Media and Communication Tools

 

Screen Recording

 

 Product 

 Version 

 Availability 

 Description 

Camtasia

 

Recommended for projects that require both screen recordings and advanced editing

Win: 8 

Mac: 2

Available in CIRT

 

A powerful, yet easy-to-use screen recorder, and editor, Camtasia helps you create professional videos without having to be a video pro. Easily record your screen movements and actions, or import HD video from a camera or other source. Customize and edit content on both Mac and Windows platforms, and share your videos with viewers on nearly any device.

 SnagIt

Recommended for screen recording that only need basic editing 

12.2

Available in CIRT and for limited checkout.     

SnagIt is an advanced screen capture tool, mainly used for capturing screenshots. It also has video and audio recording capability. Useful for quickly capturing and sharing short screen recordings. SnagIt is able to publish to several common applications and cloud services, like PowerPoint, Google Drive, Dropbox, and YouTube.

Knovio
 

Online

Licensed for the ASL/Interpreting Program

Free accounts are available on the service's website.
  
 

Knovio® is an innovative tool for turning PowerPoint® slides into rich video presentations with just a web browser and webcam or with a mobile app on the Apple ipad. With Knovio, you can take static PowerPoint slides to a new level with video and audio presentations that can be accessed anytime from just about any device and shared with others through email and social media.

 

Knovio's free account gives users 5 presentations, each up to 7 minutes long.

Screencast-o-matic 

Online     

Free accounts are available on the service's website.

An easy to use, full featured screen recording tool that can be used on any computer without installing a permanent application. The free service can record for up to 15 minutes.

Jing 

Online     

Free accounts are available on the service's website.

Jing is a free and simple application for sharing images and short videos of your computer screen. Jing gives you the ability to add basic visual elements to your captures and share them fast.  Screen recordings can be up to 5 minutes long.

QuickTime Pro 

7

Available in CIRT

QuickTime 7 Pro can convert your media to different formats. You can also use QuickTime 7 Pro to record your screen and share everything you make.

Telecommunication

 

Product 

 Version 

 Availability 

 Description 

Google Hangouts – Video Calls 

Recommended for less than 10 presenters and when you need to record the session 

Online     

Free accounts are available on the service's website.

Google hangouts is a multi-function tool for computers and mobile devices. One of it's features, Voice Calls, allows up to 10 people to join a live video call with screen sharing and the option to record the call and publish it to YouTube.

FaceTime 

 Mac Only   

Free accounts are available on the service's website.

FaceTime is Apple's one-to-one video teleconferencing tool that can be used on modern Apple computers, and iOS devices.

Skype 

Win: 7.14
Mac: 7.13

iPad/iPhone 6.3

Android 6.4

Free accounts are available on the service's website.
 

Skype is a telecommunications application software that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls from computers, tablets and mobile devices via the Internet to other devices or telephones/smartphones.

Graphic Design & Digital Imaging

 

Product 

Version 

Availability 

Description 

Bridge 

CC 14

Available in CIRT

Campus ; must be requested byITSR 

Bridge is used to manage all media files. It does not have any built-in editing capabilities, but it will open files in the correct editor and allows for additions and changes to metadata. 

Illustrator  

Illustrator is a vector-based image editing tools used to create. Vector images are generally smaller than other types of images and can be scaled to any size without quality-loss. Illustrator is commonly used to design logos, labels, charts & graphs, and elements for motion graphics.

InDesign  

InDesign is a page layout application used to design printed and electronic layouts. InDesign is commonly used to design, books (including e-books), magazines, brochures, flyers

Lightroom 

Lightroom is used to manage and correct photographs. It has better management features compared to Photoshop, but less tools for editing.

Photoshop 

Photoshop is a digital imaging software used as a tool for photographic correction and manipulation, digital painting, and illustration. 

SmartDraw      

7

 Available in CIRT

SmartDraw is a template-based tool used to create charts and diagrams. SmartDraw also has seveal different map templates which allow for the quick creation of simple maps.

Video Production

 

Product 

Version 

Availability 

Description 

iMovie

Recommended for Mac projects that need minimal editing (e.g. titles, and transitions only) 

11

Available in CIRT

Available; must be requested by ITSR 

The video editor that comes standard with all Mac computers. iMovie  lets you organize all your video clips, and use them to create videos. 

Windows Live Movie Maker 

Recommended for Windows projects that need minimal editing (e.g. titles, and transitions only) 

12

Available in CIRT 

Available; must be requested by ITSR 

Windows Live Movie Maker is Microsoft's free video capture and editing software. It does not have as many features as the other video editors, but it does work well for small projects that do not require much editing.

