Turning a series of clips into cogent videos is a skill that all kids need to learn, but which platform is right for 21-st century story telling? I think that kids need to master the ability to edit video on all the major platforms in use at schools, from PCs and Macs to iPads, Androids and Chromebooks. That way they won’t be caught short on video skills.
Not only can you use any of these apps to create visual repots on science and English lessons but enhance each child’s story-telling skills. Next stop, Hollywood.
Windows Movie Maker
Once a part of every Windows computer’s software, Movie Maker is now relegated to a free download that anyone can add to their system. Version 12 still uses a timeline for creating a video and works with all recent versions of Windows. In addition to adding and rearranging clips, you can work with transitions and even get rid of camera shake. When you’re done you can share the movie online or add it to a Web site for the world to see.
Android tablets can now make full movies with KineMaster Pro. The center of attention is its multi-track timeline where you can slip in videos and edit them on a frame-by-frame basis as well as add audio tracks and transitions. Rather than having to use a mouse, everything can be manipulated by a finger or stylus for things like adding titles. The completed movie can be shared via YouTube, Facebook, Google+ and Dropbox.
The iMovie app that comes with Macs puts the emphasis on simple movie-making with a few frills, like Apple’s excellent online how-to section. One of the rare video editing programs that can handle 4K resolution, iMovie has templates that you just type in a name and drop in the clips. You can take that to a new level with the ability to use iPad vids as well as ones from a camcorder or phone.
Despite being basic and not exactly high-performance systems, Chromebooks are surprisingly good at editing videos. WeVideo lets you use a storyboard approach for a mini-movie or the more traditional timeline. Just drag a variety of files into position to be integrated and the app does the rest. If you don’t have what you need, the program includes 100 royalty-free effects and sound clips as well as the ability to use slow motion or time lapse effects. You can have kids team up to make movies and the free version allows up to 5-minutes of final movie time. The K-12 package costs $249 a year for a classroom of up to 50 students and allows each student to save an hour a month of videos and 5GB of online storage space.
Pinnacle Studio Pro
Video editing on iPads takes a big step forward with Pinnacle’s Studio and Studio Pro apps. The basic Studio software is free and lets users quickly create basic videos in a timeline format, while the $15 Pro version adds the ability to edit in up to 4K resolutions and save the results online.