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The Rushmore Faces Can Speak, Yes They Can!

Tuesday 28 April 2009
by Laurence Bernard

I came up with the idea of this video as I was discussing a lesson plan with a colleague , his project being to have his students decide who the 5th face on Mount Rushmore could/should be.

I then remembered a tool that allows you to make your photos speak:
www.blabberize.com (suscribe for free)

The online tool contains a small editor to create the moving area around the mouth.

The next step was to find some audio that would fit the picture. I searched VOA News (Special English), which remains one of my favourte sites for US civilization and history stuff, and found this article entitled "Visiting 7 Man-Made Wonders in the US" published on 3rd, March 2009 and from which I extracted the specific part about Mount Rushmore.

The audio file attached to a "Blabberized photo" can last up to 30 seconds. The tool does not offer a "save on computer" option, so I used CamStudio to record each animation and save them in .avi format.
I eventually used Windows Movie Maker to create the final Movie, as well as Audacity to extract the sound I needed. I used one of the many free .flv converters available online to complete the video below.

Flash Video - 195.8 kb
The Rushmore Faces Can Speak
a video montage: the Rushmore faces are talking to you