edTPA Video Preparation

| December 4, 2013

Video Clips for the TPA Using a PC

This video clips will guide you through:

1. Downloading your video clips to your PC

2. Identifying the file type & converting file if necessary

3. Clipping your video clip

File and BACKUP all TPA documents carefully.

• You should create 3 file folders

TPA folder on your hard drive – *This should be a file marked “ORIGINALS” – just to store original files.

• Once you create or download files to the ORIGINAL file folder, save them to a TPA “WORKING” file folder. Never edit/change the ORIGINAL FILES, only the working files.

• After working on files in the WORKING file folder, back them up to another location (thumb drive, DVD, external hard drive, etc.)

You need to know how to clip your video for you will have 3 basic choices.

Those choices depend on the following:

1. Does your video camera have a clip video feature?

2. If not, will your camera download into a file type that can be directly used with Movie Maker?

3. If not, you will have to convert the video type and then use it with Movie Maker.

Check Your Camera

Practice making a video and find out:

1. Does your video camera have a clip video feature?

2. If it does, play with that feature to learn how to clip before you download, but be careful! You do not want to clip off a valuable portion of your lesson!

3. If you clip on the camera, you can just download and name your file for uploading to Pearson.

Practice making a video and find out:

1. If your camera is unable to clip videos, practice uploading a test video from your camera to your PC.

2. After the file is on your computer, what type of file is it?

3. If your file is one of the below, you can import it into Movie Maker to clip it without having to convert the file: mp4, wmv, asf, avi, mpeg4, m1v

1. If your file is NOT one of the below, you will convert it before using Movie Maker (mp4, wmv, asf, avi, mpeg4, m1v).

2. You will need to use a conversion software.

3. Import into Movie Maker after you convert the file.

CLIPPING VIDEO USING VIDEO CAMERA

CLIPPING VIDEO USING MOVIE MAKER ON YOUR PC

CLIPPING VIDEO USING MOVIE MAKER, BUT AFTER CONVERTING FILE TYPE

  • Watch video on camera.
  • Download video to your PC.
  • Download video to your PC.

Carefully clip using this feature on your camera.

If your file is one of the below, you can import it into Movie Maker to clip it without having to convert the file: mp4, wmv, asf, avi, mpeg4, m1v

If file is unable to import into Movie Maker, you must convert it to an AVI file first.

Use conversion software.

Download video to your PC, name it as TPA Handbook requires and you are done for uploading to Pearson. *You will need to check the file size and compress it if too large.

Download video to your PC, drag into Movie Maker, clip per directions (following).

After converted to an AVI file, drag file into Movie Maker, clip per directions (following).

Downloading (clipped or unclipped)

• If you clipped using your video camera, you can just download your file to your computer, but you will not need Movie Maker.

• If you will need to clip your video on your computer, make sure you have Movie Maker installed.

If you need Movie Maker, you can install a free trial version by going to: http://windows.microsoft.com/en- US/windows-live/movie-maker-get-started

Downloading your video clips to your PC

• Connect camera to USB port.

• Ignore any prompts to download camera software (do not download any of the camera software; it is not necessary)

• Dialogue box will open for importing

• Bottom left side of dialogue box will say “settings”

• Go to settings and change location to save file to a TPA folder on your thumb drive, hard drive, etc. *This should be a file marked “ORIGINALS” – just to store original files.

• Once you create or download files to the ORIGINAL file folder, save them to a TPA “WORKING” file folder. Never edit/change the ORIGINAL FILES, only the working files.

• Open TPA ORIGINAL file folder and make sure you have the files showing under “list” setting under “Change your view”

• Look at the file and identify the Type and Size of the file

• If your file is one of the below, you should be able to import it into Movie Maker without having to convert the file: mp4, wmv, asf, avi, mpeg4, m1v (**Sometimes an mp4 does not work and will need to be converted to an AVI).

Converting a file for Movie Maker uploading

• IF you need to convert your file, use a conversion software to change the file type

• Handbrake – http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

• Need 64 bit computer (not 32); free download and use

• Aimersoft – http://www.aimersoft.com/thankyou/install- video-converter-ultimate.html  • Free download; allows for 10 free conversions, can convert MP4 files to AVI files

• After you have installed the conversion software, you need to convert the file. **When you convert, save the new file to your TPA folder

• Here is an example with Aimersoft

Clip on Movie Maker

• Once your file is ready (straight from the download from the camera or after you converted the file)…

• Open Movie Maker

• Drag file into Movie Maker

• View video clip on left screen. Watch times so you know where to cut. REMEMBER, you may not cut any middle portion of a clip; just the start and finish!

Look under START button on bottom left for Movie Maker software.

Clip using Movie Maker

• Go to edit (under video tools)

• Drag bar on left to where you want to START the video – then click “Set Start Point”

• Drag bar on left to where you want to END the video– then click “Set end Point”

• To save your final clip

• Go to HOME

• Right Side – “Save Move”

• Recommended for this project

• Dialogue box will open to allow you to save file

• Save in WORKING TPA folder

• Save as MPEG-4 video file

• Use naming convention required by TPA directions

Clip on Movie Maker

• Make sure you make a back-up copy of your WORKING folder to a thumb drive, external hard drive, etc.

• Look at your file size!

• Target size is 200-300 MB or less.

• Will take up to 500 MB for each clip.

• IF larger, you will have to use Pearson compression software (see OFE TPA site, Blackboard, and Pearson site for compression software).

edTPA Video HelpDesk

(Equipment Check-out and Assistance with Video Cutting and Compressing):

Online Google site: https://sites.google.com/a/tc.columbia.edu/edtpa-video-helpdesk-for-students/

Email address: edtpa_helpdesk@tc.columbia.edu

Telephone: (212) 531-5217 (x5217 from a campus phone)

Location: 265 Macy Hall

Hours: M 9am-5pm, T-F 9am-8:30pm

Additional assistance with cutting and compressing videos:

Horace Mann Computing Center, Room 234
Monday – Thursday: 9:30 A.M. – 11:30 P.M.
Friday: 9:30 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Video & Technology

– New Consent Forms are now available in Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish. Please contact Julia Yu at yu@tc.edu if you are in need of additional languages.

– A limited number of blue tooth microphones, iPods, and tripods are available for check-out in Macy 265. [Note that when recording with the iPod Touch it should be done as a FRONT FACING camera, with VGA quality video (not HD).] Workshops and assistance with editing, compressing, and uploading videos will be available through Video Services in Macy 265.