I had a request from a teacher this week for a way to put videos and pictures together into a movie/slideshow. My favorite choice is iMovie, but since it is only available on the iPad, it is limited by device. Window's Movie maker can solve this problem, but must be downloaded onto each individual machine and has too many options. Animoto is another great tool but I find it is too flashy for certain projects and limiting by time.
I turned to my favorite blog www.freetech4teachers.com for answers. Richard Byrne suggested a site Stupeflix. I was impressed by how easy I could login (using my Google account) and quickly add photos. With a few click I sorted the photos, added transitions, text and layered the video with a song. Stupeflix allows up to a 20 minute movie for free.
Some of the cons of the free account is that the videos are public and do not offer a download. When the video is processed, you can upload to YouTube/Facebook/Vimeo or share via social media or an embed code. Those who are a little tech savvy can work around these cons...
A few other limiting factors include that you cannot go back and edit the video later. The quality isn't perfect, but it did the job for what I wanted it to do.
Keep Stupeflix in mind for your next photo and video mashup!
~The IT Persin, Carol
About the "IT Persin"
Carol has her degree from Duquesne University in elementary education (K-6) and the Instructional Technology Specialist certificate. She has 4 years of teaching experience K-8 & 1 year of computer para experience. Carol is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for Keystone Oaks School District in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been married 5 years to her loving husband and they have a retired racing Greyhound, Henry.
Search my site!