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Making a Machinima in Second Life – in 19 Steps

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Making a Machinima in Second Life – in 19 Steps

<![CDATA[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.

Second Life

Download the Second Life Viewer and create your membership and avatar

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

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.
  • 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

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
  •    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9_pSLG0LZQ?fs=1&feature=oembed]


©Marisa Constantinides 2012


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