Thing 13 – Video
Thing 13 takes a quick look at YouTube, Vimeo, and Media Hopper. I first started my YouTube account in my very first grad class, Video Design for Learning. It was a convenient way for me to share my work. I continued to use it through grad school.
(I think the first assignment was to make a video without using any post-production tech. I used my old Canon GL-2 camcorder, an ipod for the soundtrack, a long board for a dolly, and the very talented Amanda as the star. The assignment required us to use each of a list of 36 shot types at least once. If I did this now, there are a lot of things I’d do differently, but hey we all start somewhere.)
Later, I used the channel for other projects, such as a promo video for #TvsZ. For those of you that haven’t had me talk your ear off about it, #TvsZ was a game played entirely on Twitter, based on the campus game Humans vs Zombies. I was on the admin team for the game from versions 3-7. I made the following using CC images, a poem that Pete Rorabaugh (co-creator of the game) wrote in the first playthrough, and a song by my buddy Felipe Gomez (of Bass Invaders, and the Bike and Bass Tour fame).
I opened a Vimeo account when I started Module13, thinking that I would produce a bunch of different media for different projects. Unfortunately that never came to fruition and I think there is only one video there.
So, because I have experience with 2/3 platforms, I’m going to take a dive into Media Hopper for this one.Darn, the Media Snippets need a U Edinburgh login. Demo collection of MOOC content here I come.
The title of the video Global Health Policy Unit caught my attention:
Clicking in, and watching it I find “Global Health Policy Unit promotional video in support of MSc courses.” Looks like a pretty cool program actually. The video itself comes with U Edinburgh branding, but I thought it was a nice touch that they added the CC information in the end of the video visually. The video player allows you to share a link, change the playback speed, and all the usual stuff. It didn’t let me embed the video directly though, so I tried just wrapping it in an iframe above <grit teeth when hitting publish>. The page itself also states the date created and that it’s a CC-BY licensed video. There’s a download button, so let’s check that out.
I tried downloading the medium quality option, and a great little mp4 came along. Thinking about OER and the 5 Rs in this case, Retain, Reuse, and Redistribute are super easy in this case. I can move that mp4 anywhere now and link it back to Media Hopper. If for some reason Media Hopper goes down, then I still have my own copy I can use. Given the instability of online resources, I really like this part of CC, but also Media Hopper makes accessing this material super easy. That’s actually one thing I don’t like about YouTube’s CC-BY system, is that I’m stuck in the YouTube ecosystem to use it (although the motivated know how to get around that).
Revise and Remix are where video gets REALLY tough. A quick side story. I was once working with a course development team (I was like the 6th ID that worked with the team so there was a lot of stuff that happened before I showed up, so I didn’t always have the whole picture), and they had a tonne of video in their course. They had used a bunch of images in the course and needed to swap some out, due to copyright. Who hasn’t had a project where they got a bit ahead of themselves. We had all of the finished video files, and I guess we could have taken those mp4s into Adobe Premiere or Final Cut, and just laid the new images and captions overtop of the existing video. I think some videos had already had that done to them, but it just doesn’t quite look right. I mentioned to the team lead that we needed to go back to the original files so that we could swap out the images and then re-export them. That would give us the best quality output. After trying to explain it a few times I came up with the analogy that really got through,
Editing video is like baking a cake. All of the video clips, audio clips, images, titles, and backgrounds are your flour, butter, eggs, cocoa, and milk. You take these items and arrange them in separate bowls on your counter. The video editing software creates the recipe. Two cups of this video clip, a dash of this sound, a pinch of this image. When you hit export you mix the ingredients and bake the cake. It is impossible to take the egg out of the cake once it’s baked, but if you remove it from the recipe before mixing, then you’re golden.
I’m sharing this story, because that’s where I see OER and video falling flat. Those first 3 Rs of Retain, Reuse, and Redistribute are the easy part of the whole thing, but without the recipe and ingredients, it’s quite a bit harder to do a revise or remix. Not that it can’t be done, it just adds a layer of complexity.
Have you come across OER video that provides all of the files? What was your experience like using those materials?