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Importing Video With iMovie (video tutorial)

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by MARK WEST 04/16/10

"Right Clicking"

You can "right click" on a Mac with a single button mouse. To do so, you can do either of the following:

  1. Press and hold the Control Key while clicking.
  2. (This one only works if you have a Mac with a touchpad - usually a laptop) place two fingers on the touchpad while clicking.

Importing Video With iMovie (video tutorial)

I have already covered how to import video into ActivInspire (introductory training, section 5), but being able to use a video camera and bring that video into your computer gives you access to create content specifically for your class. while being able to personally visit or meet someone will always be better, sometimes it is neither logistally nor financial possible to take your class everywhere you'd like them to go. Two obvious advantages include:

  • Being able to give your students access to a guest speaker who doesn't time to make multiple classroom visits. This allows multiple classes over years access to the same presentation. Perhaps you know someone who would be a great resource to tell your students how he or she uses your content in life, but couldn't show up for every class period over subsequent years (such as interviewing your town's mayor for social studies, etc.).
  • Giving students access to locations distant from the classroom. Perhaps there are local sites that you can't just walk to that use your part or all of your curriculum (example: a science teacher could go to a local water treatment plant and discuss the importance of being able to determine and adjust the pH of water for consumers of the local water supply.)

The following movie shows how to connect a video camera (the Canon ZR500 or ZR100), but setup should be similar for other models). When in doubt, contact your local librarian/media specialist or local tech support person. And of course, you can always read the manual that came with the camcorder. Being ready before you record and need to bring it into your computer is always better and makes the experience satisfying.