New media is all around us and it is how a lot of people access information.
So I have been investigating how to incorporate selected video clips into outreach programming.
The first effort was to set up a WiFi connected laptop at the Medieval Europe event. Through this link, the participants could go online to play a jousting game and construct a motte and bailey castle.
I sensed that the Ultimate Dinosaur mini-museum would benefit from additional information specifically about the southern hemisphere dinosaurs featured in the exhibit. But how to do it?
Luckily I came across a web tool that enables the downloading of clips from YouTube such as this short description of Nigersaurus by the paleontologist Paul Sereno, produced by the Field Museum in Chicago. Click on the link below to open the video (MP4 format).
Now this video clip and several others can be loaded on a laptop for participants to access during the event. The clips feature paleontologists in the field showing the realities of fossil hunting in Antarctica and in the lab explaining the details in the bones that lead to the classification of the unique species, Nigersaurus.
Here’s how to use this tool.
1. Find a suitable YouTube video and copy the URL.
2. Go to keepvid.com
3. Paste the URL in the blue box and press the Download button on the same line.
4. Allow the download when asked.
5. Choose the file type (eg.MP4) and where to copy the video (eg into a folder on onto your desktop)
Now you have your own copy of the video.
Remember to check copyright restrictions before use.