Photo Story, Movie Maker and Binumi

Photo Story 3 and Windows Movie Maker 2.6 share similar layout and design. They also have features that are common and some unique differences. Within both platforms, content is added to the media timeline that resides at the base of the window and images and videos can be shuffled as desired. Each section within the workspace can be modified using text and filters as required.

Media can be built in thumbnails within the software and items deleted. Music can also be stretched across the created film and the final product exported. Movie Maker allows users to create a specialised film through the use of precise timing and ability to slice music and recording and adjust sound outputs. In my experience, despite using the same resolution for images, there appears to be a difference in the quality of the final product. Movie Maker produces better quality film compared to Photo Story. It may have something to do with compression; however, I think Photo Story is more suited for beginners while Movie Maker is for those with advanced skills.

Photo Story 3
Movie Maker 2.6

Undoubtedly, students enjoy viewing media and making films. The world is saturated with media and the students in our care often watch media in various forms: commercials, advertisements, trailers, movies and television shows. Naturally curious and creative, children thrive on the opportunity to develop movies of their own. They are surrounded by a media-rich world and provided with time can emulate work they have seen to construct their own project ideas and creations.

Use of media will usually promote interest and enthusiasm. This willingness to be involved allows easy connection with literacy with students able to illustrate storyboards and write scripts. With the ability to record voice and overlay narration across film, students are able to concentrate on vocabulary and word pronunciation. Oral skills are enhanced through media development.

Binumi desktop interface

The dilemma of Photo Story 3 and Movie Maker 2.6 is the media inserted into the timeline needs to created, found and/or downloaded. In result, the process can be delayed. While this may be true, the two Windows friendly applications are free to download. Binumi is an online software that has a bank of images and film that can be quickly dragged and dropped onto the timeline. The service requires a yearly subscription; however, Binumi is well worth the investment. The Creative Commons art pool of Binumi means media can be developed without copyright infringement. Binumi also has applications for Android and iOS that enable movies to be made ‘on the go’. Another advantage of the platform is photos and videos can also be uploaded for use within projects.

Providing an account has been created, the home page prompts users to select a ‘Story Template’. After proceeding to the next screen, the style of the layout needs to be selected. A selection of music is also available to use. After selecting the template, style and music the timeline is presented and the seemingly endless supply of short films can be dragged and dropped, shuffled an arranged as needed.

Students could make promotional videos, advertisements and create news reports. Children can also complete Humanities projects about geographical locations or environmental disasters. Students can add voice recordings, add music and also upload their own content to the ribbon.

Download, embed and share videos within Binumi

Binumi is an excellent product for making short films. Unfortunately, at first images and film within the repository appear to be Asian specific; however, using the search feature and typing appropriate terms within the search tool, allows circumnavigation to locate more desirable images.  Storage isn't an issue as students can draw down material from the thousands of items within the Binumi Library. Once the timeline is finished, the media item can be downloaded, embedded and shared.


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