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Adapting Video for VI Learners

Making best use of unmodified materials


It is a rare video in which the key points cannot be captured in a series of printed copies of still frames, either single snapshots of crucial moments, or a short series of frames to encapsulate a transient event.

Such still shots are a vital resource for VI students. They allow close scrutiny with no time constraints during the process of learning and understanding; they form a helpful basis for the student's own notes, and are especially useful for revision, where the original video may be unavailable.

Sometimes these key frames have already been provided by the commercial educational video producer, as part of associated workbooks. More often, though, teachers and students will be faced with producing their own hard copies directly from the video material. You can approach this in one of two ways, depending on what resources are available to you, and on the way in which you teach. As teacher, you can choose to identify the important frames beforehand, and extract and print them in advance. Or you could delegate choice of snapshot to the student, as an analogous learning process to that of note taking. This is particularly appropriate in the case of multimedia materials, where printing can be under immediate control of the student.

If the video is part of a multimedia package, then converting a snapshot or a series of related frames into a printable file is straightforward. Colour prints are cheap to produce on inexpensive inkjet printers where monochrome is insufficient. Taking hard copy from a conventional video is trickier, but still within the reach of most college audio-visual departments. We outline how to capture video in printable form in the technical section on using existing materials.