iMovie and Digital Media Resources
Materials Written by Gary Stager
A growing collection of articles, tools, resources and inspiration to help you use podcasting in your school.
An annotated list of my software tools.
media/iMovie-related book list
best books about digital
Digital Video Toolkit
Digital video production, editing and publishing offer genuine
opportunities for kids to learn and express that knowledge in
new ways. This feature provides an overview of digital media
and a collection of recommended resources. WARNING: The
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Published in the December 2001 issue of District
QuickTime Movies on the Web
to embed a QuickTime
in a web page.
Short-Attention-Span Guide to Media Streaming on the Cheap
10 steps to streaming nirvana!
Editing with MoviePlayer/QuickTime Player
Examples of educator
sites using digital video for reflective practice
story of students creating
a streaming audio radio
station on the web.
in the November/December
1998 issue of Curriculum
Kid a Publisher
in the November
of computers in
argue the investment
in technology detracts
from the arts.
This does not need
to be the case.
and software can
school music program
in the May 2002 issue of District
Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand
A terrific MacWorld tutorial on how to produce your first tune.
Magazine's comprehensive The
Making of a MacAddict
Jim Heid's great and growing collection or articles, resources and tools related to iLife.
A website containing news, tools and techniques for pro Macintosh Creative
Terrific free iMovie Tutorial movies
AtomicLearning.com has created a great collection of brief QuickTime clips to help you with every feature of iMovie.
DV for Teachers
A collection of resources for digital video-using educators.
is an amazing site
filled with animated
with audio, designed
to teach video neophytes
everything they need
to know about producing
terrific digital films.
ShowMacster 1.0 is an extension to iChat AV that makes it possible to stream pictures, Quicktime movies, and live screen captures during video conferences. The software is integrated into iChat AV, adding a drawer to the video chat window, and with a button or hot key press, it switches from the current iSight video stream to the assigned picture, movie, or live capture. ShowMacster is 15 Euro for Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 with iChat AV and an iSight camera.
iRecordNow is a $14.95 one-button application that allows you to use the iSite as a digital camcorder creating DV files you can use in other applications, such as iMovie.
Click below to buy an iSight
Making Movies with the iSight
One of the first articles I've seen about how to use the iSight camera with software other than iChat. It shows how you can use QuickTime Broadcaster to capture/record/archive video for use in other applications. The article also demonstrates how iSight may be used to overdub audio in iMovie.
Note: iMovie 4 now supports the iSight as a video source.
Top Ten Digital Video Tricks -- Great hints for capturing beautiful video with DV camcorders and the iSight.
Sound is Half the Picture -- Want to learn more about recording sound on your Mac OS X computer? This article give you lots of great tips.
Digital Still Cameras for QuickTime Movies -- Here's a helpful tutorial that will expand your QuickTime Pro editing skills.
The Digital Video Pocket Guide is the perfect companion for making movies with your new iSight webcam. Lots of video making tips and tricks.
Free with new Macs
or via download.
$59.95 (education pricing) as part
of the iLife software
Free and low-cost iMovie Plug-ins
CF/X offers free and low-cost iMovie plug-ins, all less than $9.95 per plug-in. Unlike the plug-ins from Virtix, GeeThree and Stupendous, these are a la carte. Choose the one you need and skip the rest.
Six terrific sets of extra transitions, special effects & titling toolsfor use with
Bravo and Echo
Filters and Echo
18-20 cool effects
for use with iMovie. $24.99 each
or both for $39.99.
Samples are available
for download. Several new Virtix plug-in packs specialize in cinematic effects.
eZedia Plug-ins for iMovie
eZedia offers amazingly cool tools for extending the power of iMovie and QuickTime.
- eZeMotion allows you to create up to ten layers of animation in a movie.
- eZeScreen allows you to create "blue screen" chroma-key effects.
- eZeMatte allows you to place a matte around your movie.
- eZeClip allows you to place a still or movie on another clip or in split screen.
Get all four sets together for $69 (retail)
eZediaQTI is cross-platform interactive QuickTime authoring software for creating rich internet content and movies.
eZediaMX 3.0 is multimedia authoring software which revolutionizes media integration and editing by generating QuickTime output.
Education pricing for individual, lab packs and site licenses are available.
Stupendous offers a large selection of commercial plug-ins designed to add functionality to iMovie.
Apple's free mp3 player, ripper, burner and library.
