Audio, Graphics, Presentations, Video


Audio Players

Amarok free; Mac, Win, Linux
Open source audio player, regularly updated.
Kioo Media Player free; Win
Open source media player for both audio and video.
MusicBee free; Win, usb
MusicBee makes it easy to organize, find and play music files on your computer, on portable devices and on the web.
Media Monkey free/pay; Win
Music player that can manage small to very large collections of audio files and playlists (50,000+), whether on a hard drive, network, or CDs.
XMPlay free; Win
These pages are dedicated to bringing you some fine audio related software, with the focus on quality and efficiency. Including the XMPlay audio player, the BASS audio library and the MO3 audio format!
VLC free; multiplatform
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. VLC regularly makes the lists of top media players.

Audio Editors

Adobe Audition $$$; Win
Recording, mixing, editing, and mastering — Adobe® Audition® 3 software is the all-in-one toolset for professional audio production.
Ardour free; Linux, Mac
Record, mix, edit, collaborate… Unlimited audio tracks and buses. Non-destructive, non-linear editing with unlimited undo.
Audacity free; Mac, Win, Linux
Highly popular free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. (multi-platform)
Audio Converter free; Chrome app
A free online app that converts audio files for you. The app supports all formats, processes your files quickly, and does not require installation.
Audio is Beautiful free; Chrome app
This version of the Beautiful Audio Editor lets you work from within Chrome and save your work to Google Drive.
Garageband free; Mac, iOS
Audio editor bundled with Macs; part of the iLife suite.
MP3 Direct Cut free; Win
A fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for compressed mp3. You can directly cut, copy, paste or change the volume with no need to decompress your files for audio editing.
Rosegarden free; Linux
A well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.
Soundation $; online
Online audio editor. Includes a limited free to try option.
SoundForge Audio Studio $; Win
Powerful editing tools, fast processing, and advanced workflows define the core of this award-wining application.
TwistedWave free/$; Mac, iOS, online
Recording, editing, converting sound files. The online version is free while it is in open beta; this may change when the final version is released.
Wavosaur free; Mac, Win, Linux
A free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert.

Voice Recording and Sharing Online

Audacity free; Mac, Win, Linux
Highly popular free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. (multi-platform)
Audioboo free; Win, Mac, mobile
A mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and share audio for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear. Can be used from browser or from mobile devices such as Android or iPhone.
Chirbit free; online, mobile
Chirbits are audio clips that you record or upload. To record a chirbit directly on the site, all you need is a microphone or a webcam with a built in microphone.
Google Voice and Audio free; online, mobile
You can let Google save a recording of your voice and other audio to your Google Account by turning on Voice & Audio Activity.
Vocaroo free; online
Basic voice recording and sharing.


Free Image Editors

Quick Edits online
If all you want to do is quickly resize some images or remove a background, try these free online tools:
BeFunky: ResizePhoto
BeFunky mobile; online (free and pay versions)
Produce stunning photographs and captivating designs with fun, easy-to-use editing tools
— Chrome Store: BeFunky
Clarisketch chromebook; mobile (free and pay versions)
This app allows you to take a picture, draw on it, add voice comments, and share it with others.
Fotor multiplatform; mobile; online (free and pay versions)
Powerful, user-friendly and globally accessible, Fotor is an online photo editing suite, utilizing exclusive technology to bring an unprecedented level of editing control to anyone and everyone.
— Chrome Store: Fotor
Gimp multiplatform
Highly-regarded free open-source Photoshop replacement with layers, multiple tools, and special addons.
— Tutorials: Gimp TutorialsGimpUsers.comWikiHow: Gimp
Google Drawings
Create, insert and edit drawings with Google Drawings.
Chrome Store: Google Drawings
— Tutorial: A Guide To Google Drawings For Teachers, Students, And Bloggers
Google Photos online
Google Photos allows editing, organizing, and accessing pictures across multiple devices.
Inkscape multiplatform
Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X…. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features … and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface..
iPiccy online
iPiccy has many powerful and easy to use photo editing tools right in your browser…Over 100+ photo effects and PRO-level photo enhancements, facial retouching and frames.
— Chrome Store: iPiccy
Irfanview Win
This great little program can crop, resize, optimize, change colors, change formats, do basic Paint editing, create thumbnails, slideshows, and more. There is also a Portable version.
— Tutorials: Irfanview; the best freeware image toolWikiHow: Irfanview
Paint.Net Win
Paint.NET is image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
Pixlr online; (free and pay versions)
This image editor allows the use of layers and some fairly advanced editing options.
— Chrome Store: Pixlr EditorPixlr Express
— Tutorials: PixlrSupport (video)
Vectr online and multiplatform
Vectr is free, simple and most intuitive vector graphics editing software. Vectr is collaborative like Google Docs, and runs both in your web browser and on your desktop as a native app.
— Chrome Store: Vectr

