Technologies for Rich Media

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Introduction

On this and related pages, we'll explore various technolologies that can be used to create, edit and publish audio, video and hybrid rich media. The emphasis here will be on practical considerations and be based on the experiences of faculty, students, course designers, technologists and others who have worked with various MAC, Windows or other platform technologies.

Resources

Image Manipulation

You can use several free online Web 2.0 resources to resize and edit images for use in rich media presentations:

For a more robust set of options, the Gimp is a free, open source image editing and manipulation program. It’s a great alternative to the expensive Photoshop, and can work wonders if you need to edit images in almost any conceivable manner. You can download the application at the link below.

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (image editing software): http://www.gimp.org/

Screen Capture, Podcasting & Other useful applications

  • Free online Teleprompter, useful if you are recording from a "script"
  • Podcasting a Powerpoint Presentation with Camtasia (a video webinar)
  • Jing - A free screen capture and markup application from Techsmith (the maker of Camtasia) that allows you to capture screen content and activity for sharing on the WWW. Captured files are in Macromedia Flash Movie (SWF) format. A great application, not only for teaching & learning in the classroom, but also for training and information sharing. There's also a Pro version that costs $14.95/year that usies the MPEG-4 format that can be uploaded to iTunes U courses or YouTube (HD). the Pro version also eliminates Jing logos that appear at the beginning and end of the videos created with free Jing. Be sure to read Mac and PC system requirements and other limitations placed on the free version.

Video & Audio File Format Conversion

  • Quick Media Converter (Windows (All): With this FREE converter you can convert between most audio and video formats, including AVI, DVD, Quicktime, Flash, Xvid, DivX, MPEG, MP3, WMA, MP4, 3GP and many others. You can convert multiple files (of different formats) in a single process and optionally customize the output settings in Expert Mode.
  • Jodix Free iPod Video Converter enables you to convert popular video formats to iPod video. It provides a simple and easy to use interface, just select the file(s) to convert and click a button. You can optionally change output quality and video size as well. The program supports AVI, MPEG, WMV, RM, RMVB, DivX, ASF, and VOB formats.
  • Quick Media Converter enables you to convert between most audio and video formats, including AVI, DVD, Quicktime, Flash, Xvid, DivX, MPEG, MP3, WMA, MP4, 3GP and many others. You can convert multiple files (of different formats) in a single process and optionally customize the output settings in Expert Mode. In addition to media conversion, the program also includes CamStudio, which allows you to record desktop acxtivity to video, as well as a WebCam capture feature that enables you to record video directly from your webcam device.

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