In this guest blog post , Gareth Ritter describes a great free app from Microsoft Research
A still photograph is a limited format for capturing a moment in time. Video is the traditional method for recording durations of time, but the subjective “moment” that one desires to capture is often lost in the chaos of shaky camerawork, irrelevant background clutter, and noise that dominates most casually recorded video clips.
Here is a video tutorial that shows how easy this is to do
At the moment I am teaching my year 7 classes about the Orchestra, I have taken a clip from You Tube and selected the conductor as
the focal point, by using this tool I am able to help the pupils concentrate on the conductor by freezing the rest of the clip. I could do exactly the same if i was to talk about the brass section or even separating the 1st violins from the 2nd violins. This tool will make it easier for me to explain.
You can download Cliplets here
If you are still not sure what sort of effects Cliplets can produce then keeping checking out the Bing home page, that often uses a still picture with a moving effect.
Great Blog post and great tool! So, do you lose the sound, or was it deliberate to have no sound so you could concentrate on the movements of the Conductor? Either way, still a great tool with lots of potential applications!
For example, you could show the growth of a flower and cut out all the movement and growth of things around it, or show a bicicle moving but with one wheel spinning only! Then, ask the learners to explain what would happen to the locked wheel and the cyclist if that happened in real life.