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Presentation in Cracow, Poland

9/22/2014 - elagajek

Results of the ClipFlair project were presented at  the conference "Innovation in foreign language teaching" in Cracow on 20th September 2014. The audience  immediately used  the actvities.  Participants appreciated  multlingual resources, respect to copyright issues and  authoring tools available.

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Irvin Yalom documentary

9/17/2014 - Stavroula

Let's create captions for our hard-of-hearing friends who 'd like to watch this documentary trailer about Irvin Yalom, the world-famous psychiatrist and writer. 
With this activity your students of English will practice listening and writing skills and your effort will have a tangible, shareable result: the subtitled clip.


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ClipFlair Conference 2014

7/16/2014 - Stavroula

The European project ClipFlair organised the international conference Innovation in Language Learning: Multimodal Approaches, which was held at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona on 18 and 19 June 2014.

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View your subtitles on YouTube

6/6/2014 - Stavroula

So you have created your subtitles with ClipFlair Studio. What can you do with them?
You can upload them on your YouTube video!
First you have to export them using ClipFlair Studio. That's very easy!

1. Click on "Export to SRT files" button on the Captions component 

2. And then Save As SRT file.

3. Then visit your YouTube Video Manager and click the drop-down menu next to the “Edit” button for the video you’d like to add captions to.
4. Select Subtitles and CC 
5. Select the language from the drop-down menu.
5. Click the Add subtitles or CC button
6. Click on Upload a File and choose the .srt you just exported from ClipFlair Studio (step 2 above)

You can also view your subtitles in your PC with Windows Media Player.

Copy the SRT file to the same folder as your video and rename it to the same file as the movie but with the SRT extension. If your movie file is ABC.avi, then you should have your subtitle file ABC.srt in the same folder. Now, open your video file in Windows Media Player. Go to Play → Captions and Subtitles and select "On if Available." (It's perfectly safe to leave this option selected - WMP will look for the subtitle file and use it only if it's present.) Now whenever you play that video, you should see the subtitles near the bottom of the display window.

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We have redesigned ClipFlair Social!

6/5/2014 - Stavroula

What do you think about the new design?

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Collaboration with the Camelot project

6/2/2014 - Stavroula

Ton Koenraad, member of the Camelot project, reports on the Camelot August newsletter:

In the beginning of May we attended the TISLID'14 conference 'Technological Innovation for Specialized Linguistc Domainsat the University of Salamanca (USAL) in Ávila (Spain). One of the reasons to select this conference was our intention to disseminate the Camelot project and discuss machinima ideas and applications for content oriented language learning approaches and CLIL. So with several delegates I elaborated on this. E.g. with the coordinator of the eCLIL project I discussed the idea that Camelot could offer the production of additional 3D visualisation elements for the storyline as developed in their project.
I also 
contacted the coordinator of the ClipFlair project. They are interested in collaboration and see a win/win as they could do with more Open Source 
video materials.

Read the full newsletter here

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Counting characters per subtitle

5/22/2014 - Stavroula

A ClipFlair user wrote in the feedback form: "It would be useful if the program could count the number of characters of the subtitles".

It actually does! Just click on the wrench icon at the captions component (options) and tick one or more of the following options:
1. Characters per line
2. Characters per second
3. Words per minute

Once activated, a column next to the captions shows how many characters there are per line so that you know that you have exceeded the limit. The same goes for characters per second and words per minute.

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How to create your own activities

5/21/2014 - Stavroula

There are more than 350 activities for more than 15 languages in the ClipFlair Gallery. But they might not suit your needs or the language you are interested in. You can always create your own! There are three ways to add new activities in the Gallery, presented here (from simpler to more complicated):

  • 1. Modify an existing activity
  • a. Go to the Activity Gallery and choose the filter For learners of > Any language. You'll see a number of activities, pick one and open it.
  • b. Modify the activity to fit your needs (e.g. translate the instructions, add or remove text components etc).
  • c. Save it in your computer.
  • d. If you'd like it to be public, you can post it in the Feedback forum > Suggest Material > ClipFlair activities. It will soon be included in the Activity Gallery and you can then use and share the URL it will automatically aquire.  e. Otherwise you can send it to your students or peers as a file (its extension is .clipflair)
  • 2. Create a new activity with a video from the Clip Gallery
  • a. Go to the Video Gallery and use the filters to choose a video and open it.
  • b. Add a text component with instructions and a captions or revoicing component according to your needs. Follow the steps c-e described in method 1 above.
  •  3. Create a new activity with a video of your choice 
  • a. If you don't need your activity in the Gallery, just create a new activity with the Studio, and drag and drop your clip there (from your PC). When sharing, make sure to send the video together with the activity, because the clip is not saved in the .clipflair file (for file size economy).
  • b. If you'd like your activity in the Gallery, first post your video (Creative Commons License preferred) in the Feedback forum > Suggest Material > Video.
  • c. After we have published your video in the Gallery, follow the steps described in method 2 above.


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Making ClipFlair Activities Accessible

5/20/2014 - rociobanos

The purpose of this post is to make suggestions for teachers to make sure the content they include in ClipFlair activities is accessible to the wider learning community, including students with disabilities.

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Clipflair Conference in Cluj-Napoca

5/15/2014 - Stavroula

New Trends in Language Didactics

Cluj-Napoca 9-10 may 2014

New Trends in Language Didactics 2014 Conference was organised by the Applied Modern Languages Department of „Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca and involved 37 participants from 7 European countries who came to discuss the impact of audiovisual translation, IT and media in L2 teaching. It represented an outstanding opportunity of exchange between researchers, research groups and institutions working in the field.

The conference was organised around the following main lines of research:

·         Language for specific purposes (LSPs);
·         Computer assisted language learning ;
·         Audiovisuals in language learning;
·         Translation & Language learning.

Clipflair a Multilingual Conference

The official languages of the conference were: English, Romanian, French, Spanish, Italian. Professional interpretation was provided.


Conference programme

The Clipflair conference programme included presentation sessions and workshops where the participants shared their experiences and know-how. Sessions where announced on Twitter and Facebook in real time.

Conference parallel sessions developed the main themes of the conference in more detail.


UBB Organising Team

·         Prof. dr. Liana Pop
·         Conf. dr. Cristina Felea
·         Lect. dr. Adriana Neagu
·         Lect. dr. Liana Muthu
·         Assist. dr. Cristina Varga
·         Lect. dr. Sanda Moraru
·         Asist. dr. Anamaria Milonean
·         Asist. dr. Alexandra Cotoc
·         Asist. dr. Anamaria Radu
·         Drd. Anamaria Bogdan


The presentations of the participants at New Trends in Language Didactics 2014 will be published in volume at Presa Universitară Clujeană in Cluj-Napoca http://www.editura.ubbcluj.ro/www/ro/.

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