fotofriend Video Booth: Create and post videos to YouTube for free without an account

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Using videos in class can be an effective way of engaging students to use the language skills they are learning in class. Students can share ideas, watch short lessons, or give mini-presentations with the ability of being able to redo it at any time. The fotofriend Video Booth online application doesn’t require any registration or installation and can be uploaded to YouTube as well. Here is how it works:

Steps:

  1. Go to fotofriend Video Booth and click on ‘Allow’ on the Adobe Flash Player Settings box. This allows the program to access your webcam and microphone.
  2. You will be given a selection of 4 different effects. There are a total of 56 that you can use. If you want to create a normal video, click on ‘1. Normal’.
  3. On the right side of the video you are provided a few choices. Click on either ’10 seconds’, ’30 seconds’, or ‘3 minutes’. You can always stop it sooner if you would like. You can turn the sound off (it is on by default), and you can also choose standard or high quality (this also changes how long it will take to upload to YouTube, but won’t affect the time it takes to download to your computer).
  4. You can click on ‘Fullscreen’ to see it easier on small screens and you can also toggle through the effects by clicking on the left and right arrows.
  5. At the bottom of the pages are two buttons: a red button for instant record and a ‘3,2,1’ button to give a short countdown before recording. Click on either one to record your video. Click the green button to stop recording.
  6. After it has finished recording, you can click on ‘New Video’ to erase your current video and start again or you can click on the little green play button to watch it. You can download the video to your computer (saves as a .FLV file) or you can click on ‘Upload to My Library’ to send as an ‘Unlisted’ video no YouTube (this is the fotofriend account, not your YouTube account). If you click on the ‘YouTube’ button in the bottom-right corner of the video, you will be taken to the video on YouTube and you can then share it, embed it, or comment on it as per usual in YouTube.

This is a great way of posting a video to YouTube without needing an account. Students can then share their videos on their blogs, websites, or through Facebook or Twitter without having to register or use their personal accounts. Since the video can be as long as 3 minutes, it can be used for presentations, mini-lectures, or discussions outside of class.

Have you used fotofriend Video Booth before? How did it work for you? Please share your ideas or comments below, send me a tweet at @nathanghall, or email me using the contact form on this website. Thanks!

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