||How To Make Science Karaoke|
by Lynda Williams
The Physics Chanteuse
Science Songs & Lyrics
Playing your Science Karaoke
To play the karaoke for an audience you can hook your computer to a projector and run it as you would any other PowerPoint presentation. If your computer has a video output like mine does, you can dump the presentation to video tape and then play the tape with a projector, TV or monitor. Video is my preferred medium since computers are not always reliable and I can control the song better manually, as described above.
If you want to put your Science Karaoke on a webpage for others to play in real time online, you have to convert it to another file format. PowerPoint presentations can be converted to webpages but not with the timings and music. The simplest way to put Karaoke on the web is to put lyrics up with a midi file playing, as does the Biology Karaoke website. You can also just put the PowerPoint file on your webpage to be downloaded. Beware, these files tend to be HUGE. The Sunshine PowerPoint was 10 MB! You can compress files with a shareware zip utility such as WinZip, as I did here, which shaved only 1 MB off the file.
Download: Why Does The Sun Shine? Science PowerPoint Karaoke! (9 MB! )
A few words about this PowerPoint Science Karaoke:
Real Media KaraokeFor a karaoke to play on a webpage in realtime you need a movie, animation or real media file. You can make those in programs such as Flash, Director and Adobe Premiere. I create slides in PowerPoint, save them as gif images and import them into Premiere to create a movie. I then convert the movie to a real media file using Real Producer which can be streamed in real time online. It is a lot more work and maybe the topic of a future tutorial. Here is a real media version of the Sunshine Karaoke. It will stream in real time (it may stop and go depending on your connection.) The resolution of the real media file is low but, that's the trade off. The original avi movie was 250 MB!
Here are some other Science Karaokes I have produced. Enjoy!
Finally: Science Karaoke Resources