Moovling along

I’m happy to report that I practiced EVERY DAY last week! That’s quite the accomplishment at this time in the semester when the work load is mountainous! But, as a result, I think my guitar playing has greatly improved. I have really been enjoying practicing my song. It’s starting to feel just natural to play it!

After last week’s adventure with Scratch I was intrigued by the idea of making animations and I figured there had to be a fun and interesting way to present the recording of my playing. I searched for different ways to make videos with slideshows or music, and found quite the variety. Wideo seemed kind of interesting, but their free account only allows 45 second clips, so that wasn’t going to work for my song. I tried out Garage Band, but found that it went a little too complex for what I needed as for music editing, and of course, it’s only music with no visual. I also found a cool app called UJam, which, like GarageBand allows you to upload your own music and play with its style. It was really fun to play around with because you can also add different styles to your music, and all the instruments that go with them. From punk to pop to classical, and everything in between, there’s a style that fits almost anything. For what I wanted to do, however, it wasn’t going to do the trick.

I also considered Animoto, but decided to go on a hunt for something new to share with my ECMP class, as Animoto had already been presented. I also wanted to find something that had a library of images or animations that I could use instead of uploading photos. After some searching I came across Moovly. This web-based application allows you to create your own animated presentations, and has a great library of pre-made images, or you can add your own. It also has a database of sound effects and music, or you can upload your own! You can also add text to your presentation. It’s super simple to use, and is basically just drag and drop. You just find the image you want and slide it over to your “stage.” From there you can control how it enters the screen, how it moves and when and how it leaves with simple menu clicks for the item and dragging some slide bars. You can also change the colour, size, position and orientation of the objects at any time, and also their layering within the screen.

It’s marketed towards doing presentations, specifically “white board presentations”, and has “hand drawing” options for many images, text, and entrance/exit styles, but you could really use it however you wanted. Plus, even on the free version you can make videos up to 10 minutes in length! The site automatically saves your work, and when you’re finished you have the option of downloading it, emailing it or publishing it to their public gallery and/or YouTube.

So, here’s my video!

How should I present my video to everyone next week? Hmmm…I’m thinking music video…because obviously I’m at that level, right?

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