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Video Production Tutorials: Free Video Software

Video production

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 real.com.

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.

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

Camcorder checkout

Looking to borrow a video camera? This service is available through the Circulation Desk and managed by Circulation Services.

General information

  • University Libraries circulates digital camcorders and tripods to current KSU students and faculty for use with their instructional projects. The specific camcorder model is the Canon Vixia HF R42.

  • Camcorders are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be reserved

  • Camcorders are due by 11:59 p.m. the next business day (so cameras checked out on Friday/Saturday/Sunday are due back by Monday night)

  • Camcorders use internal storage - no SD card is required

For more details, visit Circulation's Camcorder Information page.