 – 4:30 PM (EST). Somebody will be feeding it…