E xtension 2012 Conference Xtranormal Workshop-10-12
Using Xtranormal to Create Educational Online Videos Dr. Barbara O’Neill, CFP®Rutgers Cooperative Extension firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Workshop Objectives• Compare Xtranormal to Second Life• Demonstrate sample Xtranormal videos• Discuss how to make an Xtranormal video• Have participants start writing an Xtranormal video script
eXtension Virtual WorldEducational Content is Not New• How many are familiar with Second Life?• How many regularly use Second Life?• How many are familiar with Xtranormal?• How many have made Xtranormal videos?
Virtual Learning Platforms Second Life Xtranormal • Users access content• Requires users to be through online searching able to access and use or links sent to them Second life • Good for short content• Good for in-depth “soundbites” of 2-3 content minutes • Requires payment to• Requires payment for publish videos land, clothes, etc. (Xtranormal XP points) (Linden dollars)
Xtranormal Video Use• Used in training New York Public Library staff on financial education resources• Short videos (approx. 2-3 minutes) featuring a library staffer and patron• Ends with a question posed to the library staffer• Segue to group discussion
How to Make an Xtranormal Video• Decide on video title and content• Write out dialogue between characters• Set up Xtranormal account with username and password – Get 300 free points• Click “Create”• Pick a “collection” (unique style of actors and sets); select 1 actor or two actors• Select a set• Choose actors and their voices
How to Make an Xtranormal Video• Add background sounds (optional)• Enter dialogue (prepare in advance in Word)• Add animations and camera angles• Add title bubble at end for branding and credits• Listen to test dialog changes• Preview to test audio and video• Publish when complete; pay points
Xtranormal (XP) Points• 300 XP at sign-up to publish first video• Sold in bundles; various points plans – 1,200 XP for $10 – 15,000 XP for $50 – 40,000 XP for $100 – 80,000 XP for $150• Purchase with credit card or PayPal• Also professional and educator plans• “Points bar” at top of page tells number of points needed to publish a video
Helpful Things to Know• Xtranormal has excellent tutorials with screen shots: https://xtranormal.zendesk.com/home• Simple words are best – Example: “maybe” instead of “possibly”• Spell words out as they are pronounced – Example: Four oh one kay for 401(k)• Previews take a LONG time to load• Review the10 camera angles and make a list of what they show (before you start)• Beware: commas = awkward pauses
More Helpful Things to Know• Save published videos in “My Stuff”• Can click a button to publish video on YouTube• Can publish a simple video in < 300 XP points – Purchase “assets” (sets and actors) – Can reuse actors & sets previously paid for• Expect some “intonation issues” (like a GPS)• Can view video dialogue in preview mode• Can edit published videos – Requires additional XP points
Let’s Start YOUR Xtranormal Video• Video title – What do you want to teach or promote?• Two Characters• A few rounds of dialogue between charactersComments? Questions?