Tuesday, November 2, 2010

How to make a movie!

Kelley asked me to write a follow-up post on the process of creating the video I made last week.  Since it was my first time, I might not cover all the important things you need to know, but I can tell you that it’s both EASY and FUN!  Here are some digital movie-making basics:

First, you'll probably ** need a camera of some sort.  Flip cams are super popular since they are relatively cheap as well as intuitive to use.  In fact, some libraries are branding their Flips so library members recognize it.  You can design your own customized Flip!  This is certainly not the only option, however, as a Google search for "camcorder" shows.  Do some research and find the best option for your library.

Next, you need a computer on which to upload your footage.  Duh... I know.

Then you need some basic video editing software.  Flip cams come with built-in editing software, but there are many other options.  Most operating systems include some form of video editing software.  I have a PC, so I used a program by Microsoft called Windows Live Movie Maker, which does not provide many options, but it is just fine for a beginner, and best of all free.  If you have a Mac, Apple's iMovie is an even better program to use.  Also, there are video editing programs you can buy, from cheap-low-end to expensive-and-professional, depending on your needs.

** If you don’t want to actually do any filming, you can still create cool slideshow videos using programs like Jing (which Lorraine blogged about last week), VoiceThread (you can see one example the homepage of the Youth Services wiki), or Animoto.  You can use photos you take at the library, art created by kids at the library, or photos on the Web available for use via a Creative Commons license.  You can also use a program like Jamendo to find free and legal music to add to your videos.  

Also, I used Audacity, a super-cool free audio editor and recorder program!  You might not need to use this program for you video if you get good sound recording through your camera, but Audacity is worth playing with and learning how to use.  You can use it to edit songs you find on Jamendo, use it to create other fun projects like library podcasts, or even teach kids how to use it to record music they write!  Maybe you'll even come up with a viral video as inspiring as this one:

Finally, depending on the program you use, you just need to upload your finished video to a site like YouTube or Vimeo

Eventually, you'll be able to create cool library programs to teach kids how to make their own videos and tell their own stories!  Someday soon I’ll write another post all about the exciting world of digital storytelling.  

In conclusion, have fun!  I'd love to see what videos you create, so please share!

-- Rebekah


rebekah said...

I just read this article from School Library Journal called "Best Video Creation Tools for the Classroom." Read it here: http://www.slj.com/slj/articlesatechnology/887287-464/best_video_creation_tools_for.html.csp. One of the programs mentioned, JayCut, looks especially cool!

Kelley B said...

LOVE it, Rebekah! I even learned a few things. Thanks!!