Premiere Pro

Recommended for projects that require major edits and effects (e.g. audio and color adjustments) 

CC 14

Available in CIRT

Available; must be requested by ITSR 

Premiere Pro is a professional video editing suite. Premiere has tools to make advanced editing techniques like keying (removing the background of a video)  and multiple-camera shots.

Adobe Media Encoder 

CC 14

Available in CIRT

Available; must be requested by ITSR 

Adobe Media encoder is used to prepare digital video for publication. It has conversion tools that assist with processing large numbers of videos at one time.

After Effects 

CC 14

Available in CIRT

Available; must be requested by ITSR 

After Effects is used to create special effects and animations for video projects.

Camtasia 
 

 Win: 8 

Mac: 2

Available in CIRT

In addition to being a screen recording tool Camtasia is also a first-class video editor. Camtasia is more advanced than  iMove and Movie Maker, but less advanced than Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.

Final Cut Pro 

X

Available in CIRT

Final Cut Pro is a professional video editing suite with similar functionality to Premiere Pro.

Audio Production

 

Product 

Version 

Availability 

Description 

Audacity

2

Available in CIRT

Available; must be requested by ITSR 

Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.

Audition
 
Recommended audio editing tool     

CC 14

Available in CIRT

Available; must be requested by ITSR 

Audition is the audio editor included in Adobe Creative Cloud. It has much more sophisticated tools than Audacity and it integrates directly with the other CC tools like Premiere and Adobe Media Encoder.  

Dragon Naturally Speaking 

12.5 and
13

Available in CIRT

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a text-to-speech software that lets you dictate to and control computers with speech. For the best results it must be trained on an individual's voice. Audio recording with multiple speakers may confuse it. It performs best when used live with a microphone but may also be used with a voice recorder. 

Mapping

 

Product 

Version 

Availability 

Description 

ArcGIS 

10

Available in CIRT

Professional GIS software for creating maps, conducting spatial analysis and sharing intelligent visualizations for better decision making.

ArcGIS Online 

Online

Available in CIRT

Free accounts are available on the service's website.

Professional GIS software for creating maps, conducting spatial analysis and sharing intelligent visualizations for better decision making.

ESRI Story Maps 

Online

Available in CIRT

Free accounts are available on the service's website.

Story maps are lightweight, open-source web apps. They combine web maps created using ArcGIS Online, ESRI's cloud-based mapping system, with multimedia content—text, photos, video, and audio—to let you tell stories about the world. Start by browsing our list of apps to choose what type of story you want to tell.

Google Earth Pro 

7

Available in CIRT

Create customized mapping applications with Google Earth Pro for Work. Earth Pro offers interactive geospatial maps in 3D to help visualize data.

3D Design

 

Product 

Version 

Availability 

Description 

Tinkercad 

Recommended for beginning 3D modelers 

Online

Free accounts are available on the service's website.

Tinkercad is a basic online modeling program. It has a wealth of tutorials that get the user accustomed to the 3D environment. The user creates their model using built-in basic shapes, letters, and objects. Your models can be exported and/or saved as .stl files, which 3D printers support.

3ds Max 

2014

Available in CIRT

Autodesk 3ds Max is 3D modeling, animation, simulation, and rendering software for games, film, and motion graphics artists.

3DTin  

Online

Free accounts are available on the service's website.

3DTin is another online modeling program that also utilizes shapes to build models. It includes tutorials that get the user oriented to the 3D environment. Your models can be exported & saved for 3D printing.

Blender 

2.76

Free download from the website.

Blender is a free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, interactive 3D applications, and video games. Blender includes professional 3D modeling tools and its export feature is capable of producing 3D printable file types.

Maya 

2014

Available in CIRT

Autodesk Maya 3D animation software offers an extensive creative feature set for 3D computer animation, modeling, visual effects, rendering, and compositing.

Mudbox 

2014

Available in CIRT

Autodesk Mudbox is digital painting and sculpting software for artists, modelers, and texture artists in games, film, television, and design. 

OpenSCAD 

2014.03

Free download from the website.

OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD models. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, Windows and Mac OS X. Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as Blender), it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modeling but instead on the CAD (or math & number based) aspects. This would be most useful for creating 3D models of machine parts.

SketchUp 

Make 2015 

Free download from the website.

 SketchUp is a 3D modeling program for a broad range of applications such as architectural, civil, mechanical, film as well as video game design — and available in free as well as 'professional' versions.

** all software is the Windows version unless otherwise noted