3 easy steps for teachers to convert iBooks into video

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We often get asked by teachers how they can share the books they have made using Book Creator for iPad or any other iBooks with people who don’t own an Apple device.

A common example might be to share the work of their students with parents, or on the school’s blog.

Although there are a few workarounds for sharing iBooks, this article explores an excellent way to convert iBooks into video format, which can easily be shared across a number of platforms.

Update: since the launch of Book Creator 3.1 in July 2014, you can now export your books as video directly from the app!

Step 1: Create a screencast of your iPad

A really useful tool for screencasting and recording your iPad is Reflector, and at $12.99 it’s much cheaper than buying Apple TV! (You can even download a free trial version which gives you 10 minutes testing time.)

Reflector is available for Mac and Windows, and we found it pretty simple to get up and running. There are some well presented installation instructions on their site.

You can screencast live but if you want  to record your screencast, press CTRL & R (Command & R on a Mac) and the app will start recording. When it’s finished recording, you will see the video file automatically added to your desktop.

A screencast of an iPad onto a Mac desktop

Above: A screencast of an iPad onto a Mac desktop (Book: Human Body Systems iBook Project by Mrs. Gallo’s 3rd grade class)

Step 2: Edit the video

Because the file is saved as a .mov file (QuickTime) it’s a simple task to open it in iMovie and edit. You could add an audio commentary, or music if you wish.

Step 3: Share the video

If you’re familiar with iMovie you’ll know you can export the file directly to YouTube or Vimeo, or save the file separately if you prefer. You can then embed the video on your school’s blog for everyone to see, regardless of whether they have an Apple device or not.

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About Dan Kemp

is Red Jumper Studio's Community Manager. I spend my time spreading the word about Book Creator and supporting people who use it.

2 Responses to “3 easy steps for teachers to convert iBooks into video”

  1. Philippe Ducreux February 17, 2014 11:16 am #

    Hi, you can also use the Readium plugin with Chrome browser to have the full experience of any ebooks created with BookCreator. More information at : http://readium.org/.
    I used this to spread my ebooks to PC users. It works great :!
    Have fun making ebooks with Book Creator and having them read by lots of people !
    Because don’t forget that : Making an ebook is great but having it read by many is fantastic !
    Philippe Ducreux
    @philou39

  2. julian coultas February 18, 2014 10:34 pm #

    Hit the short cut cmd F before beginning the recording, to create a black background – very useful if you have an untidy desktop like me ;-)

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