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Video Toolbox November 26, 2010

Filed under: Teaching with Technology,Web 2.0,YouTube — Christine Mark @ 11:45 am
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For this project I shot some video with my new video camcorder. My subject was motorcycle safety and my husband starred in my video by displaying how to check that a motorcycle is in running condition as well as the correct type and usage of personal protective equipment. I liked this idea because we both ride motorcycles and a video of this nature would be helpful for new riders or as a review for experienced riders who may take some of these things for granted. Click below to view my video:

The idea of this project was to use a free Web 2.0 tool, Video Toolbox. I did not have much video experience when I completed this project so I really did not know what to expect. I found Video Toolbox to be somewhat confusing but I think I was trying to make it more difficult than I needed to. The first thing I had to do was to sign up for an account. The free account is limited to being able to upload 300 MB of video. This is the first problem I ran into as I tried to upload 3 clips and they exceeded this limit. I then ended up uploading two out the three clips. It took a very long time for the clips to lead into the file manager. Once the clips were added I then went into Video Toolbox and cut some of the video and added a text watermark. These tasks were quite simple to accomplish. I then saved my video as a WMV file. I then went to my account on YouTube, which I had established previously and uploaded the video to YouTube. This part of the process was pretty straightforward and simple.
I can see where a teacher may want to use this tool for very small videos that need very simple editing. The ability to create so many file formats is an advantage and by using Video Toolbox you can export videos to the following file formats: 3GP, AMV, FLV, AVI, ASF, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, VOB, WMV, MP3, JPG. If the video is of any notable size or needs further editing I don’t think this tool would work so well. A program such as Windows Moviemaker or iMovie would probably be a better choice.

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