Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Saturday, 22 September 2007
As I said before, I am due to tell the rest of the AMEP world of the wonders of online ESL video at the AMEP conference in QLD the first week of the holidays. Now, it would be extremely more worthwhile if apart from rabbiting on about what we have been doing and how we have been doing it I had some samples to show. I have your Photostories up there but I would also like some videos - it doesn't matter if they are incomplete or rough or unedited or look terrible or do not teach anything or anything like that - your names and faces will not be associated with them, so please this week, either put them up on YouTube and tell me the address OR give me a copy of them. I will be approaching you on Wed or Thurs re this. Ta.
Apart from that I forgot to tell you that you may have problesm opening your MOvieMAker project files to work on again. Sometimes, if you are on a different machine. and you open your project you get little red crosses on the boxes in the storyboard and not your images.
Now, this is because MM doesn't actually import the video clips into the program it just makes links to them and if you have changed your location it can't find them. So just tell it where they are. You can do this by shouting at the PC but this doesn't usually work. so ....
Double-click on one of the red crosses and you'll get this message:
Click "Yes" and browse through until you find your video.
Double click on it or one click and "Open" , wait and your clips should appear!
If you have any problems, please contact me on GoogleTalk (pgnichols) whenever.
PS Good news for the Casual Participants - I put through yur pay cliam for the term for Learnscope participation so you should have some extra do$h in your bank.
Sunday, 16 September 2007
Saturday, 15 September 2007
Anyway, if you go back to last Saturday's entry, you will recall I had my doubts about attempting to teach MovieMaker online as the face2face session had had so many pitfalls. Thankfully (with one exception), it went much better than anticipated. I modified the worksheets to make them clearer and easier to follow and Thursday saw the 2 Cla(i)res settling down happily in their own Elluminate room conversing with and assisting each other while they went through the worksheet and even went beyond it in their video editing. Meanwhile, Anna had her private room where I was able to talk her through the trimming process.
Friday off to Albany and I think this was the most successful Elluminate session we have had. The Application Share really came into play as I was able to first demonstrate how to trim the videos and then got them to share their desktop with me so I could talk them through the process and view at the same time. Elluminate does have its good days. In fact, Albany had been one week behind due to their Lab being booked when we needed it, but now so efficient were they that we managed to do both Sessions 6 and 7 in the two hours!
The only mar on the whole thing was for Marnie in Geraldton. She is there all alone with no-one to support her and this week she got the worst of the deal. First of all her camera is an Olympus, which means that her videos were saved as movs and not recognisable by MovieMaker. Then , because she was involved with a sick friend, she had no time to convert them. So on Thursday while the others were happily progressing with their editing, we were attempting to use Zamzar to convert and of course you need an email account and it took absolutely ages so by the time it was all over, the session was all over. I congratulate Marnie on her perseverance though! I will be holding a repeat online Session 7 next Thursday 20th for her and anybody else who missed this session (Jean? Annabelle? Cathy?).
By the way, I have been playing with MovieMaker too - firstly, you may recall in the session on taking videos, I talked about different frame speeds and resolutions. You can look at the different combinations that your still camera probably produces when taking videos here and basically, if you're putting it up onto YouTube, there doesn't seem much difference.
Secondly, I feel that one of the main problems you have is not how to do the videoing, but what to video. I hoped I gave you some ideas with the CSWE assessments but it still takes time and inspiration. Clare is making a pronunciation video, I know, and Anna is negotiating with Claremont council to waive the $1 000 000 indemnity insurance she requires to film within the library (she shouldn't have asked). In the meantime, here is an idea how you can do an interview with just one person.
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
Your camera films videos in an Apple format (*.mov), which means that the program we are going to use, Microsoft Windows MovieMaker 2, refuses to recognize it. We therefore have to convert it to a format that it can recognize.
The easiest way I have found to do this is to use a free online converter known as “zamzar”.
Please download the worksheet here and try to convert your video before the online session on Thursday
Monday, 10 September 2007
Sunday, 9 September 2007
I hope you can view it. I know its a bit rough.
good luck with the videos.
I decided to go into Lab 1 on Friday as it is roomier, less scruffy and the computers are newer. Although according to Microsoft MovieMaker2 is standard with XP SP2, for some reason it was not installed on the Lab 1 computers and downloading seemed only to be able to happen through Windows Update, which would be time-consuming. Fortunately, Scott, the Data Manager cum IT trouble-shooter, had not gone home and was able to put a copy on the shared drive, which everyone could download. Why hadn’t I checked, you may well ask. Well, MM2 was installed on the “Teacher’s” computer so I assumed it was on the others as well. (It was typical of him that the way he chose to give instructions to us in the Lab when he was upstairs in his room, was to take control of the Teacher’s PC and use the HALish “Text to Speech” function so we could hear and follow what we had to do to install the program).
As we all know MM2 is part of Bill Gates’ MS empire and they don’t really like anything faintly redolent of apples. To our great annoyance therefore, although some of the class were okay, those who had invested in Olympus cameras were most disappointed as MM2 would not recognize their videos as they were in .mov format. We were reduced to editing a Transperth .wmv video which happened to be on the shared drive.
- Check all machines to confirm software is there.
- Have a fallback editable video available.
What others who will be coming to the online sessions on Thursday need to know:
- Make sure that MovieMaker2 is on your computer.
- If you are using an
Olympus(and possible other brands but not Canon), please check your manual to see what format video it produces. I will check the brands you have told me you have and will let those who sent it to me know.
Canon Ixus 55 - no prob
Kodak C530 - Okay I think
Sony DSC P43 Okay I think
OlympusStylus 410 - yikes! conversion necessary
SONY "Cyber-shot" Okay I think
G G-Shot DV1110 dunno
Ricoh Caplio R2 Okay I think
Olympuscamedia model no C- yikes! conversion necessary
I have been searching for a free user-friendly intuitive video converter, but at present haven’t located one, so If you have an
This in effect is rather disappointing and I'll try to find an alternative. If anybody has any suggestions, please advise.
Saturday, 8 September 2007
I wonder if our friends will start avoiding us when we have a camera in our hands - "Philip's the only one who'll see it!" - famous last words!
It's so good of our friends to be our trusting subjects!
just wanting to thank you for the choices in your sessions - it was good to start off in the lab and to be able to move on to accessing them online with all the home comforts!
you do a great job patiently dealing with our responses to the rapid learning curve!
and you've opened up a world of potential creativity - if we only had time!
How do we choose between going to a movie or making a movie in our precious free time?
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
I think we'll begin at 4.15 pm (that's 1615 WAST) so we can use Lab 1.
See you then.
By the way, did anyone read my entry about "Blog droop"? (See below). Seems that Sonia is the only one who is not suffering from this epidemic.