Add video to enrich or supplant printed texts.
New communication technologies enable authors to incorporate streaming multimedia into their webs.
Writers may provide video to:
- Underscore the content of the print text, illustrating key concepts. For example, an agency hoping to secure funds for hungry people could show video of their living conditions.
- Illustrate the content of the printed text. A researcher could provide video of people he or she interviewed. A technical writer could provide a screen-movie to show users how to complete instructions.
- Inform or persuade people who respond more positively to an engaging speaker than printed texts.
Currently, three “players” are available for free that can play digital movies on your computer:
- Windows Media Player. This player is a Microsoft tool so it prefers the Microsoft format (.avi), yet it will play movies in a variety of formats, including Quicktime.
- Real Player. When you got to Real.Com’s site, you may need to hunt around for a while before finding the free Real Player.
- Quicktime Player. Although Quicktime was originally designed to play Macintosh-platform movies, it now plays Windows-oriented movies as well.
Examples Online Video
As computers begin to become more entertainment devices, users will increasingly look for good video from their computers. Eventually, video will become more integrated into writing spaces. Below are some videos used for pedagogical purposes.
- PACE University. Includes many documentaries produced by Dyson College students at Pace University.
- Kid Writing Instructional Videos. Watch literary coach Julie Lay teach writing workshops to kids.
- House Hippo PSA. Created by Concerned Children’s Advertisers, this commercial is designed to teach students to be critical of TV advertising and Web sources.
- Health Videos. See videos on hundreds of health issues.
- Microsoft Support. Instructional articles and videos show users how to use software, as illustrated by the examples below.