Wow, I'd Like to do That in My Classroom!
But It Doesn’t Fit in My Budget.
Presenter: Michele Schmidt Newman Grove Public Schools E-mail: mschmidt@esu8.org
Download a Video from a Video Website (You will need to have Real Player installed from www.real.com) – The free version of the software will work fine for this.

  • Whichever website you choose to use to capture your video, you will want to have your video on the screen.
  • With the Video on the Screen, rest your mouse toward the upper right corner of the video and you should see a Download This Video option appear.
  • Click Download This Video and you will see the Real Player Download & Manager dialog box that will show the download progress of your video. (Usually the download will be done much before the video is done playing.)
  • Usually your video is placed in either the My Documents folder or your user folder on the desktop (depending on which operating system you are using) in the My Videos or Videos folder, in a Real Player Download folder.
  • If you don’t find your video there, right click on your video in the Real Player Download & Manager dialog box and choose Locate File on Disk. This will tell you where your video is saved.
  • Close your Real Player & Download Manager dialog box.

Convert a Flash Video into Useable Form for Other Programs (You will need to have the Free FLV to AVI Converter installed from www.soft32.com/download_214178.html) – This is a free program.

  • Open the FLV to AVI Converter program and click Add Files in the upper left corner of the window in the purple bar across the top of the window.
  • Navigate to the location that you have determined that your flash video file is saved, choose your video, and click Open.
  • Click either AVI or MPG (whichever file type you need for your incorporation) in the lower left corner of the window. (If you are integrating into PowerPoint, you most likely will want to choose MPG.)
  • In the middle of the screen you will see the Output Directory and you need to choose the dot in front of the blank text box, then click the Browse button at the end of the blank text box.
  • Browse to the location where you want your converted video to be saved and click OK.
  • Click CONVERT in the middle of the purple bar across the top portion of the window.
  • You will now see the machine working and see a progress bar at the bottom of the window.
  • The word Done in blue will appear below the black part of the window when it is completed.
  • Close your program and your are ready to either use your video or manipulate it further.

Trimming Your Video for Use in Your Programs (You will need to have Free Video Cutter downloaded from www.freewarezoom.com/archives/free-video-cutter and installed on your computer.) – Again, this is a free program.

  • Click the Open Video button in the lower left of the window.
  • Navigate to the location of your converted video that you want to trim (may need to tell it to look at all files if your filename does not appear where you saved it).
  • Choose your video and click Open.
  • It will now tell you that it is creating video thumbs (This may take a while, depending on the length of your video).
  • After it has created your video thumbs, you will be ready to start the trimming process.
  • Locate the slider directly below your preview window. This is the slider for the start of the video. Drag it to the right to the location where you want your video to start.
  • Directly below the start slider, you will find a slider that you will set for the end of your video. Drag it to the left to the location where you want your video to end.
  • Choose your output format. Usually MPEG4, but this will be determined by the program in which you are going to use it.
  • Click the Save Video button in the bottom middle of your dialog box.
  • Choose the location where you want your trimmed video saved.
  • Type a filename that describes your video.
  • Click Save
  • You will see your video processing on the screen at this point.
  • Close your program and your trimmed video is ready to use.

Placing Your Video File Into a Multimedia Program (We will be using the Presentation part of the Open Office Suite for this demonstration. You can download this suite from www.openoffice.org.) – This Suite is a free suite. You could make a donation if you would like.

  • Open the Open Office Suite and choose the Presentation program button from the options.
  • Make your choice from: start from an empty presentation, start from a template, or open an existing presentation.
  • Click the Next button.
  • Click your way through the options by clicking Next until you get to the last stage of the Wizard and then Choose Create to get to the input screen.
  • You will now see a screen that is similar to PowerPoint and has many of the same options.
  • Choose the layout that you would like to use from the options down the right side of the window.
  • Click Insert in the menu bar and Choose Movie and Sound.
  • Navigate to where you saved your video that you would like to use. Click the name of your video, and click Open.
  • Click File in the menu bar and choose Save As.
  • The Save As dialog box will appear. Choose your Save As Type, but most likely you will want to choose Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/XP (.ppt)
  • Now Browse to the location where you want to save your presentation.
  • Give your file a name
  • Click Save
  • You can now close your program.

Converting Your PowerPoint File Into a Video (You will need to download and install EM Free PowerPoint Video Converter from www.effectmatrix.com/PowerPoint-Video-Converter/Free-PowerPoint-Video-Converter.htm) – This is a free program, but you can upgrade to get additional options.

  • Open the program and click the New Task button and choose Add File.
  • Navigate to the location that you have the PowerPoint that you would like to convert saved.
  • Click your file and click Open.
  • The program will automatically take you to the screen to choose which video format you would like to convert your PowerPoint file.
  • Click the Browse button in the very bottom right of the window to set the output location for your file.
  • Now click the Browse button toward the lower right so that you can give your Converted PowerPoint file a name.
  • Type the name that you want to use
  • Click Save.
  • Click Convert in the middle of the screen.
  • Click OK to start.
  • Once your video is created, you can view it in any type of video player.

Recording Audio to Use in Your Multimedia Projects (You will need to download and install GoldWave from www.goldwave.com to accomplish this task.) – This will install a trial version of the software on your computer.

