Last year after a particularly amazing trip to Fujairah, where I got to swim with a bale of sea turtles, I put a piece together on here about how I had used the iPhone to record the footage I shot (using a waterproof bag cover) and then the iPad to edit the clips.
This article is a sequel to that and was inspired by a similarly amazing day out today - I took my daughter to the Atlantis Hotel here in Dubai and as a part of our time there, we got to hand feed stingrays for half an hour.
To say that this was awesome doesn't come close to doing it justice. It was an almost surreal experience and the rays were a LOT bigger than I expected - some were a meter plus in diameter.
After the turtle encounter, I edited the footage three different ways, using these three apps:
The point of the piece was to highlight three (free) apps that could be used to edit a video project very quickly - essential for classroom video editing as the focus should be on learning and not tech. As a former film-maker and someone who has edited entire movies, I know only too well that editing eats time like nothing else. Having tools at your disposal that allow students to composite something effective, professional and meaningful is a must for the classroom.
I was also building on my common theme of #AppAutonomy and the potential to give students the choice in the apps they harness in the classroom.
That article can be read in full (complete with all three videos) right here.
So this time around I thought I'd select a different set of three apps to edit the footage shot of the stingrays. The three apps used this time are:
Before we get into specifics and take a look at the videos, I want to highlight three crucial details regarding all three projects:
1. Each video you will see below took no more than 5 minutes to edit from opening the app to exporting the final clip.
2. I have not used narration on the videos despite the potential being there. I did start adding narration to the first project but felt that the videos spoke for themselves and the narration made the project feel cluttered. If you don't need it, don't bother.
3. Again all three apps are free to download from the App Store
Version 1 - using Apple Clips
Apple's recent Clips app has been a firm favourite with a lot of the #ipaded community since launch and though I haven't used it as much as some, I definitely see why it is so popular. It's an app that does so much of the heavy lifting for you and makes editing simple movies a breeze.
Pulling in the clips is quick and simple and they can be trimmed, reordered or filtered in a snap too. I must admit that the enforced, social-media style square format does grate on me a little (I'd go widescreen every time if I can) but Clips really does make short work of smaller film projects. This was definitely the fastest of the three.
Despite not using much text on screen (I may go back and edit this one to be honest) I did also take advantage of Clips' clever voice-to-text narration tool for the main title.
Take a look:
Version 2 - using Adobe Spark Video
This is easily one of my top ten educational apps.It actually came up yesterday in a Twitter discussion with Mark @ICTEvangelist Anderson as I highlighted that I had stopped using it in primary school as it was rated 13+ (due to the built in web access for images/icons.) MArk pointed out that the app is now 4+ so happy days!
What Spark Video offers is the ability to build something slick and themed in minutes. Having selected my theme and music from the healthy selection the app has to offer, I started hunting for icons by typing "stingray" - plenty to choose from:
I liked how this looked on my title screen so decided to intersperse these icons (and some text) amongst the video clips, The result is very different to the Clips one but didn't take much longer. It has a more professional feel which is why i love using this app for projects like designing advertisements.
It was my wife's favourite of the three.
Here's the clip:
Version 3 - using Splice
You may have noticed that the Splice logo looks a lot like that of Quik.
Splice is sort of Quik's big brother and is another free editing tool from GoPro. I only discovered it recently and for the first minute you are using it (importing media etc) it seems identical to Quik. Then it take a turn in a new direction and it becomes clear that whilst Quik offers you a ready-made solution for practically instant video editing, Splice offers you more control and functionality. It's closer to iMovie in this regard and this one definitely took me the longest (still just about 5 mins though.)
You can add mulitple audio tracks, edit clips with precision, add transitions and a lot more. If you're already using Quik in your classroom at all, Splice would make an outstanding option for your more able students.
So there you have it.
The apps can be downloaded for free from the App Store via -