Reitz High School

Reitz High School
Evansville, IN

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

No Video Editing Skills? No Problem!

Do you want to make some cool short videos with clips that you have taken?  Do you teach younger students that can take good video, but cannot edit?  Never fear, Magisto is here!  Magisto is a web tool and mobile app that provides a free automatic video editing service for amateurs.  According to the website, Magisto aims to solve the problem of video editing being too complicated and time-consuming by letting users edit their videos in a click.  It has built its service on patent-pending image analysis technology that analyzes unedited videos and identifies the most interesting parts. The system recognizes faces, animals, landscapes, action sequences, movements and other interesting content within the video, as well as analyzes speech and audio. These scenes are then edited together, along with music and effects, into share-worthy clips.

Here is an Instructional Screencast

Or Click Here to go directly to the Screencast

 Here is a Sample Video Created with Magisto

Here is a List of Resources to Help You get Started:

App Storm
Magisto FAQs
EVSC ICATS Challenge
Tucker Tech Talk

Here are Some Ways to use Magisto in the Classroom
  1. Assign a videographer of the day to capture class and post it on your class website.
  2. Make a video collage of clips that illustrate an idea or theme.
  3. Make day-in-the-life videos of characters in books or people in the school.
  4. Create an inspirational video montage of a class's preparations for an assessment.
  5. Have students introduce a topic via video.
  6. Create discussion-starter videos.
  7. Create motivational videos made of quotes.
  8. Create an art portfolio video.
  9. Have students create biographical videos (my family, my favorite things).
  10. Have students share their definitions of a word and make a mash-up for that word.


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