Time For Bed? Or Create Quick Video?

Time For Bed? Or Create Quick Video?

Well all I can say is it is John Pearce’s fault!!!!

Was going to bed 1 hr ago as I have been really tired this week but made the mistake of stopping to read his post on Tipping And Other Significant Points. Next thing I was following the post to Chris’s Betchablog (had a little chuckle at Graham comment on his stats) and started reading Chris posts!

Bugger! AMINOTO! Had read a few posts on it but been ignoring! Now thanks to Chris I had to test it! I HAD WANTED TO GO TO BED!

In simple terms Aminoto is an online video creator which allows you to create videos quickly in 3 steps:

  1. Add photos (can upload photos or use online photos)
  2. Select music (can use their large selection of music or upload your own)
  3. Finalizes by combining video effects and transitions with your photos and musics completely online to create your movie

Simple, easy to use and you look like a genius. Chris does suggest that Aminoto probably doesn’t have a huge deal of educational merit — mmmm not sure watch my video and make up your own mind.

If you are interested in discussing online video in e-learning come and join us at etools and tips for educators community! Also if you have time to tell me about your use of Web 2.0 students please post a comment on this post!

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7 thoughts on “Time For Bed? Or Create Quick Video?

  1. Animoto certainly has an interesting approach and the threshold to use it are pretty low- upload photos, pick music, and go.

    The expansion of these kinds of web tools for creating audio/visual content is dizzying, and propelled me to do my 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story

    and am attempting to try and build the same short digital story in all 50.

    I only had heard of about 40% of the ones listed.

    But beware the slippery slope of getting wrapped in the tools- what seems more important is the craft of writing/storyboarding a story; and learning what works in visual/audio/video expressive media.

  2. G’day Sue,
    Don’t get me wrong, I really like it and think it’s very cool. But educationally I think it’s important that kids think about how they present this sort of visual information, that’s why we spend time storyboarding and planning and so on. Animoto removes their creative input (although the finished result looks quite creative, it is really just a result of randomness) I suppose the real problem for me is that there is no way to actually control what happens, so in that sense the technology is making the decisions, not the user.
    Still good fun though!

  3. Joel – as I have said previously I am glad my post on online video creators are helping you.

    CogDog and Chris – thanks for encouraging me (challenging) to go further. Although dreaming of Domino all Saturday night should be up there as nightmare not dream. And the irony of it all is that I have spent a busy weekend testing all the online video creators (including SlideCast). Now that I have worked hard all weekend I would like to ask for my weekend again as I am tired!


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