Creating Multimedia: Advanced Level
Many computers and even smart phones now come built in with the capability to create and edit video. The best advice is to "just do it". Your first attempts will not be "Oscar quality", but things will improve with time.
Sharing your videos is easy now with sites like YouTube, which supports online digital video editing. This link can get you started quickly.
While the ads can be annoying, YouTube provides a great place to be "discovered" and go viral if you're lucky.
For a less expensive video editing option, but with a full set of features, look at Sony's Vegas.
Recommended by our webmaster who uses Vegas to create YouTube and local TV programming.
Another option is Ubuntu Studio, a completely free and open source option using Linux to turn your PC computer into a media workstation. Definitely an option to explore if you have someone with Linux experience available to assist.
PrimaryAccess, designed for social studies, uses the student's script to create a video sequence. Primary source documents can be selected and then arranged to create a sequenced narrative video, playable from within the site.
Vimeo is another contender for hosting videos. While not as well known as YouTube, it has the advantage of being pretty much ad free and provides better video quality.
Vimeo has a free version that will work well for most school projects. For a small yearly fee, you can upload as much video as you can create and get high quality, ad free playback on pretty much any device.
A good option if you already have an audience/following, or are looking for a quality experience.
Adobe offers a complete line of products for authoring Web sites and multi-media presentations, a common activity for various school projects. Their "Creative Cloud" educational discount pricing makes it more affordable for students and schools.
CoolType offers simple tips for enhancing Adobe images.
Your local school district network, PBS station, or public access channel are all possibilities for displaying or distributing student works. Check too with your local TV stations. Many are looking for extra content to include in their secondary video channels.
Please note that these advanced tools may carry advanced price tags. These tools require a significant time commitment and maybe even the services of a mentor.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Around The World With Webcams
• Backup and File Sharing Options
• Group Conferencing
• Hosting Your Own Web Pages
• Music & Stories in the Classroom
• Online Courseware And Management Systems
• Traditional Desktop Publishing Tools
• Virtual High School
• Wikis & Cloud Based Documents