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Tech Tools: Movies & Videos

Movies and Videos

Have a video camera?  Shoot! Capture! Edit! Share!

First things first!  You need to a way to film your videos.  The library has cameras that you can check out!

Second, you obviously need to shoot your video. While you do not need to have the directorial skills of Steven Spielberg, there are some basic video shooting skills that one needs to master. I've seen many good videos marred by bad lighting or shaky hand movements.

Third, once you've shot your video, here's where you need to capture the video into a computer. For many people, this tends to be really confusing. But this step simply really boils down to what format your video is shot in.  How will you get the video from the recording device to a computer?

Fourth, once you've got that video into the computer, you need to edit the video file to trim and cut scenes, then add special effects, titles and screen transitions. You can even add in a soundtrack as well.There are a variety of programs you can use, but moviemaker and imovie are the two most popular.

Finally, once you've edited the video to your heart's content, you're almost done! You just need to share the video with others!  This could mean downloading it to a file on your computer, exporting and burning to a DVD, or sharing through an embed code or weblink.  Depending on the size of your completed file, it may not be possible to email.  You may need to use a flash drive.  Also, you need to consider what file format you save your file in.  Not all formats will have easy playback on school computers. 

How to save to Google Drive from an iPad

To begin, have the students log into their Google Drive account on the iPad.  Then…….go into iMovie and on the home page, select the Share button.  The share button is the blue square with an arrow pointing up (this is a universal button on many Apple products). A row of boxes will open up asking how you want to share your iMovie.  Select the Open In Another Application.  When you do, your iMovie will start to export the movie first.  Wait until it is done and then it will open up a dialog box asking which application you want to open it in.  Select Google Drive.


When a student first puts the video into Google Drive, it will not look like it has worked simply because iMovie will export the files as compressed files.  So you will have to click on the file in google drive and select download.  You only have to do this once and it will convert it for you.


I then have the students share their iMovie with their teacher.  The teachers will often create a folder in Google Drive and move all of the incoming video’s into that folder making it easier to organize.  If the teachers shares the folder with me, then I will put a few onto my website.  Since I use Google Sites, I found out that I have to “tinker” with it a little bit to make sure the video’s show and can be watched.  So here is what I do:

When I go to open up the iMovie, I open it using an add-on called CloudConvert  (from the Google Drive app store but is also available online)

in CloudConvert, I select to transfer the iMovie into an mp4.  I then have it saved back into Google Drive but you can also have it saved to your desktop or computer.

On Google Sites, I insert the video by selecting the file and uploading it to the webpage.  As long as the video is an mp4 file, it will display correctly.


If you do not have Google Drive, another way you can share and save the iMovie is by creating a private school youtube account.  This is the way it is recommended by a lot of experts and is the easiest way for students to share and save iMovie’s as well as other video creations.  You will have to make sure your tech director will unblock this specific site if youtube is blocked at your school.  I don’t have this set up yet because youtube is blocked for all of our students but plan on doing this next year to make things easier…….especially since it seems like more and more of my teachers are asking to collaborate on projects that require a lot of video production.


btw: here are the instructions of how to take video from a cell phone and transfer it into an iMovie.  I have the students use Google Drive for this feature as well.  I tell the student to take their video or pictures (even if it is a snapchat or instagram - screen shot it) and upload into their Google Drive account.  Once at school here are the instructions to take the video (and pictures) from Google Drive into iMovie:

Following are the steps to Import Videos from Google Drive into iMovie on iPad:

1.    Go to & sign in to your account. If you don't have an account, then create one.

2.    Download "Google Drive App" on your iPad from the Apple App store & launch it.

3.    Open "Google Drive App" on your iPad.

4.    You will see all your photos and videos.

5.    Choose the video which you want to import to iMovie.

6.    Tap "i" icon, you will see all details of the video.

7.    Tap "Open In" button.

8.    Select "Open in iMovie" option.

9.    An iMovie opens up. 

10. Choose the location to save your video in iMovie.

11. This is how you can import videos from Google Drive into iMovie on your iPad.

Instructions can be found at:


Brenda Lemon

District Librarian

Chapman School District