As I continue to fluctuate between creating a video or a website for this re-mediation project, I decided to head to an actual Mac lab and test out iMovie more in depth. Basically, I wanted to see if it would be worth it to travel to a mac lab to complete this project, and unfortunately I really liked the tutorial on Lynda.com (making my decision even more difficult!). I also watched a tutorial video for Windows Live Movie Maker on my laptop using some videos I have saved, and found that the system just doesn’t give me enough features or freedom to create the type of video that I want. Here’s one of the final products on Movie Maker — I worked through the tutorial editing the clips (but didn’t use any special effects) just to see the barebones results and practice posting to Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOgnQLaCweI
However, the iMovie Essential tutorial was really great and so comprehensive! Anything that I had a question about before starting was answered in different videos — specifically I really benefited from the videos on voice overs and adding titles. Both are features that would be very important for my project if I chose to do a video. I really enjoyed working with the program and its exercise files, especially because I am not the most tech-savvy person and really enjoy walk-through tutorials. It is amazing that Lynda.com provides all of these amazing videos for free (woo, thanks U of M!).
Overall, this tech challenge has succeeded in confusing me even more about the platform/medium that I want to use for this project — which really stinks since I need to start my story-board ASAP.