Category Archives: Video

Using QuickTime to Project your iPhone / iPad

Quicktime is a program that comes shipped with all Macintosh computers.  It’s generally used to play existing video files off of your hard drive.  You can also use Quicktime to capture video and record content to your computer – here’s how to get started:

  1. Plug in your iPhone or iPad to your computer using the standard charging cable
  2. Launch Quicktime (Spotlight Search -> Quicktime)
  3. Click File -> New Movie Recording
  4. Your webcam will launch and you should see yourself on the screen -click the little down arrow next to the record button to switch the view to your mobile device
  5. Your mobile device will appear as a window on your screen – you can then use it normally and project any app, video or photograph onto your screen.
  6. If you click the Record button you can record a copy of the video to your computer (but this isn’t required – you can use this just as a projection tool)
  7. If you want sound to come through to your computer you can select the microphone from the mobile device from the same drop down menu.  Make sure that the volume slider is pushed to the right so that your sound is not muted.

Screencasting with Jing

Screencasting is the act of capturing images or video on your screen and distributing them to a wider audience.  To do this we can use a free tool called “Jing” which is not web based – this means you have to download and install it on your computer before you can use it.  Here’s a quick tutorial to get you started:

  1. Visit http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
  2. Click on your desired platform (Mac or PC) and download the necessary file
  3. Install the software on your computer (Jing isn’t web-based, so you will need access to install programs on your computer in order for it to work correctly.) You may need to restart your computer after the installation finishes.

Using Jing

  1. Double click on the new Jing icon to start up the program
  2. Jing appears as a small sun icon at the top of your screen. Mousing over the sun will cause three bubbles to appear – each of these bubbles performs a different task:sun
  3. The first icon (target crosshairs) lets you define a region of your screen by drawing a box around it (click and hold your mouse to define one corner of your box – draw your mouse and release it when you are finished defining the shape of your box)
  4. Once you have a box defined you are then presented with a series of “capture options” – the first option lets you take a picture of the region you just defined. The second option allows you to record a movie – anything that happens in the region that you defined will be recorded when you click this button. The last button is the cancel button and causes you to exit from Jing.Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 8.57.26 PM
  5. If you selected to take a picture you will be shown a preview image that you can then “mark up” with your own overlay graphics by using the tools at the bottom of the screen.  For example, I just took this snapshot of the TCNJ homepage and marked it up with some instructional comments:
  6. You can also take snapshot videos of your screen and use them to provide instruction, feedback and tutorials to your students.  When you’re finished recording your video you can choose to save it to your computer or send it to the “screencast” website – if you choose this option you will be given a URL that you can use to to link the video to your website.  Note that you can also embed your video – to do this you need to set up the “embed” button.  Here’s how to do this:
    1. Record a video using Jing
    2. When you’re given the export options menu (the little buttons that appear below the video asking you what you want to do with it) you should select the “customize buttons” option.
    3. Next, select ScreenCast and type the word “Embed” in the text box.  Finally select “HTML Embed Code” from the clipboard contents drop down menu.  Then click Save.  You now have a button that you can use to generate embed code for your Jing videos.

Embedding Password Protected Video Resources

Is it possible to embed “secure” videos on your blog that only certain individuals can access? After a little research it looks as though the answer is “yes!” Here’s an example – just click the play button in the middle of the video below to bring up the password dialog box. The password is “cairo2010″.

Here’s how you can try this yourself:

  1. Obtain a free account on Vimeo, video sharing website that is simliar to Youtube.
  2. Once you have signed up and registered, click on the ‘Upload a video’ link.
  3. Click ‘choose a file to upload’
  4. Find the file on your computer and click ‘Select’
  5. Provide information about the video
  6. Click the Privacy tab and select “password protection” – type in your password here
  7. Save your video and wait for it to finish uploading
  8. At the top-right side of the video itself there should be an embed link – click on this to copy the HTML code necessary to embed this video.
  9. Open up your blog and embed the video as you would any other embeddable widget.

Video Resources

Over the last few years the web has seen a huge increase in the number of streaming video sites that are available to the public. Many of these sites allow the average Internet user the ability to freely upload their own content and share it with the rest of the world. Here’s a short list of sites that provide the ability to “embed” videos so that they can be used on your own site:

  1. Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/): The largest video repository on the Internet, Youtube allows anyone the ability to watch millions of videos from around the world. In addition, visitors with a Google identity can log in to upload videos, maintain playlists and comment on videos uploaded by other community members.
  2. TubeChop (http://www.tubechop.com/): This site lets you take a YouTube video and remove all external distractions (ads, suggested videos, etc). It also lets you isolate and showcase only a portion of a video for your students.
  3. Teachertube (http://www.teachertube.com/): Similar to Youtube, Teachertube boasts “teacher friendly” videos that focus on delivering educational content that are designed to be used in the classroom.
  4. Watch Know (http://www.watchknow.org): Watch Know is a “meta search” engine for video sites that brings together and organizes the best educational videos from across the web.
  5. NeoK12 (http://www.neok12.com): An educational video site that curates videos by subject.
  6. KidsKnowIt (http://www.kidsknowit.com/interactive-educational-movies/index.php): Another site with curated videos by subject.
  7. Academic Earth (http://www.academicearth.org/): Focusing mostly on university produced lectures, Academic Earth boasts an impressive number of freely available talks on a wide range of subjects.
  8. TED (http://www.ted.com/): TED, which stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design,” maintains a fascinating library of technology related videos that can be freely embedded on your blog.
  9. VideoNot.es (http://www.videonot.es/): A tool that lets you create “indexed” comments on any web-based video.  With VideoNot.es you can have your students annotate a video based on its current playback position.  Check out a sample here.

Note that all of the tools listed above are cloud based, which means that you will need an active Internet connection when viewing videos hosted on these sites.  This can be problematic if you have an unreliable connection at your school.

One way around this problem is to download a copy of the video onto your computer which gives you the ability to view it without an active Internet connection.  Note that this is a grey area in terms of copyright, and it is not the intention of this document to encourage or condone any illegal or unethical activities.  You should check the local laws in your country to find out what is acceptable in terms of fair use in the classroom.

With that said, if you did want to download videos to your computer you can use the free web-based Dirpy video downloader tool (http://www.dirpy.com/) which works on both Mac and PC computers.  Here’s how to get started:

  • Visit Dirpy at http://dirpy.com
  • Paste in the URL to the video you want to save and click the “dirpy” button
  • On the bottom right side of the screen click the “Record Video” button
  • Your video will begin downloading in a moment.  Note that Dirpy is ad-supported, so ads may pop up while you use the site – simply close them if they do appear.