VOC Step 5 Post- production

You need to transfer pictures or video for editing to a computer that has an editing programme. Free and easy editing software options include Movie Maker for Windows (if you have it already installed, new installs are not possible any more) and iMovie for macOS. OpenShot and the forthcoming freeware VideoLAN Movie Creator are both free and available for Windows, macOS as well as Linux. In the technology section you will find instructions on how to:

  • Import from your camera (tablet or phone) to the computer you will edit on
  • Edit in a suitable editing software application
  • Export your video so it can be added to YouTube, the project Wiki and shown to the world, if you want

Post-production is different for one-shot videos, stop-motion and creative explorations (see the vidumath matrix):

One-shot video
A one-shot video needs no post-production at all.

Stop-motion video
Stop-motion material needs to be edited to become a video.

  • If you are using a stop-motion app on a smartphone or tablet computer, this app can be used for post-production. The app’s user guide will tell you how to do it.
  • If you use a digital camera, the post-production will be done in the video editing software on the computer. Transfer the pictures from the camera to a computer. On the computer the pictures will be copied into the video editing software. You will find more detailed information in the technical support section.

Creative exploration video
When doing creative explorations, everything is possible. The only limit for post-production is set by your video editing skills and the given
timeframe. After the visual part of the core video is finished, the fun part starts.  You can add an opening title, end credits and audio to the video. By audio we mean music and sound effects. Please ensure that only audio with an open license is used to avoid problems.

When the final video is finished, it has to be saved as a video file! We recommend mp4 format and uploaded on YouTube (see Uploading a video on YouTube) and added to the project wiki.

For a student project:

Students transfer pictures or video for editing, if necessary. Students edit. Students add audio. Students check and upload video. Post-production is different for one-shot videos, stop-motion and creative explorations (see the vidumath matrix):

One shot video
A one-shot video needs no post-production at all. Even if not needed, it is possible to make some editing for fun, if the students want, are able and you have enough time (see below)

Stop-motion video
Stop-motion material needs to be edited to become a video.

  • If the children are using a stop-motion app on a smartphone or tablet computer, this app can be used for post-production. The app’s user guide
    will tell you how to do it.
  • If students use a digital camera, the post-production will be done in the video editing software on the computer. First, the children have to transfer the pictures from the camera to a computer. The teacher has to ensure in advance that this will work. On the computer the pictures will be copied into the video editing software. You find more detailed information in the technical support section. Most children will manage this work autonomously with little or no help.

Creative exploration video
When doing creative explorations, everything is possible. The only limit for post-production is set by the students’ video editing skills and the given
timeframe.

After the visual part of the core video is finished, the fun part starts. This is not a requirement but students enjoy it. If there is not enough time for this during the mathematics lessons, this could be part of arts or music lessons or done at home. Usually the students want to add an opening title, end credits and audio to the video. By audio we mean music and sound effects. Please ensure that only audio with an open license is used to avoid problems. We recommend providing a limited set of audio files. Searching the internet for suitable music takes much too long.

When the final video is finished, it has to be saved as a video file! We recommend using the mp4 format. Finally, all video files have to be transferred to the device that is used to show videos in the classroom. The very last step is to share the videos with the tandem school (if applicable) or with the world by uploading them to the internet, e.g. YouTube.

The videos, and something about your class and school, should be uploaded onto the project wiki. If you haven’t done yet, you will need to register and let the project know the name of your school so we can create your page. This can be done after the lesson is finished.

Next: Step 6: Reflection