Using iMovie to make an instructional video

Questions for the week- How has your sense of community been impacted through this experience? How does developing the implementation plan relate to your learning objectives?

I have learned to hate community! Haha! Not having a hands-on role speaking with the stakeholders to partner and create learning excitement with them is too clean. I like the messiness of relationship building and problem solving. That aside, let’s talk about how to make a movie!

Using iMovie to make a learning video

iMovie is a powerful, practical, and stupid program! It makes the user think they can create epic movies, when actually it is dumbed-down for democracy so unprofessional videos, like those on youTube or other social media, become acceptable. So how to make the best of it to make a learning video? Here’s my advise:

Stick to the learning objectives. Ours primary learning objective was to teach the client prepare a meal using WIC foods. Our secondary learning objective was to show the client how to save money using WIC approved food. Our third objective was to motivate the client to have confidence to try WIC recipes. Anything frivolous outside of these objectives was cut out. Now this doesn’t mean your movie can’t be entertaining. See our movie and how it meets the learning objectives. http://youtu./mWyoYmiCLTA

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So how did we make the movie? We used still pictures and iMovie. Sounds simple, but we struggled to create a process.

Here is a process that works well.

  1. Make a plan with a storyboard. This is a rough outline of each scene in the movie. It helps so everyone is on the right page and focused on the procedure of making the movie, rather than arguing about changes! Here is ours:storyboard

2. Take your still pictures. This sounds easy but can be challenging. The three things to worry about are :

  • blurriness- hand shake can be a real problem! control your handshaking excitement, and check a close up of your picture after you take it.
  • light- is the subject bright enough? Is it too bright with poor shadows? Look at these 2 pictures. From these we decided whether to use a flash or not.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 10.06.09 PM
  • point of view- because our eyes are 5 feet off the ground we often take pictures from where our face is. But this may not give the best angle to show the story. See these 2 pictures for the difference
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3. Sort them out in iPhoto. Name them in order using a convention- 1.1,1.11,.1.12, or what we used, a,b, c… Also, get rid of the pictures you won’t use. If you do this then the pictures load in order in iMovie.

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4. Adjust the time of the pictures in iMovie. This is done under Project>Properties. We used 5 seconds per picture. You can drag the timeline on each pictures to make it show for less time.

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5. Adjust the motion of the camera in iMovie. Using the Jeb Burns option you can move and size the green and red boxes to control the movement.

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6. Record the narrative. Since we were no budget and little time we wrote out a rough draft of what to say for each picture. script Recording can be edited for time, and you can re-record sound from a particular point in the movie.

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7. Publish. This can be tricky depending on what the final product is. If it is to be shown on your laptop or uploaded to uTube, I suggest publishing with Quicktime because this makes a high quality movie. Be ready to have big files! Our 2 minute movie was 40 mb! Of course, if you upload it to uTube then they have to worry about the file size.

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8. Share with friends. This is the second best part- share the link and wait for the emails from your friends telling you what a genius you are!

I hope this can help you make an instructional video of your own. Looking forward to see your results!

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