Do you love Bitmojis? How about Bitmojis that talk? Follow the instructions below to learn how, and please share any videos you and your students make in the comments below!
Project: “Some Things I love”
Made on the iPad
DoInk Green Screen
iFunFace (Pro – to avoid ads)
- Open the Bitmoji app, create an account, and design your avatar. Make sure that you don’t choose any green clothing.
- Add the Bitmoji keyboard: Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Bitmoji
- There is no way to search for a Bitmoji in the app itself, so you need to use Notes. Open Notes and create a new folder called “Bitmoji”.
- Tap pencil icon to start a new note.
- Tap and hold the globe icon (bottom left hand corner of your keyboard) and scroll up to Bitmoji. Now you can search Bitmojis.
- Search “Love” and tap a Bitmoji for your opening shot.
- Paste Bitmoji on Note.
- Tap on the Bitmoji, then tap on share button (top right hand corner) > Save image.
- Find an image for the background of your first shot (Safari/Chrome > search image > press and hold > save to camera roll).
- Open DoInk Green screen. Tap on the bottom layer > Plus sign > Image > Find background image on camera roll.
- Tap middle layer > Plus sign > Image > Find Bitmoji image on camera roll.
- Adjust Bitmoji by squeezing in and moving around.
- Tap “Save” (make sure it’s on IMAGE not VIDEO) > Share > Save image
- Open iMovie and start a new project (Movie) > Tap Create Movie > Photos > Tap Bitmoji Green Screen image you just saved on your camera roll.
- Turn off Ken Burns effect: Tap image on timeline > In viewer, tap “Ken Burns Enabled” > Position the Bitmoji to where you want it.
- Add a Title: “Some Things I love, by your name”
- Open Notes and search for “Hi”. Choose a Bitmoji and follow steps #7 to #13 above.
- Open iFunFace Pro > Start > (Choose Photo) Albums > Moments > Image (choose “Hi” Bitmoji) .
- (Crop Image) > OK > Reverse pinch if you want to crop > Next
- (Create new head from which photo?) > Current image.
- (Identify head) > OK
- Put finger on head until you colour all of the head in with red.
- Tap “Preview” to see the head bobbing. > Next
- (Position Mouth) > OK > Place the blue dots on the corners of the mouth, the middle middle dot on the teeth, the bottom blue dot underneath the chin. > Preview Mouth > Next.
- (Place head) OK. You can make the head larger or smaller. I recommend leaving it as is. Tap Preview if you want. > Next.
- (Create as Image or Video?) > Record Voice > Record.
- After you give permission to your microphone, it will start recording right away. Say “Hi. My name is __________ and I’m from ____________ ”. Tap square to stop. Play video to see if you like it. If you want to re-record your voice, just tap the microphone again.
- You can change the timber of your voice by tapping the “Voice effect” icon, bottom left hand corner. Robot is the deepest, squirrel is the highest.
- Tap “Share” icon and save video to camera roll.
- Re-open iMovie and add video to your Bitmoji project.
- Continue in this fashion, adding more videos about the things you love. (Bitmoji keyboard > Search Bitmoji > Paste in Notes > Save on Camera Roll > Add to Doink Green Screen with background > Save image > Create iFunFace video > add to iMovie)
- Add music and share your video!
(Many thanks to @JoeDale for introducing me to iFunFace!)
“Clips” is a relatively new, free iOS app which brings video creation to another level. You can import images and videos, then add special effects like filters, labels, stickers, and even emojis. There are cool animated graphics and transitions and a special voice-to-text feature that turns into a rolling scroll on your screen. You can add your own music, or choose from 70 different free soundtracks in the app. With Clips, you and your students can create fun, engaging, and memorable videos like never before! Below is a video I created as an idea for your students to share a little about their homes and neighbourhoods. (Alternatively, they could do a school tour with the same idea.) Or, click here for a quick video idea called “My favourite things”.
Here’s another one I made after a quick visit to Calgary:
There are many video tutorials on YouTube for Apple Clips basics. Try to find one that has the 2.0 version of Clips which was released November, 2017. Click here for a good quick one. Click here to read more about the update and longer video tutorial.
