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Video Production Tutorials: Free Video Software

Video production

Please note that this software is not officially endorsed nor supported by Kent State University so, as with any free software, use at your own risk. (If you encounter major issues with any software listed on this guide, please let us know at so that we can remove the software link from our list.)

Web video and screen capture

The easiest way to capture a video from the web is to use RealMedia Player and the Download Browser plug-in. It also has conversion tools for converting the downloaded Flash video into other, more compatible video formats for viewing, editing or inserting into PowerPoint presentations. For more information about getting and installing RealMedia Player and using the Download Browser plug-in and conversion tools visit

Video format conversion

Online video platform

Please note that the video platform KSUTube was replaced at the end of the fall semester 2016 with the new site Kaltura. No new uploads to KSUTube had been accepted after December 31, 2016.

Kaltura is Kent State's new video platform. All content from KSUTube was migrated to Kaltura in Fall 2016. Students and faculty can upload videos to Kaltura to share or to link to from webpages. Kaltura videos can also be password-protected and "hidden" from search engines if desired. To use, simply log in with KSU credentials and upload videos that can be shared via web link.

Free stock videos

Powerpoint on the Web

Use iSpring to convert a PowerPoint presentation to a Flash video or web page. UPDATE: PowerPoint 2010 for PCs now has a "Save as video" feature that creates a Windows Media video from an "auto play" PowerPoint presentation with slide timings that will play on any computer. The video will include all narration, music, sound effects and video clips inserted onto the slides. Unfortunately, PowerPoint 2011 for Mac won't work for PowerPoint presentations with audio or video.

New!  AuthorSTREAM plugin for Powerpoint:  Upload PPT with audio and video to web and convert to video