site draft up!!!

Hi all!

We *finally* have a site draft for the oral history project! I’ll be building  and posting interviews to it starting next week (following a few changes to the template, and a conference trip for me.)  If you want to see the (very bare bones) outline, it’s at:

When it goes live, it will live at I’ll email when it’s ready for viewing!



Final project due dates/Finals week office hours

Your final portfolio is due as follows:

  • Tu/R 9:30 am class? Your work is due by Tuesday, May 1, by 10:30 am.
  • Tu/R 11 am class? Your work is due by Thursday, May 3, by 1:15 pm.
  • Tu/R 12:30 class? Your work is due by Tuesday, May 1, by 1:15 pm.

To turn in your work: export your video to a file type you can upload to YouTube. Upload to YouTube. Email me with the video address, and attach your reflective overview, no later than the end of your final exam period. (Please note: If you’ve chosen to build using a “build the movie in your browser” kind of site, it may wind up posted on THAT site rather than YouTube. That’s fine. Just send me the address.)

I will be in the office Tuesday from 8:30 (or as soon as I can drop Fy off to school and get here) to 1:30 pm. Thursday you’ll find me there from 10:30 to 1:30. Email  if you need anything else in the interim.

“In Browser” alternatives to iMovie and Windows Live MovieMaker?

I just found a couple of new alternatives for those of you wanting/needing to use a website to build your video (rather than a program installed on the computer). This is a good alternative for those of you using lab computers, as you don’t have to worry about the “right” lab, with the software, being available.  Let me know how these work for you, and if you hit any problems? (This one is a paid service, BUT when I signed up just now I got one “free pass”…so hopefully you will too! Here’s a blog post “how to” for using it.)

Here is a list of a bunch more! (lists multiple such websites, some free, some not…)

If you want, google “browser-based movie-making” (or movie maker) and you’ll find more.




I have explained this numerous times, but it’s still not getting through, and it’s really got to. We cannot continue pushing back so many presentations to the next due date. (One class is up to SIX people per session for the rest of the term. This is going to be tricky, and CANNOT swell more.)

The file you’re working on, when you’re working in MovieMaker, will ONLY open in MovieMaker. And it will only look “right”–as it did on your computer–when it’s in MovieMaker on the same computer as the folder of all the “stuff” (pictures, sounds, songs, etc.) you used to build the movie.

SO: when you are ready to show this elsewhere, and you want it to just play–not be editable, not show all the behind the scenes stuff–YOU HAVE TO EXPORT THE FILE and save it as a different file type, one that DOESN’T require Windows MovieMaker (or iMovie) to run. You’ll end up, then, with two files: the original “raw” file (which you can go back to and edit) and a non-editable file that will play in any movie playing program.

Here is how to do that in Windows Live MovieMaker:

(Please note: the button he’s showing you to export to YouTube? There’s also buttons to send it other places, like email, or Facebook, right there by it…)

Here’s how to do this in the older version, simply called Windows MovieMaker.

And here’s how to do it in iMovie ’11.

One warning: this is NOT a quick process.


update 4/25:

Some of you (and MANY users I found griping about this same problem online) have reported trouble with the export to YouTube function in Windows Live MovieMaker. Here’s the workaround:

  • in the top right area of the toolbar, beside the YouTube and Facebook buttons, there should be a little disc, labeled “save move.” Click this.
  • A new window will pop up, asking how (what size, etc.) you want to save the video. I generally just choose whatever is recommended, and click through to the end of this sequence.
  • Pay attention to where the video is saved TO–you’re going to have to go retrieve this final in a minute. (Generally, but not always, it winds up under “my videos,” a folder insider your “my documents” folder.)
  • Once you’re done, you should now have TWO different versions (really, filetypes) of your video–the wlmp file, which only works in MovieMaker, and a wmv file, which can be uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, burned to cd, transferred to flash drive, etc. etc. etc. Locate the .wmv file. Go to YouTube. If you don’t have an account, set on up now, and log in. Click on your username (top right corner of webpage) and then “video manager.” This should take you to a screen through which you’ll upload that file! (Here’s a video on how to upload, in case it helps.)

Reversing Video?

In the 9:30 class on Thursday, we were discussing how to reverse an existing video. Here’s what I’ve found out so far.

Basically, what you’ve got to do is divide the video into individual frames, reverse their order, then export them as one (reversed) unit. Lots of (high dollar) programs do this, but I’ve found (so far) two free alternatives.

You can use MovieMaker to do it (but it’s tedious…). Here’s a video showing how.

I also found a free program called virtual dub (download at that seems to streamline the process some. Here’s a video showing how the process works in that program.

Let us know if you find other/better programs or techniques? (And if you have production questions, let us know that, too, so we can all be looking for ideas/solutions for you!)

Required post, week of 4/17-23

Your required blog posting this week is to get a start on your reflective overview for portfolio 3.

Your reflective overview has two “sections,” or components, this time (click to review them, in the assignment sheet). One is to articulate and justify your choices in the video. The other is to consider your work and learning over the whole semester, and to make plans for how you’ll continue developing your reading, writing, and research skills in future. For this week’s blog posting, begin your reflection!

In considering the first of these things–the work you’ve done on the video–consider all the readings (and discussion) we’ve done on designing thoughtful, rhetorically effective arguments (and especially visual arguments). Use the ideas from those readings (like those on C.R.A.P. design principles) to talk through how you’ve worked to achieve your purposes, with your chosen audience, through your choices in making the video and supporting your argument.

In considering the work you’ve done in our class this term, make use of specifics (like the course description and learning outcomes, and the assignment sheets, etc.) to talk about what you’ve learned (and how) (and how you’ll continue to do so). Evaluate your work, specifically, and back up your assessments.

Required blog post (due by class 4/12)

Your required blog posting for this week is to: find a text (any genre or mode) aimed at YOUR ideal audience. Link to it, if possible, in your blog post, then analyze: 1) why the author of this text chose this audience, 2) how you can tell this is the audience chosen, 3) how they approach the audience to achieve their purposes. Do this before Thursday’s class (4/12), as we’ll be exploring them in class that day!

Blogging Prompts, week of 4/3

Here are TWO prompts for you (so you only have to think of one on your own this week).

1) Consider: have you ever used something from the internet in an unethical way? Do you think current copyright laws work well in the digital composing environment? Why/why not? What do you think should be changed?

2) Locate a video that inspires you. It might give you a way of thinking through the rhetorical appeal you want to make to your audience. It might be on the same topic. It might just be a really cool example of how you’d like to make your own video. Link to it, and write a little about why you’ve chosen this, and how it inspires you.

The Island President

I saw this gentleman, Mohamed Nasheed (deposed president of the Maldives and an environmental activist) interviewed the other day, and thought you all might be intrigued by his story. He has been battling for climate change, which is vital to the survival of his beloved homeland NOW, and to all of us sooner or later, and the price(s!) he has paid for his activism makes his dedication all the more admirable.


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