Live from the StreamAthon!

This is the video we built.  The one that no one could see in the fabulous StreamAthon.  I realize it went fast.  Here are the tools and sites I used for “Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Video (and Two You Did).”  With one exception, all the tools and sites are free.

The video was an editable clip downloaded from DiscoveryEducationstreaming, “Blood on the Tracks” from “New Dinosaurs.” I was using a PC, so I used Windows Movie Maker (WMM) as the editor.  For the credit sequence, I used the camera icon (“Take Picture”) in WMM to get an image of the dinosaur in the video.  I then used Paint to open the picture and isolate the head.  Then I filled the picture with black (so the credits would show).  I saved from Paint and imported it into WMM.  I used the title Video Squeeze, standard in WMM.  For “Truth or Legend” I used the hack BFX Callout Titles from Hit The Bongo. I used the Thought Balloon, which has the built-in animation you see. I used some other standard titles, including WoW.  I muted the original audio line and Added Narration to the video clip.  I used my scratchy “dino voice” for the People Whisperer.  Then I went to Gizmoz, created an avatar and used the background “red alert”.  In Gizmoz, I used the computer mike to make the avatar speak in my best German scientist voice.  I posted the clip.  You can download Gizmoz clips as windows media files, which can be pulled into WMM.  I next used the online editor at Voicethread to ‘video doodle’ the clip, which allowed me to write on it, pause it, and write some more as the German scientist spoke. I downloaded the voicethread (which costs $2.99) but it wasn’t satisfactory so I went to a Mac and screen captured it.  That made it a QuickTime file.  I tried an online media converter but it didn’t work.  Time was running out, so I spent the $29 for the ImTOO mov converter.  I love ImTOO’s stuff, which always works for me.  You can use the trial version for free, and I could have, suppose, but I do believe in paying smaller companies when they do great work.  At least, I believe that up to $30.    I then pulled the Voicethread into WMM.  I downloaded a Triceratops image from DEstreaming then used the online image editor at BigHugeLabs to “warholize” it.  I then downloaded it and pulled it into the project.  I wanted to use Blabberize to make a dinosaur talk, but the site was down all week for upgrades.   I had a DEN team’s blabberize picture of Jannita’s baby David singing.  I converted it to a wmv file (see above) then imported it into the project.  There I muted the original singing and added my own baby soundtrack.  Finally, I used a free chromakey hack for WMM to pull David over a cityscape, making him loom large enough to have eaten dinosaurs.  That chromakey hack is on both my site and other Discovery blogs.  Let me know if you need the link.   Some fun!  I hope you caught and learned something from it you can use in the classroom.  It is archived on the DEN site (I don’t have the link yet), so catch it again, now that you can see the video.  I made the StreamAthon in Nashville offices of DiscoveryEducationAssessment.   Great product and we had a great time in Nashville!  Home of the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Thank you for coming!


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  1. Nancy said:

    Uhhhh…it says ‘this video is no longer available’? What happened? Did you break YouTube? LOL

  2. Teryl Magee, TN DEN LC said:

    Thanks for sharing the info. from your session, Hall! I was cheering on my son at his cross country meet and was unable to attend. Loved the post, until I got to the very end! Was that a personal dig? Go Vols! 🙂

  3. Hall Davidson said:

    Getting a few comments and emails about the video not being there. But it’s there. Let me go check and make sure I didn’t make it private. That would limit it to the first 25 people. A big whoops. I’ll check….

  4. Hall Davidson said:

    The video is now unlocked. When I first posted it, I was took the safe copyright route. Now it is open. Thanks for your patience!

  5. Hall Davidson said:

    PS To Teryl: After 30 years of dismal chagrin with Vandy sports, you must allow me a little ‘dore jingo-ism. Especially after a trip to the campus. I suspect there are other colleges in Tennessee with sports. None come to mind. 🙂

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