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Highlight Reels tutorial

One of the video assignments I did was the Highlight Reels Assignment. I noticed that a lot of other people did the assignment so I figured it would be a good one to make a tutorial for since its so popular. Doing this assignment is more than just taking a lot of sports clips and putting them together. You need to find the best plays that this athlete did and put them together in a manner that makes sense. Below is a step by step guide to doing this assignment and making an exciting montage of your favorite athlete:

Step 1: Pick your clips.

You should go on YouTube or another video website and watch some highlights to see which ones you want. Most athletes are going to have a plethora of highlights so you need to pick the best ones, unless you want your video two be a day long.  I recommend using plays that the athlete made that were big and happened in a clutch moment. I used Aaron Rodgers as my athlete so here’s an example where he threw a hail Mary pass in the fourth quarter with no time on the clock. Richard Rodgers ended up catching it and they won the game, it is now known as the miracle in motown.

This is a good example of the plays you would want to use. I would find about fifteen minutes worth of highlights so you you can cut some unnecessary stuff out and get it down to around five minutes.

Step 2: Edit your video.

To edit the video I used windows movie maker. This is a simple video editing software that is free on every PC. It’s easy to use and you can do a lot with it.


Here’s a picture of what it looks like while using movie maker. This is an assignment I did a while ago in ds106. When you upload your clips into movie maker it will show up into a reel like you see above. To shave down some of the video go to the edit tab and use the split tool to split the reel. Place a split at the beginning and end of the section you want to remove, highlight it and click the red x in the home tab to delete it. Do this until you get the clips you want, but leave a little excess (you’ll see why in a little bit).

Step 3: Pick a song.

The song you pick is critical to the video. You should pick something with a lot of energy that makes the video exciting. I think rap music and rock music work very well.

I think this song is a pretty good example of something you could use, but really you could use anything if you edit it right. When you upload the song into movie maker it will show up under the reel and you can edit it too.

Step 4: Put it all together.

Remember when I said to leave some excess video, well here’s why. You want certain parts of your video to line up with certain parts of the song. For example, if somebody is shooting a three point shot you should have a bass line or climactic part play when the ball goes through.

This is another montage I made for ds106. When Ray Allen makes his three at the beginning of the video the song plays. You want to edit your video so it coincides with the flow of the song. This is why it’s good to leave excess on the video at first, so you have some wiggle room to edit with the song in place.

Once, you are done editing you can upload your video to Vimeo or YouTube so everyone can see it. I hope this tutorial helped you out with your assignment.


Where do your Shoes take you? (4 stars)

For my last video assignment I picked an assignment that one of classmates, Kristin O’Connell, made. Not a lot of people make their own assignments so I wanted to do this one. I also picked this because I wanted to pick an assignment that went along with the theme of the class. I thought this did that well because it tells a story of what I did during my day and this class is about storytelling. I woke up and went and got something to eat. Then went home and did some homework. After that I went out in the garage to work on my project car for a while. Once I got done with that I went for a jog. Finally, I went and sat down at home to write up my post for this and my weekly summary. I thought it was a cool approach to telling a story while making a video that goes along with our week 10 assignments. It was very simple to make, all I had to do was take the videos with my phone and edit the video with Windows Movie Maker. I chose to put Walk This Way by Aerosmith in the video because it made sense since all of the videos were my feet walking.

Aaron Rodgers Highlight Reels (5 Stars)

I did this assignment for one of my assignments this week. We had to pick our favorite athlete and make a highlight reel for them. Last week I did the Sports Mashup assignment where I did a music mash up of different sports plays so this was very similar. I don’t really have a favorite athlete just a lot that I like, so I went with Aaron Rodgers. He’s Probably the best Quarterback in the NFL right now (sorry Pats fans). I used a few different videos I found on YouTube to make this one. There were a lot of good plays to choose from, but I cut it down to tn so the video wouldn’t be too long. I wanted to pick a song that went along with the plays so I picked Sabotage by The Beastie Boys. This is the staple song for people doing awesome and epic things so I thought it fit perfectly. I got the song from Amazon Prime using my handy dandy Prime subscription. I downloaded the file and used Windows Movie Maker to edit it and add the credits and intro.

How To Video (4.5 stars)

I chose to do the how to video assignment for one of my video assignments this week. I was looking for an assignment to tie into the theme of our course and I thought this would work well since the course is about using the internet to tell a story. Since we used the Mozilla X-Ray goggles in week 8 I thought it would be good to make a how to video on how to install and use them. This video could be used by others and could be used in other classes. I use instruction videos like this all the time and have always wanted to make one. To make the video I needed a software that would do a desktop recording and record me speaking. I found the Movavi software that was free, but the videos couldn’t exceed 2 minutes. I just went to the Mozilla website installed X-Ray Goggles and did a quick example on an Ebay page. I did the actually editing using Windows movie maker and put the intro and the credits in.

Spoiler Alert (3.5 Stars)

For this video assignment we had to create a 30 second spoiler for a movie. I decided to go with Star Wars: The Force Awakens because it had a very big moment at the end that made Star Wars fans across the world very angry. If you haven’t seen the movie you probably shouldn’t watch my video because you’ll be mad. Also, I am a big star wars fan so I already knew the plot well. I made this video in windows movie maker using images I found on google. I narrated it myself (poorly).

Sports Mashup (4.5 stars)

I did the sports mashup assignment for one of my video assignments. The topic of my montage is the NBA playoffs. I chose this because one of the things that the assignment wanted us to emphasize was the arc of ambition. I thought that the NBA playoffs were a very good example of this, since it is the time in the playoffs when players put everything they worked for to the test. It’s not really about just basketball as much as its about training hard to be good at something and using the skills you learned to succeed. In the NBA just about every player is very talented, but in order to win your team has to set themselves apart from everybody else. This is a combination of teamwork and individual talent. Also, we had to show “a message about the moments”. The playoffs in any sport are defined by the moments because generally the games are very close and the special moments and great play define the outcome. I made this videos using windows movie maker. I found the game footage on YouTube and bought the song on amazon prime.

Audio Assignment: Where do want to go?

For this Audio assignment we had to create a video or picture montage of a place we’ve always wanted to visit. Since I was young I have always wanted to visit Australia. I’ve always thought it was cool because of the scenery and all of the different animals. Hopefully, I can go there after I graduate. I made this using images I found on google and windows movie maker.  I found the song online also.