Infographics Makers

Canva online
Easy, Drag-and-Drop Infographic Creator online
Popular site for creating quick online posters or infographics with easy drag-and-drop interface.
Gravit online
With it’s many beautiful layouts, intuitive tools and brilliant effects, Klex makes it easy to create stunning and memorable designs for your business, family and friends.
Piktochart online
Offers templates to easily make infographics, presentations, posters, flyers, and reports.

Free 3D Graphics & CAD Programs

Blender multiplatform
Popular and well-supported open source 3D modeling program available for multiple operating system in a variety of languages.
FreeCAD multiplatform
FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters.
Meshmixer Mac, Win
Do you need to clean up a 3D scan, do some 3D printing, or design an object that fits something else? Meshmixer can help. Think of it as a sort of “Swiss Army Knife” for 3D meshes.
Pixologic Sculptris Win
A neat little program for sculpting models as if making them from clay.
Sketchup Free online
SketchUp Free is the easiest way to draw in 3D, now delivered in a web browser. Draw, orbit, push-pull: make anything you can imagine, however you envision it.
Tinkercad online
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-learn online app anyone can use to create and print 3D models.


Presentation Style

7 Public Speaking Tips From the World’s Best Speakers & Presenters
Take these 7 lessons from the world’s most captivating presenters, and apply them to your next presentation. You’ll also find them in the SlideShare below, sliced up into 10 lessons.
10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert
Here, 10 tips for making an effective slide deck, split into two parts: the big, overarching goals, and the little tips and tricks that make your presentation sing.
11 Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations
Whether you’re using Visage, PowerPoint, Keynote or good old PDFs, these 11 tips will help you create well-designed presentation slides that effectively get your point across.
Brain Rules for Presenters (slideshow)
What all presenters need to know from Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen.
Death By Powerpoint (and how to fight it)
Classic slideshow on effective presentation style.
It’s The Story, Stupid
Don’t let presentation software keep you from getting your story across.
Life After Death By Powerpoint (video)
Commedian Don McMillan demonstrates how people should not use PowerPoint.
Making Presentations in the TED Style
From the excellent “Presentation Zen” blog, information on the rules of presenting for TED conferences along with some examples of superior presentations.
PowerPoint Presentation Tips for Students
Making effective classroom presentations takes practice, but with a few tips up your sleeve, you are ready to take on the challenge.
Slides Carnival
Free Powerpoint templates and Google Slides themes for your presentations.

Presentation & Slideshow Programs

Animoto $, online
Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Short videos free; longer videos cost small fee. freemium, online
Tool for creating animations, infographics, presentations, and online stories.
Google Slides free, online
The Google Drive suite includes the ability to upload, create, show, and download presentations via the Google Slides application.
Jing free, Mac, Win
Whether for work, home, or play, Jing gives you the ability to create basic visual elements and share them with others.
Microsoft Powerpoint $$, Win, Mac
Powerpoint from Microsoft comes bundled with Microsoft Office or you can buy it separately.
Photo Peach free & pay, online
With PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your friends or family. We also support background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate on your story further.
Prezi freemium, online
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. Includes a gallery of re-usable presentations.
ThingLink freemium, online
ThingLiks allows you to add links to specific parts of images or videos and then to share them. The limited basic version is free; there is also an educational version which allows use with students.
VoiceThread $$, online, display with commenting
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).

