|Laptops (and a few desktops) sitting in the warehouse, |
waiting for deployment...and that's not even all of them!
FormatFactory allows you to convert a variety of different files. For example, you can convert audio files such as AAC to MP3 or video files such as AVI to MP4. You can also covert a DVD to a video file. So if you want to show a clip from a movie, you can convert it, edit it in something like MovieMaker Live, and voila! FormatFactory is a lot like Zamzar, but faster and with more options. Actually, I'm shocked that I didn't learn of this tool sooner!
One tool I was reminded of was Audacity. Audacity is great for recording and editing sounds. You can use it for Podcasting, or just for editing your music. One new use I discovered this week is in combination with Animoto. Animoto allows you to create awesome photo and video slideshows. (Check out my old blogpost about Animoto!) With a teacher's account, you can create full length presentations, rather than just the 30 second ones that come with a regular free account. However, you're limited to just one song. With Audacity, you can stitch together as many songs as you like and save them as a single audio file (then convert it to the proper format with FormatFactory!). This way you can create longer Animotos (max. 10 min.) with multiple songs!
I wonder what I'll learn next week??