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Technology Resources

MovieMaker and iMovie are probably your best bets for access, though there is a bit of a learning curve for both.
For DU students, Windows Movie Maker is bundled with the windows OS and unless you manually removed the application, it is present on all Windows machines. The most current version can be downloaded from Microsoft <http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/moviemaker2.mspx> for free. Similarly, at DU, the Apple iMovie application is usually bundled with new Mac purchases and it is a part of the iLife suite. Unless you have done a new install of you Mac OS and erased the original factory load, you should have access to the application. Otherwise you can purchase the iLife '09 suite for $39 at the DU bookstore.

MovieMaker Tutorial

iMovie Tutorial

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**,which supports a wide range of formats and is quite easy to use.

In addition to making movies with still images and video footage, you can create easy animated videos at Xtranormal: Animated Movie Maker

You can also create screen capture videos that work well for tutorials and workshops at Screencast-O-Matic, which is free and easy to use. The home page includes a good tutorial.

Assignment Ideas

Advocacy Video - 1122 - Submitted by Jennifer Campbell

Objects of Interest Video - 1622 - Submitted by John Tiedemann


Video Composing Resources
From the Digital Writing Collaborative, a list of links to useful tutorials and Creative Commons media for students to use.

Political Remix Video
From the creators: "This website showcases and promotes some of the best, most innovative and inspiring examples of Political Remix Video. These remixes use and transform appropriated footage (and audio) from popular culture to create new fair-use video works. For us the word “political” refers to works that are critical of not only of political institutions and government policy, but also social and cultural issues like gender, race, sexuality and environment. This blog is managed and edited by two remix artists and media activists."

In 2010, DU solicited student-made videos to show at orientation. This might be an interesting and practical way to frame documentary videos in our writing classes.

Recommended Reading

Dubisar, Abby M., and Jason Palmeri. "Palin/Pathos/Peter Griffin: Political Video Remix and Composition Pedagogy." Computers & Composition 27, no. 2 (June 2010): 77-93.
This article presents background on political remix video, an assignment and case studies from a course in "Political Rhetoric and New Media" and suggestions/implications for using remix projects in writing classes.

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.