What a busy day! I started this morning trying to uploading my video into Movie Maker. However, after following Dean’s suggestions, the program would still not recognize the files from my handy-dandy new Flip camera. I once again emailed Dean, and as a back-up, I emailed Bill Ferriter, my mentoring teacher, in North Carolina.
Last week during an in-class ECMP355 project on movie making, my class and I used Flip cameras, and Bill has also suggested I purchase one as an awesome teaching tool for my future classroom… My point: these little cameras must work!
Dean replied, “Another option is to use zamzar.com to upload the original videos and convert them to .wmv”. Oh, high praise for Zamzar! What I really like about this site is that I am simply offered my steps: 1, 2 and 3. The site is very simple. What does Barry Schwartz say? More is not better, more is simply debilitating. I began the conversion process.
Shortly afterward, Bill replied, “Ahhh, the ol’ MP4 challenge! I’ve been there too! The new Flip cameras record in MP4, but Movie Maker doesn’t allow you to edit MP4s. What a hassle. A few solutions: 1. You can use Format Factory—a free program—-to convert your video from MP4 to WMV, a file type that Movie Maker will let you play with. 2. You can do your video editing on-line using a program like Jaycut: http://jaycut.com/ 3. You can skip editing completely and just upload your files to Blip TV, which allows viewers to engage in a conversation in the comment section: http://www.blip.tv”
What I have really appreciated about Bill’s support throughout my mentoring process is that his comments always feel like he has been through all of these situations before. He wrote in his blog when he and I were getting set to Skype a few weeks ago, that he too had been challenged with bureaucratic red tape and he had been forced to ask for assistance, and yet did not give up. I like that he has real grade 6 teacher challenges and understands the wind resistance that affects my current learning curve. His empathy and kindness are comforting.
I had figured out that my Flip was giving me mp4 files so I only took a quick look at FormatFactory, and it was so visually busy, and I was well into the conversion process with ZamZar by that time that I did not play around with this tool. I was beginning not to love my Flip. This camera though, is incredibly easy to use in the field (though close ups and fast actions shots are not recommended).
A lot of my video pixulated with the conversion. This made me sad. The pan shot of the in-field is really lovely without the pixulation. But, oh well. There was also a bit of the same effect when the video uploaded into VoiceThread. I saved the VT and sent a link to Bill for his thoughts.
Then I showed it to my daughter who gave this feedback: “There are too many words.”
Then I went to bed, tossing and turning, anxious for Bill’s feedback.