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KET School Video Project – Upload Now!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 by Jeff Gray, KET

Kentucky educators can now upload student-produced videos directly to the online
KET School Video Project for sharing among students, colleagues, parents and caregivers, and for use in instruction. We’re looking for K-12 news programs or story segments, public service announcements, documentaries, art/music videos, classroom project videos, training/tutorial videos…whatever school video productions students are making that you’d like to share.

Visit the KET School Video Project for details and an easy-to-use online upload form. Export a video from your camera or video editing program to a file for uploading to the web (.mp4, .mov, or .wmv files work well). Then upload your video and we’ll check its technical specifications and content. Once approved, you’ll be sent an email notification with a link to the Watch Videos page.

Brian McKinney and his Estill County Middle School student video producers have uploaded the first videos to the new service. Check out the ECMS Pi Day Special video, a news feature story about their school’s celebration of the holiday commemorating the mathematical constant Π — Pi Day. In the video, students change the words of popular songs and sing them with amusing and charming results. What’s happening in your school? Record, upload, and share it!

Over the years, we’ve seen some amazingly well-made videos by Kentucky K-12 students. Some of them can be seen at the KET School Video Project under
Video from Past Projects. If you’re unsure of what type of video to make or to upload you can find some great student-produced examples there. Take a look at…

If you’re new to student video production and need some assistance getting started, or if you’re currently producing school videos and want to expand, try one of our KET services for school multimedia production at, including…

So, Kentucky K-12 educators (public, non-public, homeschool), ready…set…upload! If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact , KET Education.

KET Multimedia PD Days Event Useful Fun for Many

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 by Jeff Gray, KET

Our seventh annual KET Multimedia Professional Development Days event on July 13 and 14, 2010 was a lot of fun and useful instruction for over two hundred teachers, librarians, and education staff from across Kentucky. The workshops, given by KET staff and Kentucky K-20 teachers and staff, featured many interesting titles for multimedia production and related topics including: Basic Camcorder Video Production Using STEM Content, Lighting for Video, Making Do-It-Yourself Electronic Field Trips, Scenic Design for Video, Apple iLife Software for Multimedia Production, Green-Screen Software for School Video Production (cancelled due to illness), Fun Animation Resources, Video Publishing on the PC Platform in the Age of YouTube, Wikis, Podcasts, and Blogs—An Introduction to Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom, Student Podcasting, iPods in the Classroom, Digital Still Photography from a Pro, Video Tools for Science Class Measurement Projects, Copyright and Fair Use for School Multimedia, KDE’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), and a Tour of KET’s new high-definition production facility.

Here’s a compilation of particpant-produced video animations from the Fun Animation Resources workshop:

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We hope to see you at next year’s event!

Apple iPhone 4 Offers New Features for Multimedia Makers

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 by Jeff Gray, KET

Apple is giving it’s popular iPhone another makeover to a slimmer version 4 with a new hi-res screen, also adding some great features for multimedia producers.  Video recording is HD 720p using the Apple h.264 codec, and an iPhone App version of Apple’s iMovie video editing program — available soon for $4.99 — should be of great interest to school and home video producers. Addition of a tripod screw socket would be a handy addition for recording stability.

The new iPhone has two cameras and two microphones, allowing for iPhone-to-iPhone “FaceTime” video calling over Wi-Fi. One camera on the front above the display shoots you at VGA quality; the second camera on the back next to the LED flash shoots HD target video you’d like to share (pressing a button on the screen quickly switches cameras). The second mic, at the top near the headphone jack, is for FaceTime calls when the camera is pointed at you. It’s also supposed to work with the main mic at the bottom of the unit to suppress ambient noise and background sounds. It would also be handy to have an external mic input. Then slap it onto something like a Beachtek audio mixer for two XLR mics on desk stands and you have a basic school news recording setup, with editing. See the online video of FaceTime examples demonstrating the use of both cameras.

The 5-megapixel still camera now has an LED flash to assist it in low light, and there’s a new “tap focus” feature that promises selective focusing of near or distant subjects. Wowza!

The new iPhone 4 is due in retail stores June 24. Pre-order reservations for the new iPhone 4 begin June 15. Apple iPhone 3G and 3GS users can download a free iOS 4 software update that adds over 100 new features.

Update, 6/29/10: Uh-oh, hello!  It seems as though there are lots of people with new iPhones who are complaining about phone dropout when they hold their new iPhones a certain way, like normally. The Gizmodo media info. blog has a nice article all about it, with some amusing “semi-solutions” for dealing with the problem.  Here’s a ZDNet article expressing concerns about early-adopting the model. In looking up the Gizmodo article, I found that I must have been asleep the last few days, because an entertaining mystery around a “lost” Apple iPhone prototype for the current model that ended up in Gizmodo’s hands has been unfolding. If you’ve also been unaware and are interested, here’s Gizmodo’s post, and an Engadget update post about some of the fallout.

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