How to add a video into the thinking box or a callout of an image

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One part of my story was to add an interactive video to it. I creating a video in which a dinosaur is thinking about the thirsty crow story. It was a bit challenging to find a specific tool in any photo editing software that will help me put a video into the thinking box or callout of an image. I had to come up with my own way of making it happen to create a video effect in which we can see what the dinosaur is thinking. Following is a complete video tutorial on getting it done. I would like to thank BenSound for the music.

Or you can follow the following steps:

Step 1: I put a thinking box or a callout onto your image of the dinosaur. I used Windows Paint it to do so.

Step 2: Then I opened the video that I wanted the dinosaur to think of and resized it to fit the thinking box or callout.

Step 3: I played the video in the thinking box or callout and recorded it with the image of the dinosaur with the help of IceCream screen recorder.

Step 4: The IceCream screen recorder automatically saves the video after you press the stop button.

Video tutorial: Fast forwarding a video with Windows Movie Maker

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Music by:  BenSound

Video editing software used: Windows Movie Maker

Screen recording software used: IceCream Screen Recorder

All of us use internet to find help with all most everything. And luckily there is a lot of online help available free of any cost, thanks to different internet enthusiasts who share their experiences online. There are tutorial for everything we do. It could be simply eating a banana or fixing a car engine. I have always found video tutorials to be fascinating and helpful.

Once I lost the video on my car DVD player. I tried my best to fix this problem. I took my car battery off to hard reset it. I soft reset it with the reset button several times but in vain. I even took it to a mechanic. He also didn’t know to do fix it. I could only see a “+” sign in the middle of the screen. I turned to Google and tried different keywords. I was able to find a video tutorial after a few minutes of search and it has the simplest working solution possible. I just had to click on the four corners of my DVD screen and BOOM, it was fixed. The point I want to make with the above story is that it’s time to return the favor to the online community. What better way could be out there than making a video tutorial and putting it online?

In the following tutorial I chose to share with my audience a simple tool to fast forward any video. I have used Windows Movie Maker as it is a simple and free video editing tool from Microsoft available for Windows users. To record the video from the screen and my voice with it, I used IceCream Screen Recorder which is available here for a free download.

Original Video Clip in 1X

Video tutorial to fast forward with Windows Movie Maker (includes the fast forwarded clip)

I would also like to write down the steps that I took to make the video tutorial.

Step 1

Open Windows Movie Maker.


Step 2

Open the video that you want to fast forward by clicking the “Add video and photos” button on the home tab.


Step 3

Select the video by clicking it and from the “Video Tools” tab, increase the speed from 1x to 4x or whatever you like.


Step 4

The video play time has decreased from around 130 seconds to around 23 second with the same video frames played faster.


Step 5

Click on the “File” menu and save the video output in the format of your choice. I saved it for YouTube.


Step 6

Once you have recorded the whole process with IceCream Screen Recorder, you can again open the video in the Windows Movie Maker and add title slide, credits or music to it. I downloaded some royalty free nice music from BenSound and added it to my video tutorial.


Creating Instant Replay with Windows Movie Maker

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I love pets. Back home I have got a dog and a cat. Yes, both of them live under the same roof in peace and harmony :). I have been looking at the video assignments to select one that I would love to try. I looked at the instant replay assignment and I thought why not make an instant replay of a clip from one of the dog shows that I already have on my computer hard disk. So I selected this clip from the Freestyle Flying Disc Winner – 2016 Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® Eastern Regionals video. I usually watch video by Dog Challenge Eastern Regional. All the dogs and their owners are really amazing. They give it their best shot. There has to be a winner of course but I consider most of them winners as the winning point margin is not that much greater.  I really like the dog moving backwards towards his owner, therefore I made an instant replay of that specific part of the video. In the following, I have discussed the different steps that I took to make the video instant replay with Windows Movie Maker.

Here is the video clip with an instant replay:

Step 1


I opened the Windows Movie Maker and saved the project to my hard disk.

Step 2


I added the video clip by clicking the “Add video and photo” button.

Step 3


I was going to make an action replay of the video part starting at 11th second on the video timeline. Therefore I clicked on that part on the video timeline and then right clicked in the video to split the video at 11th second.

Step 4


I clicked on the video part I wanted to make an action replay of and then from the “Video tab” reduced the speed to 0.5 of the original speed.

