I wanted my students to create something new and interesting this year using lyrics to popular songs in Spanish. I found a selection of songs in Spanish that include the Spanish lyrics. But unlike most lyric videos on YouTube, these videos presented the lyrics in a stimulating and very visual way. These types of videos are known as kinetic typography videos because the text moves and is interesting.
Here are some examples of Kinetic Typography:
I would create activities using the lyrics to these songs and noticed that the more I listened to the songs, the more engrained in my brain the Spanish lyrics became. I thought “Wouldn’t it be great if I could have my students do something that required them to pay attention to these lyrics?”. So I decided to have them create kinetic typography videos.
I looked into the process and it can be quite advanced when you want the final product to be like the videos posted above. Most of the software used to create great kinetic typography 1) costs money and 2) requires training time that I couldn’t afford to do in the classroom. But could a decent kinetic typography be created on a public school budget (aka: free)?
I figured out a way to do this by creating a lyrics presentation using a presentation tool as simple as PowerPoint. You can animate or make the lyrics “appear” and move. If you go through the presentation and play it while playing your song, you can sync up the movements so they match the lyrics. By using a screenrecording program on your computer (like Quicktime), you can record your presentation. You have just filmed a kinetic typography video!
I’ve listed the directions and process of building a kinetic typography video below. Check back next week to see my reflections on this project as my students turn in their final products.
Below are the steps and directions that I gave to my students:
There are stages and steps necessary in creating a Kinetic Typography Video.
- Download the audio (Find a song to use)
- Take the lyrics to the song and create a visual presentation
- Film of your presentation (Screencast)
- Create a video using your presentation film and the song audio