Capturing video has never been easier. From the smartphone there is the option to scale up to expensive equipment with complex settings. In the age of vlogging (video logging) and the sustained success of YouTube, video is more important than ever for sharing experiences. This medium is increasingly used for teaching and learning applications, but most video requires some editing to be useful. This 4 second NASA time lapse is cropped from the larger version available from archive.org which is licensed for editing and reuse. I could overlay a question “Where are we flying now?” for a quick activity.
The variety of equipment required for creating different kinds of video is complex, however creating can be as simple as one click on a smartphone. This section will concentrate on a few tools to create, change and share videos.
Creating can be from a smartphone or screen ‘casting’ or capturing your computer screen. Changing videos can start with cropping as in the example above and then augmenting the video with text or other effects. Sharing videos could be through YouTube or a media streaming software like ShareStream which is integrated in a Learning Management System (LMS).
Read more about working with video in ‘More Detail’ below, then look at the activities under ‘Try’ and finally, share your thoughts and comments under ‘Share’.
Choose some of the following activities to work with video material.
- Choose a video to watch from archive.org and think about how you could use this in your teaching or assignment work.
- Take a simple video from a smartphone or webcam attached to a personal computer
- Using software on the smartphone or computer, crop the video and add a heading.
- CDU Staff: Upload the video created in the steps above into ShareStream and create a content piece in your Learnline practice unit