Making a Machinima in Second Life – in 19 Steps
For the next few weeks I will be working and helping moderate the MachinEVO course in Second Life, one of the TESOL EVO courses. We are all hoping to learn how to record Second Life and to create recordings which will be useful to our language learners. There are already more than 110 participants on this course, some of them already accomplished machinima producers, and some taking their first steps now.
Second life educators are known to be great sharers – nowhere else (but on Twitter) have I met so many colleagues willing to give away their free time and this is an inspiring environment to work in.
For the benefit of those who have not yet created any machinima productions, I have created this short guide.
This post is inspired by a post with the title How to Make a Movie which summarises the process in 19 Steps.
Useful Tools for recording in Second Life
- Fraps free download from http://www.fraps.com/ You can record for up to 2 minutes – paid version (27$US) for as long as you want
- Tutorial on how to use Fraps
- Second Life Michinima with Fraps and Vegas
- Pinnacle Studio Ultimate version 14 trial version
- VirtualDub suggested by Marius – you can view a You Tube video tutorial here
Screencast tools – recording your screen
- Jing Free version allows recording your screen for up to five minutes. The screencasts can then be stored on their server and an embedding code is available.
- Russell Stannard’s great teacher training video on how to use Jing
- Screencast-o-matic Does not require a download and can convert your screencast into a You Tube video.
- Comment: Made a test recording and on my Mac which has a good internal microphone SL sounds recorded very well but in the past when I used it on my PC it didn’t. Here is the link to my test recording,
- Alternatives Looks like there are quite a few – found them listed on this page. Do try them out and report your successes or comments
- Russell Stannard’s great teacher training video on how to use Screenjelly
Audio Recording & Editing
- Audacity – an open source application which allows you to record and edit audion. Audacity is easy to use and allows you to record different tracks and to change the level or speed or tracks or sections of your track.
- A You Tube Tutorial on how to record using Audacity and showing some of the basic functions. You can search for more on You tube
©Marisa Constantinides 2012
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