Google Slides Tips & Tricks

Excellent Tutorials to Help You Create Presentations on Google Drive
Here is a set of practical video tutorials on Google Slides… Part of a series of articles on Google presentation tools.
Get Started With Google Slides
From Google, a tutorial showing how you can Create and present professional pitch decks, project presentations, training modules, and much more.
Google Slides: The Ultimate Guide
Whether you’re an experienced presentation creator or a total beginner, this is the ultimate guide for you! Work your way through the sections from start to finish if you’re a newbie, or navigate to a section that interests you most by clicking the links below.
Google Slides Tutorial
Free tutorial from GCFLearnFree. They also have a handy Google Slides: Getting Started video on YouTube.
How to use Google Drive videos in Google Slides
How to insert videos from Google Drive into your Google Slides. Doing this removes the need for you to use videos that are hosted on YouTube.

Powerpoint Tips & Tricks

Cutting Down Powerpoint File Size
How to Create an Interactive Quiz Using Powerpoint Masters
How to Make a Quiz in PowerPoint
A couple of options for creating quizzes in PowerPoint.
Microsoft: PowerPoint Help Center
Tutorials, templates, tips, and videos from PowerPoint experts offer advice for everyone from the beginner to the expert.
Microsoft: What is Presenter View?
Describes how you can show a Powerpoint on one screen complete with speaker notes, while the show itself shows on another screen without them.
Powerpoint to Video or Video Slideshow
GCF Global: Powerpoint
Free tutorials from GCFLearnFree with PowerPoint tips and tutorials for various versions of the software.
Video Embedding

Whiteboard Programs

Crayon free, online
Free basic online whiteboard with easy collaboration.
Explain Everything $, online
Excellent whiteboard and collaboration app for Windows, Chrome, iOS, and Android devices. While not free, there is a steep educational discount for 5 licenses or more.
TutorialsPaint: Whiteboard free, online
Free web-based online whiteboard which allows easy saving of images to your computer.
Web Whiteboard free, online
Web Whiteboard is the simplest way to instantly draw and write together online. Nothing to install or learn….Just create an online whiteboard with one click, and share it live by sending the link to people.
Whiteboard Fox free, online
Share a virtual whiteboard in real-time using any modern web browser.



24 Tips for Creating High Quality Screencasts
We asked our team to share their favorite best practices for creating higher quality screencasts. Without further ado, here are our 24 top tips.
Most Common Mistakes in Screencasting
An experienced screencasters tells what not to do. While this article is pretty old (Dec. 2010), the basic principles of good screen presentation design haven’t changed.
TeachHub: Technology in the Classroom: Why, How to Screencast
With Common Core’s emphasis on understanding and explaining tasks, technology in the classroom screencasts are a great way for both students and teachers to share the required steps in completing a math problem, collaborate on close reading, or pursue any other literacy activity.
TechSmith: How to Make a Screencast in 5 Easy Steps
In this guide, I’ll walk you through each step in the process. Then, once you feel comfortable with how to easily record a screencast, I’ll go over some bonus tips for how you can level-up your screencasts. (Feb. 2019)
TechSmith: The Ultimate Guide: What is Screencasting and Why Use it?
Screencasting is a tool you can jump in and use today. Here are some great screencasting pointers to get you started! (January 2019)

Screencasting Programs

CamStudio free; Win
Record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and … turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).
Educreations freemium; iPad
Record your voice and iPad® screen to create dynamic video tutorials that students and colleagues can access any time, as needed.
Lensoo freemium; tablet
Lensoo Create turns your iPad or Android tablet into a virtual whiteboard with voice recording and smooth digital writing.
Nimbus Capture free; Mac, Win, browsers
Record video from your screen or webcam, draw on top of it, and save to disk or share with friends.
OBS Studio free; Linux, Mac, Win
Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Download and start streaming quickly and easily…
Screencastify freemium; Chrome addon
Available from their own website or from the Chrome Store this popular screencasting program allows uses to make videos of up to 10 minutes long for free.
Screencast-O-Matic freemium; online
The free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install!

