The Productive Scholar: Barbara McLaughlin on Video Editing

Barbara McLaughlin of the Humanities Resource Center spoke to a Productive Scholar audience on Thursday, February 28, 2013 regarding the various tools available for Video Editing.  Communicating through the use of video is a powerful tool which can enhance the learning experience in the classroom. With the use of video, students often make new connections between curriculum topics and discover links between these topics and the world outside the classroom. During this talk she discussed various programs available for the Mac and Windows environment which allow you to import and edit films.

Want to know how to create transitions, add captions, clip segments from film?  Suppose you don’t need to show the entire film, only a 5 minute clip? Creating clips allows instructors to locate and present short, targeted clips of several minutes in length enabling the instructor to go directly to the main point of the film they want to discuss.  Creating and inserting video clips is easy to do, but there are some important points and options that must be considered.

Barbara also discussed the tools needed to create and import video clips into a PowerPoint Presentation, what file formats PowerPoint will accept and the difference between embedding and linking to a file from the web within Pp.

Below is a list of a few of the software programs Barbara spoke about.

Windows Movie Maker Live: Free download from Microsoft for Windows 7 & 8.  This program is preinstalled with the Vista and XP operating system.   Multiple video formats can be inserted into the program for editing along with direct import from DV camera.  Clipping scenes and adding transitions along with captions are easy to do directly from the tool bar.

iMovie: Included in the MAC OS. Imports movie from camera or file. User can select various Project Themes and create Movie Trailers. Options allow you to add slow motion, fast forward, various transitions and creating clips.  Sharing your file is easy by exporting to different formats, Quicktime,  iTunes, YouTube, Facebook and more.

iSkysoft Video Converter:  Available for Windows and MAC, price under $50.00. This software is used primarily for converting files from one format to another. Features customize presets to fit iPad, iPod, iPhone, PSP, iMovie, YouTube, etc.  Drag and drop file from desktop or import from camera. Editing includes trimming, rotating image, and cropping.  You can also download streaming web video.

MPEG Streamclip:  Free download for Windows and MAC.  Quick, easy way to create video clips.

Any Video Converter:  Free download for Windows and Mac.  All-in-one video converter and YouTube video downloader. Converts video from multiple formats and create clips.  This software allows you to download videos from the internet and then convert to mp4 format playable on your iPod, PSP or mobile phones.


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