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Making Video

See Screen Capture for information about making recordings of your desktop computer screen.

Flip camera

The FLIP

Some faculty use FLIP cameras to record clips for use in GeorgiaView. When you first attach the FLIP to your computer, you are given the option to install the FLIP software. This software allows you to assemble video clips in the order you wish, add music, do some basic trimming and use a few special effects. It is also necessary because it installs the codec necessary to view the videos.

Alternatively, you can use Windows Movie Maker to edit your video. This simple software allows you to import your FLIP video, edit and assemble it, as well as several other useful features.

You may already have Movie Maker on your computer. If not, you can download it for free here or ask for support.

Using FLIP video in GeorgiaView. Unfortunately, your FLIP video (from most FLIP cameras) cannot be inserted, as it is, directly in GeorgiaView. There are technical issues that prevent it from working well. Additionally, the native files tend to be quite large, and therefore, are not really desirable for use anyway. There are three solutions:

  1. Use our Podcasting Server
  2. Post your video on an external site such as TeacherTube
  3. Insert the video in a PowerPoint slide and convert it using AuthorPoint or iSpring.

Using FLIP video on the podcasting server. The file type used by most of the FLIP cameras currently in use on campus (Model F260W) is not compatible with the Podcasting Server. The video you export must be converted to one of the file types accepted by the server, the most-often used of which are mov, mp4, or h.264 files. There are a number of free file converters you can use to convert FLIP video into a format acceptable by our Podcasting Server. Two good ones are Oxelon and Any Video Converter. You will need to download and install either to convert your files. Once converted, you can use them on the server.

Another alternative are web-based sites where you upload your video file, and then get a download of your converted file. See Zamzar which provides a free service plus the option for a paid account with greater features. Or Media Converter which provides conversion of all types of media for free. The only catch is you have to endure a lot of advertisements and sometimes slow processing times. See this tutorial on using Media Converter.

Whichever method you choose for converting your files, we recommend converting to either .mov or .mp4 for uploading into the Podcasting Server.

Posting to an external website. You can bypass the hassle of converting your FLIP video by simply uploading it to TeacherTube, YouTube, or any other video sharing site,without the need to convert it first, and then embedding the file in your course. The advantage here is that the process takes less time. You upload the video, get the embed code, and then put it on a page in your course. The video actually plays from the Tube site rather than from our servers. The disadvantage is that it is viewable by anyone unless your viewers have an account with them. If they do, you can make the video private.

Using the video in PowerPoint. A final option is to insert the video into a PowerPoint presentation and converting it to Flash using AuthorPoint or iSpring or other converters. You can then play the video directly into GeorgiaView providing it is not very long. We request that you use the Podcasting Server for lengthy video because it takes up storage space, and most importantly, slows down the whole system. If your video is more than a few minutes, please use one of the other methods described above. See Using PowerPoint for more information about converting via PowerPoint.

Other video

You can also produce video with standard camcorders. There are several available around campus. You can edit the video you shoot with Windows Movie Maker on your desktop computer provided you have a firewire or USB enabled camera and computer or some other means of getting video files into your computer. You may already have Movie Maker on your desktop. If not, you can download it for free here or ask for support. For more help with video production, contact our instructional technologist.