World War II – Mr. Franks MovieMaker Project Mastery Objective



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World War II – Mr. Franks

MovieMaker Project

 

Mastery Objective:  Students will be able to locate, utilize and apply information from credible databases and reliable internet sources to complete an audio-visual documentary presentation utilizing Windows Moviemaker.

 


To get to this pathfinder from home: Go to www.lrhsd.org/shawnee – In Quicklinks box, select Media Center–--  Select Assignments by Subject – Social Studies – World War II – Mr. Franks



Materials needed to create your movie:


  • Powerpoint slides that include a variety of pictures, photos, maps and limited words.

  • Videos

  • A script of what you want to say in your presentation.

  • Optional – Music

NOTE: You need to create a folder on your H drive in which to save all the above materials. ANYTHING YOU WANT TO USE IN YOUR MOVIE MUST BE SAVED IN ONLY ONE LOCATION/FOLDER/FILE – THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!



Online Databases


American History Online (Facts on File)

Modern World History Online


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  • From the Media Center Homepage, click on Online Research Databases

  • Check the box for Biography Collection Complete and/or History Reference Center

  • Basic search by entering a search term

  • Use Advanced Search to limit your search to photos and illustrations.


Virtual Reference Library (Gale eBooks)

  • From the Media Center Homepage, click on Online Research Databases

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • Basic search by entering a search term (hint check the box ‘with images’ to limit your search results


Make sure you pick up a Shawnee bookmark with the passwords if you want to access these databases from home!

Reliable Websites


American Memory Project: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Catalog: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/module.php?module_id=494

(On the right, click on ‘Primary Source Documents’)


Eyewitness to History: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/

Library of Congress Guide to WWII Websites and Online Collections
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/WW2/WW2bib.html

History of WWII: http://www.historycentral.com/ww2/
World War II index by BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/


Video Sources


Discovery Streaming – contains over 80,000 videos and other sources that can be easily downloaded.
URL: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/

Username: shawneehs

Password: renegades


  1. Search for a video you would like to include in your presentation.

  2. Select the video.

  3. Look for the box under the video called “Download Type” – click on the dropdown arrow and make sure that “Windows Media” is selected.

  4. On the right hand side of the screen, make sure your selected video clip is highlighted and click on the download icon (the film strip with the arrow all the way to the right of the screen).

  5. Save the file to your ‘H’ drive in your Windows MovieMaker Project folder.

  6. Open up Windows MovieMaker, in the Movie Tasks pane, under Capture Video, click Import Video and browse your ‘H’ drive for the video you just saved, then select Import. The video should import in a series of clips that you can drag into your StoryBoard.


Step 4 – Click download video

Step 3 – Select download type: Windows Media


YouTube or Other Web Source – you need to use a file converter to convert your video into a format that Windows MovieMaker understands – a .wmv file. Try one of following converters:

www.youconvertit.org or www.uconvertit.com

www.zamzar.com

www.onlinevideoconverter.com (this one converts videos and will extract audio from video files)




  1. You will need the URL of the video and you want to make sure you are converting the online video to either a .mpg or .avi file. Follow the instructions on whichever converter you choose. They are usually pretty simple.

  2. Be patient! The conversion process can take anywhere from 2 to 30 minutes! You will get an email notice when the file has converted. If one of the converters does not work, try another one. Help each other!

  3. Save the converted file to your ‘H’ drive in your Windows MovieMaker Project folder.

  4. Open up Windows MovieMaker, in the Movie Tasks pane, under Capture Video, click Import Video and browse your ‘H’ drive for the video you just saved, then select Import. The video should import in a series of clips that you can drag into your StoryBoard.

Extras – Trimming Clips and Freeze Frame
To Trim a Clip: On the timeline view, move the Play Bar to the beginning of the clip. In the Viewer window, play the video until you reach the frame where you want to split the clip. Pause the video, then click on the Split Clip icon. This will split your video clip in two. Remember there is a HELP function in Windows MovieMaker if you have more questions.

To Extract an Image from a Video: Pause the video on the image you would like to clip out. Click on the “Take a Picture” icon. This will make an image out of the selected video pane that can be used in your presentation.

Split Clip Tool

Take a Picture

To Combine a split Audio or Video Clips:

  1. In the Contents pane or on the storyboard/timeline, hold down the CTRL key, and then select the contiguous clips you want to combine.

  2. On the Clip menu, click Combine. The name and property information of the first clip in the group is used for the new clip and the time is adjusted accordingly.


Adding Audio – Voice and/or Music to Your Windows MovieMaker Presentation

To narrate the timeline: You can add narration as one long audio or clip or in a series of smaller clips (i.e., one audio clip for each slide). You can also alternate between voice and music. However, if you want to have music playing in the background behind your narration, you can. Please see either Mrs. Johnson or Ms. DiMarco for instructions.

  1. Make sure you are on the ‘Timeline’ view and the Play Bar is positioned on the timeline where you want the audio to start.

  2. Plug in the headphones and click on the Microphone icon above the Timeline. Adjust the Volume.

  3. When you are ready, click the ‘Start Narration’ button and begin speaking. When you are done, click ‘Stop Narration.’

  4. You can then drag the narration to the point you want it to start and stop

  5. Be quiet and considerate of those around you who may be recording!

You may want to cup your hand around the microphone – it seems to cut down on surrounding noise.


Created by R. Johnson & R. DiMarco              December 2010



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