Gary Stager's Podcasting Page
More than you know you wanted to know about the latest communications revolution, podcasting.
to iTunes with
these free powerful
If you use iTunes,
you need to download
iPodLounge is a good source
of tips, tricks
for your iPod
Recover or transfer tracks from your iPod to your Macintosh. This is the best of a whole crop of similar uilities (IMHO).
Pod 2 Pod
Other programs that copy files from your iPod to your Mac or between iPods.
Apple provides a free tool for creating HTML links to songs, albums and artists in the iTunes Music Store. Use this web tool to create links from your web page to the iTunes Music Store.
Understanding Compression & Lossless Compression
If your recorder is too new, too old (but not way too old), or just not
supported by the current version of Apple's iTunes, you used to be out
of luck or had to resort to hacking resources. Now you can run the free
iTunes CD-RW Helper and iTunes may be able to work with your drive.
those of you
who care about
appear as screensavers
plays, the following
sites have new
you to download.
free image organizing,
editing and publishing
iPhoto Library Manager
Fixes missing features in iPhoto 1.x. One of those features is the ability to have iPhoto work with multiple photo libraries, or even the ability to have your library in a location other than the one it chooses. iPhoto Library Manager's job is to fill this gap
Flickr is a web-based photo management, editing and sharing service. It's quite ingenious and worth a look.
Flickr Export Plugin for iPhoto
Upload photos from iMovie directly to Flickr.
a free OS-X native
let's you adjust
you to burn directly
from iPhoto using
Roxio Toast Titanium.
Send discs to
or to a local
for prints. Share
film rolls or
your entire photo
library on CDs
to iPhoto with
these free Applescripts.
They allow you
to perform a
number of tasks
creation of an
Apple's revolutionary software
for creating your own DVDs. Free with Superdrive-equipped
Macs, $59.95 for others as part of iLife.
Authoring with iDVD 5
An excellent overview and tutorial for getting started authoring with iDVD 5.
Professional quality button and templates for use with iDVD.
A source of inexpensive alternative themes to spice up iDVD.
Fabulous professionally produced iDVD, Keynote and Pages templates. Great for kiosks too!
A fantastic FAQ containing information about performance issues, debugging and using iDVD4.
DVDs with more
than 90 minutes
worth of video
This article details step-by-step instructions for making longer DVDs
with iDVD. It is not simple, but it is possible. (iDVD 4 allows users to create DVDs containing two hours worth of video.)
Take Control of Recording with GarageBand
($10 downloadable eBook)
by Jeff Tolbert
Want to record music with GarageBand? This ebook explains how to use GarageBand to create musical compositions with vocals, drums, guitars, MIDI keyboards, even the kitchen sink! Seattle musician Jeff Tolbert shares his GarageBand know-how and years of recording experience to help you get the most out of your existing gear or purchase new equipment that fits your budget and style. You'll find real-world recording studio techniques, learn how to use a microphone, and discover how to apply effects like a pro. Clear steps and plenty of practical advice help you plan a recording session, record with Software Instruments or Real Instruments, and rerecord if you make a mistake. Two example songs demonstrate many of the techniques discussed. Bonus! Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you read about them. Remember us when you're famous!
|Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand
($10 downloadable eBook)
by Jeff Tolbert
Trying to make music with GarageBand? Seattle musician Jeff Tolbert's step-by-step instructions guide beginning and intermediate users through using GarageBand's built-in loops to create two songs, teaching you not only how to use GarageBand's editing and mixing features but also how to be playful and creative while composing tunes that please the ear. You'll learn how to plan a song, the six elements of a successful song, strategies for adding loops to a song, five goals to consider when mixing, and how to export your music to iTunes. The ebook also covers how to change track volume, pan your tracks, adjust equalization, and work with the Reverb effect. Linked-in audio lets you listen to examples while you read about them. Bonus! Is your Mac bogging down while playing complex tunes? The ebook includes seven suggestions for solving performance problems.
Apple's web-based storage, publishing and tool suite is fully integrated into Panther and iLife.
wildly popular and
$30 shareware program
converts images between
145 graphic formats.
It's a must in every
incredibly clever OS
X application allows
you to use your digital
video camera as a backup
drive. That's right,
you can store 10-15 gigabytes
of data on one hour-long
DV tape. $25 shareware.
WireTap is a free product for MacOS X 10.2 or later that allows you to record
any audio playing on your Mac, saving it to a file for later listening or processing.
