Group Video Assignment

Due, Thurs, April 14

Worth 15 points. (Two points off for late work.)

It’s a group project. I will assign the teams. All members will get the same grade. Everyone does not have to do everything together (reporting, filming, editing, etc) but I’ll ask each person to describe their level of involvement in the project.

Each team will be assigned a story idea. Your goal is to find unique, unexpected stories connected to location or story idea. Each team will create a 1:20 video project “In Their Own Words” style of video story where reporter’s voice is not heard. Students must schedule reporting and editing time with each other. This will happen outside of the usual class time.

Story Topics:

1. Whitesbog – the birthplace of blueberries in Pemberton, NJ

2. Native Americans of South Jersey: Drumming and Dancing Event
Saturday April 9th, 2pm in Mullica Hill. See

3. The search for the NJ Brook Trout (NJ Aquariums, hatcheries, fishing guides, fishing stores, state parks or rivers where they might be stocked.)

4. Revisiting Red Mascara and the NJ state song…Here is a 2008 video. Is he still alive? Why isn’t this passed? See

5. Red Oak (a tree doctor, forestry, state park, wildlife refuge, etc). Preferably someone climbing a tree.

6. Knobbed Whelk (shell collector, educational programs near ocean)

Your team must physically submit the project on a flash drive or external hard drive on April 14.

Each team will hand in three items:

·      Video exported in .m4v “Large 960 X 540” format

·      Still image captured from the video in .jpg format

·      A Word document with headline, two-three sentence teaser, and proper credits

All video projects must follow these guidelines to ensure that they are consistent and ready to publish on the web.

1. Back up your raw footage. Before you return your Flip cam, make sure to save all of your raw footage to your hard drive or computer. If your project crashes, you need to have the raw footage as back up.

2. Pick one computer for editing and use that for the whole project. iMovie saves to the hard drive of a specific computer, not to your personal files. So pick your computer well. You can save your project to an external hard drive if it is formatted for Mac. Under Help in iMovie search for “backup project on external hard drive” and it will walk you through the steps.

3. Import your video clips into iMovie using the Large 960 X 540 setting.

4. Add a Title Card for story headline and reporters’ names. Use Lower Thirds option, black background, and flush your text to the left.

For example, (flushed left):
New Jersey State Fish Faces Extinction
Video by Bobby Journalist and Jane Reporter

5. Use the “Transparent Black” Lower Thirds to introduce people. Those lower thirds should be centered. Make sure you have full names (first and last), occupation, and location.

For example (centered):
Tree Doctor, Haddonfield, New Jersey

6. When you are finished editing, export and compress into web-ready format.
From Menu
>Export Movie
>Select Large Size  960 X 540
Save to as YourLastNameVideo.m4v

7. After you export, capture a still image from your video. This will be used as a thumbnail for the video player. Pick a compelling frame that informs the viewer and makes her want to click play. Remember: People are more interesting than objects.

To capture a still image:
Create a New Project – name it VideoStill.

In the lower part of your iMovie workspace, let your cursor hover over the video frame that you want to extract as a still image.
>Control key + click
From drop down menu, select “Add still frame to the project.”
The still frame will be added to your project as four-second clip.

In the upper editing window, put your cursor on your clip and click on the wheel icon.
Select Clip Adjustment
Set the duration for 0.1 seconds.

From the top menu
>Share>Export using Quicktime
Give it a name. Save it to your desktop.
Choose option “Movie to Image Sequence.”
Choose the preset export option: JPEG 29.97 fps.

Save. This will create about 6 images. Pick the best one.

Save it as LastNameThumb.jpg

8. Create a Word document and write your headline, a two or three sentence teaser, and proper credit for your video. This will serve as the introductory text for the web site.

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