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.