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What's happening in the eXchange in 2018... and tech stuff that will make your life that little bit easier...


If you are required to submit an A3 poster, broadsheet or similar and you would like to include
graphics and charts in your work, consider using MS PowerPoint. For purely text-based content
MS Word may be a suitable solution.

Some features of PowerPoint include:

  • Content can be placed in layers
  • Text boxes, images and other content are easily moved into place and are not bound by margins
  • PowerPoint has easy-to-use arrangement and alignment tools
  • Easily duplicate pages to create different versions while editing.

   Document Setup

Open PowerPoint > Design > Slide Size > Custom Slide Size > Select A3 (297mm x 420mm), choose Portrait or Landscape depending on what you want your poster to look like.

  Save as PDF

Saving your poster as a PDF will mean hassle-free printing using the Follow Me Print network around the school.


Movie Studio Tutorial

Beginners tutorial to Movie Studio. Follow the steps below for assignments and in-class tasks.

PART 1 - Organising your folders
Create a project folder and a folder inside that for any assets (images, video etc). Make sure that you never lose your assets!

Technically, you can set your folders up any way you like, but you must never lose/move your assets as your Movie Studio Project will cease to work correctly and you may not be able to render out your finished video.

PART 2 - Setting up a Movie Studio Project
Open Movie Studio Platinum.  
Click NEW on the dialogue box
Click PROJECT, then NEW

Choose your settings.

For a class assignment, use the settings in the image (below) unless told otherwise.

"Internet Video" and "Internet (Widescreen) 24p".

(Remember to tell it where to save and by what name - you will need to click "Browse").

PART 3 - Importing files into Movie Studio

You will need to import your assets that are to be used in the project.  Click PROJECT then IMPORT MEDIA and simply navigate to the files you wish to import.

They will appear in the space above the timeline.

Next drag the asset onto the timeline so it can be edited.

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to drag the asset onto the timeline so it can be edited

PART 4 - Moving, cutting and deleting timeline footage
To make a cut in the footage on the timeline simply move the play point to where you want to make the cut.

Then using the right click feature to choose either trim starttrim end, cut or split.  Each serves its own purpose, the videos (right) will demonstrate these as well as how to move the play point.

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to move the 'play point'

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to move footage (and images/audio)

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to trim cut and split video

PART 5 - Effects transitions and text!

The video to the right will demonstrate how to add some effects and transitions.

The next two videos specifically help you with text.

  Listen to Mr Russell demonstrate transitions and FX

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to insert text

PART 6 - I want to move and size my video... and possibly have two or more on screen at once!


Moving and changing the size of your video is simple enough but you will need to remember that any new footage brought into that layer may be affected as well!

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to move and resize your videos and make two appear at the same time!

PART 7 - Chroma Keying (Blue/Green Screen editing)
This video will show you how to adjust/edit a chroma key in movie studio.

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to adjust/move a chroma key

PART 8 - Rendering a completed video
Click PROJECT then click RENDER AS

Choose the FOLDER that you want the video to be made in by clicking the BROWSE button.

Choose the FOLDER that you want the video to be made in by clicking the BROWSE button.

Type in the NAME you want your video to have.

Choose the setting for the video. For a class assignment use the ones in the image (right) unless told otherwise.

Ensure that RENDER LOOP REGION ONLY is NOT ticked.

If you have it selected only a segment of video will be rendered according to the selections in your project.  To ensure the entire video renders simply do not have it ticked.

Once you are certain you have told it where to save and what name, as well as giving it the correct setting and have not got the box ticked, then simply click RENDER.

If you are having any worries rendering it is recommended that you watch the clip below.

  Listen to Mr Russell show you how to render a video

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