Apple Clips is a little challenging to use at the beginning. Here are some tips and tricks I learned through much trial and error.
- You can take photos/videos within the Clips app, or use your camera app and upload to Clips later. (I recommend recording the videos in the Clip app because then you can use the voice to rolling text feature.)
- If you use the Clips app to take photos/videos, I recommend saving the clips to your camera roll in case you delete it by mistake (tap on clip in timeline, then tap “Save Clip”.)
- All media has to be at least 1 second long.
- Videos you take within the Clips app automatically go into your timeline, but not photos. To add a photo to your project, you need to hold the pink button down. This is called “Recording the photo”. (You can also adjust the duration of the photo by tapping “Trim”.) Note that you need to record a photo for at least one second before it will insert into your timeline.
- Videos that you import from your library have to be “recorded” into your timeline like you do for photos. (However, you will not be able to hear the original audio of the video while you are recording it. You will be able to hear it after you finish recording).
- You cannot add a voiceover to a photo or video after you have added it to your timeline. So you will have to delete the clip and add it again. To be safe, tap “Save clip” (in case it’s not on your camera roll), then delete the photo/video in your timeline > Done > Library > Tap your media and hold pink button to record your voice and put the clip back in your timeline. (NOTE: If you want to delete the original sound on a video, tap “Mute” > Mute original video.) Drag your media to the spot you want it to go in your timeline.
- If you don’t want to keep your finger on the pink button while you’re recording, swipe up until it turns into a square then tap the square when you’re done.
- Make sure to add an effect to a clip before you record your voice. If you add it after, you may lose it, and you will have to add it again.
- To add text, tap the star (effects) button > Labels > Choose a label and tap on it to edit it.
- Make sure to tap the “Done” button whenever you add/change something or you will lose your changes.
- If you want to splice a video to delete, say, the middle of it, make sure it’s on your camera roll (tap “save clip” if you shot the video from the app)> Library > tap video > start recording (tap and hold pink button) > take finger off record button and push the video line to the left in the viewer to where you want the video to continue. Tap and hold pink button again.
- There are no time-lapse or slo-mo options within the app. You must use the camera app, then import into your project.
- To make a label disappear and then add another label on the same video clip or photo (like I did in my house tour video above), there are a few ways to do this. 1) You can record the video/photo live in the app, pausing the recording each time to add a label and then recommencing the recording. 2) You can record the video/photo live in the app, pausing where you want a label to go, continue the recording and pause again where you want a label to go, etc. You can add the labels later since you have sectioned your video/photo by stopping and starting the recording. 3) You can add labels to a video/photo you have already taken but only if you import the clip from your library so make sure it’s saved there if it’s not already. Now > Library > choose clip. Start recording your video/photo then stop recording and add your first label. Continue recording and stop recording, delete the label, and add another label, and continue recording until you get to the end of the clip.(Thanks Bethany Nugent for helping me with that tip!) Unfortunately, you will not be able to hear the audio when you record video this way (but you will be able to hear it after). Note also that when you import media from your camera roll, it automatically goes at the end of your timeline. So when you add sequential labels like this, you end up with multiple clips which you then need to drag, individually, onto your timeline where you want them (it’s a pain).
- To copy a clip, tap and hold on the clip in the viewer (large screen), tap “Done”, then tap and hold the viewer again > then paste. Remember, you have to tap the pink button to record the photo to add to your timeline.
- You can zoom into a photo or video while you are recording to your timeline by using a reverse-pinch gesture on the viewer. Use the record-lock feature (#6 above) to make this easier to do while recording. You can also pan across a photo this way.
- Note that some of the music clips are short and may end sooner than your video, then loop up again which may result in an awkward silent moment in the middle of your video. If this is the case, search around for a music clip that is longer to match the length of your video. Note also that you cannot alter the volume of the music clip. However, the music automatically ducks so that you can hear the audio of the original video.
Do you have any “Clips” tips and tricks to add? Please add them with a comment below. Have fun with “Clips”!