Here is a summary/highlights of the three workshops I attended today at the CUEBC Conference.
The big one in my mind was "Coding K-12" by Ian Landy. It was about coding, both specifically and generally, in a centres format.
The techie mindset includes being critical, creative, collaborative, and to compose and communicate.
The Centres approach has several features:
Tools (learn) vs. Toys (distract): ask students--is it a tool or a toy?; good check-n
Coding State of Mind (can happen anywhere!)
1:1ish - 1 station per student; scaleable
IT'S NOT EASY
The iMovie app is a powerful app for making newscasts. However, today I'm going to talk about the challenges I had.
One is the touch sensitivity nature of it. Often when I want to trim the video clip, it will simply pick up the clip as if I want to move it to a new location. It takes repeated attempts and deftness to get the app to trim on the first try. Having used more powerful video editing software on PCs, I can see why professionals would not use the iPad for serious video editing. For students or enthusiasts who want to create something quite professional-looking quite quickly, it can be a useful tool. However, for more features and detailed control with a mouse, a computer-based program is still superior.
Despite that one major issue, iMovie was good at splitting video clips, adding titles (but typing slowly), adding music and sound effects and transitions.
I've been experimenting with iMovie and the Green Screen iPad app to create our school newscasts. I know a bit about iMovie but hadn't used Green Screen before, although I've used other video editors in the past. The beauty of these programs is that students are now able to create professional-looking videos that in the past would have been done by professionals with a big budget and expensive technology.
GREEN SCREEN (DO INK)
First, I captured the video of the newscaster in front of the green screen using an iPad in video mode. I made sure the entire background was green, of course. I could've also used iMovie or Green Screen as well.
The bottom timeline is the background layer, which is the usually the backdrop image we want to use. Leave some space for your actor. The middle timeline is where the video (actor) goes. The chroma key filter is already turned on, although it can be switched on or off. The chroma colour circle and sensitivity and audio can be finely adjusted. The top timeline is used for another upper top layer above both layers, which can be used for graphics or animations. Interesting note: any image or video can be two-finger touched to be adjusted in size or position.
When you insert a photo background onto the bottom layer, it goes on forever. So, in order to stop it, you need to line up you red marker at where you want the video to end, and then press the small clock, which effectively dims the rest of the timelines and end the video.
INSERT/REMOVE GRAPHICS OR ANIMATIONS
To insert a graphic/animation, use the top timeline and press +. To resize it, you can do the two-finger touch to increase, decrease or simply move it to another location. To end it, you will need to line up the red line to where you want it to stop, then insert another graphic and with the chroma filter on, adjust the sensitivity to the top, so the entire image disappears.
If you want to change the background, place the red marker at the spot where you want a new background, press + in the bottom timeline and add a new image/video for your background.
My class is going to be delivering newscasts in front of a green screen, in order to add effects later in post-production. Here are a few things to remember:
First, make sure the lights are close to the subjects to increase brightness. Sound, or rather the lack of it, is key when recording the audio. Make sure the speaker is reading the "teleprompter," which is the laptop, almost directly under the iPad, being used as the video camera. This gives the appearance that the presenter is looking right into the camera. Also, the speaker should be off to the side, so a graphic can be added on the other side. One note: double-tap on the iPad, so that the video mode in camera shows the top and bottom black bars. This is the actual shooting view.
I've learned so far that everything, especially with new technology, takes time to figure out. Also, working with the human factor (the students), often takes a number of "takes" in order to get a good final shot. Hopefully, as time progresses, our time to produce will decrease. The main thing we struggled with was getting power to our iRig Pro Duo. I think I've figured out the issue.
Be careful with keeping the green screen smooth. I folded over a section and overlapped a part because of space constraints. However, in the final video, I did notice a streak at times where the fold was.
At Surrey Centre Elementary, we bought some nice audio gear to help us make professional-looking videos, newscasts and movies. This is my experience thus far with the iRig Pro Duo (IK Multimedia), which allows any audio device to be recorded.
First of all, the batteries do not seem to work with this device. I used the Rocket batteries that came with it, as well as 2 pairs of Energizer and Duracell rechargeable, but none did the trick. Maybe a fresh set of alkaline ones?
Right now, I tried hooking up the midi to lightning cable to an iPad and I'm seeing the message: This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPad. This appears to be true as there is no indication of power or audio signal. I tried connecting another iPad; this time there is no warning message but there's also nothing else as well. I wonder if it's a connector problem.
UPDATED: Yes, it was a connector problem. I just replaced it with a new midi to lightning cable and it works!
Next, hooking up a MacBook Pro gave better results, as I could see half the bars with a light blue signal. It did seem to work when I used iMovie to record some sounds. Interestingly, trying it again a little later, the device seems to be powered up properly.
Switching to Garage Band, I used preferences to change the audio input to iRig Pro Duo, and that gave it the bright blue lights, so there is definitely power going into the device. Also, every time I spoke, the right midi side (right channel), flashed green to indicate sound was being inputted. So far, so good. So, I need to remember to go into preferences to change the input (and possibly the output if I have output devices connected to the iRig). Now, the problem with this is that I need to have sound when I am recording a video, not music or instruments, so I need to have my iPad connected.
When I attached the midi cable to my Samsung Galaxy Note 5, it picked up the bright blue bars immediately and I was able to record my voice using a free app called EZVoice. However, when I tried to use the camera feature, I did not get the blue lights at all. Actually, sometimes I'll get the blue lights, but it will not register the any pickup on the microphone.
I'm still not sure about the 48V switch (phantom power) though. It seems it is required for some input devices and not others.
Therefore, the main and key issue thus far is power for the device; it's just not working.
Daniel H. Lee
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