Export Archival VoiceThreads – From Voicethread Blog
We are very, very happy to announce the availability of Archival VoiceThreads. Downloadable as a widescreen movie, this version of a VoiceThread will play offline, stored on your computer, iPod or other portable device and can be burned onto a DVD or CD. These Archival movies are an exact replica of the content and commentary of any VoiceThread, which include the text commentary, audio commentary, webcam commentary, and also, the animated drawings we call Doodles. This has been our #1 requested feature and has taken quite a bit of work to pull off. To make one, just click the ‘Export’ button when creating/editing your VoiceThread.
Does it look and feel like a VoiceThread? You bet, and portable. Click here (~6.2 mb) to download an example. During a beta test period the export function will only be available to Pro users, at no charge. After this period, 10 per year will be included free with every Pro account. Individual archival exports will be $2.99 for free accounts, with bulk and educator discounts on the way.
Here are some FAQ about our new export function:
Price? During a beta test period the export function will only be available to Pro users, at no charge. After this period 10/yr will be included free with every Pro account. Individual archival exports will be 2.99 for free accounts, with bulk and educator discounts on the way.
When? available right this moment for Pro users and coming soon for everybody else
Does it look and feel like a VoiceThread?You bet, even better in some ways, it’s quite cinematic. Click here to download an example.
Can I make any changes to an Archival VoiceThread? No. Like a book that’s gone to the printer all commentary and content are essentially locked in amber at the moment you create the archival copy. The original VoiceThread remains live, on the web, and can be edited and continue to accept new commentary, but the archival version is a frozen snapshot.
How big are they? Well, how big is your VoiceThread? The average size is coming in around 20 MB but can be more or less depending on the content of your VoiceThread.
Options? None just yet, but we might add some options in the future for adding titles to the Archival version or the addition of other export formats
How long does it take to make once I order it? About an hour on average, much quicker if it’s short and much longer if it’s big or contains a lot of complex elements to render properly, or our ThreadMaker is particularly busy. (please don’t wait until the last minute you need it, it’s not like printing a document:)
What are the specs?? The Archival VoiceThread is a movie encoded with the H.264 codec and is in a wide-screen format of 852 X 480 pixels. QuickTime is recommended to play them back.
Miguel Guilin reports that Voicethread hopes to charge educators a very low price for downloads – but that hasn’t been worked out yet.
Just a final reminder that I am collecting examples of how educators are using Voicethread in their classroom or for professional development on a wiki at: http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/. Add your links! Thanks.