The topic I want to explore more is Video presentations and animations for learning. I mentioned in the introduction discussion forum, I think there is a lot to learn from, the independent entertainment industry and their ability to craft hours and hours of amateur content that amasses millions of views. Crash Course is a popular YouTube channel that uses stock footage, animation, and voice over to explain concepts in social studies and science. On the lower end of the spectrum, Did You Know Gaming, accomplishes a similar goal of delivering information but in a much simpler format. I think there is something to be taken from the both approaches. Obviously the production value of crash course ads to its fan base, but even boring ore mundane information can be presented in a more palatable fashion. I think that borrowing from these videos would be great. If schools or educators could generate they’re own content, they would no longer have to rely on out of date videos from questionable sources. Being able curate materials should be possible. In the future I hope I can offer those types of services.
My goal is the setup a visually interesting video that uses some simple animation and is mostly graphic based. I want to make the visuals more interesting than the DYKgaming material, but I do not have to means to go as in-depth as a crash course project. My project is short video that share’s a few facts about the Nintendo Gameboy. I want to use animated text as well as some screen capture. This type of work could be used to teach future programs and students about what was accomplished with limited technology. The format of the video could also be adopted to share facts about other pieces of technology, science, biology, etc.
The purpose of this exploration is to create industry comparable video short using all digital elements. This process could be used to make visually interesting work without the high cost. Every element in the video was made at the desk. I want to share facts in a digestible size that will hold to viewers attention.
Capture & Describe:
The process was confusing at first because I did not know the best workflow for the project. I initially started out trying to make out the parts all at once, but had to go back and make a script. Next I would match to sections to the script. I recorded individual sound bites in audacity
Each factoid was animated in after effects
I then exported the individual clips into Adobe premiere to edit them together into one file. and add background music.
I edited the video clips together then I was complete.
The tools I used were audacity for the audio. The images were gathered from the internet and some required touch in photoshop before being used. The text and clips were animated in After effects. The final video and audio was assembled into one file with premiere.
Basic video editing skills as well as knowledge of graphic programs. I believe that my choice of subject matter could has been better. I don’t have the experience as an actual educator so I’m never quite sure what my projects should be teaching unless I am instructed. The voice recording is not the best in my opinion.
Despite the nature of this process, I do believe that this format can be re purposed and re applied in the process of creating learning documentation. The for-ray was interesting but I do believe it could be pushed. If there was team working simultaneously on different elements then we could push the envelope on the different types of information displayed. Some of the clips even though they were around 12-20 seconds took almost an hour to render. There’s only so much one person can do, but bringing in additional people would add to the overall cost. There has to be a way to implement a cost effective educational graphics team.