Video Creators & Editors

Specific Tools

Add subtitles
Create a Transcript of a YouTube Video
Extract a Clip
Go to a Timestamp
Watch without Ads
QuietTubeSafeShare TVViewPureWatchkin

see also: Teachers: Tech Tools: Video Tools

General Video Editors

Adobe Spark free and pay versions; online
Create impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos with Spark’s free graphic design app.
Avidemux free; Mac, Win, Linux
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF… and conversion from one format to another.
Blender free; Mac, Win, Linux
Free open source 3D content creation suite [animation program], available for all major operating systems.
DaVinci Resolve free and pay versions; Mac, Win, Linux
The free version of this UK-based software has an extensive array of edting tools for the home user.
Dvolver Movie Maker online
For making quick and easy cartoons online.
Edpuzzle free and pay versions; online
Tool for teachers which allows cropping, adding audio, embedding quizzes, and Classroom integration.
iMovie free with iOS devices; Mac
Video editor for Mac computers. Comes with newer Macs as part of the iLife bundle and purchasable separately for other Macs
Lightworks free and pay versions; Mac, Win, Linux
Powerful editor with many features.
OpenShot Video Editor free; Linux
Powerful free video editor with user-friendly interface.
Pencil2D free; Mac, Win, Linux
An animation/drawing software… [which] lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoons) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil, the original program, is no longer under development, but a fork called Pencil2D is now available.
Quik free; iOS, Android
Quik is a fast basic video editor for mobile devices.
Shotcut free; Mac, Win, Linux
Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. Includes 4K video editing and timeline editing.
Splice free, includes in-app purchases; free; iOS
Splice is a quick easy video editor for those using iPhones or iPads.
Synfig Studio free; Mac, Win, Linux
Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based open-source 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources.
Toontastic free; iOS, Android, some Chromebooks
With Toontastic 3D, you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories, science reports, and all your other wacky ideas

Video Players

5KPlayer Mac, Win
[A] mixture of free (MKV) HD video player, music player, DLNA & AirPlay enabled media streamer and online downloader.
ALLPlayer Win
Plays a wide variety of video formats; includes a video converter and YouTube downloader.
iTunes Mac, Win
Media player and library from Apple, with built-in links to Apple’s iTunes Store. For more information, see:
CNET: iTunes Tips and TricksGizmodo: iTunesLifehacker: iTunes
DivX Player Win
[A]ward-winning video software to play, create and stream your favorite videos, including DivX, MKV, and HEVC up to 4K.
KMPlayer Win, Mac
KMP is a versatile multi media player which can cover a various different types of contained formats. Without any separate Codec, you are able to play any media files because KMP has its’ own internal Codec.
Global PotPlayer Windows
Lightweight highly customizable media player.
Kodi multi-platform, mobile
Kodi® (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more.
Leawo Blu-Ray Player Win, Mac
It acts as free Blu-ray disc player, free DVD disc player, free CD player (video-CD), free HD video player (free 4K video player), free ISO file player, and free audio player (free music player).
Miro multiplatform, mobile
Excellent open-sources music and video player, downloader, converter, and organizer.
MPC-HC Windows
MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows®. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback.
Real Player multi-platform
Adware which plays a variety of audio and video files.
VLC Media Player multi-platform, mobile
VVLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
Windows Media Player Mac, Win
Microsoft’s media player, already included in Windows.
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