Videolicious 5/9/13

Videolicious is the perfect app for a project based lesson. The free version of the app has limitations, which work well when setting guidelines, or building a rubric, for a project. Here are the limitations up front: only 10 shots can be used and there is a limit of 60 seconds. Only 20 videos can be stored for free. I don’t recall signing up, so it’s not obvious to me how they know to limit me to 20 videos.

How to use this app:

Step one: Choose Your Shots. –still photos or videos already recorded can be used or you can capture new ones at this time.

Step two: Tell your story. –this can be skipped or voice only can be chosen. The photos you chose will appear in the order you selected them, so plan ahead. Simply tap the photo while narrating and timing for each photo is automatically set.

NOTE: If any of the 10 items you bring in through step one are videos, they will only appear as long as you narrate them. They will be cut off to the length of your voice. Counters on screen let you know how much time you’ve been recording AND how much time is left in the video clip you are currently narrating.

Step three: Choose one song to enhance your movie. You can choose from their library of songs or any music currently on your device. Note: You won’t be able to use copyprotected songs in your production. Videolicious will indicate this when you browse your library. After you choose a song, you can listen and mix the volume of music and narration so it’s to your liking. Now it’s time to preview it and save. If you want to save HD quality Videolicious prompts you to create an account. To save SD quality no account is required. The video is stored in the photo roll and can be shared. If you choose one of the sharing options (email, facebook, or twitter) the video is uploaded to the website and given a unique URL. I do not recommend sharing these videos if students record themselves (audio & video) or if their first and last name are mentioned. There is no gallery on their website where visitors can search, or even view, recordings but I rather be safe than sorry and keep students safe.  

Those looking for a full video editing app will be happier with iMovie, but if your budget is ‘free only’ apps and one minute of video will be enough for your project, then Videolicious will work. If you’re familiar with the Ken Burn’s effect, made famous by his Civil War series on PBS then you’ll like the automatically panning of photos applied by the Videolicious app. Often students get caught up with selecting a transition, burning away valuable class time trying to decide which one to use. With Videolicious, transitions between shots are also automatically done for you with a simple fade. Not everything is automatically done for you, and planning the project ahead of assembling the parts will make this tool very fun to use for a classroom project.

Visit the Videolicious website to find out more, see examples and find out about pricing (above the free version)

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