Affordances and Constraints
Video can be a good option for capturing primary research and making arguments that benefit from dynamic audio and visual capabilities, and they offer a wide range of other writing opportunities. You can see just a few descriptions of rhetoric-based movie and multimedia projects at http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/node/172. Composing a video requires more hardware than most other multimodal options, as you need access to a video recorder or camera with video option if you want moving pictures. You can make film collages of still images and text, of course, but that requires a lot of media as well.

Technology Resources

MovieMaker and iMovie are probably your best bets for access, though there is a bit of a learning curve for both. There are also freeware movie editors that might be worth exploring, such as TrakAxPC http://www.snapfiles.com/get/trakaxpc.html

Depending on the file types your technology lets you create and what you want to do with them, you might need a file converter (for example, I had to change formats to burn a MovieMaker project onto a dvd that my Mom could play). You can download free converters, like NCH’s Prism Video File Converter, http://www.nchsoftware.com/prism/index.html, which supports a wide range of formats and is quite easy to use.


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