In my last post of the series,’ I detailed’ how to get the most bang for your buck with’ budget camcorders.’  However, while many of them offer basic software, you might want to expand what you can do with your footage.’  Thankfully, there are many free options–some of them right under your nose.

For the many of you using Windows at work, Microsoft has bundled its operating system with Windows Movie Maker.’  Windows Movie’ Maker is’ a competent free program that will serve a number of simple projects,’ such as book trailers or’ breaking up long Wizard’ Rock sets’ (run the Windows Update program for the latest update).’  Check out the getting started‘ page to see what you can do with the program.’  For more info, take a look at the tutorials on About.com‘ or Atomic Learning.

Libraries using Macs likely have access to the popular iMovie‘ software (it’s bundled with most new computers, though not part of the operating system).’  If so, you have a simple and elegant interface with which you and teens can realize your creative endeavors.’  Apple offers a number of tutorials‘ you can use to familiarize yourself with the program.

If you’re a techie librarian looking for more power than these introductory programs, but still at no cost, try the freeware ZS4‘ or the open source Jahshaka‘ (each contains plenty of tutorials).’  If restrictions prevent you from downloading or accessing video software on your staff PCs, try the free, flash-based online editor JumpCut.

If you’re looking to build tutorials on catalog searching, navigating databases, or any other online demonstration that teens would find interesting (such as customizing Myspace pages), check out CamStudio, the open source screencast software (Windows only–Mac users can use Copernicus, Linux users have Wink, and anybody with internet access and Java support can use Screencast-o-matic).’  Combine their simple features with your video editing software to make awesome online tutorials for teens.

Joseph Wilk
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Teen

About Joseph Wilk

I'm a teen library assistant with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Main location. Here, I'm the graphic novel and music librarian in addition to running anime, music, LGBTQ, incarcerated youth, and video programming. I'm happy to serve YALSA as a blogger, member of the Teen Tech Week committee, and as chair of the Music Interest Group. Otherwise, you can find me in da club.

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