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There are a multitude of ways to create "videos"; from the very simple with intuitive software you already have installed on most computers, to the highly advanced using expensive hardware and software that takes months to learn. In this tips and tricks sections we make suggestions primarily for you who have not done videos before. We also share links to great resources online. The intention is to provide both technical and creative help, because a good video have both good content, good design, and high technical quality.

 

Editing softwares

Camtasia www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp
A screen capture software. With this you capture what happens on the screen, the capture is saved, and you can then edit it; cut out pieces, re-arrange the order, add text and other graphics. Finally you export it as a final movie. It is great for showing things on your desktop. Usually it is used for instructional pieces on different softwares, but it might be useful for an academic video - maybe you want to explore database content, mindmaps or surf the web as part of your video? The price is about $150.

Captivate www.adobe.com/se/products/captivate/?sdid=EIJAZ
Another screen capture software from Adobe. It costs about $150 dollars also, and are quite similar to Camtasia.

Jing www.jingproject.com/
A freeware screen capture software, also quite capable.

Adobe Premiere www.adobe.com/products/premiere/
One of the big video editor software's for the amateur and semi-pro market. It is quite easy to learn, and it is a quite capable video and audio editor. You bring in stuff you have shot with a digital video camera or acquired in other ways, edit it together and export it out as a final video.

Final Cut Pro www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/finalcutpro/
Another video editor, quite similar to Premiere, but holding a somewhat more professional niche.

Moviemaker and IMovie
Both of these are very simple video editor, the Moviemaker being pre-installed on most Windows-installations and IMovie being installed on Macintosh computers. It is very easy to learn, and yes, you can edit videos with it. But, if you are thinking more advanced video making, you will quite soon hit the roof with this one.
 
Photostory www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/PhotoStory/default.mspx
This is even simpler than Moviemaker, and thus very useful if you don't have the time or interest to learn a lot of softwares. But it only let's you work with still images, a bit similar to creating a PowerPoint presentation.

 

Links to other resources

Manuals for open source software, including some for working with media files
http://en.flossmanuals.net/

Step by step how to produce video for the internet
http://makeinternettv.org/

Wikiversity video production related links
http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Filmmaking
http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Video_content_on_the_Internet
http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Video_software

List of open source video software
http://openvideoalliance.org/wiki/index.php?title=List_of_Open_Source_Video_Software

Other video repositories

 

 

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