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Comment by Mista Chocka on August 1, 2011 at 8:49pm

Oh, wow - those are some great, clear directions. Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to give me those details too... as they sound very important for success.

I look forward to more videos from your Educator's PLN page & blog.

Again, many thanks!

Adam Chiocca

ELL Teacher

Comment by Joe Larson on August 1, 2011 at 8:32am

@Adam, I'm still experimenting with the technique I'm using, tho I think I've finally settled on the "best" technique which is the following:

(1) Write a script of what you want to say.

(2) Use Audicity (free) to record your voice speaking as clearly as you can and with as upbeat a voice as you can.

(3) Use Audicity's "Noise Removal" to clean up the sound and "Trunkate Silence" with "Silence Compression" set at 64 to quicken the pace. Finally "Change Tempo" slightly to increase the pace a little more. Something between a 4:3 or 7:8 tempo speed up. Just enough that you don't loose clarity.

(4) Manually edit out any "uh"s "ah"s and "hms". Finally export this audio to your main sound file.

(5) Change the temp again slowing it down this time by a factor of 4. Save this audio in a separate sound file.

(6) Load up CamStudio (free) to capture your screen and whatever drawing software you like. (I use Adobe because I was fortunate to get a copy as a student some years ago, but it's far from free.) An alternative is to capture yourself drawing on a pad of paper with a document camera. Whatever is available.

(7) Listen to the 4 times slower audio while capturing the footage of you drawing. Take frequent breaks or you'll end up botching whole takes at once.

(8) Finally, in Windows Movie Maker (free with windows) bring in your normal speed audio and the video you captured using the "Speed up" video option twice on the clips to bring their speed up to sync. There is still usually some minimal editing to do if you use this technique but it's not usually so bad.

And that's it. Generally I find it better to have some idea of what I'm going to draw before I start, tho in some videos I've just gone off the cuff and been alright. Also in past videos I used a nice thick line to draw with, in this one I tried a thinner line. Next time I'm sticking with the thick line, tho.

Comment by Mista Chocka on July 31, 2011 at 9:11pm
Hey Joe Larson... and welcome to the Educator's PLN. Liked your video here, and had to say "ditto!" Also... I have to tell you that I really like your videos. I would like to consider myself as ahead-of-the-curve when it comes to integrating technology in my classroom, but I haven't learned how to make my own video with the "drawing" effects that you have here. Please... can you tell me, how did you do that. Do you simply write and record the speaking part first, then do the audio next, and somehow mesh them on Windows Movie Maker? Any advice or guidance sure would be appreciated!
Adam Chiocca
ELL-ESL Teacher
Burlington, MA
Comment by Ana M. Ritter on July 31, 2011 at 8:27am
Very possible.
Comment by Elly Faden on July 30, 2011 at 3:14am
Hi, Mr. Rants. I need to ask you about a collaborative project that I think can help with technology in education. You ideas are so similar to mine....but, my one about using technology would not be as expensive as you make it out to be. Thanks!


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