This video is an introduction to the new TV Channel that the Colleton County School District will use to provide informational and entertaining content to the local community, create project-based learning opportunities for students and new instructional opportunities for staff.
1. The process of creating a video or slideshow begins, for me, with the analysis of the requirements for the video which are noted to the right of this narrative. Next, I created an outline for the project, starting with the selection of a topic and then brainstorming and ending up with a rough outline of the type of images I would use and the story I wanted to tell, then I selected programs to design, develop, and edit my content. My criteria for selection of programs centered on compatibility with most media types and accessibility (already loaded on my pc). I selected the topic "Birth of a Station" because I was already committed to developing a series of videos introducing the new CCSD TV 16 channel and a website to support the project, so I had content readily available. I selected or created images that best fit the theme and that I felt would demonstrate the skills the review activity was designed to display and manipulated them to highlight the selection criteria and the project requirements.
2. The majority of my images are in .png format which uploads quickly to my website and is a common picture/graphics format. The images are not animated, and will not be used for a photo gallery or made available for download, in which case I might have used .gif or .jpg files which would be more suitable for either of those situations.
3. I visited http://jamendo.com to listen to audio tracks and also created narration using audacity based on a script I wrote to support the "story" of the video. I used audacity to edit the tracks for volume, breathing noise, and mistakes.
4. Because I used Windows Live Movie Maker which is not a very dynamic editing and production program, I wanted to use a very common file format, .wav files. I exported the .wav files from audacity and labeled them by subject, I typically name them by slide number, but both methods work.
5. I developed the video in Windows Live Movie Maker because it is an easy drag-and-drop video creation program that accepts all of the file types I intended to use and is already installed on my computer. I put in the slides and video in the order I chose in my outline and added transitions, pan and zoom effects, and then extended the length of stills to match the length of the sound files. I also edited the length of the video clips to meet the requirements of the project.
I used YouTube to host the video as recommend in the instructions for the project, which is convenient because I needed to post video to my office YouTube Channel and Facebook and I already have a YouTube account. I had hoped to use the automatic closed captioning ability of YouTube, but it did not produce captions, so instead I uploaded a .docx file, copied and pasted my text, downloaded the file in order to look at the formatting in .txt format. I then took the times for each section of the video and associated text and edited the .txt file to complete the transcript after reviewing help files online.
6. Because the software we are using for the broadcast station recommends .wmv files I saved/published the completed video in .wmv format for upload to YouTube. I copied the embed code from YouTube for this website and uploaded the original .wmv file to the CCSDtv.org website.