This allows you to record news from Internet radio stations such as the BBC
News, sound snippets from your favorite DVD movie, record the audio from a
game, or even iChatAV conversations. WireTap works using a simple tape recorder-like
interface. Simply click the record button, and any audio playing through your
Mac will be recorded to disk. WireTap can record any sound that is playing
regardless of the source, so RealPlayer, iTunes, DVD Player, Windows Media
Player, etc. are all supported. FREE!
you to record your favorite
Internet radio streams
as separate files. Archive
and listen to radio shows
on your iPod. Record
Internet radio streams
as individual MP3 files
You can schedule recordings
of your favorite radio
programs, even multiple
streams at the same time $15
Audio Hijack and Audio Hijack Pro are shareware tools (Mac) that allow you to capture any audio played or streamed on your computer. Audio Hijack Pro allows you to convert these high-quality recordings to MP3 files on the fly. You could always just convert the AIFF files created by Audio Hijack in iTunes or another utility. $16 or $30.
QiPo stands for 'QuickTime in - Preview out'. QiPo processes a QuickTime movie
and creates an image containing sequential frames that conform a preview
of the movie. QiPo can process any movie format that QuickTime understands,
such as MPEG, some AVIs, and even QuickTime VR objects. This amazing utility
can preview web-based streaming movies without having to download them and
lets you quickly scan a bunch of movie files. For Classic and OS-X. $10 single-user,
$99 site license.
Using any audio player on OS X, you can set up your very own internet radio station, which any MP3 player in the world can then access. Host a call-in show or DJ a 12 hour block of your favorite techno music with the VoiceOver plugin. Radio has never been this easy, or this much fun. $30 (before 2004) $40 (after 12/30/03)
a Mac OS X audio preference
panel. Unlike the standard
Mac OS X Sound panel,
it displays both input
and output options in
a single panel and adds
a stereo input VU meter,
stereo input gain controls,
stereo output volume
controls, input mute
and monitor buttons,
and other features. BetterSound
is free for Mac OS X
A very powerful authoring tool for interactive QuickTime programs
Unplugged with Media
Cleaner EZ for QuickTime
EditDV Unplugged is an entry-level digital video editor based on Digital Origin's
award-winning EditDV. EditDV Unplugged provides more powerful content creation,
editing than other free tools available on the Macintosh platform, such as
Apple's iMovie. Additionally, when used in conjunction with Terran Interactive's
award-winning Media Cleaner EZ for QuickTime, users can quickly and easily
produce streaming QuickTime content for delivery on the Internet broadband
networks and CD-ROM. Comments supplied by icanstream.com.
QuickMovie is a $20 application that creates QuickTime movies from
a series of images. You can create fixed sized movies or have the size
of the movie reflect the size of the largest image in the series. You can
optionally scale images to the movie size, specify how many images are
displayed per second, choose from any available QuickTime compression method,
and much more! QuickMovie supports every image format supported by QuickTime
3.0 or later, which includes JPEG, GIF, Photoshop, PICT, and many others.
$49.95 program for Mac
and Windows which allows
you to drag a load of
graphic files to the
the time for each slide
and the transitions you
wish to have between
them. The slideshow may
then be exported as a
QuickTime movie and shared
is the ultimate in freeware
sound editing. It will
allow 8 tracks of recording,
MIDI and will import
video! This application
does it all, including
a large list of effects
processors to improve
the audio, such as EQ,
noise gate, de-esser
and delays. It will export
to various formats including
Quicktime, WAV and AIFF.
This is a robust application
(40 MB download) designed
to compliment Digidesigns
audio hardware. However,
the Mac's built-in mic
input works great, as
well as importing audio. Cross-platform
A tutorial for
learning basic ProTools production techniques.
A highly recommended $49.99 shareware product allowing you to record/digitize,
edit and export audio on the Mac. Academic pricing ($25) and site licenses
are available on their special
Play and record sounds in various formats.
OS 8 SharewareSound
Record and edit audio files with this visual waveform AIFF editor.
Mac OS 8.5 D-SoundPro
Download a professional sound-editing utility.
and PC Tools
Pay $29 and unlock the power of QuickTime Player and PictureViewer. QuickTime
5 is the current version for Mac and Windows.
than install QuickTime
via a web connection,
download this standalone
installer for Mac or
Windows, burn it on
a CD and have it ready
This indispensable shareware tool allows you to resize, convert and compress
an entire folder full of graphics at once. Useful for Mac OS 9 (not OS X) and Windows.
