Adobe Premiere Clip – So intuitive that 5 year olds can use it!

Adobe Premiere Clip is a fantastic mobile video app that does quite a bit, as well as having a seamless connection with Adobe Premiere Pro. Over at my site Confessions of a Media Arts Teacher, I posted about how it was the perfect app to introduce to the Preps how to edit, sequence and export a movie.

I thought this was ideal for the little guys who are learning how to make movies for the first time. I assigned every student a colour in their group and sent them out with an iPad to film short 4 second clips of objects with that colour. I made a note of which group had which iPad. This is where it helps to have numbered iPads!

Between that session and the next, I created a project for them using Premiere Clip. Since I knew which videos were which, this was the easiest way to do it. I bundled their videos into a project and named it with one of the student’s name and their class.

In the second session, the students learned how to find their project, open it up and group the clips in order. So, in one group, all the yellow clips were together, all the blues, all the reds, etc. We then looked at how to remove the audio from their videos and finally how to choose music that is supplied with the app that they could put on the movie.

In the final session, we looked at how to put titles in their movies. I wanted cards that had written the colour before the clips came on. I then showed them how to put credits at the end.

The movies came out beautifully. Yes, the students could be quite shakey when filming, but that will improve with time. The important thing is that they learned how movies are made up of clips, and about the role of music and titles in a movie project.



Presenting at the Adobe Education Summit in Sydney

I had the privilege this year of not only attending but also presenting at the Adobe Asia Pacific Education Summit in Sydney.

The following video below has the presentation recorded – but before that is Chris Betcher’s talking on Creating 365 days of the Year. My presentation starts roughly at the 27.00 minute mark, but I STRONGLY suggest you watch Chris’ as well.

Click on here for the video

Here are some of the tweets in response to my presentation.


Making a Ball Bounce in Adobe Animate CC

Introducing a massive industry standard program always has its challenges when dealing with younger kids. But my rule of thumb is to never dumb down to the kids, and keep instructions and activities simple and to the point.

Adobe Animate CC (previously called Adobe Flash Professional) is such a program. The kind of thing that I see animators and programmers do in Animate blows my mind and is way beyond my humble skills.

So, in that respect, it makes me the perfect person to teach Animate CC since I am only skilled in simple things! That’s ok, I’m a simple fella.

This project is adapted from the (curiously silent) tutorial I found by Pharkpoom Wisedsri at I’d like to think mine is a bit better since I talk through it and also mention where students can go wrong in doing the activity.

Let me know in the comments if this is something you want to try with your students! The file I begin with, I am making available here as a download if you want to follow along.


Shots On Film – Part 3

In this final part of the project, students learned how to nest a composition inside another one, add titles (including a rolling crawl) and music to finish it off.

You can find the last tutorial here below.

Shots On Film – Part 2

In part two on this unit of editing their Shots on Film project, students were asked to import their Photoshop file into Premiere Pro as individual layers and match them up in the sequence with their corresponding clip. Once that was done, they had to add transition effects. The second part of the tutorial is here below.

As always, please leave a comment!

Shots On Film – A New Project for Premiere Pro

The week prior to this one, the Grade 5-6s learned about shot composition and different camera angles. They then had to go outside and film short 4 second examples of each one. You can read more about it and the lesson at my other blog Confessions of a Media Arts Teacher.

This week, the students were shown how to create Lower Thirds in Photoshop and then import them as well as their clips into Premiere Pro to set up their project.

This is part one of three in the unit where I go through various editing techniques to achieve the final product – a movie they cut together called Shots On Film.

Below is the first part in that series. Leave a comment below if you have any suggestions or if this is something you think you can use in your classroom.

Creating a Simple Trailer in Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro is a seriously robust and powerful program for video production. In introducing basic video editing to students, I thought that making a 20 second trailer out of a screencast might be the way to do it.

The students in my class used Screencast-o-Matic to make screencast videos to teach the world something. This two-part tutorial, then, is about selecting clips within that video, and adding music, transitions and a basic static title.

I would love to know if this is something you would want to try with your students. Leave me a comment below!

Using Photoshop PuppetWarp to Animate a Character

The problem with the last activity I posted is that the characters can’t move any parts. There are no legs or arms to move around. This can be achieved using the PuppetWarp feature in Photoshop to pin pivot points on to an image and manipulate it that way.

This lesson below is almost exactly the same as one done by Mark Shufflebottom and Greg Hodgson as part of the Adobe Generation Pro: Animation course on the Adobe Education Exchange. If you’re interested, there is a new Animation course starting very soon here at this link . I highly recommend it!

Enjoy this. Leave me a comment if this is something you think you can use in your classroom!

Animating in Photoshop

Here is a little tutorial I did for my main blog on animating in Photoshop. Whilst Photoshop might not be the most obvious choice to do animations, it has for a few years now, had some basic video and frame animation capabilities. I found it a good way to introduce frame-by-frame animations to younger children without diving into Adobe Animate straight away.

The project involved a picture of the students’ empty classroom and the Simpsons kids coming for a visit. You can see how the responsibilities fire the kids’ imagination!


Creating Magazine Covers in InDesign

The final activity for the grade 5-6s this term was to create a magazine cover in InDesign that would (hopefully) complement the magazine spread they had just finished last week. For the grade 5s, that meant a magazine on Environment or Sustainability and for the Grade 5s, that meant either a current affairs magazine or a Natural Disasters Magazine.

They were to include their article and byline on the cover as well as a suitable cover image. Like last time, I supplied them with some example magazine covers for them to look at. Unlike last time, however, I told them the examples were there to be used as inspiration, not as something to copy.

The video below explains how I modelled this to the class.

This tutorial is part of a larger post over at Confessions of a Media Arts Teacher where I go into the lesson plan in more depth.

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