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Re: [teacherartexchange] Video Recorders


From: Diane Gregory (gregory.diane55_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Oct 24 2010 - 08:53:28 PDT


Sounds like you have a lot of experience doing video with your students.

What kinds of assignments do you assign?

I just got a video camera made by Kodak. I also got Camtasia.
My original purpose was to create short instructional studio
videos for my elementary art methods class for pre-service
elementary classroom teachers. I plan to create my own channel on YouTube or
TeacherTube. Our server does not support video yet.

Do you have any experience working with YouTube or TeacherTube? If so,
do you have any advice or suggestions?

Now I am thinking perhaps I will expand this to our methods
classes for Art Education majors. What version of Final Cut do you use?
Do you use Final Cut Pro or one of the other versions? Is it hard for the
students to learn?

Thanks for any suggestions you might have.


----- Original Message ----
> From: Michal Austin <>

> It would depend on what you plan to do with your video recorder. I have 5 Flip
>Video cameras that I purchased for around $90 each - they were 30 minute cameras
>on clearance. I believe Flip was either eliminating those colors or the 30
>minute version for the 60 minute ones. These are for student use. I check them
>out to students for our class assignments & they work wonderful for that
>purpose. I have one of my own that I carry & use regularly. They don't have
>great zoom quality, but the overall image is acceptable.
> I also have 1 Sony & 2 Canon video cameras that I spent appx. $300 each on,
>again on sale. These are for higher end projects. I love these cameras, but
>don't use them quite as much because getting the video off onto the large
>variety of computers in my room becomes a challenge (different cords, adapters,
>etc). I have had the Sony for around 7 years now & it is still impressive (and
>probably my favorite camera). The one feature I don't like on my Canons is the
>way they switch formats easily, so it is easy to have 1/2 your video in full
>screen, 1/2 in wide screen. I wish that feature was a little more difficult to
>switch. I also find them a bit clunkier. All 3 of these use the mini dv tapes.
>Our athletic program uses the mini DVDs and I absolutely HATE everything about
>the results on those. Every time you turn off the camera it makes your video
>into a new "scene", so watching your video is not fluid, and pulling video off
>to work on it is clunky & not user-friendly.
> Part of the process in making quality videos is having a quality software
>program to edit them. We use WIndows Movie Maker (ICK!), Adobe Premier (not
>completely thrilled, but it's workable), & for my Macs we use Final Cut, which
>is my #1 top choice (I don't like iMovie any better than Movie Maker).
> ~Michal

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