Primary Schools Animation - Post-production

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Saving projects as ‘movie files’
When you have completed a shot, or as many shots as you want in your ‘project’, you can turn the captured frames into a ‘movie file’. In the ‘File’ menu, select ‘Make movie’. You can change the settings, but for the best quality use ‘AVI’ and ‘Full Frames, Uncompressed’

Recording a soundtrack
The soundtrack may include a narrator’s voice, characters’ voices and sound effects. It is also possible to put music on. The simplest way is to plug a microphone into a computer, and record the sound using software, such as the Windows Sound Recorder, which you will probably find under ‘Accessories’ in the list of programs on a PC. This will save the sound to the hard drive of the PC, as a ‘Wav’ sound file.

Editing different shots together
This is best done with simple editing software, such as Windows Movie Maker, which is on any PC with Windows XP. 1 First, collect the shots on the hard drive of the computer which you will be using for editing.

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Open Windows Movie Maker. This may be hidden away somewhere under ‘Accessories’ or ‘Entertainment’ in the programs list. Use the ‘Import into Collections’ function to import the shots.

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Next, import the sound into Movie Maker. If this was recorded directly onto the computer, then you can import it in exactly the same way. Add the soundtrack to the ‘Audio/Music’ track on the ‘Timeline’, by dragging it down from its ‘collection’.

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Then, carefully assemble the shots on the timeline.

It will probably be necessary to cut up the sound and leave some gaps. You can ‘slice’ the sound track (or any of the clips) with the ‘Split clip’ tool. It will probably also be necessary to trim some clips, or to repeat some, or to slow some down, in order to make the sound and images fit. To slow a clip, right-click on it, select ‘Video effects’, select ‘Slow Down Half’, click on ‘Add’, and then click ‘OK’.

You can also use the ‘Video effects’ to fade clips in or out. 7 To save the finished film, use the ‘Save Movie File’ function, in the ‘File’ menu. The best ‘Movie setting’ is probably ‘High quality video (PAL)’. This will take up little space, but will be of a reasonable quality. _________________________________________________

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