So today I tried an experiment out. I wanted to see if I could use Windows tools, freely available, already installed on our school’s computers, and produce reasonable student videos. I succeeded, and I’d like to share my success here. The process is pretty simple, and not too time-consuming, and best of all, student friendly.
For those of you who like the quick and dirty, the basic steps are:
- Create individual frames in Microsoft Word (or any text editor).
- Take a screen-shot of each of these frames. Generally this is done by pressing the ‘Prt Scr’ or ‘Print Screen’ button on your keyboard.
- Paste the individual screen-shots into Microsoft Paint, one at a time and save each as their own file. You want all of the images to have the same width and height (400 by 300 is good or 800 by 600).
- Open up Windows Movie Maker and import all of the image frames created in steps 1 to 3.
- Drag the images and order them into the movie time-line below the collection of images.
- Add special effects, like video transitions, subtitles, narration, whatever.
- Save the project (so you can edit it later) AND save it as a movie as well.
- Upload to your favourite video sharing site (Youtube, Vimeo, Pixorial) and share it with whomever you want.
Here’s an example video done by a student in a single 85 minute period (they actually had about 70 minutes to work on it because of pre-activity instructions).