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Taking videos to the next level

So far we’ve used videos and photos, transitions, as well as text and narration. You told us what makes good videos!

windows-movie-maker-2012-08-535x535Today we want to make video projects which include:

  • Photos and videos
  • Transitions
  • Text (title, captions, credits)
  • Narration

As well as adding in some new features:

  • Sound
  • Pan and zoom
  • Visual effects

Stock sound

Stock video

There are some downloaded to Pupil Shared > Videos as well as these…


Many vloggers use screen recording software to be able to show what they’re doing in a game, or talking through something they’re looking at on their computer. We’ve got a couple of ways of doing this:

  • CamStudio Lite (new shortcut on your desktop) – there’s an FAQ page here
  • MediaCore Capture (extension within Google Chrome) – there’s a help page here

Making Videos

What does a good video look like?

What can we use to make our own?windows-movie-maker-2012-08-535x535

We’re going to use Windows Movie Maker to make our own. This is free with all Windows computers, so you can get it free at home if you haven’t already got it – remember to check with an adult first.

There’s a useful guide to Getting started with Windows Movie Maker

Some people have also shared tips on how to get some good effects with Movie Maker in various YouTube videos.


Where can we get stock videos from?

There are lots of websites where you can get stock videos from. Some of them you need to pay for, others you need to have an account with, and a few are free and easy! Here are some of the easiest ones I’ve found:

We’ve also saved some videos in Pupil Shared > Videos, which will save you waiting to download lots from the web.

Connect, Communicate & Collaborate


How should we communicate and collaborate with other people?

We want to make a list of great people to communicate and collaborate with. This could be with other classes, schools, teachers, authors and writers, or anyone else! Leave a comment with links to who you think we should get in touch with.

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Brilliant collaborating

I was really impressed with how Alyssa, Waran and Banita chose to work together on today’s algorithm problem. They had a draft set of instructions which they were editing, before making their final version.

What an inspiration on how to work together so maturely – well done!

Mr J.

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