Thursday, December 6, 2007

Making a video with Animoto

With Animoto it's easy to produce slick videos.

Here are the instructions I gave to one of my group of students:
  • Go to FlickrStorm
  • Think of a topic that interests you and write it in the search box
  • Click on advanced and the option Search creative commons photos
  • Download the photos you like (you need 12 - 15) to the class folder on the computer
  • When you save your photos, give them a name you'll be able to recognise them by
  • Now go to Animoto
  • Click on Sign up to create a new account - quick and easy to do
  • Now click on Create video
  • Select Animoto short
  • Click on Upload
  • Find the folder where you downloaded the photos you saved earlier and select them
  • Once your photos have uploaded, think of some text to add and click on add text
  • Drag and drop your text to where you want it in the video then click on Continue
  • In Get your music, choose Select from our collection and select something you like
  • Give your video a title and click on Create video
  • When your movie is complete (which takes a time), view it
  • Now click on the option Enbed/Post online (the pin icon) and then on Blogger
  • When prompted, fill in the email address you use for signing into Blogger and your password - the title of this blog should appear in the pop up menu
  • For Title of post put the title of your video.
  • Click on OK and Animoto should advise you that your video has been posted on the blog
In the next session they took it in turns to interview each other about their videos
using an MP3 recorder.

Below are the steps I followed to add their interviews to the class blog:
  • Open your sound files a freeware program like Audacity with the LAME MP3 encoder and save them as MP3
  • Open an account with Podomatic
  • Click on My Podcast then Create an Episode
  • Give your podcast a title, and then click on Import.
  • Find your sound file on your computer
  • Click on Post Episode
  • Click on the episode you interested in (if you've already created more than one)
  • Copy the link and add it to you blog post so that you can access your podcast recording directly from there

Listen to an interview with the video maker


Gabriela Sellart said...

Great activity, Ann. Thanks for sharing every detail. A pleasure to listen to your student.
I've played with animoto. And love it. I haven't used it with my students yet.

Berta said...

Dear Ann, what an honor to have two of my blogs in your sidebar links, wow!!! I just came to your blog by accident as I was looking at Mary Hilli´s posts about Social Media, but if I am not mistaken, you were in Open webpublishing last year, were you not?
This year I signed up for EVO´s Music in the classroom and also in Video, but follow closely BaW, B4Ed and effective lesson planning as well. Yes, definitely academic greed. I don´t have enough time for all, but I lurk here and there and try to get as far as I can (which is not very far, lol).
Best wishes and warm regards from cool Caracas.

Erin said...

Thanks for the activity, Ann! This is the first time I've seen Animoto and am looking forward to seeing what all I can do with it.

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