  • Once you have the program open, make sure you have the Control Window open as well as the recording window.
  • Choose the green dot and check mark in the Control Window, click the Volume tab, and check to make sure you have your audio source selected correctly.
  • Choose New in the recording window.
  • When your dialog box appears, make sure your have Stereo chosen as the top option and you can adjust your length if you would like. Remember, copyrighted music must be limited to no more than 30 seconds even for educational presentations.
  • Click OK.
  • Make sure you can see both the Control Window and your audio source.
  • Click the round red record button in the Control window followed by the play button in your audio source.
  • When you have the audio you would like, click the red square in the Control Window to stop the recording followed by clicking the stop button in your audio source.
  • To trim your audio to desired length:
  • Right click where you want to start your audio and choose Set Start Marker (You can slide the marker if you don’t get it exactly where you want it.)
  • Right click where you want to end your audio and choose Set Finish Marker (Again, you can slide the marker if necessary.)
  • Click the Trim option in the toolbar above your recording.
  • Click File and Save As to navigate to the location where you want to save your audio. Most of the time you will want to save your file in the Wave format, which is the default for this program.
  • Close the Goldwave program once you have all your audio captured.

Rotating a Video to Make it Viewable (You will need to download and install the Free Studio Manager from www.dvdvideosoft.com) – This is a free download and will be the suite that you will use for converting a cell phone video into useable form, also.

  • Once you open the Free Studio Manager Suite, you should choose the DVD & Video Option.
  • When that window opens, choose DVD & Video, then choose Free Video Flip and Rotate.
  • Your program window will open and now you click Browse button to the right of the Input file textbox.
  • This will allow you to navigate to where your video that you want to rotate is located. Select your video and click Open.
  • It will automatically add the same location from your Input location textbox into your Output location textbox. If you would like your rotated video to be saved in a different location, navigate to where you want it saved by clicking the Browse button at the end of the Output location textbox.
  • Choose your rotation from the buttons under your Input video. If you rest your mouse on the button, it will tell you the degree of rotation each represents.
  • When you have it the way that you want it, click the Convert button in the bottom right of the window.
  • You will now see a progress window on your screen.
  • When it is complete, click OK and then Close.
  • Close your program and now you can use your video as you would like.

Converting Your Cell Phone Video Into a Useable Form (You will want to use the Free Studio Manager that you downloaded and installed for rotating your video.)

  • Once you open the Free Studio Manager Suite, you should choose the DVD & Video Option.
  • Choose the DVD & Video option.
  • Now your will choose 3GP Video Convert from the options.
  • Once the program window opens, click the Add Files button (middle left of the window) to navigate to your saved video that you need to convert.
  • Choose your video file and click Open.
  • Click the Browse button about 2/3 of the way down the window to set the output location.
  • Choose your video format that you would like in the lower left of the window.
  • When you are satisfied with your save location, click the Convert button in the lower right corner of the window.
  • You will again see the progress window (like above). When it is done, click OK and then click Close.
  • You are now finished with this program and ready to use your video.

Capture Your Screen in Video Format for Later Use (You will want to download and install Free Screen Recorder from www.freewarezoom.com/archives/free-screen-recorder.) This is a free program.

  • Open the Free Screen Recorder.
  • Under the General Options (the picture of the sprocket in the toolbar across the top of the small window) choose the Region of the screen that you would like to record.
  • If you want audio with your video capture, click the picture of the Microphone in the toolbar across the top of the small window. This will give you the option to check Record Audio.
  • Click the red circle in the toolbar across the top of the screen of the small window.
  • Select area of the screen that you want recorded.
  • Navigate through the steps that you would like to be recorded.
  • Click the program icon in the task bar at the bottom of the screen when you have recorded all you want, then click the blue square in the toolbar across the top of the small window.
  • It will now ask where you want to save your video file and what you would like to name it. Give it the location and a name; and when satisfied, click Save.
  • You are now ready to close the Screen Recorder and use the video you have captured.

Capture an Image From Your Screen (You will want to download and install Screen Hunter from http://wisdom-soft.com/products/screenhunter_free.htm) This again is a free program. There is an option to upgrade, but it is your choice.

  • Open the Screen Hunter program and make sure the Capture Options in the bottom middle part of the window is what you want it to be.
  • Click the Capture Now button, which will cause a box with a crosshair inside it to appear.
  • Drag to select what you want to capture in your screen capture. When you release the mouse it takes the picture.
  • A dialog box will appear that tells you
  • The name of the file.
  • The location on your computer where it is saved.
  • The size of the file.
  • It has been saved as a GIF file and can be manipulated like any other image.
  • Close your program and you are ready to use your image.

Burning Your Video onto a DVD for Use in a DVD Player (You will want to download and install DVD Video Flick from www.dvdflick.net.) This is a free program.

  • Open the program and click Add Title from the right side of the screen.
  • Navigate to the location you have your video file or files saved and choose the file or files you want to burn onto your DVD.
  • Even though we will be burning a DVD it is a good idea to save your file at the same time to a location on your computer. To do this, click the Browse button in the lower right corner of the window and navigate to where you want the file saved. When you find your location, click it and then click OK.
  • Click the Project Setting in the toolbar across the top of the window.
  • Check the Target Size under the General button to make sure it matches what you want.
  • Check the Target Format and Encoding under the Video tab to make sure they are set as you want. This would usually be NTSC for Target Format and Normal for Encoding.
  • Click the Burning button to indicate you want to Burn your project to a DVD and also to indicate which DVD drive you want to use (if you have multiple drives).
  • Click Accept to get back to your Video window.
  • Click Create DVD in the toolbar across the top.
  • It will now start progressing through the steps to save your file to the location you have specified and burn it to a DVD.
  • You will see a lot of things happening on your screen, but you will not have to do anything.
  • When your file is saved and your DVD is burned, close the Window and enjoy your DVD on any DVD player.