Audio Editing and Podcasting
We encourage you to read this great NPR piece - "Starting Your Podcast: A Guide for Students".
- Recording: Simple audio recordings can be made on your mobile device or laptop using the executable programs Voice Recorder (Windows) or Voice Memos (Mac). Keep in mind that the quality of your recordings is bounded by the quality of your microphone and the quality of the environment in which you are recording. High-quality microphones can be checked out from the library Information Desk.
- Editing and Mixing: A common program for audio editing is the open source Audacity. Audacity is available on all platforms and is completely free. Comprehensive FAQs for Audacity are available here and here.
- The Library Makerspace has Adobe's Audition software installed to allow sophisticated sound editing. You can contact the Makerspace staff for training and using Audition.
- Sharing or Publishing: Audio recordings can be uploaded to your R-MC GoogleDrive for sharing.
Video Production and Storytelling
What is a digital story?
Video content has become almost ubiquitous in our modern world. If you need to produce a video, the Makerspace can offer you support for every step of the process.
- Video cameras are available at the library Information Desk, as well as a Canon EOS 5D DSLR camera, which is available for checkout after taking a one-time training (of approximately 30 minutes). Computer-mounted "webcams" are also available for video recorded at your computer. Sound and lighting equipment for your production are also available for checkout. Please contact Brian F. Batista to receive training on the usage of any equipment.
- You can take great videos on your phone. Be sure to follow these tips.
- The simplest non-linear editors (NLEs) are easy to use, but offer the least amount of options for making editing decisions. Editors that fall into this category include iMovie (which comes standard on Mac computers), and Photos for Windows (which comes standard on Windows computers). The following are some helpful tutorials on how to use these.
- OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open source
video editing application for Mac, PC and Linux machine download and installation. It offers fairly sophisticated functionality for video editing.
Learn how to use OpenShot Video Editor.
- Available in the Makerspace computer is the more advanced Adobe Premiere. This editor is one of the most commonly used editors in the video, film, and television industry and is considered "professional quality." The following are some resources to help you learn how to use Adobe Premiere.
Recording Screencast and Presentations:
Currently Canvas Studio is part of the R-MC Canvas Learning Management system. You may sign into Canvas.rmc.edu with your R-MC username and password, and from the global navigation, access Canvas Studio. Studio allows you to record, edit, and manage media within Canvas.
Web-based Digital Storytelling Tools
What is a digital story?
Knight Lab at Northwestern University offers innovative and user friendly online tools for storytelling. The tools are all open-source, including
Graphics and Infographics
Read our blog on Infographic as an alternative to traditional writing assignments.
- There are many great resources out there for creating visual designs. Two commonly used browser-based tools are Adobe Express and Canva. Both offer free account option and are beginner-friendly.
- GIMP is a free, open-source image editing program. It is available for both Windows and Mac
download and installation. Learn how to use GIMP here.
- The Library has Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator installed on the computers in the Butler Pavilion and a few loaner laptops. You can contact the Makerspace staff to get training in how to use Photoshop and Illustrator.
Website & ePortfolio Development
We encourage you to read the article on the What, Why and How of ePortfolios.
- We recommend using Google Sites for website and ePortfolio development. Be sure to log into your GoogleDrive using your R-MC username and password to enjoy unlimited storage and flexible control over who can view your website or portfolio. Refer to the screenshot on the right and the Quick Guide for using Google Sites.
- Adobe Express offers "Pages" for website and ePortfolio development (view instructions). You may sign up for a free Adobe Express account using your personal or college email.
Poster Design & Printing
- The Makerspace has a large-format printer that can print posters up to 36" on their short side.
View poster design tips and guides.
- When your poster is ready to be printed, you can send your request for printing by filling out the Form. Note: You must sign in using your R-MC username and password.