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The best App I use for recording 4K and widescreen movies on my iPhone

filmicpro video app

FiLMiCPro for control over settings. Love this - Tim

I tried a number of other video Apps before this one, as I thought it was too expensive. It is actually remarkable value for money if you are serious about recording video on your iPhone.

Features included that I find invaluable are
  • Variable frame rates up to 240fps on newest devices
  • Full manual control over focus, exposure, ISO, shutter speed, tint and color temperature
  • Audio meters
  • Thirds guide
  • Aspect ratio overlays
  • Audio gain control
Other resolutions and aspect ratios include...
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How to make green screen videos in Windows

Apple’s iMovie has a fantastic green screen feature built right in and is beautifully simple to use. I spent days trying to find video editing software that was even remotely comparable to install on my school Windows laptop. To save you the job, there just isn’t one.

But I want green screen stuff I hear you cry. Yes, me too. So...

There are video programs for Windows that do offer green screen functionality but their user interface is such a mess it negates any positives buying it would bring. Costs for those are generally $50 upwards as green screen is considered more of a pro feature. If you are used to the intuitive simplicity of iMovie then installing a whole new video editor that sucks anyway is going to be no fun at all.

Determined to find a solution, as my students love the tricks we can do with green screen, I went through all the green screen Apps in the apple store to find one that was quick and simple to use on my iPhone. The plan being to import that movie into my school laptop.

I did initially go through all the free versions but almost all provided no way of saving or exporting the videos without the in-app purchase. I’m sorry develoers but if your free demo doesn’t work I’m not going for the paid version. Chroma Key Studio Pro - Green, Blue & Pink Screen by iDevMobile Tec on the other hand is a delight to use and is just $2.99 from the app store. It's a universal App so works just fine on iPad too. Especially great value considering I was prepared to buy a $50+ video editing package just for windows just for that one feature.

Chroma Key Studio Pro

It needs a little bit of planning to get great results, but in a nutshell:

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How to animate and lipsync in Photoshop or Illustrator

Am always looking for ways to create animated videos for The Magic Crayons songs. Looks like it is in early stages but I'll give it a go next summer vacation *sighs*. It is part of AfterEffects CC Please leave any links to examples you think I should look at in the comments below. Thank you - Tim

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APA Referencing App - RefMe

RefMe APA referencing App

One bind when writing assignments for PD is the joyful amount of time spent on APA referencing. There is a full write up on tech crunch, but basically RefMe is crowd sourced referencing. I've an assignment or two to do this year so I'll try it out. If you have used successfully any of the other referencing Apps and can recommend one, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you - Tim.

Their website: https://www.refme.com

refME citations App for iPhone

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Apps for making flipped classroom videos

Apps for making flipped classroom videos

I attended a wonderful PD session over the weekend. Explain Everything came recommended for use by teachers and students.

For making flipped classroom videos it seemed a breeze. It doesn't have the interactive quizzes found in PowerPoints Mix, but I can just export the completed movie into that.

For students we were shown some great classroom examples. I'll write up more later. The video below shows the potential.

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Author: Hi, I’m Tim from The Magic Crayons. I am a GradDipT, CELTA, and CELTYL qualified Primary and Kindergarten Teacher from the UK working at a Tokyo International School as an English Language Support teacher (ELS/EFL). IT Integration Specialist, and Teacher Librarian. This blog reflects my Graduate Diploma in Teaching studies with the University of South Queensland, Australia, PD, and ICT in the classroom interests. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.
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