Overview of Visual Argument Project

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  1. Welcome to the OVERVIEW section of the Tutorial on How to Use Movie Maker Software to Create a "Visual Argument".
  2. This part of the tutorial will provide you with an Overview of a student project that involves creating a "Visual Argument" through the use of technology. You will be making a multi-media argument using Windows Movie Maker (WMM). In the past, this has been a project assigned in many of the Writing Courses at the University of Scranton.
    • Although this tutorial will provide you with information regarding the requirements for the project, we suggest that you follow the guidelines that your instructor may provide. There may even be some topics that are considered off limits for this project.
  3. The project requests that students make a short film/montage with a message that takes an argumentative stand about some issue. Your film MUST make a pro or con commentary that is clear to the audience.
  4. The movie should be a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 6 minutes.
  5. Some mandatory elements may be required in your film such as:
    1. Still images such as photos, drawings, cartoons, et. Either from your personal collection or taken from the internet.
    2. Audio: which could be Music/Narration or even some silence.
      • Please note that due to copyright laws you can only use up to 30 seconds of any music, unless, of course, it is original.
    3. Video Clips: either your own or taken from the internet.
      • Please note that Windows Movie Maker only imports video files in WMM format, therefore, if you have other video formats that you want to use it will be necessary to convert them. Please inquire at the CTLE Lab regarding video conversion software.
    4. Video Transitions
    5. Beginning Title and End Credits (please place the title at the beginning and credits at the end).
    6. Text (in addition to the title and credits).
    7. Use screen resolution that is no larger than 320 x 240.
  6. Technical Resources available to you include:
    1. Please be aware that not all public labs have Movie Maker software available, only those running Windows XP Operating System.
    2. However, there is the CTLE Technical Lab that is available for your use with this project. It is located in St. Thomas Hall, Room 589. This lab is staffed with TechCons, students who are technical consultants, and can assist you with your technical needs. It is best to make an appointment to receive assistance although walk-ins are welcome.
      • Hours of the CTLE Technical Lab - the lab is staffed Mon thru Fri and the hours can be found at: www.scranton.edu/ctlelab
    3. Software and Hardware available includes:
      1. Windows Movie Maker 2 - which is a very simple, almost self-explanatory movie making software. It comes with Windows XP operating system.
        • Note: If you have Win XP you may even have this on your own computer.
      2. Ability to record your own narration using a sound recording software tool such as "Sound Recorder" which also comes with the Windows XP operating system.
      3. Ability to scan any image.
      4. Ability to capture VHS or digital clips from video tapes or digital video cameras.
      5. Ability to transfer music from CD's as well as use WAV files or MP3 files taken from the internet.
      6. The Internet
      7. Technical Consultants to assist you with equipment and software.

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