Step 5


I downloaded a music clip from Free Music Archive and added it to my project. There are many audio effects that can be added to the video from the “Audio tab”. I added a slow fade out audio effect to make the audio smoother.

Step 6


I added a title slide to the video from “Title” on the “Home tab”.

Step 7


I added Credit slides to the end of the video from “Credits” on the “Home tab”. I added different credits as can be seen at the end of the video.

A guide on opening and closing credits is available here on BBC Website

Step 8


I saved the prepared video for YouTube from the “File” drop down menu. Video can be saved with different formats depending on what you need it for.

How to Look, Listen and Analyze a Movie Scene

For the “Look” and “Listen” parts of the scene, I made points and elaborated them in the form of bullets. The “Analyze” part is more like a summary as it is a reflection of both the “Look” and “Listen” parts moving along together.


  • Camera movement backwards to forward. This is to put more emphasiz on the screen and get the attention of the viewers. This has more to do with human psychology as humans want to see things move forward towards the future.
  • Pacino up and De Niro is down. Pacino is in commanding position.
  • Both the characters are kept to the right of the screen from the center. This enhances the view of the viewer.
  • Camera moved from left to right on De Niro when Pacino is going round the car. Left to right axis has again a psychological appeal. We write from left to right. Graphs are left to right. In short most of the things are left to right.
  • Camera cut used to lead to the next part of the scene.
  • When setting in the restaurant, De Niro is kept at the right from the center of the screen while Pacino is on the left. De Niro seems to be in commanding position here.
  • Some kind of endless argument going on between the two.
  • Towards the end, the camera is zoomed in on both the characters. I think the cameraman has created a Zolly effect here.
  • Two camera switch views repeated several times during the scene.
  • Lighting is what would suit a restaurant with a focus on the characters.


  • An entry music used that fades in within a few seconds.
  • The background noise is of some kind of a highway.
  • One character is in commanding position as the other one is not unwillingly agreeing to him in the initial scene.
  • Soft music used during to lead to the next part of the scene.
  • Characters are talking with pauses as if they were paragraphs of a script.
  • Typical restaurant kind of noise.
  • Both the characters have different accents.
  • One character is offering something while other is refusing to accept the offer. The character refusing the offer is in commanding position here.
  • As the scene progresses, the background voice is reducing and the characters voices are more prominent. The restaurant background music is more prominent than the initial part of the restaurant scene.
  • There is an increased pause at the end to end the scene.


Now it all is making a sense. When Pacino reaches towards the car, the entry music can be heard for a few seconds. Pacino is in commanding position as it evident from his tone and his scene position near the car. The background noise in this part is to tell the audience that the car is parked beside the road or somewhere near to it. When there is a camera cut. There is a few seconds of music and then we can see both the characters sitting inside the restaurant. In the initial part of the restaurant scene, both characters can be hear but with some noise accompanied from other people in talking. It means that the talk is not yet serious. As time passes, the cameras start to zoom in on both the characters. The background noise is reduced. Both characters are catching more viewer’s attention. The talk also seems to get serious. I think that the Zolly effect has been incorporated here so that the characters can kind of jump out of the screen and get nearer to the viewers. There is a few seconds pause to end the scene.

Summary of Cinematic Techniques

Camera Angles and Techniques

Camera techniques and techniques coupled with special effects can make a video amazing. This video has focused on the different camera tricks that can be performed to enhance the quality of the video that is being recorded. There are different techniques describes in the video like “Zolly” which can be used to extract the focal character or characters from the scene. This effect can be created by zooming in on characters and moving towards them at the same time. If these two conditions are note met, the effect won’t work. Different camera angles can create different effects. For example placing a camera in front of a person crawling on the ground can have an effect of climbing a height. Camera are used to create a 3D perception in a 2D visual. This has enhanced to 3D camera recordings in the modern world I believe.

One-Point Perspective

This video clip is an example of playing with the symmetry of the scene so that an effect such as 3D can be created. This is a classic example of “one-point perspective” in Stanley Kubrick’s movies. The images seem to pop out of the screen even when they are black and white. I believe it is a useful technique to get the full attention of the viewers.

Note: “Star Wars Continuity Mistakes” this video has been removed by Fox due to copyrights. The administration might want to replace it on the course website.