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Splicd – how to chop YouTube videos to a single segment

Posted by rosiemacalpine on March 3, 2009

Splicd is a website that allows you to view any YouTube video on your IWB, but overcomes three common problems with using YouTube in the classroom:

1. YouTube is blocked on some school systems

2. You may just want to show a portion of a video and it’s difficult to get to the right point.

3. The video you’ve chosen is appropriate for the classroom, but user comments or related videos (displayed on the page) are not.

Splicd lets you paste the URL of a YouTube video, and then choose the start and end point. You can then link directly to that video (or download it with RealPlayer see a previous post on this) and watch only the segment you want. There are a few ads but I haven’t seen any that are inappropriate.

Here’s an example of how you might use the service. You would like to show a section of ‘The Godfather’ which includes a traditional Roman Catholic christening. Unfortunately, the YouTube clip also shows the planning of a mob murder! Here’s the clip on YouTube:

And here’s the clip on Splicd, only showing the clip from 1:50 to 2:18 (sans mob murder)

EDIT: unfortunately, embedding the clip in my blog means that it keeps playing after 2.18. It won’t do this when you use it within Splicd.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

You can still view the entire clip by linking from Splicd, so it’s not safe for students to use unsupervised. But it’s a useful workaround for using YouTube with the whole class.

http://www.splicd.com

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Resizing windows when watching Youtube videos

Posted by rosiemacalpine on December 3, 2008

Youtube is a fantastic resource to use in the classroom – but a contentious one. When I wanted to show Youtube videos to primary students, my main concern was inappropriate comments, video descriptions, or related videos appearing on the screen. I can preview the content, but an appropriate video can be spoilt by these other elements on a page.

There are a variety of ways around this, including downloading videos and showing them in a flipchart instead. This is a must if Youtube is banned at your school. But for those teachers who do have access, this one is so simple – I can’t believe I hadn’t used it before.

Here’s a Youtube video with the window as normal. Can you spot the problem? 😉

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To hide the rogue image, click on the restore down button.

This is in the top right hand corner of the window.restore-windows1

Now you will need to move your cursor to the bottom right hand corner of the screen. It will change into a double headed arrow. doublearrow

Click and drag the window until only the video and control bar are visible.

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You can change the size of the window before you navigate to the youtube video to avoid any unnecessary sightings!

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