Most instructors like to use video at some point or another in our courses. Sometimes we watch the whole video, other times, we are only interested in one or two clips to highlight a point. Sometimes there can be frustration with locating the right time, waiting for the video to buffer, and then trying to find the next clip. Even when we plan ahead and get the video up, buffered ,and set to the right time, disaster can occur when we inadvertently close the window (ok disaster is an exaggeration, but this is frustrating, no?).
Additionally, if we would like to make these clips available to students, giving instructions on exactly where to start and stop the video can be cumbersome. Vibby is a tool that allows users to create clips from longer videos and then you simply save your Vibby video. No more searching for the right clips, losing the times that you wrote down just yesterday, or students frustrated with wondering if they watched the correct clip.
Vibby is a free service and is easy to use. Vibby uses videos that are on the internet (you need to use a URL for the video). So if you are using a video that you created yourself, you will likley use your YouTube channel to house this. Next you highlight the selections of the video you wish to clip. You can start and stop highlighting several times in the same video. You can adjust the highlighting if you need to move where you started or stopped the clip. When you have selected your clips, you simply click save, select a category for your vib, and then you are given a URL and embed code to share your vib with others. Once created, you can go back to edit your vib. This will bring up the original video so you can add/delete clips as needed.
The one weakness that I see right now is that for any vib you wish to create the clips can only come from one video. You cannot create one vibby video from multiple videos on the Internet. Additionally, the people that you do share the vib with do have the option of watching the full video, so if your intention of using Vibby is to remove violent or other questionable content so your students do not see it, this will not prevent them from being able to.
With this said, this can be just one way of easily creating and sharing video clips for your class.