Helpful Resources

Excited to make your own video but don’t know where to start?

Explore the resources below for inspiration, tutorials and storytelling tips. Check back often—we’re always finding new resources to share!

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1. Adobe Youth Voices Youth Media Gallery – Visit Adobe’s Youth Media Gallery to see videos made by K-12 students from around the world. 

Tips & Tutorials
1. The Poynter Institute News University  – Poynter’s News U has dozens of free and inexpensive resources for journalists looking to improve their craft. Visit their Courses page for video tutorials, including this one about finding a focus for your video story and this one that discusses what student journalists should know about the first amendment.
2. Advancing The Story – This website offers great articles about everything from gathering news and interviews to journalism ethics. We especially recommend you check out their newsgathering, visual storytelling, and ethics sections for tips on telling powerful stories through video and other media.
3.Uploading 101 with Professor Compressor – YouTube shows you how to compress your video file so that it looks good online and doesn’t take hours to upload.
4. iMovie Tutorial –  This short video tutorial shows you the basics of using iMovie.
5. iMovie Manual – A more detailed explanation of how to use iMovie if you need more information than the above tutorial provides.
6. Microsoft Movie Maker Tutorial – A short video tutorial to Microsoft Movie Maker for beginners.
7. Wax Tutorial – A step-by-step web tutorial on how to use Wax video editing software.
8. Pinnacle VideoSpin Tutorial – A brief video tutorial on the basics of using Pinnacle VideoSpin to edit video clips.
9. VideoPad Tutorial, Part 1 – The first half of a two-part video tutorial on how to use VideoPad video editing software, this segment focuses on basic editing and adding effects.
10. VideoPad Tutorial, Part 2 – The second half of the two-part VideoPad tutorial. This segment focuses on adding text, voice-over narration, and exporting your finished video.
11. Film Smoother Video Without Expensive Equipment – This guide from explains how to film smoother video with only a basic tripod and a rubber band.
12. Video Copilot – For older students with advanced skillsets. Video Copilot provides detailed tutorials about creating special effects and animations in videos.

For more tips, head to our Engage 2012 Video Tips page for video tips and tutorials by University of Oregon students!

Free Resources
1. Creative Commons – You can search for images, video, or other materials that you an legally alter and use in your videos by going to Creative Commons. We strongly recommend you watch this short tutorial before conducting a Creative Commons search. You can also find information about copyright law on their FAQ page.
2. – You can find lots of good stock pictures here, with the only requirement being that you don’t sell them or make a profit off of them and you give credit to the website if you use their images.
3. Stockvault – Another good resource for stock images with the same requirements as This site requires that you make an account before using their services.
4. Freerange Stock – As with the other two stock image sites on this list, you can’t make a profit off of their images. There are also some specific rules for using their material that isn’t found in the other two sites, so be sure to read their terms of use.

Free Music
1. Free Music Archive  – FMA is an online library of high-quality, legal audio downloads inspired by Creative Commons.

Free Video Editing Software
1. Microsoft Movie Maker (for Windows)
2. Windows Live Movie Maker (for Windows)
2. iMovie (for Mac). Click on the blue “upgrade now” icon to open Apple’s app store where you can download the program for free.
3. Wax (for Windows)
4. Pinnacle VideoSpin (for Windows XP/Vista)
5. Blender Movie Maker (for Windows)
6. VideoPad Video Editor (for Windows)
7. YouTube Editor (for Windows and Mac). YouTube lets you upload videos and edit them directly on the site. You’ll need an Internet connection, though.

Information About Fair Use and Copyright Law
1. Videomaker’s short guide to fair use and copyright law – This informational video goes over the ins and outs of copyright law for people who make videos.
2. The Copyright Site – This website exists to help educators in the United States understand copyright law. It includes helpful sections on potential copyright scenarios and myths about copyright.
3. Read this guide about using materials under fair use law in online videos from The Center for Social Media to learn more about what is and isn’t okay to use in your entry.

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