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Saving and Moving iMovie ‘09 Projects

March 21, 2011 by David Macasaet

iconIn today’s world, the concept and practice of saving and moving digital documents is commonplace and simple. For many, “Save” is second nature. However, when it comes to working with video, the notion of portability is not as simple, and quite the contrary, it’s complexities can sidetrack or hobble video assignments. Read more »

5 Tips for Planning a Successful Digital Media Assignment

March 2, 2011 by Doug Worsham

Invitation to the Biology 151 Digital Media Assignments Showcase

Last semester, LSS consultants worked with instructors across the College of L&S to plan student produced Digital Media Assignments, from science tutorials and mini-documentaries, to digital stories and film critiques.

In this article, we'll walk through a few of our most important take-aways, focusing on Kerry Martin's Biology 151 Honors section. In this course, students created a diverse set of cellular biology and genetics tutorials, and then published their work on their own YouTube channel. We'll also illustrate each of these tips with a video - some of which were used in the planning process, and others that were produced by students in the class.

Ready for the tips? Here's the first five: Read more »

Infolab: Flip Cameras and H2 Audio Recorders!

February 8, 2011 by Lauren Kruse

Grab a Flip Camera for easy movie-making
Need to record audio? Use an H2!

With a seemingly constant flow of people in and out of the room, the Van Hise Infolab, room 464, has become a “go-to” spot for many of UW’s students and faculty. Whether printing an assignment for class, checking the latest news updates, or simply avoiding the cold temperatures outside, the Infolab has a lot to offer its customers. In addition to housing 45 dual boot computers, equipment is available for checkout. Awesome!

A complete list of all equipment available can be found at the Infolab’s website, however, two great pieces of equipment need a little more attention and rental-lovin’ from our customers. Read more »

Engage Awards: Excellent Opportunity to Innovate with your Students

April 14, 2010 by Doug Worsham

The Engage Awards are back with another excellent opportunity for you and your students to innovate together.

Engage offers funding and support for instructors to explore new ground with their teaching. Then, based on instructor and student surveys, Engage evaluates the results and disseminates findings to campus.

The theme for 2010-2011 is timely - Digital Media Assignments:

In a digital media assignment students demonstrate their learning of course content through the creation of multimedia learning objects using video, audio, still images and text. Examples of digital media assignments might involve students creating
short video documentaries, digital stories, audio and enhanced podcasts,
"digital essays", and other types of multimedia presentations. (adapted from the Engage website)

3 Simple Questions for Better Video

March 16, 2010 by David Macasaet

Teacher and student using a videocamera

Digital video has become increasingly easy to use and share. At the same time, a widely held criticism from both professionals and novices alike is that navigating the shear number of new video technologies can be a real obstacle. Perhaps there's a problem with a camera that's not compatible with computer software, or a file that does not work across different computers, or problems sharing video because of file size or video format. The growth of high definition (HD) video and tapeless cameras has only expanded the technical landscape of digital video. Read more »

Kodak Zx1: Start to finish

December 28, 2009 by Doug Worsham

Kodak Zx1

Essential Information

  • Capture in VGA mode: We highly recommend capturing video in VGA mode (also called "Standard Definition" mode). Recording in VGA creates files that are smaller in size and easier to use with editing software.

Workshop: Taking Video for a Teaching Portfolio

October 28, 2009 by Chad Shorter

L&S LSS will offer a workshop for L&S instructors on strategies for taking video of classroom instruction for inclusion in a teaching portfolio. 

Friday 6 November
1:00-2:00 PM
Van Hise 294

The workshop is designed to cover suggestions for the types of classroom moments that are particularly advantageous for a portfolio and how to make the best of a one-camera shoot.  In addition, there will be a brief hands-on guide to the shoot and share camcorders available in the AV Pool with a discussion of their advantages and potential shortcomings. Read more »

Instructor Training for Audacity Audio Software

September 28, 2009 by Chad Shorter

LSS will provide a training workshop for instructors on Audacity, an audio recording and editing software, Friday 2 October at 10 a.m. in Van Hise 259A.

10:00-10:30 -- Basic technical training on how to record and edit.
10:30-11:00 -- Discussion about effective usage for instruction. Read more »

Video Editing Help Available at LSS

July 15, 2009 by David Macasaet

LSS has a number of video screencasts that demonstrate how to edit video with Apple's video editing software, iMovie and Final Cut Pro. Screencasts are particularily useful to get a sense of a particular work-flow, and have the added benefit of being able to fast-forward, rewind, and skim through the video.

The tutorials using Final Cut Pro 6 take the viewer through a typical process of editing a lecture: trimming the beginning and ending, adding text and transitions. Read more »

Final Cut Pro 6: Editing video

July 15, 2009 by David Macasaet

Final Cut Pro is Apple's professional video editing software. Available in LSS's Video Production Lab, Final Cut Pro is in many ways easier to work with than its consumer-level counterparts.

The following Quicktime video clips take the user through the process of editing a classroom language demo in typical fashion: trimming the beginning and end, adding text, transitioning between clips, and fading video. Read more »

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