Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Finally!

My final project is done.  What a relief.  To be honest, this project has been looming over me all semester; every free moment I had, I thought to start the project.  But it’s me, so I never did… until I absolutely had to.  Truthfully, it was not all procrastination, I was actually completely overwhelmed.  I have never done a project like this before nor have I ever used Windows Movie Maker.  However, much to my surprise, the project was actually quite simple.  For the most part, I stuck to my original plan that I proposed in October.  I created a content based video on the settlement of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, an instructional video teaching children how to make a Thanksgiving craft, and a stand-alone audio presentation of Corduroy by Don Freeman.

I began working on my content based video first.  The first step I took was to research important sites in Plymouth Harbor.  Based on these sites, I planned my video.  Over Fall Break, I used a digital camera to capture the noteworthy monuments, statues, gravestones etc.  Once I had all of the footage I needed, I uploaded the photos to Windows Movie Maker.  From there, I simply played with different transitions/animations and added text.  I think that it came together nicely.  In fact, out of all three components to the final project, this is my favorite.  My only concern is the lack of audio.  As I mentioned on my blog, an instrumental loop seemed too cheesy.  Other than this, I am pleased with how the finished video turned out.

My second endeavor was the instructional video.  For this, I used an iPhone for filming.  It seemed to be the most convenient approach.  We recorded the craft in segments, one step at a time.  I emailed the videos to myself and then uploaded each snippet to Windows Movie Maker.  I wasn’t sure how the segments would flow together but after playing with transitions, it turned out great.

Lastly, for my stand-alone audio, I read a children’s book, Corduroy by Don Freeman.  My original plan was to read a Thanksgiving themed story but I didn’t have one on hand so I made a minor change.  I used an iPhone to record and then uploaded the file to iTunes.  This was by far the easiest part of the project. 

Now that I have finished my project, I can honestly say that the process as a whole went a lot better than I had expected.  I anticipated the editing process to be complex and tedious but Windows Movie Maker was actually self-explanatory and very easy to learn.  I am glad that I had the opportunity to play around with this technology because I can now see the potential of video and audio in the classroom.  I am relieved that I am done however this was certainly a learning experience and I definitely think that it will be useful in the future.
Finally done! I just finished my stand-alone audio and that was the last component of my project that I had to complete.  I changed my original plan slightly.  I was going to read a Thanksgiving themed children's book however I did not have one on hand.  Instead, I read Corduroy by Don Freeman- one of my favorites growing up!  I used an iPhone to do the recording and emailed it to myself in order to upload it on my computer. 

Final reflection coming shortly...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Final Project II

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Instructional Video

Final Project I

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Information/Content Video
I'm almost there.  All I have left to do is my stand alone audio and I think that it will be easy to do.  I spent Thanksgiving break putting together my videos.  I am actually very surprised at how simple it was compared to what I thought it was going to be like.  Windows Movie Maker was very easy to use.  My only concern is that my instructional video has absolutely no audio; it appears kind of awkward with no sound however I tried adding "background music" and it was too cheesy.  I think it will be ok since I have a lot of text incorporated.  Now, just have to figure out a way to upload my two videos and I'll be ready to go!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

and so it begins

I have uploaded all of my footage and I have started playing with Windows Movie Maker.  Surprisingly, this does not seem to be as complicated as I exptected; let's hope I'm not speaking too soon.  I have some of my audio/visual video started... and by "some" I mean about 30 seconds but it looks great so far! Hopefully I'll have this done by Friday; we'll see, I'll keep you updated.  Keep your fingers crossed that this continues to go as smoothly. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

better late than never...

So, I'm realizing now that this blog has been left untouched for weeks.  Not a good thing.  I'm new to the blogging world so bear with me; this is all too overwhelming but I can assure you that with time I'll get the hang of it.  I suppose now would be the time to catch up on what I was supposed to be doing the past two weeks. 

After appearing to be a complete scatterbrain, I'll do my best to convince you that I'm on top of my final project... for the most part.  I'm still planning to carry out the idea I proposed in class.  I will stick with the Thanksgiving theme.  My informational video will be a documentary style video geared for children on the history of Plymouth, MA.  I will combine pictures, video, and text to deliver the important facts.  My instructional video will teach kids how to make a Thanksgiving themed craft.  I will videotape children doing the craft as I narrate the step by step process.  Finally, my stand alone audio will simply be a recording of children reading "Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks" by Margaret Sutherland. 

I spent a day over fall break at Plymouth Harbor and begrudgingly played the role of tourist (obviously dragged my friend along for the ride) so I already have all of the pictures/video necessary to make my informational video.  Now I just have to put it altogether... the hard part. 

I plan to videotape the Thanksgiving craft when I am home next week.  My little cousins are ready to go!  I don't anticipate that this will be too difficult.  I will also record my stand alone audio when I am home as well. 

With that said, I promise I'll keep you updated on the process from here on out!  My plan is to get as much done as possible over break next week.