Welcome to the Movie Maker online class. My name is Nisa Peek, I will be your online instructor. In this video you will receive an introduction into video production, video requirements, and general movie terminology. This course will use the Movie Maker included on Windows Vista.
Movie Maker is the competitor to iMovie. It is packaged free with WinXP and Vista. In Windows 7, it is called Windows Live Movie Maker. Movie Maker allows you to create a CD of your movie. There may be times when you want to create a DVD, then you would need to use a third party software, such as NERO. VISTA has third party software built in. Win XP users, can get a free download of the Creativity Fun Pack, which includes extra transitions, sounds, and video effects. There are many resources on the Movie Maker website. These resources include a Movie Maker book, newsgroup and system requirements.
When teaching video development to students, it is important to follow the stages of a multimedia project. The 1 st Stage: is storyboarding. A storyboard is a panel or series of panels of rough sketches outlining the scene sequence and major changes of action or plot in a production to be shot on film or video. This can be achieved may ways. Students can use pen and paper or use free online Web 2.0 tools. One you may want to consider is Gliffy. This is free for a period of time. Students can create online flow charts and collaborate, print . post them to a blog, or add their own images. Storyboarding allows students to stay focused on the topic. Included in the storyboard should be what types of design materials are needed for the video.
These are the next three stages of the multimedia process. The 2 nd stage is designing and producing stage. This takes the most time. The 3 rd stage is testing to be sure the movie runs smoothly. The 4 th stage is delivery. How will other access your movie? Through a CD? An online portal such as Teacher Tube? TeacherTube is like You Tube, except it is limited to teachers and is protected. It is protected so that only those you want to see the video can view it. TeacherTube is a Web 2.0 application. It is free and only requires a username and log in. Teacher Tube is a location that stores videos just by uploading them to their site. Teacher Tube generates a code that can be placed on a blog or an URL that can be emailed to parents. We will be using Teacher Tube a little later in the course.
Analog video is uncompressed, this comes from the non-digital video camcorders. The storage size for uncompressed video is huge as compared to digital video. Digital Video is already compressed. The built in codec is a revolutionary concept that allows the sharpest picture quality without recompressing the video.
How do you get the video from your hand held video camera to your computer? Through FireWire. What is FireWire? It’s how your digital camcorder and computer talk to each other. The need for quality codec is essential, thus Apple determined a specification for transferring digital data and submitted it to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). What is FireWire, iLink, etc? This is a single-cable connection device that allows for picture, sound, timecode and other control data to be sent up and down one little cable. Which connects the camcorder and the computer. You will need to purchase one, most DV cameras do not come with one. Apple calls it FireWire, Sony didn’t like the name so they called it i-Link – it’s all the same thing. There are typically two types of connections 4 pin and 6 pin. One end connects to your digital camera the other into the FireWire port. It’s best to take your camcorder with you when you purchase a firewire cable. How do you know if you have a FireWire card in your computer? Go to, Start, Control Panel, System, Hardware tab, Device Manager, if you see an IEEE 194 Host controllers, click on the plus sign to open them then you do, if not, you can add a card in the PMCIA slot. See the pictured FireWire card above. Most computers are shipping with FireWire cards.
Flip Video Cameras is a great way to import video into the computer. These cameras do not require a firewire cable. They import via an USB port. They are relatively inexpensive. They run off batteries, store up to 90 minutes of video, have a small LCD panel on the back, portable. Click on the flip to learn more about them.
This is only a recommendation not an absolute must, two hard drives. One for the storage of the video the other for the actual editing. Look for an external hard drive that has plenty of hard drive storage capacity, 80 GB minimum (this is the “free” space after programs are installed). This becomes important when transferring data from the computer to the camcorder. The flow of data has to keep up with the computer and camera equipment. There is a real time transfer rate. If the video is an hour then it will take an hour to capture it onto your hard drive. See slide above for the exact space needed for storage. Keep in mind for the videos we will be creating will be a minute or less. Also, more than likely the videos you would be creating with your students would be a minute or less as well. This is more for personal videos that may be weddings or sports events, etc. To backup video once it is created in Movie Maker you can save it back to the camcorder to save room on the hard drive.
By: Nisa Peek Movie Maker Online Class
Movie Maker Overview <ul><li>Competitor to iMovie </li></ul><ul><li>FREE with WinXP and Vista </li></ul><ul><li>Create CD’s, DVD’s need 3 rd party software for XP </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity Fun Pack for XP only </li></ul><ul><li>Movie Maker Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsgroup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>System Requirements </li></ul></ul>
Stages of a Multimedia Project <ul><li>Storyboarding: Gliffy (free month trial) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Begins with an idea or need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What materials should be included (i.e. graphics, design, music, video, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
Stages of a Multimedia Project <ul><li>Designing and Producing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performing each of the planned tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be creative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Testing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure it works </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Delivering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Package and deliver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auto play CD or DVD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TeacherTube </li></ul></ul>
Digital Video <ul><li>Uncompressed, a single minute of video total about 1 GB </li></ul><ul><li>Uncompressed, a three minute song uses 27 MB </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Video is already compressed. </li></ul><ul><li>Codec - built in </li></ul><ul><li>Sharpest picture possible </li></ul><ul><li>Capturing without recompressing </li></ul>
Enter FireWire Cable and Card <ul><li>IEEE – 1394 - Card and Cable </li></ul><ul><li>Firewire – Apple </li></ul><ul><li>i-Link – Sony </li></ul>
Flip Video Camera <ul><li>Flip Video </li></ul>
Video Requirements & Transfer <ul><li>At least 2 hard drives – one for data, one for the operating system or dual CPU system </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>25 Gigabyte Hard Drive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need .2 GB for every minute of video captured. One hour of source tape equals 12 – 13 GB. Capture process is real time, 60 minute movie, it will take 60 minutes to transfer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video editing software requires another 12 GB of temporary storage for each hour rendered. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At least 1 Gigabyte of RAM </li></ul>