Sorenson creates perhaps the best Codec for compressing QuikTime and Flash
movies. Squeeze is an easy-to-use powerful tool for compressing video files
or DV input for delivery via the web or disk. The Squeeze Compression Suite
includes Codecs for MPG-4, QuickTime and Flash. You may buy less expensive
versions specializing on one of these output standards. Education pricing
may be available.
The magical gold standard for media compression of all sorts. Cleaner allows
for a variety of media-types to be converted and compressed in batches.Education
pricing may be available.
Gimp is is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed
piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition
and image authoring. Some people think that Gimp is a viable alternative
to Photoshop. Click here for
installation instructions and here for
Mac OS X installation instructions.
HipFlics will take your movies that were exported from FinalCut Pro, iMovie,
or any other popular video editing package and prepare them for Internet
delivery. File Sizes can be reduced over 50 times from straight DV with
HipFlics, and your video will still be clear enough to see you baby's first
teeth! Education pricing may be available.
cross-platform interactive QuickTime authoring software for creating
rich internet content and movies.Education pricing may be
multimedia authoring software
which revolutionizes media
integration and editing by
generating QuickTime output. Education
pricing may be available.
Perfect for home video enthusiasts and educators,
SmartSound Movie Maestro is designed to be the
easiest audio software on the market, period. Included
on the disk are 26 songs designed to work with
Movie Maestro’s unique technology and are
yours to use for any home or educational video
project: family events, sports, vacations, weddings,
parties, school projects and more. If you can shoot
it, Movie Maestro can make a music soundtrack for
it. Only $49.95! Extra sound-CDs and education
for Multimedia and the new SonicFire Pro!
and its huge library of
sound files will compose
a piece of royalty-free
music to your specifications.
SmartSound for Multimedia
is the enhanced version
Movie Maestro and
SonicFire Pro is the professional
Create cool interactive multimedia presentations and output them as QuickTime
files. MovieWorks deluxe runs in OS X, Classic Mac OS and Windows.
A terrific low-cost and powerful graphics and cell-based animation package
Turn still images into an interactive QuickTime movie in seconds!
Lets you caption, subtitle, dub, or audio-describe a videoclip.
Platforms: Windows 98SE and 2000
FreeDV is the free version of Digital Origin's popular IntroDV which
is featured in iCanStream's tutorial videos. FreeDV is the easiest way to
make great-looking movies on your PC. Anyone can download FreeDV at no cost
from this web site. Of course, Digital Origin hopes that many video enthusiasts
will enjoy FreeDV so much that they'll upgrade to the complete version of
IntroDV later. But FreeDV is a fully functional program all by itself, and
there are no strings attached. You can download FreeDV and start making movies
right now! Comments supplied by icanstream.com
cross-platform interactive QuickTime authoring software for creating
rich internet content and movies.
multimedia authoring software
which revolutionizes media
integration and editing by
generating QuickTime output.
CoolEdit 96 is a very good simple recording and editing package for Windows
Sonic Foundry produces consumer and professional-level audio
and video tools. Video
Factory is particularly good for video capture, editing and
publication if you are forced to use a Windows box ($50-60).
A $49.95 program for Mac and Windows which allows you to
drag a load of graphic files to the application, determine the
time for each slide and the transitions you wish to have between
them. The slideshow may then be exported as a QuickTime movie
and shared with friends.
Here is the ultimate in freeware sound editing. It will
allow 8 tracks of recording, MIDI and will import video! This
application does it all, including a large list of effects processors
to improve the audio, such as EQ, noise gate, de-esser and delays.
It will export to various formats including Quicktime, WAV and
AIFF. This is a robust application (40 MB download) designed
to compliment Digidesigns audio hardware. However, the Mac's
built-in mic input works great, as well as importing audio. Cross-platform
A tutorial for
learning basic ProTools production
Cool Hardware Digitizers
Bridge by Dazzle
This external device allows you to turn analog or digital video into a DV
stream for editing on your Mac. Dazzle offers a selection of other low-cost
USB and analog devices.
USB Microphone for the Macintosh
Plug any microphone into your Mac via the USB port.
Cool Stuff on the Web
Free music notation and MIDI composition program for kids
by the creators of the professional-level Finale software.
Internet Archive Movie Archive
An ecclectic collection of royalty-free archival video footage.
This is the place to look for things like the Duck and Cover films.
Broadcast your own radio station by uploading MP3 files to this site or even
broadcast live from your PC!
