Visual Communication And Video Publishing - Selected Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Picnic Jun29 08
In this new issue of visual communication tools and services found, tested and picked for you by Robin Good and me, Nico Canali De Rossi, here is what we have selected for you this week: there are some cool new tools and services to create presentations online, arrange your pictures in slideshows, record any region of your screen, and also to download YouTube videos and add captions to them.
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This weekly visual communication and video publishing toolkit includes:
- 280Slides: Create presentations online with no additional software
- FlickrStorm: Flickr search engine lets you look for pictures and browse them in a simple way
- S3Mer: Upload all of your pictures and arrange them in video slideshows
- Pviewer: Display your Flickr and Picasa pictures in a better way through an interactive slideshow
- Bradicon: Free application lets you convert pictures into icons
- CamStudio: Record everything on your screen and export it in AVI or SWF for free
- DownThisVideo: Download videos from YouTube and Google Video for free without registering
- Overstream: Add subtitle and captions to your videos on YouTube, Google Video, Daily Motion, and more
Visual Communication Tools
280Slides is an online presentation creator which reminds of Keynote. It offers a complete set of tools for you to create your presentation with no additional software and carry it with you: you can add text, images, movies, and edit them as you wish on the slides. When done, you can present it online, save it on the web so that you can have it with you wherever you go, and also download it locally in PPT format. Free to use.
FlickrStorm is a Flickr search engine that anyone can use to better research images on the most popular picture sharing site. You can type any keyword, select the type of license, and wait for results to load, which you can then browse, download, and even get a list of related keywords that you can use to refine your search. Free.
S3Mer is a web-based solution that allows you to create streaming video and image presentations. It gives users up to 250 MB of storage space for uploading the files, that they can rearrange in a video presentations and then play it on any media player. There is no limit on the number of files you can use to make your slide show as long as you don't exceed the storage limit. Free.
Pviewer is an online service that lets you display your Flickr or Picasa pictures in a better way. All you have to do is provide a Flickr or Picasa username, or simply a Flickr research, select the number of rows and columns, number of pictures, and your slide show page will be automatically created. The service is free to use, with no registration needed.
Bradicon is a free web application that you can use to convert pictures in icons. Just select the file you want to convert, wait a few seconds for it to upload, and get a download button to save the converted icon on your PC. Free to use, no registration needed.
Video Publishing Tools
CamStudio is a screen recording software that allows you to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create AVI video files and convert them into Streaming Flash videos (SWF). Its interface is really easy to use: just set the video and audio quality, and press the big red button to start recording. When done, you'll be able to save the file locally on your machine. Free to download and use.
DownThisVideo is an online service that you can use to download videos from YouTube and GoogleVideo. Just copy and paste the video URL, click download, see one of the available downloading formats, and save the file. The service is free to use, with no registration needed.
Overstream is a site where you can add subtitles and captions to any of the videos you find on YouTube, Google Video, MySpace video, and Daily Motion. In order to use it, you just have to register to the service,have Flash Player 8, and just use the online Overstream Editor to add subtitles to all of your videos. Free to use.
Originally written by Nico Canali De Rossi and Robin Good for Master New Media and first published on June 29th 2008 as "Visual Communication And Video Publishing - Selected Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Picnic Jun29 08"
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