The Miniature Earth

Youth Specialties
September 7th, 2008

Chances are your youth group has some sort of a project to participate in this fall. Whether it is a local, national, or international cause students are very socially aware. But connecting what happens globally to your students local mindset is sometimes difficult. With minimal effort you could remix this video with nearly any computer and maximize the impact for your group. Seriously, this is a 30 minute project that could make a big difference.Here’s how.

  • Go to The Miniature Earth and pay $5 to download it. (Seriously, this is the best way. Grabbing the YouTube version is free but you won’t like the end result as much.)
  • Drop the file in the free video editor that came with your computer. For Windows users it’s called Windows Movie Maker, for Mac users is called iMovie.
  • Next, dump the audio file. If you can’t figure out how to remove the audio track simply turn down the volume on it to “0”.
  • Here’s where it gets fun. Add your own audio track. If you’ve got some time, narrate it. Narrate yourself or have students come in. If you just want to add your own music track that’s fine too. Pick a song that fits and add the audio. Feeling like Stephen Spielberg? Add both an auidio track and a narration.
  • Make it local by adding a few slides slides to the end of the video. I wouldn’t suggest clipping out segments in the middle, but tagging your “what we’re going to do” slides at the end would add a powerful punch.
  • Export the movie to your computer and show it to your youth group.
  • If you try this let us know how it turned out.

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