Web-based interactive music lessons for kids and teachers
- More Web-Based Productivity Aids
A collection of cool free stuff for web publishers
- Sonification Wizards
Add sound effects to your web pages for free!
i Can Stream - The
streaming media community
Learn all about streaming media in this terrific site.
Another great source of information and assistance about streaming your content.
Store up to 500mb for free!
Publish your multimedia on the web for public or private consumption
Royalty-Free Music Sites
Zillions of professional-quality royalty-free music,
available in 10, 15, 20, 30, 60 & 120 second clips. NBC Sports
used some of these sounds in the 2002 Olympics and you can have
them for free!
Collections of royalty-free sound effects, music loops and samples.
Free samples and huge libraries of sounds and sound effect files you can
Royalty Free Music Online
The Music Bakery
Studio quality sounds and sound-effects you can buy for use in multimedia
Sources of Inspiration and Examples of Great Radio Online
Ira Glass and his merry band of geniuses create a weekly hour-long show around
a quirky theme. The storytelling is phenomenal as is their use of low-technology
(radio). Their site archives all of their shows, has links to resources for
making your own radio and notes on how educators use This American Life.
and Found Sound
This NPR project chronicles the 20th Century through the collection and redistribution
of sounds captured across America by all sorts of people on all kinds of
media. There are some great stories here and terrific examples of how compelling
audio can be.
Studio 360 is a new national radio show about arts and culture,
hosted by novelist and journalist Kurt Andersen and produced
by Public Radio International and WNYC. Current issues, events
and trends in art are a jumping off point for an exploration
of ideas that aren't necessarily "news," yet are provocative
and offer a lens on experience that only art can provide. Studio
360 presents richly textured and emotionally resonant stories
that look at art's creative influence and transformative power
in everyday life.
AMERICAN RADIOWORKS® is the documentary project of Minnesota
Public Radio and NPR News. ARW is public radio's largest documentary
production unit; it creates documentaries, series projects, and
investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet.
ARW is based at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and also has
staff journalists based in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, C.A.,
and Durham, N.C.
- American RadioWorks and National Public Radio co-produce
one-hour Special Reports distributed to public radio stations
across the country.
- ARW produces documentaries and series projects for news magazines
on National Public Radio, including All Things Considered and
- Extensive online documentaries accompany all ARW radio projects,
providing background, original photography, interactive elements
and streaming audio of the radio documentaries.
Transom is a site dedicated to giving fresh voices the knowledge,
tools, encouragement and community to produce their own radio
programs. Some of these programs might appear on National Public
Youth Radio promotes young people's intellectual, creative,
and professional growth through training and access to media.
Through hands-on practice, working relationships with industry
professionals, and production of award-winning programming, Youth
Radio students learn the basics of broadcasting. In the process,
they're exposed to a broad spectrum of media-related careers.
But technical training is only part of the picture. Through their
journalism education, Youth Radio students also strengthen their
foundation in basic "life-skills": verbal expression,
writing, computer technology, critical thinking, conflict resolution,
Radio Rookies is a WNYC program that trains young people
to use words and sounds to tell true stories about themselves,
their families, their communities and the world. Young people
are spoken about in the media, but they are not often enough
given the chance to speak for themselves. Through a series of
eight-week workshops, each held in a new neighborhood, Radio
Rookies gives teenagers the tools to become radio journalists,
and allows them to learn from professionals how to develop a
story, conduct interviews and edit and produce a polished radio
feature that can air on WNYC.
Radio and TV Scripts for you to Perform
Classic old-time radio scripts
Superman, Fibber McGee and Molly, Gunsmoke and the Flash Gordon scripts are all here, along with many others for your students to perform and produce.
Simply Radio Scripts
An amazing and enormous collection of script transcriptions from all over world. High art and popular shows are represented. There are TV scripts available as well.
A Prairie Home Companion
Audio-clips, scripts and more from this popular family-friendly radio variety show.
Old-time Radio Sound Effects
How it was done.
WC Fields Radio Scripts and Clips
So you're thinking about webcasting your first special event. It's
fast and easy if you have the right equipment and software. But what exactly
do you need to get started? How much does it all cost? And how do you know
if your setup is scalable for the future?
this basic guide to live webcasting, Apple experts
demystify the process by explaining the important concepts;
outlining the right ingredients; showing how to go
live quickly, easily (and relatively inexpensively);
and pointing out resources in case you need help.