Laptop installed with capture software. Ipads can be used with a free app such as
CAMERA These cheap Hong Kong webcams are ideal. Whatever you use will need to be on some sort of stand and be focusable.
Superior image quality is possible with a DV camcorder and firewire connection.
SOFTWARE For school you cant beat Monkeyjam. It works with any USB cam and its FREE
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Sort the class into groups of between 3 and 5 pupils. Either get them to create their
own story or work with one they all know. Starting with a ready-
Dinosaurs and monsters are easy enough but it can be tricky to make figures that are all of the same scale and that don’t flop. Have a look at the DOLLYPEG PEOPLE video.
3. SETS Backdrops need to be at least A3 size, either painted or printed from images downloaded from internet.
Open Monkeyjam and capture the images in sequence, moving the figures just a little between shots. At the beginning of each scene and during the action when characters are talking, pause the action by taking say 10 shots without moving the figures. The actual timing can be altered in the editing later, but this does helps the children think about action and dialogue together.
Each team will quickly find that sorting roles and communicating properly is critical
to moving the characters and capturing the images efficiently. I always stop the
class after 10 mins to discuss which teams have got it sorted and which teams are
still arguing. Some shots will be spoiled by hands in the frame -
At any point the captured images can be viewed as a movie. It will run much too fast and will contain mistakes but it will give everybody and idea of how it all works.
Use a microphone and AUDACITY to record dialogue, narration and any . Constantly
stopping to re-
8. SOUND EFFECTS and MUSIC
These really add to the impact of a movie. Simple sound effect can be made by the kids along with the dialogue but there are thousands of sound effects available for free download from the internet. Google for a particular sound or try SOUNDDOGS. Do the same for music and use AUDACITY to trim the actual clips you want to use. For background music try
9. EDITING This is where your amusing but rapid little snippet of jerky video is turned into something impressive. For this you really need some VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE.
The video editor has a timeline onto which you can drag a combination of still images and video clips. You can delete portions and speed them up, slow them down, drag them to different locations on the timeline repeat them, reverse them and as you go along you can play them to view the result.
There will be at least two further lines below where you can drag the sound files to line up with the appropriate video, and adjust the volume as well as fade in and out. There will also be a facility to add titles and credits.
Which Video Editor ?
WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER (Free) -
AVS VIDEO EDITOR -
FULL VIDEO EDITORS (with bells and whistles -
10. AND FINALLY………create a channel for your class and post it all on