A teacher from Georgia who attended a DEN event at the great statewide PBS station at Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) sent an email asking for a wish list for making videos. She was applying "for a grant to get "things" needed for video making." This is a great and delicious question. Since I have been working with videomaking teachers for two decades, I had some ideas on the subject. I replied with this list, with my own very personal choices but I know there are teachers out there who can add admirably to this list. What would you add? Think about it as if money were not the object (instruction is always the object, of course)! There are other software choices and interesting hardware and I would love other opinions. As I think about it, I forgot to throw in a "green screen" (chromkey) curtain of fabric. What else did I forget…?
Here would be my list, in no particular order, with software, hardware, and infrastruction all thrown together!
- A computer. Mac or Windows XP
- A USB microphone
- A wireless microphone (VHF frequency) around $150. Recommend Azden brand. See if there is an educator discount (there is if you buy in volume). Definitely shop price.
- A USB microscope (Scalar), around $190. Exports QuickTime movies for video!
- The most appropriate Canon camcorder(s) (2 for $300 for most classes, 1 for $900 for a video class, etc.) Camera should use miniDV format.
- The biggest external hard drive you can afford (recommend LaCie, >$300 will get you a big one)
- $100 for wires, adaptors, extension cords and things from Radio Shack you didn’t know you’d need. (example, firewire cable to connect camcorder to computer ($30!)
- $150 for tape stock (miniDV)
- $100 for blank DVD stock (shop wisely)
- $50 for music CD’s
- Still Camera (don’t forget stills make great videos!)
- Adaptor for reading memory cards from most cameras (around $25)
- A good tripod ($60 will do it)
- A good "mini-tripod" for desk use (>$20)
- Adobe Premier Elements for a Windows machine. Very reasonable educator pricing through school districts. Alternatives include Ulead, Pinnacle, and others. (Note: Pinnacle would not import QuickTime movies in the last version I worked with).
- The Gee Three effects package for iMovie (Macs)
- A morph program (free, if you look around online; PrintArtist (>$25 if it’s around)
- SuperGoo (under $20)
- CrazyTalk (Windows) (pricey at $140)
- Adobe Photoshop Elements (alter photos and use them in videos) Very reasonable educator pricing through school districts.
- $50 for music authoring software (MovieMaestro ($50, with extra CD’s), Acid Loops, etc.
- Time to learn GarageBand (Mac’s only)
- QuickTime Pro ($29, Mac and PC)
- Highspeed, broadband connection to the Internet
- Download PhotoStory, Producer–free if you have Office with PowerPoint
- A list of free video and audio resources (see halldavidson.net)
- A subscription to unitedstreaming (visit unitedstreaming.com)
- DVD with clips from California Student Media Festival Winners (e-mail Hall Davidson to view archives)
- Subscription to Videomaker Magazine (or whatever title is now using)
Hit comment to add to this list! – Thanks, Hall Davidson