I’ve been helping our elementary school art teacher, Jackie Myers, get ready for a stopmotion video project she’ll be starting with her students on Wednesday. I wrote more about how we found the free iPad app she’s using for the project, Stop Motion Cafe, in the March 17th post, “Preparing for a Stopmotion Art Project.” Jackie asked how she could add background music to the final stopmotion videos students create, so I figured out how to do this with the free YouTube Capture app. It’s possible to do this with iMovie for iPad also, but I like YouTube Capture better for this purpose because:
- It’s a FREE app
- The app makes this a quick process
- Copyright friendly music tracks are provided through the app
- The YouTube Capture app streamlines the process of uploading final videos to YouTube
To do the following steps, however, the videos you want to combine and/or add music to must be in the photo roll of YOUR iPad or iPhone. Jackie is having students email their final stopmotion videos to a Posthaven website (iesart.posthaven.com) to “turn them in” when they finish. It’s possible to copy the links to separate student videos from the Posthaven site and import them into the photo roll of a single iPad. I’ve done this before using the free app “Documents by Readdle” and the commercial app “Goodreader.” If you know other ways to do this please let me know via a Tweet or comment on this post. It doesn’t seem possible to use the Safari web browser for iOS and directly save a video link to the photo roll. Perhaps an alternative iOS web browser has a direct “save to photo roll” option for video links like this? I’m not sure. The way I’ve figured out how to do this is:
- Copy the direct video download link in Safari.
- Use either Documents by Readdle or Goodreader to download the video.
- Choose to open the downloaded video directly in the YouTube Capture app.
This is a screenshot of step 3 of this process:
Here are the steps for using the free YouTube Capture app to add music and upload a final video to YouTube. I took the following screenshots using my iPhone, but the steps are the same on the iPad version of the app.
STEP 1 Tap All Videos
STEP 2 Tap EDIT AND UPLOAD by the video you want to use / start with (you can add additional videos next)
STEP 3 Tap the + at the bottom to add more videos if desired (to make a combined collage) then tap ADD MUSIC
STEP 4 Tap YOUTUBE SOUNDTRACKS to show available, copyright-friendly music tracks
STEP 5 Tap to preview tracks, select the one you want and tap DONE
STEP 6 Adjust the volume if desired and tap DONE
STEP 7 Add a title, select the desired YouTube account and channel, and either
STEP 8 Tap beside the video after the upload completes
STEP 9 Tap the SHARE button to copy the link or send the link in a message
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