For many, understanding how and why to trim and convert video clips can be a real challenge. Students might go through an entire degree program never having done this. Then, when they’re only a few ‘baby steps’ away from completing their final semester, they are hit with the task of recording, trimming, converting, and uploading multiple video clips to Chalk & Wire for their edTPA submission.
When the finish line is so close, and they’re not necessarily interesting in learning how to manipulate video files on top of everything else, it can be a tedious pain. It can seem very foreign. We understand.
Fortunately, the process is not that difficult and Chalk & Wire has provided very clear instructions for both trimming (editing) on Mac or PC as well as converting (saving as an acceptable file format and size).
Both pages are also referenced in the complete Candidate User Guide for edTPA (Fall 2014/Spring 2015).
Students may find other means to accomplish the trimming and converting of video files. For example, if they’ve used their iPhone to record, they can trim (and save the newly trimmed portion as a new file, instead of overwriting the original) directly on their iPhone. They’d just be left with the step of converting (saving in an acceptable file format and size). Alternatively, if they’ve used QuickTime (Mac) to trim the clip, we’ve found that exporting the trimmed movie using the “iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch & Apple TV” preset produces a file small enough to avoid the additional step of converting. That is, given the time restriction for edTPA clips, the file will not exceed the 500mb limit.
Taking the Time to Use Existing Resources
Please encourage your students to use these guides. Getting in the habit of seeking out existing, self-service resources is a skill they will need after they graduate, and one that is all-too-often undervalued by all of us.
If they should run into any trouble along the way, we’re here to help. Students should seek support at the ITS Help Desk or by emailing a member of ITS Online Learning Services.