Problems, messages with Dfilm/Devolver

Lucy is taking an online course on teaching young learners with us at IH Barcelona and, in the technology module, she was having trouble typing in text in Dfilm/Devolver's MovieMaker.

To test it, I made and sent her the movie above — and she then replied with her own movie.

The idea would probably work well with young learners: if they have something to tell you, like they won't be coming to class, or have forgotten their homework, it's more fun than just an e-mail.

Problems with Moviemaker

There are a couple of minor issues with Moviemaker, one being that it starts to play automatically, so if you embed it on a blog as I've done here, you get that disco beat whether you like it or not (you do have an option to have no music — but that's not going to interest a kid!).

Nor can you edit your movie once you've finished, so you can't then remove the sound track (or correct any other errors). It's also a drawback that you can't record audio.

You'll also find that some of the characters you get (scantily-clad ladies, for example) and some of the possible settings for your movie (like, bubble baths!) are perhaps not entirely suitable for young learners.

Lots of fun, however!

Bookmark the permalink.

2 Comments

  1. Er, if they can't do their homework, how come they have time to make movies 😉 ??? Un beso, K.

  2. Funny, that's exactly what Lucy said, Kate!

    I'd be prepared to bet that they would find time to make a movie and, personally, if they did it in reasonable English, I'd forgive them not having done the homework I'd set (which was probably not nearly as interesting anyway ;-)!

Join (or start!) the conversation