This post has been a bit of a work in progress for a couple of weeks. We were challenged for this documentation of our EDTC300 Learning Project to find some sort of a technological tool to document our learning. Since I have been learning ASL I decided a video editing app would be a good tool for me to use. I wanted to find one that would allow me to compile several videos into one so that I wouldn’t have the “ums” and pauses between what I was going to sign. I also wanted to find an app that would allow me to do a voice over and include text to show the English equivalent to what I was saying.
As I searched through the many video editing apps, I was feeling a little overwhelmed. I had tried editing videos through desktop tools and have never had the best luck. As I looked I found that some of the apps I thought would work best for me had some cost to them. I had to decide whether or not I was going to spend money on an app that I may or may not actually enjoy using. I decided to try to find a free app over one that I would have to pay for unless I had no luck. This is what took some time.
The first app I downloaded was Quik.
This app was fun. To get a feel for how the app worked, I decided to play around and make a practice video on my trip to Kona, Hawaii from January. There were options to add images and videos and I could add text as well. I liked that you could add music and filters to the images/videos you uploaded. There were many themes you could select from too. I found that for my travel video, this app worked well but wasn’t sure if it was exactly what I was looking for to use with my Learning Project. I found that the themes moved around too much. For other students I would say you should check out this app though! I thought that if you were documenting a more creative project such as refinishing a desk or learning to cook, you might be able to get an interesting outcome!
Next up, I tried the app InShot. I found that this app worked much better for me than Quik had. Again, I played around with creating a video from my trip before getting into my Learning Project clips. I was able to use the many tools to easily record a voice over and add text to my video. I also liked that I was able to decided the size that I wanted the video to be (there was even the options to make the video fit a TikTok or the many Instagram settings).
I chose the size setting for YouTube so I could upload it there to share in my blog post.
The most challenging aspect I found while editing my InShot video was how to have music playing for me in the background while I also had a voice over. Once I inserted the music I found it was quite loud. I redid my voice over a couple of times, becoming increasingly louder as I went to hopefully have my voice come out over the music. I figured there had to be a way to simply adjust the sound levels. It took me some time to look around to figure out how I could make my voice come out louder and turn down the music level. Once I did I was able to adjust to what you will find in my final product video!
I think that InShot could be used for such a variety of videos. To anyone looking for a free, and easy app for those new to video editing. Once I found this app I was able to easily work with my video clips to create my final product.
For my learning this week, I tried out some new resources. I started off with this site. I liked the options to replay a video and that I could speed it up or slow it down if I needed. What I didn’t like is that I had to search for each word or phrase I was wanting to learn. I am finding that I like using videos because they usually have themes that I can follow along for a whole lesson.
Here is my Family Tree video! Overall, I am happy with the outcome and look forward to working with InShot more in the future. I hope you enjoy!