Scottsdale, Ariz.–April 24, 2007–One of the most challenging parts of teaching video editing is providing students with high quality footage with which to practice their editing skills. With the release of Videocraft Workshop´s START EDITING NOW! Classroom Workshop Edition, teachers now have the tools and resources they need to get students excited about the art of video editing and digital storytelling and provide students with hands-on materials to develop and hone their skills.
Introduced earlier this year, the program is set to revolutionize the way digital video editing is taught to students at all levels of editing expertise from grades 6-12. It is the first and only educational solution that combines professionally shot, royalty free video with a semester´s worth of lesson plans, printable curriculum materials and enrichment activities.
"As an instructional tool, video has considerable staying power in today´s classroom," said Bill Davis, founder of Videocraft Workshop. "With this robust program we have given teachers, literally, a video class in a box. A necessary addition to any basic editing software, it has all the professional tools and resources required to help students explore the core concepts of effective video editing while honing both their storytelling and video editing techniques."
Like the START EDITING NOW! consumer version, the Classroom Workshop Edition features a unique, interactive DVD program which students can use to learn at their own pace, in small groups or as a whole class. Disc One has lessons and a video teacher´s guide. Students can then put those lessons to use and practice video editing techniques with Discs Two and Three. Both discs feature royalty-free footage for students to assemble and create their own version of one of three professionally shot video "mini-movies." These "mini-movies" can be edited in hundreds of ways using more than 150 individual scenes or "takes" which are provided with the program.
The Multi-Track Movie footage purposely creates common editing challenges such as jump cuts and action changes that require cut-away shots, and then provides the "B-roll" footage and multiple scene choices necessary for the student to meet those challenges. In addition, instructors can use the footage to dissect common challenges experienced in video editing, while illustrating ways to address or prevent such challenges in the future.
"And, there´s an added benefit — teachers can now incorporate video production into their classes across the curriculum," said Davis. "In some classes, students can create video presentations to show the knowledge they´ve acquired; in other instances, the video project itself serves as the learning experience."
Videocraft Workshop´s Linda Robertson Davis, a former teacher and certified instructional specialist, created the teacher´s materials to support the program. The materials include a video and overview of the lessons along with complete printable lesson plans in PDF format and plain text for effortless teacher customization. The Classroom Workshop Edition also contains exclusive movie maps and clip guides, scripts, and shot logs for each tutorial as well as 12 additional enrichment activities.
The Classroom Workshop Edition, priced at $129.95, is compatible with all video editing software programs, including those bundled free with all modern PC and Macintosh computers. Educators can purchase multiple user copies or site licenses online at www.videocraftworkshop.com.
About Videocraft Workshop
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Videocraft Workshop provides instructional DVD programs that set the standard in teaching the "art" of digital video editing skills. Geared toward middle school, high school and college-aged students, the company´s START EDITING NOW! Classroom Workshop Edition combines lesson plans and curriculum materials with instructional lessons and unique Multi-Track Movies to help instructors improve the teaching of video editing, and help students develop and improve their skills.
For additional information, please call 480-443-8669 or visit www.videocraftworkshop.com