Tuesday’s Tool: Free Movie Making

YouTube's free video editor

Multimedia and video production is a popular medium for student products these days. However, schools often lack the resources or funds to supply teachers and students with the proper software. Luckily, there are several tools available online that can help in this arena.

Make Human is open source (read “free”) software that allows users to create 3D human animations. So, if video cameras are in short supply or you don’t want to shell out money for online animation sites, here is a great alternative to creating your own animations. (via EdTech Toolbox)

The Australian Centre for the Moving Images has provided a portal for educators and students to gain access to information about and resources for filmmaking. Their Generator provides storyboard resources as well as free media for all your filmmaking needs. (via Edgalaxy)

If it’s a video editing tool you need, YouTube offers a free one that is easy to use and internet-based. Not only can the popular video site provide free hosting, but this tool allows users to edit their videos without purchasing costly software. Mashable offers some great tips for getting the most out of this fantastic online tool.

If your school has moved onto handheld devices such as iPhones and iPads, Vimeo, another free video hosting site, has the app for you. Although not free, $5 is a small price to pay for such an accessible video editing tool. (via Lifehacker)

What are some tools you use with your students for video projects? How might you get the most out of the tools listed above?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.

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