Sunday, November 25, 2007

Eyespot=Instant video blogging!

I have been using the Eyespot website for the last 2 years. I love the online video editor, so that my students can edit videos from anywhere at anytime on any computer. They do not have to worry about storage. Eyespot is a nice alternative to iMovie and Moviemaker. While I love iMovie, with those huge iMovie files, you can really only work on the same computer while editing---of course you can try to transfer the gigantic iMovie file with a hard drive but sometimes the versions do not match from computer to computer and the file will not always transfer properly. And MovieMaker only lets you move the video "shell" from one computer to another, so you still have to transfer all of your media files....not easy for many. Additionally in schools, it is often hard to reserve the computer lab or laptops with the editing software, so students are often rushed to finish their projects during class. Also, teachers do not want to take away too much class time for video editing projects, so again it may stifle what the students can really do with a video-based project. Finally, video cameras are often scarece in schools and hard to check-out for students.

Eyespot is a fantastic alternative. While Eyepsot works a bit like Youtube, you can upload and share videos with anyone. Like Youtube, Eyepsot also allows you to upload videos from any cell phone directly into a private Eyespot account. But in Eyespot, you can also post directly on a blog from your cell phone by simply changing the settings in your Eyespot account! Finally Eyespot offers an online video editor (like iMovie). So you can send your videos from your cell phone to Eyespot, then edit them online. This means you do not have to be at the same computer to do all your editing and you do not have to worry about storage issues! Also, no need to check out a camcorder when you have a cell phone with video-capturing abilities! Fantastic! Students could do their video taping and editing for homework rather than taking class time. No need to bring the cell phones to class, because their final video could be safely in their private Eyespot account ready to download at school. And it is all FREE!

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