Video Editing On Older Macs

In a stack of papers called Technology.

  • Apr
  • 24
  • 2007

Out of date computers never stand in the unemployment line if teachers have anything to say about it. Pulling computers out of the trash and putting them to use in my room is not out of the question. As such, I have six blue-and-white G3 and two grey G4 towers in my classroom.

Even though reanimated computers are slow and sometimes can’t run current software, there are miles to go before they sleep. My seniors are working on a digital storytelling project right now. I need the Ken Burns effect so my students can zoom and pan with still images and my old version of iMovie (2.1.2) doesn’t cut it. Good news: a newer version of iMovie is free.

Apple released iMovie 3.0.3 as freeware and it runs on OS 10.1.5 or higher. My computers have 10.2.8, so I’m set. Apple asks for 400 MHz or greater, but I’ve already put this on a 350 machine and it works fine.

My PCs are out in the rain for all this since they don’t have firewire. I’ll see if I can track down a firewire card or two. From there I have a line to get Adobe Premier (Elements?) installed.

And I’m happy that my Macs are all set up for my seniors to take advantage of iMovie. Imagine students working together to conduct an interview, develop a script, choose music and effects, record voiceovers, and create a final video. This could be really cool. I wish I could say the same for my junior curriculum…

1 comment

1. Ben says:

[4/24/2007 - 10:46 am]

It sounds like you’re well on your way to having the classroom ov my dreams, Todd. Plenty of Macs running iMovie and other iLife programs, and all of them under your direct control I’m assuming, rather than have them be part of the “school network” where you aren’t even allowed to install a simple program without 3 levels of approval and assistance from a district tech.