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iMovie

iMovie

Tool Summary

iMovie is a free video editing software for Mac devices. It boasts easy to use tools and templates. This program can be used on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is great for getting started with video editing.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: Mac, iOS
  • Recommended For: Beginners – This a great tool to learn video editing, or basic editing, but lacks some advanced features.

Things to Know

iMovie has an abundance of easy to use filters and effects, including the option to use a green screen. You can also edit your sound with ease, without also impacting your video. iMovie comes with built in templates for titles, backgrounds and transitions. It also gives you the option to format your video as a trailer. 

If you are working on a device with a lower processing system, iMovie has the tendency to crash when working with complicated or long videos.

When saving your project, iMovie allows you to easily upload the video directly to Youtube, Facebook, or Vimeo, or to be sent in an email, in addition to saving it as a file.

Getting Started Guides:

How to Use iMovie

iMovie Support by Apple

Additional Resources

Freesound: Free audio files. Most audio files just require you to credit the creator.

Pixabay: Copyright free images and videos.

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Inkscape

Inkscape

Tool Summary

Inkscape is a free alternative to the Adobe vector image editing platform, Illustrator. Vector graphics are great for creating logos and illustrations because of their ability to be scaled up and down, unlike raster images which lose their quality scaling up and down.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: GNU/Linux, MacOS X, and Windows
  • Opensource: Yes
  • Recommended For: Beginners to advanced designers

Things to Know

If you are familiar with the dark theme of Adobe Illustrator, or would prefer a more pleasing interface, Inkscape makes it very easy to change from their automatic white theme. You can go to Inkscape, chose preferences, interface, and then select dark theme, or choose what looks best to you!

Use layers to easily divide your design into sections. With layers, editing one layer will not impact other layers. You can lock or hide layers to more easily edit your design!

Getting Started Guides:

Inkscape Download Page – Click on the operating system on your device 

Inkscape wiki page  –  Learn how to use the different functions and tools on inkscape

Interface and Basic Drawing

Shapes, Tools and Options

Additional Resources

Vector Image Trace 

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