How to Make an Easy Animated Video for TPT

Why animate?

Animation uses visual thinking to demonstrate complicated ideas to a wide range of learners. Watching an animated video that includes sound, visuals and text addresses multiple senses and helps students not only understand information, but retain it. For many this presentation of information and ideas is simply more effective than reading or listening alone. It’s also enjoyable and engaging to watch. TED-ed uses this strategy all the time.

Even if you can’t draw, you can animate. As long as you can trace, you can animate, and in this video I will show you how. You will learn very simple methods of drawing or tracing images to be filmed.

The materials you need are inexpensive and readily available: a computer, a camera (could be a phone or ipad), paper, pencil and Sharpie pen. You don’t need any special software—just i-Movie, which is a free download for any Mac. You’ll also need an inexpensive tripod.

Skills you will learn include:

•Animation (even if you can't draw--really!)
•How to outline a script
• How to storyboard scenes
•How to record your narration.
•How to set up for filming
•How to upload video into the i-Movie.

Assuming that you have no knowledge of iMovie, I will take you through every step of creating and editing an animated video for TPT. That includes:

•How to open iMovie
•How to create Event and Movie files
•Understanding the workspaces and tools
•How to start your movie
•How to import images, audio and video files
•How to combine video, audio and images into a sequence
•How to crop clips and adjust both speed and volume.
•How to get rid of unwanted audio.
•Splicing video, audio and images
•How to make sound fade in and out
•How to eliminate background noise
•How to add music
•How to record Voice-Over
•How to finish your movie
•How to upload your video to TPT.

Note: The information in the Hot Cocoa Video "Just Enough iMovie to Make a TPT Video" is included in this video--so don't buy both!

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