I don’t edit video often, which means it feels different each time I try. I last wrote about cropping on a Mac in 2012. It felt different (but easier) this time.
Downloading the file from youtube
I entered the original youtube URL into http://en.savefrom.net. Then I downloaded the mp4 file.
Opening the video in iMovie
- Open iMovie
- New Project
- No theme
- Name project
- Import Media > navigate to the mp4
Crop the video
- In the thumbnails view, select the beginning of where you wan the video to start.
- Drag to where you want the video to end.
- Adjust as needed
- Play the video in the preview to ensure it is right.
Export the video
- Share > File
- Save to location
- Wait until Mac pops up message that export was successful
A teammate was discussing the “wonders of learning from video” yesterday. Which got me thinking. I generally like learning from books/articles best. This would be text with illustrations/diagrams, not raw text. I like reading better because:
- It is easier to go at my own pace. (While you can speed up video, it takes more energy to listen to fast. And I don’t want it uniformly fast. I want to be able to stop and re-read. Which is a pain on video.)
- I find it easier to find information in text.
- I can later search text if electronic. Or have “physical presence” cues if hard copy.
That said, I’m enjoying some of the MOCC courses online. Some being the operative word. A video has to be done right to be good. (As does a book; it’s just that books tend to go through more editing.) I’ve noticed that the videos I like tend to be less than 5 -10 minutes in length. With quizzes or exercises in between or in the middle. I think the interaction helps. It is easy to see if I understand what is going on so far. And to revisit select parts.
Live/in person video doesn’t have the negative side effects that recorded videos do for me. I think that is because the presenter can adjust real time. Either by seeing reactions or looking at visual cues or answering questions. It still feels interactive even if a high percentage is lecture.
When creating documentation
When looking for general information, there are many forms and it is relatively easy to pick the format one desires. (Although books are more common than videos on specialized topics.) In a company, the cost to produce internal documentation often precludes doing both. It’s also harder on the creators to do video because:
- Content needs to be searchable (I suppose a video transcription could allow this.) This is the same reason text in an image should be available in pure text as well.
- Producing content for video consumption is very different than merely recording an in person training session. The focus is different. The “real time clutter” needs to be removed. The screen needs to be shown with a different emphasis. It’s not something to just do on a whim.
- Video can’t be watched while on hold, on a conference call, etc. Granted these aren’t the ideal times to be learning, but it does happen. Again subtitles could help with this.
What do you think? How do you balance text vs video for technical content?
Two years ago, I wrote about cropping video fast for dummies on Windows. I now need to do the basically same thing on the Mac. This time is a little simpler as I only need one continuous segment cropped. And I have more experience. I’ve done it once before 🙂 on a different operating system. However, I still don’t have any special software.
Where I started
The original video is 2 minutes and 44 seconds. I want to get a 5 second or so video of the robot shooting a basket.
How I did it
- Learned that I do have video editing software – iMovie – that came on the Mac.
- Use ClipNabber to download youtube video. Had to click “clipnabber classic” to get to the download screen as the first screen is about some Mac software to download. As I don’t do this often, I don’t feel the need to download anything. This downloaded the clip as an .mp4 file.
- Downloaded Squared to convert from mp4 to something iMovie can import. (Squared beta lets you download directly from youtube, but I’ve already downloaded it.). Open mp4 in it and choose export to DV> Conversion took less than a minute.
- In iMovie, file > import > movies
- iMovie automatically splits the video into short thumbnails. Drag the one(s) you want to the top. It’s cool because you can select a range so this serves as a rough cropping. You can also join clips that way.
- Click on point of subclip you want to start and choose split. Repeat for end of subclip.
- Right click video and choose detach audio. Select the purple audio track and select cut.
- Share > Export movie
Converting to Flash
It was requested I provide a Flash version of my 4 seconds of video. There is software you can download that does this, but I didn’t want to download something (trial version) that I’d only use once. Another option is to upload it to youtube. I went with the youtube option. Then back to ClipNabber to download as flv (flash.)
How did it work?
This process was better than the Windows way (without a real editor.) iMovie is impressive.
The final product
The completed video does show what I wanted. It was easier to get rid of the sound this time too which is good because I won’t control the viewer’s machines this time.