VLC Media Player

VLCVLC Media Player is an easy to use, feature-rich media player which you can install on your computer for free. The player is compatible with DVDs, and a variety of file formats, including .mp4, and h.264. There are a number of useful features built-in as well, such as the ability to create “snapshots” from videos. For instructions on this feature, click one of the following tutorials: MacWindows

Check it out here: http://www.videolan.org

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WeVideo

wevideoWeVideo is a web-based video editor.  You can upload video, image and audio files, and then optionally add in text, transitions, effects or a recorded narration using its built-in recording device.  WeVideo allows you to collaborate with other people on a video project and also lets you easily post your video creations to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

Its free plan offers 1GB storage and 15 minutes of exports/month at 360p.  Other plans are available for purchase if you need more space or want to export your video in a higher quality.

Check it out here: https://www.wevideo.com/

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KeepVid

KeepVidKeepVid is a website that allows you to download videos from YouTube, Vimeo and other popular streaming video sites.  Simply type in the URL of the video in the blue box and click on the Download button (also in the blue box).  You can also optionally search for a keyword and then click on the video you wish to download.  You will then be prompted to run the KeepVid Java applet.  Click on the Run button to continue.  You should then see the video you are trying to download and several download options below it such as Download as FLV or Download as MP4.

You can also optionally download just the audio by clicking on the Download MP3 option.  This will open up a new window or tab in your browser and ask you to run the SnipMP3 Java applet.  Again, click on the Run button to continue. Click on the Download MP3 link below the video to download the audio in MP3 format.  You can then open the MP3 in Audacity and slow down the audio if you choose to do so.

Check it out here: http://keepvid.com/

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Vodburner

Vodburner is a free* Windows-based program that allows you to record Skype video calls.  The program features a built-in video editor that allows you to choose which video is displayed (“your side,” “their side,” or both sides) during playback and optionally add text, images and sound files to the video as well.

*The free version lasts for 14 days.  During that time you can record calls between you and any other Skype user, regardless of whether or not they have Vodburner installed.  After that two week period, both parties will need to have Vodburner installed on their machine in order to record Skype calls, or you can purchase a license for Vodburner ($99.95) which allows you once again record Skype video calls with anyone (without needing them to download and install Vodburner too).  The paid version also allows you to export the video files as MP4 files; the free version lets you export your video as a WMV file or upload it directly to YouTube.

Check it out here: http://shop.skype.com/apps/Call-recording-audio-video/VodBurner-Video-Call-Recorder.html

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Pinterest

pinterestPinterest allows users to collect images around a theme by uploading their own pictures or by “pinning” images that they find on the web. What results is a single website with all your pictures collected together for others to view; you can even add text annotations if you like. Just install the Pinterest bookmarklet and you can “pin” any interesting image that you come across. You can also “repin” interesting images and leave comments on the boards of other Pinterest users.

Check it out here: http://www.pinterest.com/

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Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-MaticScreencast-O-Matic is a free web-based application that allows you to record your computer screen and microphone or webcam and then optionally add annotations to the recording (commonly called a “screencast”).  Screencast-O-Matic is entirely web-based and runs on Java, which means that as long as you have Java installed on your computer, nothing else needs to be downloaded or installed.  The free version lets you create screencasts that are up to 15 minutes in length and download your recordings as MP4, FLV or AVI files (but are watermarked).  Screencast-O-Matic does have PRO accounts available to purchase for $12/year which remove the time and branding constraints (as well as giving you optional password protection or video editing tools).

What sets Screencast-O-Matic apart from other screencast tools is its ability to show or highlight your cursor or mouse clicks.  Here is an example: http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cXXIntuQ6.  This can be extremely helpful when trying to demonstrate multiple steps associated with a given task. You can optionally record your webcam to go along with the recording as well.

Check it out here: http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/

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360 Cities

360cities360Cities has a large collection of 360 degree panoramic photographs from around the world.  There is a little bit of everything: day shots, night shots, exteriors, interiors.  Here is one view of the Duomo in Florence as an example.  The site features a search in the upper right hand corner of the page that allows you to search by keyword (e.g. city, landmark, event).

Check it out here: http://360cities.net/

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Myna (Aviary Suite’s Audio Editor)

mynaMyna is a web-based audio editor that is included in Aviary’s collection of media-editing applications.  Using Myna, students can record and edit their voices and optionally add in music and sound effects.  Students do need to register for a free account to be able to save their recordings or “mixdown” (i.e. download) them to their machines as MP3 or WAV files.  Similar to editing programs like Garage Band and Audacity, Myna is a web-based alternative for students on the go.

Check it out here: http://advanced.aviary.com/tools/audio-editor

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Ge.tt

Ge.ttGe.tt is a great way to publish and share files.  Simply select the file(s) you want to share and then copy the URL that Ge.tt creates.  That’s it!  Ge.tt is great for sharing large files that do not contain sensitive information.  It allows you to share files quickly and easily without having to clog up your e-mail, and Ge.tt automatically deletes uploaded files after 30 days.  If you register for a free account, you can gain access to statistics (e.g. how many times a file has been downloaded).

Click here to try it out: http://ge.tt/

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LiveMinutes

liveminutesLiveMinutes is a free web conferencing platform that allows students to share a document (.ppt, .xls, .doc) or a virtual whiteboard and discuss it in real-time using in-browser audio and video or Skype.  Users can also optionally upload documents straight from their Dropbox or Box accounts. After the meeting is complete, LiveMinutes creates a PDF document of minutes that is saved to their account (which can then be downloaded).  The minutes include a list of participants, the chat conversation, and the documents or files that were uploaded during the meeting (as well as their annotations).  There is currently no limit to the number of participants, but the LiveMinutes team recommends capping it at 20 for “an optimal experience.”

Check it out here: http://liveminutes.com/

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