Digital Videography

Windows Movie Maker Trick:

Many of you were asking of a way to utilize audio-only from a video clip during the session the other day. I have since discovered a workaround for accomplishing this and wanted to share it with you.

1.) Add your video clip to the storyboard/timeline.
2.) Ensure you're in timeline view and that you've clicked the "+" button next to your video track to show you the video's audio track.
3.) Place your timeline scrubber bar at the beginning of the clip.
4.) Right click on the audio track for the video file and select "copy"
5.) You can now paste that audio to your open audio/music track.
6.) You may now delete the video track and the audio you pasted on the audio/music track (the audio from your video) will remain.

Another application:
After pasting the audio to your audio/music track you can mute the video audio track and the use the split tool to split portions of the video track you'd like to replace with other video. The trick is that you should split in easy to replace time segments (i.e. 3 seconds, 5 seconds, not 2.37 seconds). Then you can delete a segment you've created by splitting, and drag down another video clip or picture that matches the same time (if you made a 3 second split and removed it you need to ensure your replacement clip that you're putting in it's place is 3 seconds exactly). By doing this your video's audio will continue to play seamlessly on the audio/music track and align correctly with your original video clip. If you aren't careful with being exact with the timing of your replacement clips your video won't line up with your audio any longer (i.e. lips will be moving out of sync with the dialogue) - it doesn't take much of a sync issue to distract a viewer.

While it still has its limitations you should continue to try to think outside of the box to accomplish the goals you have with the tools provided. This is just one example of how to cheat the system - this one allows for a video overlay effect with a tool that does not provide such a functionality.

Links and resources related to Digital Videography:

Windows Movie Maker Resources: – Great forum, add-ons, etc. - Microsoft’s guides - Windows Movie Maker & Photo Story resource - Step-by-step manual released in 2001 by the Georgia Movie Academy

Windows Movie Maker Add-Ons:

Video Sharing Sites:

Free Video File Format Conversion Tools:
MPEG Streamclip:
TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4 (basic trim/compilation editing of DVDs without quality loss):

Free DVD Burning Software:
Video DVD Maker Free:
DVD Flick:

Other Video Production Tools:
Photo Story 3 (photography montages):
GoAnimate (create cartoon animations using templates/tools):

Online Resources for Video Production in the Classroom

Video Storyboard Templates:

Sample Lesson Plans:

BBC: Using Digital Video to Enhance Learning:
Tech & Learning: Meaningful Digital Video for Every Classroom:

Tech Learning -
Web site for teachers and administrators on integrating digital media in the classroom (also available in print)

School House Video -
Student work examples and curriculum based resources to help students and faculty utilize cutting
edge video technology

Eisenhower Middle School, Wyckoff, NJ:
Examples of digital video student projects

Making Movies – A Video Production Guide for Students
A guide designed to assist students and teachers in planning and producing a video:

The Encyclopedia of Educational Technology -
An online, searchable encyclopedia of educational technology concepts, tools, and terms

Cyber College -
A web site offering many lessons/guides for professional industry level video and media production

Copyright Guidelines for Administrators -
An excellent printable guide for fair/educational use of copyrighted material(s)

Copyright and fair use workshop resources:

Creative Cow -
Online forum site for many various video software/hardware tools:

Digital Video in the Classroom -
An Internet hotlist on digital video editing

How Stuff Works -
Web site offering up explanations on how things work. Helpful for investigating how various video/multimedia technologies work

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