20 Ways to Use Video in Your Classroom

Different Ways to Capture Video (pros and cons)

Flip Camera

  • pros
    • easy to operate
    • has a good mic for capturing sound
  • cons
    • only exports as mpeg-4 (mp4) which Movie Maker cannot edit
    • trying to convert from mp4 to a format like .avi for editing purposes is more trouble than it is worth.
  • tips and tricks
    • only use if you don't plan on editing the movie. For example if it is evidence of student learning.
    • when downloading the movie files treat the Flip camera like a big Flash Drive and cut and paste the files to your computer.
    • only keep the files on your computer long enough to upload or edit them. Then move them to the Media Center.

Digital Camera

  • pros
    • saves movie files in a format that Movie Maker can import
  • cons
    • sound quality MAY not be as good

iPod Touch

  • pros
    • easy to take video and get it online quickly
      • can email it as an mp4 to any email address you like.
        • if emailed to the remote upload email linked to your Vimeo account will be added to your account immediately.
      • if emailed to posterous.com account goes online immediately
  • cons
    • the videos tend to be longer and thinner than a regular video
    • the video quality is not great
    • only exports as mp4 so can't edit in Movie Maker.

How to Share Video

Upload to Blog as an MP4
  • This works but takes time to download and play in a new window. Here is an example from our new website(scroll down to the test mp4 post and click on the link).

Upload to a 3rd party site and then to the Blog

Pictures and Audio as Alternative to Video

  • often pictures and audio will do the trick without having to deal with large file sizes and video editing software.



How to Edit Video

Tips and Tricks

  • Video files are BIG which means they should NOT be saved over the Network. Trying to save and recover files over the network is asking for trouble. Here are a couple options:
    • Save your files and movie projects on the C drive of your desktop computer. To do this you need to direct the files to My Computer - Local Disk (C:) and make a new folder for your videos.
      • If you keep the videos on your C drive after you have edited and shared them your C drive will fill up quickly. I suggest backing up the files you want to keep to either:
        • Our networked Media Storage Drive or
        • A portable hard drive
  • Movie Projects are complicated. The Movie Editing software has to keep track of all the files and effects that you are trying to put together to make a movie. If these files are all stored in seperate locations it makes it difficult for the editing software to keep track of everything and files can go missing. To make sure this doesn't happen start a folder for your project and make sure EVERYTHING is stored in that folder. You will need to pay attention to a few settings in the editing software to make sure all temporary files are also stored in your folder (see the first tutorial below).
  • In theory it is possible to convert your mp4 files from a Flip camera into .AVI files to use in Movie Maker using Format Factory
    • In reality this seems to work fine as long as you are converting and using the files on the same computer.
    • When trying to convert files for students to use on different computers issues can arise.

Movie Maker

Adobe Premiere Elements