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How to excerpt a short clip from your lesson video

At some point in the semester, your teacher will ask you to excerpt a short clip -- perhaps three to five minutes -- that illustrates an educational concept or practice that you are studying in your seminar. These instructions show you how to clip the short excerpt from your longer lesson video.

Instructions

To create the excerpt, you'll need QuickTime Pro installed on your computer, and you'll need your lesson video file on your computer.

Follow these steps:

  1. Open your video with QuickTime.
  2. Watch your video, and identify the portion you want to excerpt.
  3. Drag the two selection pointers to the beginning and end of the portion you want to excerpt.
  4. From the menubar, choose Edit --> Copy.
  5. From the menubar, choose File --> New Player.
  6. From the menubar, choose Edit --> Paste.
  7. View this excerpt, and make sure it's the portion you want.
  8. From the menubar, choose Export.
  9. At the bottom, choose Export: Movie to MPEG-4.
  10. Save this excerpt with a new name to a place you will remember on your computer.

Your excerpt will have the file extension .mp4, and will be about 15-25 megabytes in size. It is this file that you will upload to the video clip library.

 

Tutorial with images

Download this PDF: How to make a clip

 

Extra help

For help with this process, contact Dermot Foley at the School of Education. You can reach Dermot at 212-650-3121.

 

Downloading Quicktime

If you don't already have it, you can download QuickTime for your computer at no cost at http://apple.com/quicktime. To turn this download into QuickTime Pro, get an upgrade code at no cost from Dermot Foley at the School of Education.

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